LG sells some of the most attractive laundry appliances on the market, but the $1,100 LG DLEX 3570V dryer isn't one of them. This machine has a drab color scheme and conventional appearance that could easily belong to any number of products from a wide range of manufacturers. What the DLEX 3570V lacks in distinctive looks, however, it makes up for in swift cycle speed and sheer clothes drying power.
Those who need to wash large loads at once won't appreciate the dryer's relatively cramped 7.4 cubic foot capacity drum. For them, either the luxurious $1,800 LG DLEX 9000V or roomy $1,400 Kenmore Elite 81072 are a better fit. Of course if it's striking design you're after then consider the $1,100 Kenmore 69133 and $1,000 LG DLEY 1701V. Both high-performance dryers are sleek and lovely, and they sprint through their cycles quickly.
Design and features
Painted in what LG describes as "graphite steel" (also available in white), the DLEX 3570V dryer's gray-and-silver chassis closely resembles myriad similarly bland machines made by GE, Kenmore and Whirlpool. Measuring 38.7 inches tall by 27 inches wide and reaching a depth of 29.75 inches, the dryer is very close in size to the Kenmore 81383 and GE GFDS260EFWW, two appliances that also share a close resemblance.
Even so, the LG DLEX 3570V is by no means old-fashioned. The dryer's control panel sits on the machine's front face and has modern LED indicators. At the center of the panel is a large dial that swivels softly to highlight your chosen dryer cycle. It's a far cry from the cantankerous mechanical knobs that still exist on some budget dryers such as the Kenmore 65132 and GE GTD45EASJWS.
This doesn't mean the LG dryer is a pleasure to operate. With a cluttered layout and text that's often too small to read quickly, I often found it tricky to tell just what the appliance was up to at any given moment.
There are plenty of dryer cycles to choose from. Numbering 12 in all, the cycles profess to handle everything from permanent press and synthetics to bulky items, cotton garments and towels. The dryer can also perform two different steam cycles, "Steam Fresh" and "Steam Sanitary." The first option is designed to remove wrinkles and odors from clothing quickly. The second cycle hits the dryer drum with high heat and steam to destroy germs lurking within fabric.
To supply moisture for its steam functions, the LG DLEX 3570V relies on a small water reservoir that you must fill manually. While it's a minor inconvenience, especially if you have access to a sink in your laundry room, the arrangement is more hands-on than using a dedicated water line.
The dryer's 7.4-cubic-foot-capacity drum is a letdown as well. It offers less space for large loads than many competing appliances. For instance, both the Kenmore Elite 81072 and LG DLEX 9000V dryers boast massive drums with 9-cubic-feet capacities.