Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 156
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Mudinyeri Good Value, Excellent Quality
I didn't purchase this dryer at Home Depot but I thought HD shoppers might find my review helpful. I review other types of products professionally and found this dryer, and the matching washer (model #WT1201*), worth my time to review.
Installation: I chose to install the dryer myself. I'm fairly skilled in home repair, maintenance and improvement tasks (Generally, as skilled, or more so, than even the most experienced employees at HD). Other than hauling the dryer into my basement, installation was a snap. The electrical connections are color-coded on the back of the dryer. Just be sure that you have adequate space and light to install the pigtail (dryer cord/plug). My dryer required no leveling, even on somewhat uneven slate tile, but the leveling legs would have made the task relatively easy if necessary.
Of Note: The dryer came with the Y fitting and hoses to make the connection for the steam feature (more on the steam feature later). Often times, manufacturers don't provide such accessories. Thumbs-up to LG for doing so.
Also of Note: The dryer did not come with a pigtail. Be sure to purchase an electrical cord with a plug that fits your current receptacle. The dryer can be wired with either a three-wire or four-wire connection.
The installation test cycle is a nice feature to ensure that the dryer is properly set up before your first use. The cycle only lasts two or three minutes and it helps ensure that you have adequate exhaust through the dryer vent. DO NOT re-use old dryer vent tubing. Install a clean vent tube - as short as possible.
First Use: My first use test gave the dryer a run for its money. I loaded up a large, near capacity, load of towels, jeans, heavy cotton work pants and tried to dry them on the Delicate setting. I set the Dry Level as high as it would go, started the dryer and left it to do its work.
Minor Complaint: The "Signal" (cycle complete chime/alarm) is not very loud and the volume, apparently, cannot be adjusted. If your washer and dryer are close to your living area this isn't a problem. If, on the other hand, your laundry room is on a different level than your primary living area you probably won't hear the chime.
Test Results: As expected, the Delicate cycle was inadequate for a large, heavy load. Virtually everything was still damp - nearly as damp as when it came out of the washer. This certainly is no fault of the dryer's. It is truly unreasonable to expect a Delicate drying cycle to adequately dry a heavy load but I wanted to see what would happen.
Second Test: With the large, damp load still in the dryer I switched to the Cotton/Normal mode and set the Dry Level as high as it would go. Success! Everything was bone dry. However, due to the large load, there was one pair of heavy cotton work pants that was badly wrinkled - creased, actually. An opportunity to test the Steam Fresh cycle!
Steam Fresh Test: After removing the rest of the initial test load, I placed the heavy cotton pants back in the dryer and kicked off the Steam Fresh cycle. At the end of the cycle, the creases were still in the pants but were very faint. I suspect that the Steam Fresh mode would be adequate for lighter weight garments like cotton shirts and light cotton pants.
Features & Functionality: This dryer is on par or slightly above its competitors when it comes to features. A friend of mine works at the appliance store where I purchased this dryer. She walked me through a number of competing models from other manufacturers. This dryer was about $50 more than a competing model without the steam feature. Most of the other features are common across manufacturers at this price point.
Flow Sensor Feature: The flow sensor provides a warning when the dryer's exhaust flow is restricted. It is in your best interest to pay attention to this "idiot light" and clean your dryer's duct work when the sensor indicates a blockage.
Check Filter Feature: Another good warning light - the Check Filter light comes on whenever the Power button is pressed. This light will continue to be illuminated, even if you check and clean the filter, until the Start button is pressed. Don't be alarmed that something is wrong with the dryer.
Operation: For the most part, operating this dryer is fairly intuitive. However, I would say that the owner's manual is more of an installation manual than an operating manual. Each of the buttons is briefly described but very little operational information is included. For example, all of the Cycle Setting buttons and Option buttons are lumped into two categories with a total of five sentences dedicated to describing their use.
Another example of inadequate documentation is the information related to Custom Programs. The entirety of the documentation is as follows: "If you have a special combination of settings that you use frequently, you can save these settings as a CUSTOM PROGRAM." Thank you, very much, LG. Now, how do I do that?
Tip: If you are unfamiliar with the logic behind electronic devices, make sure your salesperson walks you through this machine's operation. You may want to take notes, photos, videos, etc.
Tip: Some buttons require long presses to access certain features. Generally, this is indicated by smaller text below the main text on the button.
Quality: According to a number of rating agencies, LG's appliances have one of the best, if not the best, long-term quality ratings in the industry.
In summary, the DLEY1201's features are on par, or slightly better, than its competitors. It is Energy Star compliant. So, it's energy efficiency is also on par with its competitors. The expected quality of this particular machine is better than its competitors and the value for the money is at or slightly above the competition.
March 28, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Seastar Best dryer and washer ever.
Love the features. Performance is action clean. Energy efficient. Great Quality. My only problem is the Manual print was small.
February 10, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by happy1 Love the size
We had it delivered and installed and it was done very quickly. We love the size because we are doing laundry in almost half the time because of the size of the washer and dryer. It accommodates a family of 5 very well.
February 25, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Cabin2014 Perfect
Very nice dryer. Highly recommended. Perfect for any family
September 3, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jimmytang I love the machine's looks and performance.
If there can be such a thing as a sexy dryer, this machine would qualify with its' graphite steel color and touch pad controls. It's easy to operate and quiet. Clothes come out of the dryer virtually wrinkle-free. It has exceeded my expectations.
January 10, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Doylesdream So far so good
Although late on the delivery date schedule (Christmas rush) the guys were very helpful and did a great job installing it. So far it works wonderful, I like to watch the washer and dryer go through the cycles Weird, I know.
January 7, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Grandmommy Love love love it...
Love the music at the end to let you know it is done.
November 15, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Nic1 Love it but not for bulky stuff
Love this machine; it has a large capacity and appears to dry average size loads very well. However, I recently put a down comforter in there to dry and I even though I put it on the bulky bedding setting, it took me 3 rounds to get it to dry and sometimes the loads will wrap around themselves, but that happens with all dryers so I won't fault LG for this. I do love the lint filter; it's great, easy to clean and it doesn't get all over the clothes. Overall, am pleased with the dryer, but on the fence about the bulky bedding functionality.
April 9, 2014