Most and Least Reliable Clothes Dryer Brands

How to find a dryer that lasts: Check CR's reliability ratings based on our members' reports on more than 57,000 appliances

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When your dryer dies, you can get by for a while, hanging clothes and sheets out (or up) to dry. But eventually you'll want a new machine, and it pays to pick one that's built to last.

To estimate predicted reliability for dryers, we survey our members on the products they own. We use that data to project how likely a newly purchased model from a given brand will develop problems or break within its first five years of use. We also ask members how likely they are to recommend their dryer, and use their responses to create owner satisfaction ratings. Our latest survey leverages data on CR members’ experiences with 57,103 electric and gas dryers purchased between 2008 and 2018.


These exclusive reliability and satisfaction ratings are incorporated into the Overall Score for each dryer in our ratings, alongside our lab test results, all to help you find a model that excels at the job and will stand the test of time.

If you're just starting to shop for a dryer, start with our dryer buying guide. Then see our dryer ratings and use the filters to narrow your choices among the 150-plus electric and gas models.  

CR members can keep reading for a detailed look at the most and least reliable of the 16 brands rated by our survey, including Amana, Electrolux, Kenmore, LG, Samsung, and Whirlpool, and more. We also highlight the winners and losers in terms of owner satisfaction.

Electric Dryers

Speed Queen and LG stand out as the most reliable and the most well-liked full-sized electric dryers of the 14 brands in our survey. Speed Queen and LG earn Excellent ratings in both predicted reliability and owner satisfaction. 

Least reliable? Hotpoint and Fisher & Paykel earn our lowest reliability rating (Poor) and Samsung, Frigidaire, and Roper rate just above that, with a Fair. Because of their subpar predicted reliability ratings, CR can't recommend these five brands at this time. 

Sandwiched between the most and least reliable are seven brands that earn a middling Good rating in reliability: Maytag, Estate, Whirlpool, Amana, Kenmore, Electrolux, and GE.

Owners of electric dryers from Electrolux and Maytag are more satisfied than folks who own the other brands. These three brands garner a Very Good rating in owner satisfaction. 

Here's a pick from LG that rates Excellent for predicted reliability, owner satisfaction, and washing performance, and costs a couple of hundred dollars less than the top-ranked LG DLEX7600WE. What you give up for the lower price is a steam cycle and several other settings.

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