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Samsung FlexDry DV9900 Dryer review: Samsung FlexDry packs two dryers into one

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The Good The Samsung FlexDry DV9900 has two dryer dryer sections for handling large and tumble free laundry items separately and simultaneously. It's attractive, elegantly styled and performs well. It offers many standard dryer cycles and steam modes. It talks to a mobile app over Wi-Fi so you can control the dryer with your phone.

The Bad It's large, expensive, and can't be stacked vertically to save space. With a total of 7.5 cubic feet, it has less capacity than some competing machines.

The Bottom Line Samsung FlexDry's two drying compartments offer some impressive time-savings, but its sky-high price tag places it out of reach of all but the most well-heeled shoppers.

7.9 Overall
  • Design 8
  • Usability 8
  • Features 9
  • Performance 7

If you're going to spend almost two grand on a brand new clothes dryer, it better have every bell and whistle in the book. The new $1,900 Samsung FlexDry DV9900 (roughly £1480 or AU$2560) offers that and then some. With two dryer compartments folded into one machine, it lets you dry standard-sized loads in its main drum, and smaller loads of delicates in a separate drying compartment in the lid. Thanks to built-in Wi-Fi you can monitor and control both dryer modules with your phone as well.

Of course this is a massive amount to pay for a new clothes dryer no matter what it can do. That figure climbs even higher if you plan to pair the FlexDry with Samsung's companion washer, the $1,900 WV9900 FlexWash, that also boasts two washing compartments. If your budget can swing the expense and you often wash loads with lots of delicates, then the FlexDry is worth the investment.

Design and features

To say the Samsung DV9900 FlexDry is merely large is a gross understatement. Towering at a height of 47 inches and stretching 27 inches wide by 32.5 inches deep, its physical presence is imposing. This appliance is clad in a skin of black stainless steel too (also available in white) making it more a 4-foot tall obelisk than a traditional domestic dryer. Even so, the FlexDry is almost a foot shorter than LG's DLEX5000 dryer when mounted on top of its WDP4V pedestal.

The Samsung FlexDry is a massive, attractive and unique laundry machine.

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The dryer's primary control panel provides 12 cycles to tackle everything in the main drum from the "Heavy Duty" fabric in bedding to "Towels," "Active Ware," "Delicates" and "Perm Press."

The FlexDry lacks a cycle knob but still has plenty of cycles and settings to choose from.

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Hooking up the dryer to a cold water line supplies the machine's three steam modes. A short "Refresh" cycle pumps steam into the drum for a few minutes while "Wrinkle Away" runs for 20 minutes or more to power through tough creases. For removing unpleasant odors and hopefully germs from certain textiles, the "Steam Sanitise" mode applies a mixture of high heat and water vapor to sturdy fabrics.

Despite its size, the FlexDry offers a total drying capacity of 7.5 cubic feet. That's less that what some other monster machines provide such as the Kenmore 69133 (8.8 cubic feet) and LG DLEX 9000V (9 cubic feet). The FlexDry strikes a handsome profile though. This appliance is all smooth curves, rounded edges framed in silver highlights. The front of the dryer lacks the usual cycle dial, a knob that typically dominates every other control on an appliance's panel. As a result, the FlexDry has the sleek, clean look reminiscent of a fancy audio receiver -- not something meant to hide in the laundry room.

The top of the FlexDry opens up to accept delicate clothes and other tumble-free items.

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Are two dryers better than one?

The answer really depends on what kind of clothes you launder most often. As a family man, my dirty hampers contain all manner of items from swimwear, exercise garments and yoga pants spun from synthetics to polyester blend shirts, cotton socks and dress shirts, jeans and yes underwear.

To make life easier I wash everything in cold water and don't separate anything. If I come across a few items in a load that are particularly fragile, I'll remove them to hang dry before tossing everything else into the dryer. I know it's a poor strategy since my laundry likely isn't as clean as it could be. I also waste time waiting for delicates to drip dry before I can wear them.

The FlexDry's upper dryer solves some of this problem. Built to wick moisture away from delicates, rather than tumble dry them, the chamber is a shallow box built into the lid on top of the machine that fills with hot air. A slim section of controls above the main panel provides cycles to control the upper drying chamber.

A special "flexible rack" rests on supports to suspend it above the bottom surface of the upper dryer. The idea here is to lay your items flat across the rack. Air from below will then pass through the rack's mesh screen surface and dry articles on top of it.

Control and keep taps on the FlexDry through the Samsung Smart Home app.

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Smart app

A growing number of washers and dryers come with an app that lets you either control or monitor your laundry from a smart phone. The Samsung FlexDry follows the trend. Like select GE and LG appliances along with its matching Samsung FlexWash washing machine, the FlexDry connects to the internet via Wi-Fi. Once you get it online, you can receive wash status alerts, monitor current status and in some cases control both of the FlexDry's dryer systems with your phone.

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