Decades of testing revealed that electric and gas dryers perform similarly. We now test only electric models, but their gas versions appear in our ratings because we expect them to perform comparably. For a gas dryer you’ll need a 120-volt outlet and a gas hookup. Gas dryers cost about $50 to $150 more, but you’ll probably spend less on energy and more than make up the difference over time.
When space is tight, compact laundry appliances have a big appeal. We found that these scaled-down models get the job done, but they differ in important ways, such as how noisy the dryer is. Features vary, too.
Matching washer and dryer pairs are a widely sold choice, although some don't make a great couple. Their coordinating style makes a statement, but you'll question how a terrific washer and a noisy dryer that's tough on clothes ended up together. Enter the matchmaker. Our tests found pairs that are worth a look.
Clean sheets, soft towels, and fresh clothes free of wrinkles can't be taken for granted. A reliable clothes dryer that gets the job done and lasts for years is what you need. A dryer can cost $500 to more than $1,400, depending on capacity and features.