Product Reviews

Welcome to Consumer Reports.

We’re so glad to have you as a member. You now have access to benefits that can help you choose right, be safe and stay informed.

Best Electric Dryers for $800 or Less

Consumer Reports' ratings prove you don't have to spend a ton to get a good dryer

A woman unloading one of the best electric dryers for $800 or less.

Dryers haven’t changed as dramatically as washers in the past decade—they are rudimentary machines by comparison. Yet because manufacturers design them to pair with their matching washers, they charge the same price for each laundry machine in a set.

You can easily spend $1,000 or more on a great dryer, but for $800 or less you can still buy a great dryer that’s gentle on fabrics. All the dryers we picked have moisture sensors. 

“The lowest-scoring dryers in our ratings do not have moisture sensors,” says Richard Handel, the test engineer who oversees our laundry appliance tests. “Moisture sensors are the most important dryer feature. Compared to thermostats, they more accurately determine how dry your clothes are, then shut the machine off or move into a cool-down mode.”

This prevents overdrying, which is tougher on fabrics and wastes energy.

Go to Consumer Reports’ 2018 Holiday Central for updates on deals, expert product reviews, insider tips on shopping, and much more.

How We Test Dryers

To find out how well each dryer does its job, CR’s testers run loads of laundry of varying weights and fabrics. We time how long it takes to dry each load using the most appropriate setting.


Then we set the dryer to its minimum dryness level to find out whether clothes come out damp. Why? Some folks like to iron cottons when they’re slightly damp, or hang them and allow them to air-dry to prevent wrinkles and avoid ironing. We also set the machine to its maximum dryness level to find out whether it can dry laundry in the shortest possible time without exposing it to high temperatures.

Electric and gas dryers perform similarly, so we buy and test electric dryers and use the results to create the ratings for their gas versions. You can find close to 200 models in our dryer ratings.

CR members can read on for ratings and reviews of the best electric dryers for $800 or less. They all earn a Very Good or Excellent rating in brand reliability. (We now incorporate lab-test results, predicted reliability, and owner satisfaction into one Overall score to make it easier for you to choose.)

Best Electric Dryers for $800 or Less

Top Picks


Drying performance


Drying performance
Unlock Electric Dryer Ratings
Become a Member or Sign in
Clothes dryers in Our Ratings.
Current Clothes dryer Ratings

Recently Tested Clothes dryers

See our full list of Clothes dryer Ratings