Electrolux EFME627UTT Dryer review: This dryer looks lovely, but it takes too long to dry your clothes

Behind the door is a roomy 8 cubic foot capacity drum. It's not as massive as the 9- or 9.2-cubic-foot capacity machines on the market ($1,800 LG DLEX 9000 and $1,400 Maytag MEDB955FC). Still, it has enough space to accept two wet loads at once from 4.5 cu. Ft. capacity washers or smaller.

Electrolux also sells pedestal accessories for the EFME627UTT for $299. They raise the machine so its drum is easier to reach plus double as extra storage.

Speed and power are a problem

It's painful to say, but while its companion EFLS627UTT washer does a fabulous job, this dryer falls short of the mark. In terms of speed and power, it places near the bottom of all the dryers we've tested to date. You should know that our tests record the amount of water a dryer can pull from wet fabric. They also log the time needed to complete this task. We strive to remove as many variables as possible during testing, including environmental conditions and test materials.  

Like many modern clothes dryers, the Electrolux EFME627UTT has a moisture sensor system inside its drum. It's designed to detect humidity levels inside the drum in real time while a dryer cycle is active. The sensor and onboard software work to control the appliance on the fly, shortening or lengthening cycle time accordingly. Even so, the EFME627UTT took a long 51 minutes to complete our test cycles. In fact it hit the same minute count across three separate test runs.  

That's a full 9 minutes longer than LG DLEX 5000 (42 minutes, 7.4 cu. ft.), and 10 minutes more than the LG DLEX 9000 (43 minutes, 9 cu. ft.). The Kenmore 69133 dryer, another 9-cubic-foot machine, required just 38 minutes (13 minutes less).

For the record, we chose the dryer's Normal cycle that's designed to process a range of fabric types. According to the manual that covers "everyday fabrics including cottons, linens and sheets." We also selected the dryer's "normal" temperature setting.

Dryers compared

Dryer Electrolux EFME627UTT Kenmore 69133 LG DLEX 5000 LG DLEX 9000V Samsung DV8750
Capacity 8 cu. ft. 8.8 cu. ft. 7.4 cu. ft. 9 cu. ft. 7.4 cu. ft.
Cycle types 9 9 14 14 13
Avg. cycle time 51 min. 38 min. 42 min. 43 min. 38 min.
Avg. water amount removed 5.3 pounds 5.3 pounds 5.6 pounds 5.5 pounds 5.6 pounds
Energy Star Certified Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Avg. power usage per year 608 kWh 608 kWh 607 kWh NA 607 kWh
App No No Yes, Android/iOS Yes, Android/iOS Yes, Android/iOS
Warranty 1 year limited (parts, labor) 1 year limited (parts, labor) 1 year limited (parts, labor) 1 year limited (parts, labor) 1 year limited (parts, labor)

Another key figure we calculate is a dryer's water evaporation rate. The number expresses the quantity of water on average a dryer removes from test loads of wet fabric over time. As expected the Electrolux EFME627UTT's sluggish cycles translated into weak drying power. Its evaporation rate came to just 0.103 pound per minute.

By comparison, the most powerful dryer we've tested to date is the $1,199 Samsung DV8750 (0.148 pound per minute). Right below that is the $649 Samsung DV7750 (0.143 pound per minute). Possibly because it uses similar if not identical hardware and software, the Electrolux EFME617S notched the exact same result (0.103 pound per minute)

WATER EVAPORATION RATE (IN POUNDS PER MINUTE)

Samsung DV8750
0.148
Samsung DV7750
0.143
Kenmore 69133
0.139
LG DLEX 5000
0.135
LG DLEX 9000V
0.128
Electrolux EFME627UTT
0.103

Note:

Longer bars indicate better performance

Don't settle unless you want to

As it stands buying the $1,349 Electrolux EFME627UTT Dryer only makes sense on one condition. That's if you plan to also purchase its paired washer, the $1,349 Electrolux EFLS627UTT. This washing machine won our Editors' Choice Award. It's the best stain remover and fabric cleaner we've ever tested, too. That alone is enough to offset its dryer counterpart's slow cycles. It also helps that both machines share an attractive design.

If you simply need to replace an old clothes dryer then skip this unit. There are faster models out there. Some even have greater-capacity drums and connected abilities. The $1,800 LG DLEX 9000 and $1,299 Kenmore 69133 great choices. Both dryers come with huge 9 cu. ft. capacities, while the DLEX 9000 also links to home Wi-Fi and a mobile app. You can also save a little cash by getting the $1,500 LG DLEX that offers swift cycles plus smarts but less room (7.4 cu. ft.).

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