Dryers that won't break the bank

Based on 907 opinions
Our winners are
1 of 5

Simple and user-friendly, the inexpensive dryers are certain to offer less features compared to the high-end models, but they are still able to offer the standard settings that are required to complete the efficient drying.

Brand-names like Kenmore, amana, and Maytag offer a variety of less expensive products. We took a look at models priced at $500 or below to find out what users have to say about them. Here's what we know about cheaper models:

  • Energy efficiency: users report that inexpensive models tend to be less energy efficient than more expensive models.

  • Performance: even though these dryers are at the cheaper end of the market, they still get very high ratings from users in relation to high performance.

  • Quiet: user opinion indicates that these aren't the quietest models on the market, in comparison to higher end models.

  • Quality: money doesn't buy quality, when it comes to dryers; users report that models that cost less than $500 actually have higher quality on average than the $500+ models.

Even at the lower end of the market, users are in agreement that these appliances are still able to offer enough quality in performance and build. There are slightly fewer drying and temperature settings than those offered on the mid and high range models, but this doesn't mean the cost-effective appliances aren't able to keep the clothes protected throughout the drying process.

Top Inexpensive Dryers

#1 rated in inexpensive: Kenmore 6.0 cu. ft. Electric Dryer, scored 82/10081

1. Kenmore 6.0 cu. ft. Electric Dryer

According to user opinions, the Kenmore 6.0 cu. ft. Electric Dryer is the #1 inexpensive dryer. Owners believe that it isn't necessarily worth its price as it usually receives around average scores for overall value. Noise will probably be a problem with this dryer, as it is described as very loud. Parents of young children and small apartment inhabitants will not find this dryer sufficiently quiet. However, owners are dissatisfied with this dryer and wouldn't recommend it to their friends.
Learn more


#2 rated in inexpensive: Hotpoint 6.0 cu. ft. Electric Dryer, scored 81/10081

2. Hotpoint 6.0 cu. ft. Electric Dryer

The Hotpoint 6.0 cu. ft. Electric Dryer is considered the #2 best inexpensive dryer. Owners say that it is not necessarily worth the price as it usually receives around average ratings for overall value. Noise may be a problem with this dryer, as its performance is described as a little loud. Small apartment inhabitants and parents of young children might not find this dryer sufficiently quiet. However, user opinions show that this dryer performs pretty badly and that it consistently delivers inadequate results.
Learn more


#3 rated in inexpensive: GE 7.0 cu. ft. Electric Dryer, scored 81/10081

3. GE 7.0 cu. ft. Electric Dryer

The GE 7.0 cu. ft. Electric Dryer is considered the #3 inexpensive dryer. Users say that it is not necessarily worth its cost as its ratings for overall value are around average. Noise might be a problem with this dryer, as it is described as a little loud by owners. Studio apartment inhabitants and parents of young children may not find this dryer quiet enough for their needs. However, consumers are moderately satisfied with this dryer and wouldn't necessarily recommend it to a friend.
Learn more


#4 rated in inexpensive: GE 6.8 cu. ft. Electric Dryer, scored 80/10079

4. GE 6.8 cu. ft. Electric Dryer

Users rank the GE 6.8 cu. ft. Electric Dryer the #4 best inexpensive dryer. Consumers say that it is worth the cost as rate it high for overall value. User opinions reveal that this dryer's performance is rather good and that it consistently delivers adequate results. However, noise may be a problem with this dryer, as it is described as a tad loud. Parents of young children and small apartment dwellers might not find this dryer quiet enough for their needs.
Learn more


#5 rated in inexpensive: Amana 6.5 cu. ft. Traditional Gas Dryer (NGD4600YQ), scored 79/10078

5. Amana 6.5 cu. ft. Traditional Gas Dryer (NGD4600YQ)

The Amana 6.5 cu. ft. Traditional Gas Dryer (NGD4600YQ) is rated the #5 best inexpensive dryer. Users say that it is worth its cost as it is rated high for overall value. Noise will be a problem with this dryer, as most owners describe it as a racket. Studio apartment dwellers and parents of small children will not find this dryer sufficiently quiet. However, owners are not pleased with this dryer and wouldn't recommand it to their friends.
Learn more