From Consumer Reports: Hopefully this would be considered a fair use: I
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First look: Fisher & Paykel Smartload DEGX1 dryer
This dryer, the only full-sized top-loader on the market, is claimed to be
easier to load and unload than the more typical front-loading dryer.
We tested the electric model, $780; a comparable gas version is priced at
$760. Though very good overall, the dryer has shortcomings:
. Difficulty unloading. That's especially true for short people. Our testers
found it harder to unload the deep drum of the Fisher & Paykel dryer than
any of the front-loading dryers or top-loading washers in our lab.
. Inconsistent performance. It was very good at drying a 3-pound load of
delicates and 8 pounds of cotton. It was only good at drying a 12-pound
mixed load and at damp-drying all test loads. We found that it holds about
10 percent less than its stated capacity of 6.5 cubic feet.
. A noisy start. When you close the lid and start the dryer, you hear the
inner door closing and a whoosh reminiscent of an airplane taking off. It
sounds impressive, but the noise may disturb family members.
. Absent amenities. It lacks convenience features found on many
less-expensive dryers. These include a light inside the drum and a way to
adjust the loudness of the end-of-cycle signal and turn the signal off. It
does have an easy-to-empty lint trap.
The bottom line. This dryer is overpriced for what it offers. Because it
uses new technology, its reliability is unknown. Among better choices: the
Kenmore (Sears) 6487, $470.