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Kenmore's 81383 dryer is practical, not packed with high style (pictures)

The Kenmore 81383 dryer won't win any contests for its stunning or elegant design but it does offer some practical features.

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Brian Bennett
Brian Bennett is a former senior writer for the home and outdoor section at CNET.
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A face you'll probably forget

Decked out in a generic design with unremarkable shades of silver and gray, the Kenmore 81383 dryer looks like plenty of other laundry appliances.

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All the controls are on the front

A front-facing control panel help this dryer to support vertically stacked arrangements as well as a pedestal accessory.

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Turn the knob to pick a cycle

The cycle knob is big and easy to rotate .

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Check the screen for other settings

A small screen and buttons below it control additional cycle settings.

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Dry by time if you prefer

Aside from standard cycles automatically controlled by moisture sensors, you also have the option of drying by elapsed time.

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There are bigger drums than this

The 7.4 cubic foot capacity drum on the Kenmore 81383 dryer is a little smaller that what some other machines offer.

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Add water yourself

Since the dryer doesn't connect to a dedicated water line, you'll have to fill its steam feeder tank by hand.

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