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 89,000 machines

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When your dryer dies, you might be able to get by for a while, hanging clothes and sheets out (or up) to dry. But when you're looking for a new one, it pays to pick a dryer that's built to last.

So which brand is the most reliable? The least reliable? CR's latest survey reveals just that, along with how likely owners are to recommend their dryer. 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. Our owner satisfaction rating reflects the proportion of CR members who are extremely likely to recommend the dryer they bought.

To help make it easier for you to choose, we factor these exclusive ratings into the Overall Score for each model in our clothes dryer ratings.

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Survey results are based on CR members' experiences with 89,868 dryers purchased new between 2009 and 2019. 

If you're just beginning to shop, start with our dryer buying guide. Then see our dryer ratings and use the filters to narrow your choices among the 200-plus full-size 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, Asko, Bosch, Crosley, Estate, Electrolux, Fisher & Paykel, Frigidaire, GE, Hotpoint, Kenmore, LG, Maytag, Miele, Roper, Samsung, Speed Queen, and Whirlpool. Check out our clothes dryer ratings for even more details.

Electric Dryers

Speed Queen and LG stand out as the most reliable and the most well-liked full-sized electric dryers of the 15 brands in our survey. Speed Queen and LG earn Excellent ratings in both predicted reliability and owner satisfaction. 

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

Electrolux, GE, and Samsung receive midrange ratings for reliability and owner satisfaction. Frigidaire also earns a midrange reliability rating, but only a Fair in satisfaction.

Least reliable? Fisher & Paykel and Hotpoint electric dryers earn Fair reliability ratings, the lowest rating in this group, and CR cannot recommend them at this time. 

LG's superb reliability and satisfaction rating helps put their dryers, like the LG DLE7100W, high in our ratings. It 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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