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Post# 1052769   11/30/2019 at 11:39 (1,552 days old) by Deborah (Colorado)        

I'll be needing a new washer and dryer pretty soon. I've narrowed it down for a washer, but I'd like to find a good, reliable dryer with no bells and whistles. I'd prefer not too large due to a small laundry room, and would also prefer a flat top, but I'd consider back controls. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance for any help you can offer!

Post# 1052778 , Reply# 1   11/30/2019 at 14:11 (1,552 days old) by moon1234 (Wisconsin)        


Miele makes a cheaper heat pump dryer in their lineup. Most energy efficient, but it is still on the top end of cost and is a 24" cabinet.

Post# 1052779 , Reply# 2   11/30/2019 at 14:41 (1,552 days old) by RP2813 (Sannazay)        

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I think any basic Whirlpool-sourced dryer would be a safe bet.

Post# 1052781 , Reply# 3   11/30/2019 at 15:52 (1,552 days old) by ea56 (Cotati, Calif.)        
I agree Ralph,

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Get any BOL Whirlpool, Maytag, Roper or Amana dryer. They are simple, efficient, dry fast and do just exactly what they are supposed to do at a fair price. The design is tried and true.

I have a Maytag BOL electric dryer thatís 3 years old. It does and excellent job, and the lint filter is the bomb. A couple of times Iíve missed a Kleenex in a pocket, and when I took the load out of the washer it was all covered in Kleenex, once it was even a load of dark colors. I thought, well, what the hell, rather than rewash everything lets see if it comes off in the dryer, and by cracky it did, both times! Now to me thats a very fine lint filter.

And the Auto Dry works perfectly too, only once in a blue moon will I find something still damp when the load has finished.


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Post# 1052785 , Reply# 4   11/30/2019 at 16:41 (1,552 days old) by whirlykenmore78 (Prior Lake MN (GMT-0500 CDT.))        
Any top Filter WP sourced dryer is good:

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As others here have said. They are probably the best performing dryers ever made. The downside is that they have been cheapened up so much over the years I question the reliability.
The other and heavier built choice is Speed Queen. These are for sure heavy duty commercially proven dryers. Not a lot of features but fast drying and by far the best quality on the market.
I've included a link to what I belive would be a great fit for your criteria.

CLICK HERE TO GO TO whirlykenmore78's LINK

Post# 1052795 , Reply# 5   11/30/2019 at 17:47 (1,552 days old) by Deborah (Colorado)        

I would dearly LOVE to get a Speed Queen front load washer, and any good plain dryer, but my husband has nixed that idea since the washer alone would be $1900 locally.

Today I'm looking at the Electrolux 427 washer, not their top model, as the 427 has no steam (What the heck do you need steam for when the clothes are sloshing around in water?) and the Elux 317 dryer, again a lower model because it gets good reviews and has no steam. (I'm trying to dry the clothes, not keep them damp with steam.)

I'm open to the Whirlpool dryers, and possibly to the Whirlpool washers too. But Electrolux gets great reviews online, topping several 'best of' lists.

Consumer Reports favors the LG machines over all the others, but I don't feel good about them. I've heard of too many people having problems with them.

Well, I have time to decide as my husband is dragging his feet anyway. I just wish I could get that Speed Queen.

Post# 1052805 , Reply# 6   11/30/2019 at 20:04 (1,552 days old) by RP2813 (Sannazay)        

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I think the Electrolux set you're considering would be fine, and they would look nicer than mixed makes.  


We had a 2008 Electrolux-sourced Frigidaire Affinity FL washer and dryer set until we moved a year and a half ago.  I liked that dryer, but I'm not sure if the manufacturer is the same now.   I don't know if one company owns the other or what anymore.



Post# 1052859 , Reply# 7   12/1/2019 at 14:36 (1,551 days old) by shanenc14 (Tennessee, USA)        
Budget Dryer

If you're truly shopping on a budget, and want no bells/whistles, simply something that dries your clothes and does a good job at it, I say the BOL Roper/Amana 6.5 cu ft. This dryer can regularly be found under $400.00 and the design hasn't changed in many years.

Post# 1052860 , Reply# 8   12/1/2019 at 14:42 (1,551 days old) by RP2813 (Sannazay)        

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I think Roper and Amana are both made by Whirlpool.

Post# 1052868 , Reply# 9   12/1/2019 at 16:13 (1,551 days old) by shanenc14 (Tennessee, USA)        

@RP2813: Yes, they're both mfg by Whirlpool. Replacement parts are dirt cheap, and easy to repair if issues come up in the future. These are pretty well built and a great bang for your buck, in my opinion.

Post# 1052881 , Reply# 10   12/1/2019 at 19:27 (1,551 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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Glad to see they still make a dryer that just dries clothes.

That would be my choice if the Kenmo dies. Matter of fact it's a dead ringer replacement for what I bought 8 years ago.

Post# 1052965 , Reply# 11   12/2/2019 at 20:25 (1,550 days old) by mark_wpduet (Lexington KY)        
The whirlpool dryers

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really have NOT changed. I can attest to this because I just got one. I'm not talking about the matching FL pairs......but the dryers that pair with the TL washers. I know things have gotten cheaper over the years but I really can't tell much difference in this new whirlpool dryer I just got vs one I had from 2002 OR the one we had in 1997 in a rental OR the one my grandma had (LOL)

Post# 1052991 , Reply# 12   12/3/2019 at 04:35 (1,549 days old) by bradfordwhite (central U.S.)        

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I agree with all the comments about Whirlpool based dryers (Estate, Amana, some Kenmore, Whirlpool)


You mentioned something compact and flat top.


That would be a 24" compact dryer..... made by Whirlpool.  I wouldn't call this inexpensive, but if it's limited space you're dealing with...

Maybe used?


You can even hang this one the wall above the washer to conserve space.

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Post# 1053023 , Reply# 13   12/3/2019 at 11:16 (1,549 days old) by kb0nes (Burnsville, MN)        

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I second the Whirlpool dryer assuming it being a top lint filter model.

Also the best electric dryers are the ones that have a gas burner in them, hopefully that is an option for you.

Post# 1053061 , Reply# 14   12/3/2019 at 17:55 (1,549 days old) by Deborah (Colorado)        

My current dryer is a Kenmore. I think it was made by Frigidaire. It's 27 inches wide, so that width is fine for my space, so I don't need the ones they classify as "compact". I just can't go much bigger.

On Friday my husband wants to go to a local store that has Speed Queen, Electrolux, and I'm sure Whirlpool as well. I can't believe it, but he is actually a little interested in the Speed Queen because of the 10-year warranty!!! I don't care about matching brands, and the SQ dryer is more than 1300 bucks. We still have the original dryer that we bought when we bought this house 21 years ago. Dryers seem to last a lot longer and with less trouble than washers, so I think I would be content with a cheaper one. Whirlpool sounds great to me.

We have used electric only, so I imagine we will stick with that. I don't care one way or the other. Most clothing I only dry for 5 minutes, then hang to dry. I fully dry towels, sheets, rugs, etc. Hey, that's probably why my dryer has lasted so long. It doesn't get nearly the workout my washer does.

Post# 1053085 , Reply# 15   12/3/2019 at 19:33 (1,549 days old) by DADoES (TX,†U.S. of A.)        

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Kenmore by Frigidaire ... or someone

The first three digits of Kenmore model numbers (syntax of NNN.nnnnnnnnn) is a code for the source manufacturer.† You can cite it here for a translation or search online for "sears manufacturing codes."

Post# 1053264 , Reply# 16   12/5/2019 at 19:05 (1,547 days old) by MaytagNeptune (FireAlarmTechGuy4444 on YouTube. Interlochen MI)        

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Just be careful and empty the lint filter each load. You don't want a fire like John posted. GE makes the best dryers if you take care of them right.

Post# 1053265 , Reply# 17   12/5/2019 at 19:07 (1,547 days old) by MaytagNeptune (FireAlarmTechGuy4444 on YouTube. Interlochen MI)        
Flat Top GE

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Post# 1053273 , Reply# 18   12/5/2019 at 20:07 (1,547 days old) by bradfordwhite (central U.S.)        

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That flat top GE is only 24" wide.

At over $600 with tax..... wow.  When did dryers get so expensive?

Post# 1053278 , Reply# 19   12/5/2019 at 20:43 (1,547 days old) by stricklybojack (South Hams Devon UK)        

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The problem I have with Whirlpool based top filter dryer is how incredibly flimsy and chintzy the timers now are.

Post# 1053283 , Reply# 20   12/5/2019 at 22:17 (1,547 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Flimsy and Chintzy Timers

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Hi Robert, Have you looked at the timers in new GE dryers ? Same thing Its either crappy expensive control boards or cheap timers.

John L.

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