The Bottom Line
- Large tub can easily handle two loads of a standard dryer and will accomodate comforters.
- Drys clothes in about the same amount of time it takes the washer to wash a load.
- Has many options on the control board for selecting heat settings for different types of clothes..
- Has a wrinkle shield setting so your clothes won't wrinkle and a rack to set sweaters and shoes on.
- Can handle up to 16 pairs of jeans and that means it drys 2-3 times as many clothes at a time.
- Oddly enough, the control board is not protected by a fuse.
- These units are heavy, mainly because they are large and commercial units.
- These units have had problems with the door latches releasing and the door opening up.
- The price of these units is a little steep.
- Great drying time! Almost keeps up with my washer.
- Auto-sense drying that checks the dampness of the load of laundry and dries to the desired setting.
- The wrinkle shield feature allows the dryer to turn on and off and heat the clothes, keeping them from wrinkling.
- The rack that installs in the center of the dryer is great for wet boots or shoes. It allows them to dry without the noise.
- A large tub for bigger drying loads allows you ample room for comforters, bedspreads, and large loads of jeans and towels.
- This machine is very durable because it is a commercial unit. It is built to last longer than a standard dryer.
- This dryer is pricey, but with large amounts of laundry, it will pay for itself. Less loads means less gas and electricity.
Guide Review - Whirlpool Duet Gas Dryer
I personally own a Whirlpool Duet gas dryer, the one in the picture, and I simply love it. In combination with the washer, you'd be able to do three times the laundry in one load! My dryer will almost keep up with the washer and that is a plus. I remember always being able to wash two loads of laundry with every one that dried. One of the nicest features is that I can dry bedspreads and comforters and comforters effectively. It seemed that in a standard dryer, half of the comforter would be dry and the other half wet when the cycle was over. This just required even more drying time.
Since the dryer has so many settings, you can dry almost anything safely. There is a rack that you install in the center of the dryer to place sweaters, shoes, hats, and other things that you don't want tumbling around and making a thumping sound.
If you only dry a load or two of laundry a week, the cost may not justify the savings of energy and drying time. However, if you factor in gas bill, electric bill, and the time saved washing and drying clothes for larger families, this would certainly be a great choice. I believe Whirlpool needs to add a fuse to protect the control board from power spikes. These control boards are expensive to replace.