Features - 95%
Performance - 94%
Ease of Use - 88%
Energy Efficiency - 97%
What makes the LG DLHX4072V dryer a truly innovative unit is the heat pump that increases its performance. In addition, it includes a Motion Sensor feature and multiple settings that allow you to customize the drying details.
The most advanced technologies have reached the dryers’ filed with the LG DLHX4072V, a hybrid electric dryer that uses a heat pump to capture and recycle the energy received during the drying process. This results in a lower energy consumption up to 50% and if you add to that the discounts that lower the initial price from $1,700 to $1,200, you will have a great deal if you choose to buy this dryer model.
The 7.3 loading capacity of this dryer is one of the largest available and it enables you to do laundry less often, as you can dry large amounts of clothes in a single load. The most innovative feature of this electric dryer is the heat pump that recycles the generated energy in order to reduce the consumption and to eliminate the harmful household gas emissions, which is the reason why the unit was called EcoHybrid.
When you use the dryer, you can select from 5 temperature settings namely High, Medium High, Medium, Low, and Ultra Low, so you can adjust the heat intensity according to each type of fabric. This guarantees that the clothes will come out looking great and ready to be worn. There are also 5 drying levels called Very Dry, More Dry, Normal Dry, Less Dry, and Damp Dry, each designed to ensure the optimal drying conditions for your laundry. When you choose the Manual Dry programs, you get to adjust the drying time to 20, 30, 40, 50 or 60 minutes.
The comfort in use and the functionality are offered by a set of features that make the LG DLHX4072V a real help. It uses a TrueSteam technology that produces real steam to reduce wrinkles and eliminate odors so you won’t have to rewash and iron the clothes. To enjoy this technology, you will have to select the EasyIron and the SteamFresh options available on the front panel. Moreover, there is a ReduceStatic option that eliminates static cling in the clothes. The LG uses a sensor to measure the moisture level in the clothes so it will adjust the drying time according to how moist the clothes are.
You will also discover a Wrinkle Care option, a Custom Program so you ca memorize your favorite drying settings, a Child Lock for added safety and a Program Save to remember the last program used. There are some More Time and a Less Time options, as well as a Damp Dry signal and a drum light so you will have visibility inside the dryer.
Cycles and programs
Since it is such an advanced dryer, it had to offer a wide range of drying cycles, and with the 14 ones it comes with, it does not disappoint you. You will have plenty of cycles and programs to choose from so you can meet the needs of every piece of clothing in your wardrobe. The programs are divided into two categories, namely Sensor Dry and Manual Dry with the first one including 11 programs and the second one with 3 programs. The Sensor Dry program includes the following cycles: Cotton/Normal, Bulky/Large, Perm. Press, Heavy Duty, LowTemp Dry+, Towels, Sports Wear, Delicates, Power Dry, SteamFresh, and SteamSanitary. The Manual Dry offers Speed Dry, Air Dry, and Download Cycle. Every time a drying cycle ends, you will be notified by an end-of-cycle signal that creates an audible chime. The signal’s volume can be set to High, Medium or Low and can even be turned off in case you don’t want the dryer to make a noise.
Size and Design
The LG DLHX4072V measures 27”W x 30”H x 39” D and 51”D when you open the door and it can be stacked with a matching 27” washing machine using the stacking kit available for purchase. There is also the responsibility of placing the unit on a pedestal that is also sold separately, so you can install the EcoHybrid dryer in many ways. What this dryer lacks is a drying rack that would extend its drying abilities. The drum is made of stainless steel that is resistant to rust and wear and provides a silent operation each time you turn the dryer on.
This dryer is available in a white finish and a graphite steel finish, so you will be able to easily match it to any other appliances in your house. The best design hack of this unit is the Intelligent Electronic control panel located upfront so you can easily access it and find the right setting every time. The control panel is enhanced with dual LED display indicators and intuitive Dial-A-Cycle controls so there will be no guessing in handling the dryer.
Being a state-of-the-art appliance, it is an Energy Star rated unit that has won the 2014 ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award due to the innovative technologies it uses to reduce energy use and gas emissions. An estimated annual energy use at an average usage of 283 cycles per year shows an annual consumption of 556 kWh per year, which means this dryer uses 50% less energy than other similar models, resulting in around $630 saved during a year. The energy-saving feature does not interfere in any way with the performance and functionality of this EcoHybrid dryer.
Warranty and support
Same as many other dryers, it only comes with a limited 1-year warranty that covers all parts and labor. The manufacturer also states that if there is something wrong with the unit during the first 12 months after purchase and they are unable to fix it, you will receive a brand new unit in exchange. Customers will also benefit from live chat support on LG’s official website, as well as a phone number and email so they can contact a technician.