Best Dry Option For Lg Washer Dryer

Best dry option for lg washer dryer

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How We Tested

The Testers

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Between the three of us (Jon Chan, Kyle Hamilton, and Julia MacDougall), we've spent many years testing major appliances including washers, dryers, refrigerators, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners, and robot vacuum cleaners.

We have plenty of experience testing these products in the lab, but we've also used them as normal people would in the course of their daily lives, which means that we have a great sense for what appliances are bargains at their price points, and which appliances have really useful extra features (as opposed to the kitchen-sink approach to features).

With all this in mind, you can feel confident that when we recommend a product, we're giving it our Reviewed stamp of approval, which means two things: firstly, this appliance performs well, and secondly, this appliance is easy to use.

We're always reviewing new products, so stay tuned for our reviews and roundups of the latest products in laundry, refrigerators, dishwashers, and vacuum cleaners.

The Tests

Every dryer that comes into Reviewed’s labs gets put through the same testing regime, which addresses both performance and user-friendliness.

Performance tests include:

Drying performance – How much water does each major dryer cycle actually remove from your clothes, and how quickly can it achieve that level of dryness?

Maximum temperature – We record the maximum temperature in each dryer cycle.

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Some like it hot, but if dryer temperatures get too hot, it could damage your clothes.

The best dryers completely dry your clothes at a temperature that is hot (140°F-150°F) but not too hot (lest your clothes be scorched or damaged), and have short cycle times.

Beyond these performance tests, we also assess the usability of each dryer, based on our experience, both during testing and during more casual use (one perk of working at Reviewed is that there is plenty of laundry machines on premises!). Our main goal is to get the answer to one question: how easy is it to actually use this dryer?

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This involves cumulatively assessing the control panel, the door, the vent, and any smart features that are included.

By combining the performance data with our own observations, we can make solid recommendations for someone looking for any type of dryer at any price point.

What You Should Know About Dryers With Steam

In these busy times, people are always looking for labor- and time-saving devices and appliances—just look at the success of the robot vacuum!

That’s the idea behind adding a steam cycle onto a clothes dryer: by paying extra for a water hookup (in addition to the normal dryer venting), you’ve just reduced the amount of time you have to spend ironing your clothes to make them look clean and pressed.

Clothes irons remove wrinkles from your clothes in two ways: with its weight and with steam.

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Most fabric is thermoplastic, which means that at high temperatures, the fabric is malleable and can easily change shape, but once it cools down, the fabric retains that new shape.

So the fabric in your clothes takes on a new shape (gets wrinkled) when it stays in a crumpled position for a more than a day (e.g. tossed into a laundry hamper), but the steam from the iron relaxes the fabric, and the weight of the iron squishes the fabric flat again.

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When your fabric cools down post-ironing, it’s back to its pre-wrinkled state.

With a steam cycle in a dryer, you’re getting one of the two aspects of a clothes iron that makes it effective. As mentioned earlier, a steam cycle relaxes the bonds in the clothes fabric, however, without the weight of an iron, there’s a good chance that a steam cycle won’t completely remove every wrinkle.

It might reduce wrinkles on clothes that are thin and have large enough weaves to let the steam in (like jersey cotton), but for stiffer fabrics and huge, noticeable wrinkles, you’re still going to need to pull that iron out. However, a steam cycle should do part of the job for you, and reduce the time you’ll have to spend taking that shirt to task on an ironing board.

Beyond the wrinkle benefits, a steam cycle can also be helpful when it comes to eliminating odors, allergens, and bacteria from your laundry load.

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Meet the testers

Jonathan Chan

Lab Manager


Jonathan Chan currently serves as the Lab Manager at Reviewed.

If you clean with it, it's likely that Jon oversees its testing.

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Since joining the Reviewed in 2012, Jon has helped launch the company's efforts in reviewing laptops, vacuums, and outdoor gear. He thinks he's a pretty big deal.

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In the pursuit of data, he's plunged his hands into freezing cold water, consented to be literally dragged through the mud, and watched paint dry. Jon demands you have a nice day.

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Julia MacDougall

Senior Scientist


Julia is the Senior Scientist at Reviewed, which means that she oversees (and continually updates) the testing of products in Reviewed's core categories such as televisions, washing machines, refrigerators, and more.

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She also determines the testing methods and standards for Reviewed's "The Best Right Now" articles.

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Cindy Bailen



Cindy Bailen loves writing about major appliances and home design and has spent over 15 years immersed in that.

In her spare time, Cindy hosts pledge programs for WGBH-TV in Boston and other public television stations.

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Checking our work.

We use standardized and scientific testing methods to scrutinize every product and provide you with objectively accurate results.

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If you’ve found different results in your own research, email us and we’ll compare notes. If it looks substantial, we’ll gladly re-test a product to try and reproduce these results. After all, peer reviews are a critical part of any scientific process.

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