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.
Number of available cycles and options is about average for a new clothes dryer. Generally the more cycles and options you have to choose from, the better the chance of meeting your clothing care needs.
Drum material is comprised of adequate but less desirable materials such as steel, plastic, or porcelain. Stainless steel is more durable and less resistant to damage, odors, discoloring, or static build-up.
Internal capacity of the WED9400SZ dryer is about average for a new dryer. Dryers range in size from a minimum of about 3.5 cu ft to a maximum of about 9.0 cu ft. The average size is about 7.2 cu ft.
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 per cubic foot of capacity is about average for a new clothes dryer and is rated GOOD for affordability. Dryers can often be purchased on-sale at 10%-20% under the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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.
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.
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.
Manufacturer’s Price is about average for a new dryer and is rated GOOD for overall price. In addition to the Whirlpool WED9400SZ MSRP, it’s also beneficial to check the price per cubic foot.
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 – 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.
Reversible Door – The dryer door is flexible and can be switched to open from right-to-left (with a washer sitting on the right side), or left-to-right (with a washer sitting on the left side).
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.
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.
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.
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.