DLE3170W Review

LG

Electric Dryer

White

7.4 cu ft


Companion Washer - Not Available

Dryer Pros and Cons

Drying

Provides standard drying cycles that are effective for most types of fabrics. Does not offer advanced steam or sanitize options that counter wrinkles or bacteria and are available on about 60% of new dryers.

 

Cycles

Number of cycles and options is 7% higher than average and ranks in the top 50% of new dryers for BETTER program selection and flexibility. More cycles helps you tailor drying to your family’s needs.

Drum

Designed with a stainless steel dryer drum that is more durable than porcelain or plastic. Stainless steel resists odor absorption or discoloration and reduces the amount of static build-up in your clothing.

Capacity

The DLE3170W capacity is 3% higher than average and ranks in the top 45% of new larger size dryers. Holds about 0.2 cu ft more laundry than the average new dryer. Laundry can be done less often.

Sensor

Uses a moisture sensor to measure the water content of clothing as it tumbles, and automatically shuts-off the cycle when dry. Prevents clothing from being damaged by overheating and saves on energy costs.

Price

Price per cubic foot is 28% lower than average and ranks in the top 15% of new clothes dryers for BEST affordability. Based on the MSRP, each cubic foot costs about $42 less than the average new dryer.

Performance Ratings

Temp Settings

Provides an ample number of temperature settings to select from. It’s important to match the heat level to the type of fabric being laundered; helps prevent damage and alleviate wrinkles.

Steam Cycle

No Steam Cycles – Does not have the ability to generate steam and refresh lightly worn garments, or remove the wrinkles from clothing. About 60% of new dryers on the market now include a steam cycle.

 

Sanitize Cycle

No Sanitize Cycle – There is no special cycle that uses high-temperature heat or steam to sanitize pillows, stuffed animals, or other non-washable items. Helps remove bacteria and allergens.

 

MSRP

Manufacturer’s Price (MSRP) is 28% lower than average and ranks in the top 15% of new clothes dryers for BEST overall price. You should also consider the LG DLE3170W cost per cubic foot.

Warranty

Industry standard warranty for clothes dryers. A few manufacturers offer a two-year warranty on parts, but dryer warranties are generally not as good as washers.

Dryer Convenience Ratings

Stackable

Stackable – Like most new front-load matching dryers, this model can be stacked vertically with a washer to save space, and allows one unit to be accessed comfortably at shoulder level. Great for small rooms.

Reverse Door

No Reversible Door – The dryer door is fixed and cannot be changed to open from the other side. Over 90% of new clothes dryers are designed with flexible doors that can swing right or left.

 

Drum Light

Includes an internal light that automatically switches on when the dryer door opens. Almost all new dryers come equipped with this nearly essential feature so you can see to unload your clothes.

Filter Indicator

There is no visual reminder to change the lint filter. Most of us are remiss in this area and a clogged filter light is very helpful. Available on about 50% of new dryers.

 

Dryer Rack

No Dryer Rack – Does not include a dryer rack that allows tumble-free drying for items such as tennis shoes, ball caps, sweaters, or stuffed animals. Dryer racks can usually be purchased separately.

 

Venting

Must Be Vented- Over 95% of new dryer models must be vented to the outside of your home with a duct running from your dryer. A few ventless models are available if an outside duct is not practical.