Dryer recommendations for second floor with floodtray

blackhoundSeptember 4, 2011

I have a 20 year old Maytag DE382 that is showing it's age. The timer is hit or miss. Replacing the timer would be about $150.00, which I am considering, but I would also like a more energy efficient dryer and one with a larger drum capacity.

The dryer is on the second floor behind louvered doors sitting on a floodtray with the washer.

The old Maytag is 26.5" deep (flatback) + about 5-6" for the vent stack. The tray is 35" deep. The selection of flatback dryers is pretty limited. At least that I have been able to find. And truthfully, with what I've found so far in the flatback range, I don't see any advantage to buying a new one over repairing the old Maytag. I was hoping to find a new model that had some updated features and better energy efficiency but that's not the case with the available flatbacks.

The smallest humpback I've found is a 28" deep Maytag. (I'm not a total devotee of the brand it just seems to be working out that way.) It does have some nice features and better efficiency, larger capacity, and seriously important for me, good ergonomics for loading and unloading.

It would probably squeak into the space but be flush tight against the front of the tray. The louver doors should clear it with no problem, but when the doors are opened it is questionable just how far open I would be able to get the dryer door open before it hit the folded back louvers. And that all assumes that the measurements are dead on. It could just as easily be an half-inch to large to fit properly.

After that long-winded exposition, my question is this? Does anyone have any recommendations for flatback electric dryers? Or know of any humpback dryers that have some of the standard depth shaved off?



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AFAIK, Maytag Bravos does not need a flood tray. I have read many, many positive reports from people who've bought it for their upper story laundry rooms because it is so stable, has so little vibration, and does a great job on laundry. My 850 model also has an internal water heater, which means it provides true hot or warm water if needed. This is something which was/is very important for us.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2011 at 5:34AM
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" ... Maytag Bravos does not need a flood tray ... "

I'm confused by this statement. OP is talking about dryers. Are you saying the Bravos washer doesn't need a flood tray??

I assume his/her flood tray is for their washer (as they don't want a flood) but he/she is looking for a new dryer to fit in the existing space.

And why wouldn't a Bravos washer benefit from a flood tray? Does it have built in flood control mechanisms like Bosch or Miele?

OP, have you considered Speed Queen? I'm not 100% on what a "flat back" refers to but SQ makes dryers that look to be 28" deep.

This brand seems to be popular among those who want an "old fashioned", no nonsense, well built machine.

Here is a link that might be useful: Speed Queen - dryers

    Bookmark   September 5, 2011 at 9:10AM
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livebetter, I didn't read carefully, didn't realize the OP was about a dryer. I mainly noticed the word "floodtray". ::blushing::

OP, my Bravos dryer is excellent in every way. If it would fit into your space, I would recommend it.

    Bookmark   September 6, 2011 at 12:26AM
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@livebetter: A flat back is just that. The back of the dryer is flat. It's apparently an older design feature that isn't used with the more recent configuration of dryers. Most have a humped back so they require more space for installation.

I checked out the Maytag Bravos today and found one that fit all my needs! It is just shy of 7 cu ft, has a great ergonomic door and opening, moisture sensor, energy efficiency and is a flat back!

Thanks for the recommendation.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2011 at 10:17PM
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