In order to get features like steam and sanitize from Bosch, you have to break into a higher dryers price bracket. For around the same price as our top-ranked clothing dryers you will get the Bosch WTVC3300US, which has neither steam nor sanitize and a smaller capacity, but it is excellent in many ways and winner of our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award.
First and foremost it is a Bosch. The company, a 2010 Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year, has an excellent reputation for energy efficiency, for everything really. Good Housekeeping backs this product with one of its seals, which means these dryers have undergone extensive testing by an outside group. It also means Good Housekeeping will refund the full purchase price of these dryers if one proves defective within the first two years you own it.
It is no surprise that these dryers have some wonderful environmentally friendly features. Many among the latest generation of dryers have automatic cycles that are controlled by moisture sensors, including this model. Bosch designed these dryers with a network of heat sensors as well in order to prevent overheating and any waste of energy. Bosch really goes the extra mile, however, with a feature called ECO Action. Used with cotton and permanent press automatic cycles, the ECO Action option will use less heat coupled with slightly longer drying times to reduce energy usage by up to 10 percent.
You will also likely notice how unnoticeable these clothes dryers are during a cycle. At 64 decibels you will barely remember these dryers are running. Luckily there is an end-of-cycle signal that will tip you off. Disabling the signal is a cinch if you prefer not to hear it.
Though Bosch offers no steam option at this price point, the manufacturer did take some thought for items that need special care. There is a no-heat cycle, a delicates option and the WrinkleBlock feature to protect all treasured pieces of clothing. WrinkleBlock tumbles clothing periodically for up to an hour after the actual cycle is done.
These dryers keep track of their lint filter and exhaust system and will offer a warning signal if either needs to be checked for possible clogging.
These clothing dryers offer some helpful design elements like a drum light so you never have to go searching for that stowaway sock. Your settings will stay intact regardless of any tampering young fingers if you engage the child lock feature. The delayed start option is nice as well. Though you would not want to leave a wet load for too long, you may want to use it to streamline the process as much as possible.
A reversible door hinge means you can configure your utility room any way you like. Your options are expanded even further thanks to an available stacking kit, matching pedestal and drying rack.
We love warranties on Bosch products, and this one is also exceptional, doubling the industry standard time limit from one year to two on all parts including the control panel.
Bosch WTVC3300US dryers may not have steam and sanitize features, but they do have exceptional energy efficiency options and a great warranty. These dryers compare extremely well with many other dryers on the market.
Designed to be noticeably quieter than like products.
The lack of a steam or sanitize cycle can be a drawback for some.
This is a well-designed machine with a great warranty.