Top 10 Best Dryer Vent Reviews & Buying Guide 2021

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Damp clothes, musty smells, pests, small critters and fire hazards can all result from faulty dryer vents. If your vent isn't the right size, type, or properly cleaned, your dryer might not function properly, resulting in the annoyances described above.

If your dryer vent isn't working properly, it can cause excess lint build up in your vent and hose, which is a fire hazard. Did you know that every year, there are nearly 3,000 fires caused by dryers and those fires result in $35 million dollars in property losses? Not properly cleaning the dryer is the most common cause of fires too.

Keep in mind best dryer vents are those that will meet your dryer manufacturer's recommendations, keep your dryer working efficiently, and preventing fires in your ductwork. Before purchasing anything, be sure you are fully up-to-date on your local fire codes as well as what is recommended for your dryer and your type of venting situation.
 

Top 10 Dryer Vent Reviews

Not all dryer vents are created equal. From smooth metal to vinyl or plastic, they come in different sizes, materials, and types. Before you choose a vent, you'll need to know what type of dryer you have, where the ducts are located in your home, and how much space you have.
 
1

BetterVent Electric Dryers- Best Pick For Indoor Dryer Vent

This vent uses a double-filter system to catch lint and dust. It has a stainless steel screen that catches all the big stuff and then the polyester filter will pick up any of the fine lint and dust. The stainless steel screen can easily be cleaned with your hand and the polyester filter can be vacuumed clean or it can inexpensively be replaced when it's full.

This is a great vent because it helps save on energy costs, as clothes dry faster, and in the cold months, the vent also returns warm air into the room. It doesn't need any water and it also has a safety vent flap that can act as a reminder to clean the screen after every load of clothes is dried.

Pros: All of the installation hardware is included, it doesn’t use water so it’s not a mess to clean up, and it brings cost savings on your energy bill. It also comes with all of the installation hardware.
Cons: It’s for electric dryers only and some users complain that the mechanism to hang it could be improved. To prevent this, you can make sure your wall is completely dry and that the humidity isn’t high in the room where it’s being placed. The humidity could prevent the adhesive from sticking to the wall.
 
 
2

Dundas Jafine -Popular Dryer Vent Kit

This dryer vent kit uses a 4x5 inch dryer transition duct, a plastic lint reservoir, and two plastic adjustable clamps. It's a great choice for condos, RVs, and apartments that don't have the ability to vent their dryer outdoors. This is a great option as it is very affordable and also helps save on your energy bills, as the warm air from the dryer is coming back into your home and it also makes the dryer work more efficiently.

Pros: This kit is very affordable and is also UL approved for safe dryer venting. The installation is also quick and easy and you can add a few drops of essential oils to the water in the vent, sending pleasant smelling air throughout your space.
Cons: It’s only for electric dryers, so if you have a gas dryer, you’re out of luck with this option. Some users have complained that it does allow some lint to blow out, but that problem can easily be solved using a mesh dryer bag or piece of a woman’s nylon wrapped around the vent.

You do have to add some water to it, so humidity could be an issue. Make sure it’s not too close to walls so condensation doesn’t collect.
 
 
3

Heartland Energy Saving Dryer Vent Closure

This is meant to vent your dryer outside. It directs the warm air out of your home when it's open and also prevents the cold air from coming in when it's cold. It's easy to install and can go on in less than a half-hour.

No matter what type of exterior you have, whether it's siding, brick, masonite, or pressboard, this can be mounted to it.

Pros: Installation is quick and easy and not only does it help to keep the cold air out, but it also provides protection against bugs and other pests getting into your home through the vent. You’ll enjoy energy savings with this vent as well, and this is also an affordable option.

You can also paint it to match your home’s exterior so it blends right in.
Cons: There are some small issues with this vent, mainly getting a good seal once it is installed. This problem is easily remedied by adding an inexpensive door seal around the vent to eliminate any small gaps between the vent and the side of your home.
 
 
4

Dryer Dock Two-Piece Dryer Hose

Dryer Dock has a quick-connect ability and allows you to connect your dryer's vent to your home's vent. Maintenance is quick and easy and it saves space behind your dryer. It has a quick-release system as well, allowing you to easily clean so you can maintain energy efficiency, reduce fire risk, and make sure your dryer is working properly.

It's an easy and affordable solution to attach your dryer vent hose to your vent.

Pros: The hose fits tightly against your existing vent, preventing air drafts, pests, and wear and tear on your dryer and clothes. It also prevents fires and helps your energy bills stay stable. It’s made in the US and is in use in more than half a million homes, factories, and offices. The affordability is a plus as well.
Cons: The biggest criticism of this product is that it doesn’t have a locking mechanism to hold it into place. When you slide your dryer back into place, the hose may cause this to come unattached. To prevent this from happening, gently slide your dryer back to its location to ensure that there’s no movement to jar the vent.

Another con is that it doesn’t come with the hose, so you’ll have to buy that separately. Make sure you follow the instructions and get the proper size.
 
 
5

Deflecto Supurr-Vent low cost dryer vent cover

If you have a problem with pests getting into your dryer vent, this one of the best outsider dryer vents. It is a 6" x 6" cover with a 4" diameter opening (so be sure to measure your vent and make sure it will fit) and not only keeps out small animals and insects, but also keeps the wind, rain, and snow from coming into your vent as well. The curved louvers help keep it from being too loud and it is weather-resistant.

Pros: It has a UV inhibitor to prevent sun damage and cracking. It’s helpful in keeping unwanted critters and weather out of your dryer vent. Installation is quick and easy and it opens easily to allow the air to flow out.
Cons: Even though it is weather-resistant, over time, the plastic can become brittle and warped. There is also some question as to whether the opening is 4″ or slightly larger. These are minor issues and for the low cost of this vent cover, even if it doesn’t last forever, it’s inexpensive enough to replace as needed without breaking the bank.
 
 
6

Whirlpool 4396037RP Dryer Vent Periscope for tight space

This Whirlpool product is adjustable up to 18" and gives you back some of your space in your laundry room without sacrificing safety. It includes a male snap-lock fitting and an extra-long draw-band collar for easy installation. If there is excess length, you can trim it off. The ends are beveled, so it won't damage walls or floors.

Pros: The biggest pro is that this is perfect for a small space. It only needs 2.5″ of clearance, so if you have a tight laundry room, this is for you. It’s also cost-effective and easy to install with basic tools.
Cons: You might need to do some trimming and it’s wise to have ductwork tape or aluminum tape on hand to tape the edges. Otherwise, you run the risk of scratches or cutting yourself. Depending on the space you have and your laundry room configuration, this might also require a second person to install.

None of these drawbacks are dealbreakers though, and as long as you don’t mind a little maneuvering, this is a solid option when space is at a premium.
 
 
7

MagVent MV-180 - Magnetic Dryer Vent Coupling

If you never want to deal with a dryer hose again, you need the MagVent magnetic dryer vent. Instead of trying to shimmy your dryer into place without crumpling or disconnecting the vent hose, this is a magnetic vent that self-aligns and attaches to your dryer's hose.

The installation is easy enough (less than 30 minutes in most cases) and requires only a few tools that you likely have on hand already.

Pros: Installation could not be easier. No more dealing with awful aluminum hoses. It will also help with dryer efficiency and safety by keeping lint out of your dryer hoses.
Cons: At nearly $60, this is definitely one of the pricier vents on the list, but trust us that it’s worth every penny since you don’t have to deal with connecting the vent hose. It also may not fit onto every dryer vent pipe, so you may want to measure before you order.
 
 
8

Kelaro Flexible Clothes Dryer Duct

Kelaro dryer duct is 10' feet in length and 4" in diameter. It's compatible with both front-loading and top-loading dryers and can be used with both gas and electric dryers. It's also universally compatible with most major dryer manufacturers, like Amana, Whirlpool, LG, GE, Samsun, Kenmore, Bosch, Maytag, Speed Queen, and Electrolux.

The kit comes with everything that you need to connect it, including two 4" worm hose clamps to make a secure connection to the wall and the dryer. The upgraded clamps are easy to use and make sure the connection won't allow any heat or lint to escape.

Pros:The vent is flexible and adjustable, so you can get exactly the length that you need. It’s also fire-resistant and has a high-density, corrosion-resistant wire helix that is surrounded by aluminum foil laminate. The ease of installation as well as compatibility with most dryers makes this an easy choice.
Cons: Because the vent hose is only 4″, if your dryer is any bigger than that or is exactly 4″, you may have trouble getting it to fit. If this is the case, you’ll need to maneuver the hose quite a bit to get it onto your dryer. There have also been some complaints that the flexible material is too fragile and rips easily. If this happens, some duct tape can take care of any rips.
 
 
9

Deflecto RVHAW4 Dryer Vent Hood

This vent hood is meant to mount to the outside of your home to keep birds and other critters from nesting in the vent or entering your home. It's weather-resistant and the removable bird guard allows you to easily clean it regularly to allow optimal airflow. It also has a UV-inhibitor to prevent sun damage and cracking. This product includes the vent hood, bird guard, aluminum pipe, and plastic collar for installation. The damper also seals tightly when not in use, preventing any cold air from getting into your home.

Pros: It comes with everything you need and protects your home from the elements outside and from birds and other outdoor pests.
Cons: The flexibility of the hose may make it too fragile and the 4″ diameter may not fit over your dryer vent if it also 4″. To make it fit, you may need to cut a small slit in the hose to fit it over your vent. Cleaning this may be difficult if it is on a second floor or unreachable by ladder.
 
 
10

Indoor Dryer Vent Lint Trap

This dryer vent trap is meant to be used indoors and only with electric dryers. It has a patented stainless steel screen and water drawer to capture lint and dust and this screen never has to be replaced.

Not only does the screen filter out particles from the air, but it also recycles the heat from your dryer, saving you money on your energy bills and lessening your impact on the environment.

Pros: The stainless steel filter makes the air in your laundry room much healthier and prevents dust and lint particles from being released into your home. It also saves you money and reduces your carbon footprint. It’s easy to clean and it’s made in the USA.
Cons: There are few drawbacks to this vent, but at nearly $50, it’s one of the more expensive vents on the list. However, the long-lasting design means that you never have to replace the screen, so the initial expenditure might be a bit more, but it’s a long-term investment.
 

Different Types of Dryer Vents Duct

Not all dryer vents are created equally. The proper term for them is vent ducts, and they come in different sizes, styles, and materials. The most common ones include

 
 

TO KNOW WHICH TYPE YOU NEED, CHECK YOUR OWNER'S INSTALLATION MANUAL AND FOLLOW THE MANUFACTURER'S RECOMMENDATION.

 

Differences Between Gas and Electric Dryers

Both gas and electric dryers use heat, tumbling, and air to dry your clothes. The main difference is where that heat comes from. Electic dryers use a heating element to heat the air while gas dryers use a gas burner to heat it. In an electric dryer, currents travel through the heating coil, which heats the air. The warm air is then sent into the dryer drum by a fan or blower.

A gas dryer, on the other hand, uses an igniter to burn the gas (either propane or natural gas), which warms the air. The air is then pushed into the dryer drum using a blower or fan.

Both types of dryers require a vent to the outside. If your dryer isn't properly vented, you could end up with a laundry room full of mildew, lint, dust, and hot air. There are some ventless electric dryers, which are often found in apartments, but most dryers need to be vented to the outside.
 
 

Dryer Venting Dos and Don'ts

Even if you have no idea what you are doing, venting your dryer is easy enough that with some written instructions, Youtube videos, and basic tools, you can figure it out. If you have basic DIY skills, it's a job that you can handle on your own. Here are some dos and don'ts when venting your dryer.
 

 
  • Do make sure the dryer vent goes to the outside. The purpose of the vent is to take warm, moist air outside of your home. If you vent to somewhere inside your house, like an attic, basement, or crawl space, you are filling that space with warm damp air that can cause mold and mildew and possibly structural damage.
  • Don't use a white corrugated plastic hose to vent the dryer. While this type of hose is easy to use, it allows wet lint to accumulate and it can't be cleaned using normal duct cleaning methods. It also has no structural strength, so as the lint builds up, the duct will sag and allow more lint to accumulate. This impacts the efficiency of your dryer and also is a fire hazard.
  • Do use a 4-inch smooth wall aluminum pipe. The smooth inside of the aluminum will allow the air to flow uninhibited and won't allow lint to accumulate. If you need to change the direction of the duct, use aluminum elbows.
  • Don't forget to clean your dryer vent. While most of the lint will be pushed out, some of it will remain in the vent. As it builds up, airflow is restricted, and this impacts the performance of your dryer. When your dryer has to work harder, your utility bills increase. The build-up is also a fire hazard.

    How often you clean your dryer vent ducts depends on how often you do laundry. If you have a large family and are doing large loads of laundry regularly, you should have it cleaned yearly. If you are doing laundry much less and your loads are smaller, every few years should be sufficient.
  • Do make sure the dryer vent is insulated. This is especially important if it is in a space that is unheated, such as a crawl space, attic, or unheated basement. You need to make sure it is insulated because the moisture particles in the vent could freeze inside the pipe. This becomes problematic when the ice melts and causes condensation and moisture problems.
  • Don't use duct tape to connect the vent ducts, as the adhesive will dry out over time, and this can create gaps in the joints of the vent. You should also avoid using screws or bolts to secure the joints, as they can collect lint inside the vent and create an increased fire risk.
  • Do make sure that you check your vents periodically for any birds' nests or other small animal nests or pests that might be blocking the outside vent.
 
 

Dryer Vent Installation Safety Tips

If you want to take on this task yourself, make sure you follow some simple safety guidelines. Dryers vents that are installed improperly can be a fire hazard, so you need to make sure you do things safely.

  • Check the duct and exterior vent for lint build-up.

  • Do not put a screen on the dryer vent, as lint will build up and plug the vent, creating a fire hazard.

  • Ensure that your ducting is at least 4″ in diameter to allow maximum airflow.

  • The hose must be foil or flexible aluminum, never plastic or vinyl.

  • Any concealed ducting (such as behind walls or under floors) much be rigid galvanized steel or aluminum ducting.

  • Install joints so that the male end of the duct points toward the direction of the airflow.

  • If you are installing concealed metal ducting, it should not exceed 25′ and you need to deduct 5′ from the length for every 90-degree elbow and deduct 2.5′ for every 45-degree fitting. Check your local codes and the dryer manufacturer’s recommendations for this.

  • Make sure you understand fire safety codes and store a fire extinguisher near the dryer.

  • Keep the area around the dryer clear of anything that is flammable, like cardboard, clothing, or cleaning products.

  • Use the correct plug and outlet for your dryer. An electric dryer requires a special cord and outlet. You should also keep your dryer in good working order. A gas dryer should be inspected annually to make sure that the gas line and the connection to the dryer are working properly and there are no leaks.
 

FAQ- Frequently Asked Questions

Still have some questions about dryer vents and in what direction you should go? Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about dryer vents.
 
1What Is the Best Type of Dryer Vent?
There's no one right answer here. Instead, you need to look to the dryer manufacturer and their recommendations for the best vent and make sure you follow local building codes. The best way to make sure the duct is safe is to check to see that the product is certified by a national testing laboratory. Most building codes require that ducts for new construction are "listed" or "L and L" to ensure that the ducts are listed by the lab.
2Where Should a Dryer Vent Be Placed?
Placement of the vent depends on where your dryer is located. Never vent into the house or into an enclosed space like a basement, attic, or crawlspace. The vent must go to the outside. It should be placed at least 12" above the ground outside.
3Is It Better to Vent a Dryer up or Down?
The answer to this is "it depends." It's fine to run the dryer vent upwards to get to the ceiling if that's where it's going to be vented, but once it reaches the ceiling, it should slope downwards towards the exit point.
4Are Aluminum Foil Dryer Vents Safe?
Yes! In fact, aluminum or metal dryer vents are the most common. In most areas, plastic or vinyl dryer vents are prohibited, so your only choice is aluminum foil or another metal duct.
5What Is the Best Location for a Dryer Vent?
There really is no best location for the vent. Again, the answer depends. If you are installing your dryer in your basement, the vent should extend straight up and out, which is the simplest way. If you are venting through an attic, the vent should go up to the ceiling and then out the roof. If you are venting in a first-floor laundry room, extend the vent straight out from the dryer.

Wherever your dryer is located, consider making the vent easy to get to. Rather than having to contort yourself to attache the duct or adjust it, install it towards the top of the dryer to make it easy on yourself.
 
Endline:
The best dryer vents are those that will meet your dryer manufacturer's recommendations, keep your dryer working efficiently, and preventing fires in your ductwork. Before purchasing anything, be sure you are fully up-to-date on your local fire codes as well as what is recommended for your dryer and your type of venting situation.

Dryers do require regular maintenance and cleaning, so don't forget about your dryer's vent and ducts during your seasonal cleaning each year. Keep your vents clean and clear so your dryer can work to its full potential and you can keep lint from building up inside.

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