Electrolux EIMED55IMB

EIMED55IMB IQ-Touch Series 27" Electric Dryer with 8.0 cu. ft. Capacity, Perfect Steam Option, 11 Drying Cycles, IQ-Touch Controls and Gentle Tumble Dry System, Mediterranean Blue

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Electrolux EIMED55IMB
IQ-Touch Series 27" Electric Dryer with 8.0 cu. ft. Capacity, Perfect Steam Option, 11 Drying Cycles, IQ-Touch Controls and Gentle Tumble Dry System, Mediterranean Blue
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  • Color: Blue
  • Energy Star: No
  • Capacity: 8.0 cu. ft.
  • Type: Front Load
  • Width: 27"
  • Fuel Type: Electric
  • Height: 38"
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Dry more clothes at once with this 8.0 cu. ft. dryer that features a Luxury-Quiet sound package to cut down on operation noise. The lint filter indicator light lets you know when it's time to replace the filter.


Description:

Dry more clothes at once with this 8.0 cu. ft. dryer that features a Luxury-Quiet sound package to cut down on operation noise. The lint filter indicator light lets you know when it's time to replace the filter.

Features:

  • Fast Wash and Dry Times
  • Largest Capacity Washers and Dryers
  • Luxury-Dry System
  • Gentle Tumble Drying
  • Perfect Steam Dryer
  • NSF(R) Certified Sanitation Cycle
  • Three individual custom options
  • Luxury-Quiet
  • Perfect Tumble Drying
  • Touch-2-Open Doors
  • Signature Blue LED Lighting
  • Delay Start
  • Add Steam option
  • Last cycle recall
  • Control lockout
  • Reversible door
  • Platinum Star(R) Warranty
  • Optional Pedestal Drawer

Specifications:

Certifications & Approvals
Agency Approval ETL
NSF ® Certified Yes
Dryer: Cycles
Bulky/Bedding Yes
Casual Yes
Dry Cycles 56
Fast Dry Yes - 18 minutes
Heavy Duty Yes
Mixed Load Yes
My Favorite 1
Delicate Yes
Normal Yes
Perfect Steam™ Yes
Timed Dry Yes
Touch Up Yes
Towels Yes
Options
Add Steam Yes
Auto Dry System Electronic
End-of-Cycle Chime Adjustable
Temperature Selections 5 (Air, Low, Medium, Medium High, High)
Timed Dry Selections 4 selections
Tumble System Gentle Tumble™
Controls
Capacity (Cu. Ft.) 8.0 Cu. Ft.
Control Location Front
Control Lock Yes
Controls IQ-Touch™
Display Type LCD
General Specifications
Sound Package Luxury-Quiet™
Motor HP Variable HP
Adjustable Leveling Legs Yes
Gas Supply Connection Location Rear
Product Weight (lbs) 130 lbs.
Shipping Weight (lbs) 140 lbs.
Dryer Specifications
Interior Lighting LED Theater Lighting
Drum Material Stainless Steel
Moisture Sensor Exact Dry
Dry System Luxury-Dry™
Air Flow (Forward Spin CFM) 200 CFM
Dryer Drying Rack: Yes
Air Flow (Reverse Spin CFM) NA CFM
Tumble Speed (RPM) 50 RPM
Individual Custom Options 1
Heating Element (BTU/HR) 5,400 Watts
Exterior Dimensions
Height (with 15" Pedestal) 53"
Height (without 15" Pedestal) 38"
Width 27"
Depth 31-1/2"
Depth (with Door 90° Open) 50-5/8"
Electrical Specifications
Power Supply Connection Location Right Rear Bottom
Voltage Rating 120/240V, 60Hz, 25A or 120/230V, 60Hz, 24A
Amps @ 240 Volts 25
Connected Load (kW Rating) @ 240V 6
Exterior Specifications
Door Design Signature Soft-Arc
Door Latch Touch-2-Open™
Reversible Door Yes
Lens Ring Chrome
Installation
Under Counter Yes (Side-by-Side units in under-counter installation require custom-built countertop and/or cabinetry)
Stacked (Above Washer) Yes
Pedestal Yes
Hidden (In Closet) Yes
Accessories
Luxury-Glide ® Touch-2-Open™ Pedestal Optional, order item no. EPWD15IW (Island White)
Dryer Stacking Kit Optional, order item no. STACKIT4X
Mobile Home Installation Kit Optional, order item no. 137067200
Drying Rack Included

Electrolux EIMED55IMB Reviews & Ratings



chrismrector's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Plymouth, WI: - February 24, 2015
Great product, great price, delivered as expected.
Dr.Jim.B's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Lady Lake, FL: - February 14, 2014
Great Dryer - Clothes come out wrinkle free - no need to iron. Appliances Connection is a good place to buy. Best Prices - Helpful people & quick to ship
Dr.Jim.B's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from The Villages, FL: - February 13, 2014
early but, thus far this dryer is working like a charm, Its super quiet and seems to do an excellent job
Inez's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Crescent City, IL: - November 1, 2013
I really like the way my washer works...but I have only had it since March and have already had to have the main board replaced. They came out promptly to fix it and solved the problem....so that means a lot to me. A company that stands behind their products and makes things right...is everything! So far...so good....I love my Electrolux even though it had a problem.
Nicholas's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Rochelle Park, NJ: - November 1, 2013
I have been very pleased with my Electrolux 4.2 Cu Ft Front Load Washer. It is so quite I can not tell that it is running unless I am standing in front of it. Even the spin cycle is not annoying. I purchased the pedestal and really enjoy not having to bend over to get my wash out. I have used the deep clean sanitize setting several times with my towels because they are sometimes used to soak up water spilled on bathroom floors. I really like this setting however it does take a long cycle time. I have been very pleased with the cleaning of my clothes and the fact that most of the water is spun out leaving the clothes barely damp which cuts down on my drying time. Most of the time I use the short cycle to wash which takes only 18 minutes. None of my family work at jobs that get their clothes soiled. The normal cycle takes about 50 minutes. The washer is very easy to use and the variety of wash cycles available is amazing. I like the convenience of being able to put in my soap, bleach and fabric softener in all the same time. I love the light in the washer so I can see easily any clothes I might have missed transferring to my dryer. The dials are easy to read and everything is readily identified. I like the compactness of the unit. I was worried it might not fit under my cabinets with the pedestal but I had one inch to spare. The only think I would like different is a louder alarm to notify me when the cycle is complete.
Catherine's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Hollidaysburg, PA: - November 1, 2013
I use my washer and dryer at least 15 times a week. I love this set the loads can be large or small. the clothes come out clean and I love the steam option with the dryer too. it works to freshen things up or to remove hair ( I have a blonde cat) . I like the wash temperature options and the length of the cycles.
abubakar's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from El Paso, TX : - October 22, 2013
This was the best purchase ever i love washing now all the didn't options for washing my delicates. I no longer have to go to the laundry mat to wash my covers.
gina's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Denver, CO: - October 22, 2013
My husband finally got me the dryer of my dreams! Finally I can have my clothes dry BEFORE my next wash load is finished. My daughter loves the steam feature to help her get ready for school in the morning. It is so nice having a true gentle cycle for all my delicates. It's great to freshen a sweater and go. The size is great for all my bulky comforters. All I can say is I love it!l
Elva's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Bethlehem, PA: - October 22, 2013
I have never had a washer and dryer that lived up to it name and did everything it said it would do. Fast and clean your clothes too. So many features .
Bill's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Oakland, CA : - October 22, 2013
I definately would recomend this dryer to anyone who is in the market for one. We used to do 6-9 loads in a week and now we do 4 loads because of the capacity of the drum. Our clothes even get drier faster than with our old one and doesn't take as long.
Sandy's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from East Prairie, MO : - October 22, 2013
I love the speed of the drying cycles and the fact that the door is reversible. The steam cycle is wonderful and well worth the expense. I would highly recommend this dryer.
Mike's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Tampa, FL: - October 22, 2013
The fact that the dryer vents on the left with a 4" cavity to house the vent pipe & that the door is reversible sold me. This is absolutely the only dryer on the market with all 3 of these features and is the main reason I purchased this dryer (I checked every brand). That 4" cavity for the vent pipe is a great invention and only Electrolux offers this. We use nearly all of the dryer settings, they are clear and intuitive. The owners manual is well-written but we rarely have to consult it. I highly recommend this dryer.
Vance 's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Chicago, IL : - October 22, 2013
This Electrolux product dries our clothes quicker than our prior model. It is very quiet, especially compared to our prior model. It is also very stable. In the five months of use, it hasn't moved at all from it's original position. We were constantly adjusting the position of our other product model.
Odessa's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from La Conner, WA : - October 22, 2013
I bought both the Electrolux washer and dryer, and I am very satisfied. For the price (less than most on the market), I feel like I got the best possible product. The machines are well made, offer plenty of options, run quietly, are efficient, beautiful, and user-friendly. I dont' think there is a better product on the market today!
GMoney's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Golden Valley, MN: - October 22, 2013
Absolutely the finest dryer I've ever owned. The drum is HUGE, the sensors know exactly when the load is dry, the cycle times are at least half the time of my previous model, it's incredibly quiet, lots of functions that ACTUALLY work, and its very stylish... Great piece.
Sylvia's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Duncan, OK: - August 15, 2013
I love the speed of the drying cycles. The steam cycle is wonderful and well worth the expense. I would highly recommend this dryer.
yvonne schuetz's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from oconomowoc, WI: - November 29, 2012
Company was nice to work with and appliances are awesome
catwoman.meow's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Oklahoma: - May 21, 2012
I'm really pleased so far. It's SO much faster than my old one, and has a huge capacity. Now my dryer can keep up with my washing machine!!
Natalya Gordon's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Palm Coast, FL: - August 19, 2011
Great product.
Michael S. Cooper's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Lamar, AR: - May 6, 2011
It's absolutely crazy how well this dryer works. I can hardly believe it every time I pull out a load of laundry. Simply fantastic in every way possible, a terrific purchase indeed.
Michael S. Cooper's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Lamar, AR: - May 6, 2011
It's absolutely crazy how well this dryer works. I can hardly believe it every time I pull out a load of laundry. Simply fantastic in every way possible, a terrific purchase indeed.
Michael S. Cooper's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Lamar, AR: - May 6, 2011
It's absolutely crazy how well this dryer works. I can hardly believe it every time I pull out a load of laundry. Simply fantastic in every way possible, a terrific purchase indeed.
Gary I. Conyers's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Chicago, IL: - May 6, 2011
This dryer has made my life a heck of a lot easier since I got it. For years I've had to go to the local laundromat to do my laundry, but now that I have this dryer and it's matching washer machine I can avoid the hassle of lugging my dirty clothes around in a sack. It performs above my standards and I just love that toasty feeling when I throw on a shirt that has just been dried in it.
Gary I. Conyers's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Chicago, IL: - May 6, 2011
This dryer has made my life a heck of a lot easier since I got it. For years I've had to go to the local laundromat to do my laundry, but now that I have this dryer and it's matching washer machine I can avoid the hassle of lugging my dirty clothes around in a sack. It performs above my standards and I just love that toasty feeling when I throw on a shirt that has just been dried in it.
Gary I. Conyers's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Chicago, IL: - May 6, 2011
This dryer has made my life a heck of a lot easier since I got it. For years I've had to go to the local laundromat to do my laundry, but now that I have this dryer and it's matching washer machine I can avoid the hassle of lugging my dirty clothes around in a sack. It performs above my standards and I just love that toasty feeling when I throw on a shirt that has just been dried in it.
Benjamin L. Hamilton's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Provo, UT: - May 6, 2011
My dryer broke down a few months ago and I decided to do my research before I purchased another one instead of going out and buying another piece of junk that would crap out on me at a crucial time. I did and I came across this great machine. With a wide range of cycles to choose from it provides me with whatever the occasions calls for. I highly recommend it.
Benjamin L. Hamilton's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Provo, UT: - May 6, 2011
My dryer broke down a few months ago and I decided to do my research before I purchased another one instead of going out and buying another piece of junk that would crap out on me at a crucial time. I did and I came across this great machine. With a wide range of cycles to choose from it provides me with whatever the occasions calls for. I highly recommend it.
Benjamin L. Hamilton's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Provo, UT: - May 6, 2011
My dryer broke down a few months ago and I decided to do my research before I purchased another one instead of going out and buying another piece of junk that would crap out on me at a crucial time. I did and I came across this great machine. With a wide range of cycles to choose from it provides me with whatever the occasions calls for. I highly recommend it.
Hope Reconatti's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Oakland, Ca: - December 3, 2010
The BEST! This is the largest capacity dryer we have found for home use and will take anythng you can throw at it and dry it to fluffy perfection. We absolutely love this Dryer!

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Electrolux EIMED55IMB Reviews & Ratings



chrismrector's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Plymouth, WI: - February 24, 2015
Great product, great price, delivered as expected.
Dr.Jim.B's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Lady Lake, FL: - February 14, 2014
Great Dryer - Clothes come out wrinkle free - no need to iron. Appliances Connection is a good place to buy. Best Prices - Helpful people & quick to ship
Dr.Jim.B's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from The Villages, FL: - February 13, 2014
early but, thus far this dryer is working like a charm, Its super quiet and seems to do an excellent job
Inez's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Crescent City, IL: - November 1, 2013
I really like the way my washer works...but I have only had it since March and have already had to have the main board replaced. They came out promptly to fix it and solved the problem....so that means a lot to me. A company that stands behind their products and makes things right...is everything! So far...so good....I love my Electrolux even though it had a problem.
Nicholas's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Rochelle Park, NJ: - November 1, 2013
I have been very pleased with my Electrolux 4.2 Cu Ft Front Load Washer. It is so quite I can not tell that it is running unless I am standing in front of it. Even the spin cycle is not annoying. I purchased the pedestal and really enjoy not having to bend over to get my wash out. I have used the deep clean sanitize setting several times with my towels because they are sometimes used to soak up water spilled on bathroom floors. I really like this setting however it does take a long cycle time. I have been very pleased with the cleaning of my clothes and the fact that most of the water is spun out leaving the clothes barely damp which cuts down on my drying time. Most of the time I use the short cycle to wash which takes only 18 minutes. None of my family work at jobs that get their clothes soiled. The normal cycle takes about 50 minutes. The washer is very easy to use and the variety of wash cycles available is amazing. I like the convenience of being able to put in my soap, bleach and fabric softener in all the same time. I love the light in the washer so I can see easily any clothes I might have missed transferring to my dryer. The dials are easy to read and everything is readily identified. I like the compactness of the unit. I was worried it might not fit under my cabinets with the pedestal but I had one inch to spare. The only think I would like different is a louder alarm to notify me when the cycle is complete.
Catherine's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Hollidaysburg, PA: - November 1, 2013
I use my washer and dryer at least 15 times a week. I love this set the loads can be large or small. the clothes come out clean and I love the steam option with the dryer too. it works to freshen things up or to remove hair ( I have a blonde cat) . I like the wash temperature options and the length of the cycles.
abubakar's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from El Paso, TX : - October 22, 2013
This was the best purchase ever i love washing now all the didn't options for washing my delicates. I no longer have to go to the laundry mat to wash my covers.
gina's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Denver, CO: - October 22, 2013
My husband finally got me the dryer of my dreams! Finally I can have my clothes dry BEFORE my next wash load is finished. My daughter loves the steam feature to help her get ready for school in the morning. It is so nice having a true gentle cycle for all my delicates. It's great to freshen a sweater and go. The size is great for all my bulky comforters. All I can say is I love it!l
Elva's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Bethlehem, PA: - October 22, 2013
I have never had a washer and dryer that lived up to it name and did everything it said it would do. Fast and clean your clothes too. So many features .
Bill's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Oakland, CA : - October 22, 2013
I definately would recomend this dryer to anyone who is in the market for one. We used to do 6-9 loads in a week and now we do 4 loads because of the capacity of the drum. Our clothes even get drier faster than with our old one and doesn't take as long.
Sandy's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from East Prairie, MO : - October 22, 2013
I love the speed of the drying cycles and the fact that the door is reversible. The steam cycle is wonderful and well worth the expense. I would highly recommend this dryer.
Mike's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Tampa, FL: - October 22, 2013
The fact that the dryer vents on the left with a 4" cavity to house the vent pipe & that the door is reversible sold me. This is absolutely the only dryer on the market with all 3 of these features and is the main reason I purchased this dryer (I checked every brand). That 4" cavity for the vent pipe is a great invention and only Electrolux offers this. We use nearly all of the dryer settings, they are clear and intuitive. The owners manual is well-written but we rarely have to consult it. I highly recommend this dryer.
Vance 's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Chicago, IL : - October 22, 2013
This Electrolux product dries our clothes quicker than our prior model. It is very quiet, especially compared to our prior model. It is also very stable. In the five months of use, it hasn't moved at all from it's original position. We were constantly adjusting the position of our other product model.
Odessa's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from La Conner, WA : - October 22, 2013
I bought both the Electrolux washer and dryer, and I am very satisfied. For the price (less than most on the market), I feel like I got the best possible product. The machines are well made, offer plenty of options, run quietly, are efficient, beautiful, and user-friendly. I dont' think there is a better product on the market today!
GMoney's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Golden Valley, MN: - October 22, 2013
Absolutely the finest dryer I've ever owned. The drum is HUGE, the sensors know exactly when the load is dry, the cycle times are at least half the time of my previous model, it's incredibly quiet, lots of functions that ACTUALLY work, and its very stylish... Great piece.
Sylvia's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Duncan, OK: - August 15, 2013
I love the speed of the drying cycles. The steam cycle is wonderful and well worth the expense. I would highly recommend this dryer.
yvonne schuetz's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from oconomowoc, WI: - November 29, 2012
Company was nice to work with and appliances are awesome
catwoman.meow's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Oklahoma: - May 21, 2012
I'm really pleased so far. It's SO much faster than my old one, and has a huge capacity. Now my dryer can keep up with my washing machine!!
Natalya Gordon's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Palm Coast, FL: - August 19, 2011
Great product.
Michael S. Cooper's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Lamar, AR: - May 6, 2011
It's absolutely crazy how well this dryer works. I can hardly believe it every time I pull out a load of laundry. Simply fantastic in every way possible, a terrific purchase indeed.
Michael S. Cooper's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Lamar, AR: - May 6, 2011
It's absolutely crazy how well this dryer works. I can hardly believe it every time I pull out a load of laundry. Simply fantastic in every way possible, a terrific purchase indeed.
Michael S. Cooper's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Lamar, AR: - May 6, 2011
It's absolutely crazy how well this dryer works. I can hardly believe it every time I pull out a load of laundry. Simply fantastic in every way possible, a terrific purchase indeed.
Gary I. Conyers's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Chicago, IL: - May 6, 2011
This dryer has made my life a heck of a lot easier since I got it. For years I've had to go to the local laundromat to do my laundry, but now that I have this dryer and it's matching washer machine I can avoid the hassle of lugging my dirty clothes around in a sack. It performs above my standards and I just love that toasty feeling when I throw on a shirt that has just been dried in it.
Gary I. Conyers's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Chicago, IL: - May 6, 2011
This dryer has made my life a heck of a lot easier since I got it. For years I've had to go to the local laundromat to do my laundry, but now that I have this dryer and it's matching washer machine I can avoid the hassle of lugging my dirty clothes around in a sack. It performs above my standards and I just love that toasty feeling when I throw on a shirt that has just been dried in it.
Gary I. Conyers's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Chicago, IL: - May 6, 2011
This dryer has made my life a heck of a lot easier since I got it. For years I've had to go to the local laundromat to do my laundry, but now that I have this dryer and it's matching washer machine I can avoid the hassle of lugging my dirty clothes around in a sack. It performs above my standards and I just love that toasty feeling when I throw on a shirt that has just been dried in it.
Benjamin L. Hamilton's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Provo, UT: - May 6, 2011
My dryer broke down a few months ago and I decided to do my research before I purchased another one instead of going out and buying another piece of junk that would crap out on me at a crucial time. I did and I came across this great machine. With a wide range of cycles to choose from it provides me with whatever the occasions calls for. I highly recommend it.
Benjamin L. Hamilton's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Provo, UT: - May 6, 2011
My dryer broke down a few months ago and I decided to do my research before I purchased another one instead of going out and buying another piece of junk that would crap out on me at a crucial time. I did and I came across this great machine. With a wide range of cycles to choose from it provides me with whatever the occasions calls for. I highly recommend it.
Benjamin L. Hamilton's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Provo, UT: - May 6, 2011
My dryer broke down a few months ago and I decided to do my research before I purchased another one instead of going out and buying another piece of junk that would crap out on me at a crucial time. I did and I came across this great machine. With a wide range of cycles to choose from it provides me with whatever the occasions calls for. I highly recommend it.
Hope Reconatti's Electrolux EIMED55IMB Review from Oakland, Ca: - December 3, 2010
The BEST! This is the largest capacity dryer we have found for home use and will take anythng you can throw at it and dry it to fluffy perfection. We absolutely love this Dryer!

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Both gas and electric clothes dryers work by heating air that is blown through a duct into a rotating drum. Gas dryers have a gas burner that does the heating; electric dryers have electric heating elements. Both types utilize electricity for the motor that turns the drum and the controls.

You'll want to take great care when working on dryers. Unplug the dryer and turn off the gas supply to a gas dryer at the appliance shutoff valve. If you smell a strong odor of natural gas, stop what you're doing and call the gas utility from outside the house. As with most appliances, maintenance will keep your dryer purring. Clean the lint trap after every load and clean the vent system once a year.

The sensor is one of the best new control features. Instead of a thermostat that simply sets the cycle to meet a desired temperature, a sensor measures the amount of moisture in clothing and sets the cycle appropriately. The benefit of this technology is that it hugely reduces the incidence of shrinkage and other fabric damage during the drying cycle. Another great feature on dryers is steam. Whirlpool, LG Electronics and Maytag are all adding steam to their top-of-the-line dryers. On these models, steam is added to the extended tumble of a cycle to prevent wrinkling, and it can also be used throughout an entire cycle to perk up dry and wrinkled clothing.


Clothes dryers are powered by either gas or electricity. Electric dryers are usually cheaper to purchase but can cost more to operate. Gas dryers typically cost about $100 more than electric models, but they are more efficient and will save you money in the long run. Often the choice is not yours -- the fuel source that is available in your home will dictate what type of dryer to purchase.

Make sure the dryer you are considering purchasing will fit in your laundry space. Full-size models have widths of 27 to 30 inches. Compact models, which are great for closet or under-counter installation, typically measure 24 inches across. You will also need to take a look at the way and in what direction the door of the dryer swings open, especially if there's limited space in your laundry area.

How to Shop for a Dryer

Make sure the dryer you purchase will be able to handle the amount of clothes coming from your washer. Look for a dryer that has a sufficient variety of settings to handle the items that you are likely to be washing.

Consider a dryer that has a cool down cycle and/or an extended tumble or wrinkle release setting. These cycles help reduce the wrinkles in your clothes by periodically moving clothes around after the drying is done, until you retrieve them from the machine. For those who can't remember to check their lint screen, some high-end dryers have an indicator light that reminds you to handle this chore. A lint screen filled with lint after a few uses will greatly slow drying time and excessively run up your energy bill.

If your laundry area is near sleeping quarters, you may want to select a quieter unit with better than average suspension and insulation. It's very difficult to determine how much noise a machine will make, but the best indicator is the db (decibel) rating.

Dryers are big-time energy guzzlers. The most energy-efficient models are the ones with sensors. To get the best performance out of your dryer, it is best to place it in a warm, dry room, not a cold, damp basement, if possible. Since the energy consumption of dryers is so high and doesn't vary all that much from model to model, there is no energy guide required on them and they are not listed in the Energy Star database.

When planning your installation, don't forget to consider venting and power. All dryers except condensation units will require venting. Electric models will require a dryer outlet of 220 volts. A gas dryer will require a gas or propane hookup and access to 120-volt standard household outlet.

  • End Of Cycle Signal
    Machines with a wrinkle-prevention cycle usually have a buzzer that signals that the dry cycle is complete and then sounds periodically during the cool-down cycle.

  • Cycles
    Dryers typically offer a choice between a timed cycle, which lets you select how long you want the dryer to run, and automatic cycles, which can be set for how dry you want the clothes to be. The two basic automatic cycles are regular and permanent press. The permanent-press cycle introduces a cool-down period of about five minutes, during which the clothes are tumbled with no heat to minimize wrinkling. To these cycles a delicate cycle is often added; this cycle runs on reduced heat.


  • Drying Rack
    A wire rack that doesn't rotate with the drum is convenient for drying sneakers or other small, heavy objects. It helps protect the drum and minimizes noise.

  • Drying Sensors
    There are two ways of controlling an automatic-dry cycle: Either the machine can measure the temperature of the air leaving the clothes, or a humidistat (a device that directly measures the moisture in the clothes) can be used. Both methods work, but humidistats give more precise control.

  • Efficiency
    The efficiency of a dryer depends on how good the washer's spin-dry cycle is and how fully the dryer is loaded. If you normally dry small loads, you're better off with a smaller-capacity dryer. Using automatic instead of timed-dry cycles also helps.


  • Temperature
    In some dryers, the temperature setting is preset for each cycle; in others, it can be adjusted independently.

  • Wrinkle protection
    Clothes left in a dryer after the dry cycle is finished can wrinkle, especially if they're warm. Many machines have an automatic cycle that will tumble the clothes intermittently, circulating unheated air through them, for up to 2-1/2 hours.

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