New Fangled Dryer

It looks like your average dryer on the bottom. But this $1,200 Maytag Neptune drying center adds a whole new dimension to laundry day.

Consumer Reports' Pat Slaven tested it to see what you get for that kind of money.

The top of the drying center is a heated closet for clothes you would normally air dry.

The racks are removable so you can pull the racks out and hang items on the top, or if you have a bunch of sweaters, or lingerie, that you don't want to shrink. You can lie them flat on the racks.

First pat tumble dried a regular load of wash in the dryer. The Neptune performed well, rating among the best of dozens of dryers tested. Next, pat assessed the drying center's ability to shake out wrinkles from wet shirts as they dried.

And, it's dry, but it's still wrinkled.

But very wrinkled, dry shirts hung in the drying center came out much better. The wrinkles did shake out, leaving the shirts much smoother and ready to wear. Next, pat tested the odor removing feature.

This did a good job of getting food and smoke odors out of clothes. You hang your clothes up, put a dryer sheet in and a few hours later, the odor's gone.

The center delivered impressive results with knits as well. These knit shirts dried much more quickly than ones that were air dried. And pat's measurements showed they barely shrunk at all.

But you'll need plenty of room for the Neptune drying center. It's more than six feet tall and at 34 inches wide. It takes up five more inches than an average dryer.

But if you have the space and money to spare. Consumer Reports says the Neptune drying center does deliver very good results.

Consumer Reports says you can get a good dryer for less. The Kenmore model number 62-80 from Sears rated excellent in drying performance and at $400.

It's a Consumer Reports best buy.

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