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Post# 1134984   12/1/2021 at 18:19 by rinso (Meridian Idaho)        

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Just when we had thought they had become as extinct as beepers, placebo buttons and controls have found a new life in today's laundry equipment. One good example are the permanent-press and delicate cycles of LG Dryers. They are exactly the same cycle. Closely related are pre-programmed cycles which won't let you modify them with options, even if it made good sense or could have made the cycle more useful. Bring back a timer and working option selections for me! BTW, Westinghouse and Kenmore had this skill mastered back in the old days.

Post# 1134987 , Reply# 1   12/1/2021 at 18:27 by appnut (TX)        

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EuGene, my DLEX4200 dryer for Delicate the temperture low and Perm Press is medium temperature. Both have the same level of dryness. On delicate, the display shows 28 minutes and Perm Press 32 minues. So they are not the sae cycle.

Post# 1135006 , Reply# 2   12/1/2021 at 21:12 by powerfin64 (Yakima, Washington)        
Thank you Bob

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That is completely correct. Normal and Towels are not the same either. Sanitary and Small load is not the same.
Need to continue with this??
@ Rinso, what model of LG dryer are you referring to?

Post# 1135037 , Reply# 3   12/1/2021 at 23:36 by lakewebsterkid (Dayton, Ohio)        
I don't agree either

The LG Dryer we have now defaults to Low heat for both Permanent Press and Delicate, however, when set to Normal Dryness level, the Permanent Press cycle dries the clothing more. This cycle also does a cooldown to a lower temperature to reduce wrinkles if the clothes are not removed from the dryer early enough. The dryer may try to keep the temperature about the same, but the cycles are nothing alike.

Post# 1135060 , Reply# 4   12/2/2021 at 10:09 by rinso (Meridian Idaho)        

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Hi folks! My LG dryer is model DLE1501, and nope, I double-checked and from an external standpoint, they are identical, right down to the estimated drying time and temperature. Maybe there is some unseen internal magic that goes on. I still say I've seen (and owned) many an appliance in my very long time on this earth, that used "placebo" options and/or cycles. I think it must have been a marketing thing to make them appear more versatile. Peace out!

Post# 1135069 , Reply# 5   12/2/2021 at 11:43 by ghowell6 (Portland, OR)        
Moisture sensor input is the key

I've used both permanent press and delicate on my DLGX3701, and the logic around the moisture sensor is different between the two cycles. Delicate won't "dry" the load out as much, which is great- I've got elastic chair covers that need very light drying. Even though they use the same drying temperature, I get different results between the same load.

If I want to make a custom or modified cycle, I either use the manual time/temperature buttons, or I use the favorite cycle button to freshen up a load with steam. Works for me...

Post# 1135214 , Reply# 6   12/3/2021 at 20:59 by GELaundry4ever (Killeen tx USA)        

My kenmore has delicates for 28 minutes, casuals for 32 minutes, normal for 41 minutes at medium heat without energy saver, etc. Need I say more?

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