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 cycles and options is 25% lower than average and ranks in the bottom 15% of new dryers for FAIR program selection and flexibility. Fewer cycles sometimes makes it harder to meet your fabric 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.
Capacity is 46% lower than average and ranks in the bottom 1% of new smaller size dryers. The WTC82100US holds about 3.3 cu ft less laundry than the average new dryer. Smaller is cheaper, but less convenient.
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 is 54% higher than average and ranks in the bottom 5% of new dryers for POOR affordability. Based on the MSRP, each cubic foot costs about $81 more than the average new dryer.
Less than average number of temperature settings. Most new dryers have five settings, and some even have six. The more settings available, the better the choice and care for your fabrics.
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 (MSRP) is 19% lower than average and ranks in the top 25% of new clothes dryers for BETTER overall price. You should also consider the Bosch WTC82100US cost 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.
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.
One of the very few dryers that does not include an internal drum light that comes on when the door is opened. Makes it more difficult to find a shirt, or make sure you’ve unloaded everything.
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.
Ventless Capability – Dryer does not need to be vented with a traditional hose that takes moisture-laden air from the dryer to the outside of your house. Only available on a handfull of new dryers.