Most and Least Reliable Clothes Dryer Brands

To find a dryer that lasts, check CR's reliability ratings based on our members' reports on more than 105,000 machines

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Remember the good ol’ days when drying clothes lines swayed outside windows like ghosts in the wind? That practice won’t fly today any more than old-timey washboard scrubbers would for cleaning clothes. Today, a reliable dryer can get the job done dependably—without your skivvies accidentally blowing into your neighbor’s yard.

If you're searching for a new dryer, it pays to pick a model that's less likely to have problems. That’s where Consumer Reports’ annual fall survey tumbles in.

So which clothes dryer brands are the most and least reliable? CR's latest survey reveals the answers, so you’re not hung out to dry. CR's predicted reliability rating estimates the likelihood that newly purchased dryers from a given brand will develop problems or break within their first five years.

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Our owner satisfaction rating reflects the proportion of CR members who are extremely likely to recommend the dryer they bought. To make it easier for you to choose, we factor these exclusive ratings into the Overall Score for each model in our clothes dryer ratings.

CR surveyed 95,727 members over a three-year span from 2018 to 2020. Survey results are based on CR members’ experiences with 105,995 dryers purchased new between 2010 and 2020.

If your dryer shopping quest is underway, start with our dryer buying guide. Then see our comprehensive dryer ratings and use the filters to narrow your choices among the 200-plus full-sized electric and gas models, and the electric compact dryers.

Readers with a digital access membership to CR can read on for our survey results for Amana, Bosch, Electrolux, Fisher & Paykel, Frigidaire, GE, Hotpoint, Kenmore, LG, Maytag, Miele, Samsung, Speed Queen, and Whirlpool. Check out our clothes dryer ratings for even more details.

Electric Dryers

Electric dryers are overwhelmingly popular among Consumer Reports members, accounting for 72 percent of our ratings sample over the past decade. Gas dryers make up 26 percent of the sample while compact models represent only 2 percent.

LG and Speed Queen consistently stand out as the most reliable and the most well-liked full-sized electric dryers of the brands in our survey. LG and Speed Queen earn Excellent ratings in both predicted reliability and owner satisfaction.

Sandwiched between the most and least reliable are six brands that snag a Very Good rating in reliability: Amana, Crosley, Kenmore, Maytag, Roper, and Whirlpool. But of these brands, only Maytag earns a Very Good owner satisfaction rating. The others receive middling Good marks.

Electrolux, GE, and Samsung score midrange ratings for reliability and owner satisfaction. Frigidaire and Hotpoint electric dryers rate Good for reliability, but both brands bottom out in our satisfaction ratings, each earning a Poor mark.

Which brand was the least reliable? Despite rating Good for owner satisfaction, CR cannot recommend Fisher & Paykel electric dryers at this time, at least in part, due to their Fair reliability rating.

LG’s superb reliability and satisfaction rating elevates their dryers, like the LG DLE7100W, high in our ratings. This model snags an Excellent rating for drying and is relatively quiet—you'll hear it, but it shouldn't disturb you with loud, sustained noises. And it costs half as much as some other high-scoring dryers we tested, making it a CR Best Buy.

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