Rated 4 out of 5 by Deed So far so good
Our fabulous 18-year-old compact dryer finally failed (along with its matching washer), forcing us to shop for a new laundry pair. Initially we were hoping to find a moderately priced conventionally vented dryer but, after researching the latest models, we finally bit the bullet and sprang for this LG DLEC855W ventless condenser dryer. We’ve only had the machine for a month, so the pros and cons listed below are tentative. The dryer is stacked over its matching washer LG WM1377HW in a very small space in the kitchen next to our refrigerator. We line-dry our wash most months out of the year but, in order to determine that the dryer is working properly, we have thus far testdriven the machine with about 10 loads of all kinds of laundry.
• Drying options are more than sufficient and the machine has a must-have moisture sensor.
• Drying capacity is excellent and drying time is only marginally longer (if at all) than our old vented dryer.
• The heat that is recycled back into the house will definitely be a welcomed addition during the winter.
• We have chosen to empty the condensed water directly into the drain, but having the reservoir option will definitely come in handy as well.
• The machine also comes with a drying rack (which we have yet to use) and a drum light feature, both of which may also prove handy.
• Given the bulging, rounded front of the design, the machine is substantially deeper that it needs to be and that’s unfortunate.
• Periodically, the dryer makes a grinding noise, presumably due to the action of the pump pushing the water to the drain (or reservoir).
• Bulky items like sheets ball up almost immediately and the reverse rotation of the drum is not able to undo the problem.
• A powerful, industrial smell was emitted during the initial drying tests but seems to have decreased with each subsequent load dried. My assumption is that it is a temporary problem associated with the fact that the dryer is brand new and that after a few more uses the smell will be gone completely.
August 31, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lakeview great dyer in a small space
This dryer is a lot faster than expected it to be for a non vented machine. It is noisier than the washer but the level is acceptable even though it is located in the center of my apartment.
August 14, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by ex_brit Amazing Machine With One Drawback Only
This is an amazing machine and accomplishes its drying goals admirably but it has one major flaw.
The hot air outputs through the front bottom grill. Normally that would be fine if it was directed only forwards, but it is also directed downwards at the floor, thereby lifting my floor tiles. I've had to raise the machine on appliance runners and place an aluminium tray under it to redirect the heat.
September 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by SwissKnick Quiet operation. Dry clothes. No vent required.
While the drying time seems long, the clothes come out dry and fresh. The fact that it did not need a vent and stacks nicely on the washer saved room. So far it has performed as I would expect. Reminds me of my European laundry equipment.
July 20, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Matt 3 months and 2 dryers + 2 service calls
We bought this dryer about 3 months ago and the electronics on it broke about 2 weeks after it arrived. All the lights on the front panel flashed like crazy for a few minutes one day and then nothing, kaput. Our retailer was nice enough to agree to an exchange and a new unit was sent out. About 5 minutes after that one was delivered the front panel started flashing like crazy again and the, yup you guessed it, it wouldn't start at all.
This time we had an LG tech out to make sure the retailer had installed it correctly and the home electrics were up to snuff. He visits (nice guy BTW) and verifies that the unit was installed correctly and that there are no issues with the power in the house. He also open it up and says he noticed that the connection between the power supply and the main electronic board appeared loose. He reseated that connection and voila the unit started working again. Cool. We're happy.
Now it's 3 weeks later and the front panel has started flashing wildly again. However this time things are slightly different - it doesn't die completely, just goes crazy from about 20 minutes into it's dry cycle - all the while the drying is happening as if the things brain wasn't in the middle of a seizure. After the cycle is done the unit won't start up - it twitches and fumbles through it's startup chime and *normal* light show, but is never quite able to get all the way there. So for the next hour we can't dry another load. After the unit has had time to find it's bearings everything is back to normal before the next load when the same thing happens again.
LG tech is coming out today - they're good about that. But you'll understand if we don't have much confidence that the unit will last much past the 12 month warranty.
Oh ya - it seems pretty good when it is drying.
June 17, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Joeinbostonma Good dryer except for bulky items
Overall, this dryer is great for small spaces. The ventless feature is nice if that is a requirement. My last dryer had a vent, so now I have to get the vent duct capped off, so if that's your situation, I'm not sure the ventless is an advantage. The clothes usually come out feeling damp dry, but I think it's almost like steam, and in truth it's dry. My one major complaint is that when drying bulky items (even using bulky items setting#, the bulky item almost always becomes a virtual cannonball inside the dryer as it wraps into a tight coil. Then it starts to pound inside the dryer as it rolls around, and you have to go unwind it #over and over again). The dryer does sometimes change direction, but it doesn't do this long enough to unwind the bulky item, and that's too bad, bc it certainly seems like alternating direction of the basket would solve this issue but alas it is not alternating long enough or frequently enough. Sheets, blankets, etc, all become heavy cannonballs. My only other slight grievance is that the lint for whatever reason comes out especially fine, almost like dust, so it's hard to catch it all with a swipe of your fingers and there is fine lint in the trap left over and going down into the dryer.
May 18, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Lakeview Happy with it even though it wasn't what I wanted
This non-vented (European style) apartment size dryer was not really what I wanted, because I knew that the drying times would be longer than with a conventional vented dryer. This turned out to be true but not so much as I had expected. The noise level is not as impressive for its quiet as that of the companion washer, but it is acceptable. There is the nice feature of a flat drying rack that is easily removed for tumble drying.
May 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by 1173 great companion to LG 2.3 Cu. Ft. 9-Cycle Washer
This machine performs very well, but be aware that it is a ductless unit that passes water-filled air through a condenser and from there the extracted water flows into a built-in tank that must be manually emptied. HOWEVER, if you are fortunate enough to have a drain conveniently located, the water can be emptied directly into the drain, bypassing the tank. This machine does NOT require a separately-purchased stacking unit. The ONLY accessory needed for successful installation is the power cord. Since the machine is engineered to operate without an air duct, it is especially appropriate for installation in small apartments or condos that lack regular laundry hook-ups.
March 29, 2014