Miele TWI180 WP
When it comes to space-saving dryers, the Miele T1 tops the list. Unlike most compacts, the T1 can plug into any regular 120V outlet and work just fine. It doesn’t even need a vent or drain. Instead, all the excess water gets pumped into a drawer in the upper-left corner of the unit. While it does require you to empty it out after every cycle, it means this dryer needs no extra infrastructure to run. However, there is an option to bypass the drawer, and have the collected water go down the drain.
Once placed in the desired location, the T1 outshines the competition. Going through the menus, we found specialized cycles for everything from tablecloths to denim. During testing, the T1 got laundry 99.5 percent dry, while keeping its internal temperature under 150°F—the point which fabric starts to degrade. And it didn’t matter if we put in thin pillowcases or bulky comforters, the T1 got it all dry. As well as drying, the T1 has steam options to eliminate wrinkles and a system called FragranceDos to keep your clothes smelling fresh, without adding overwhelming scents.
While the T1’s German engineering wowed us with its performance, you will need to adjust your American sensibilities (and your budget) to this dryer. You’ll be waiting a lot longer for cycles to finish, between an hour and an hour-and-a-half per load. Also, while the cycle list is very extensive, we found navigating the menus to get to them way more complicated than turning a dial and pressing start.
Even considering its faults, the Miele T1 is one helluva dryer, compact or otherwise.