The opening direction of doors is never a thought for me until it opens in what is obviously the wrong direction. So, if you are planning out your laundry space or have moved your dryer to a new spot or new house, you might be aware of some access difficulties with the way the door currently opens.
Such situations can be remedied by switching your dryer door around. This is a common feature but not necessarily a guaranteed one. So, I’ve compiled a list of some popular dryer brands that carry these models.
Most of the well-known brands offer multiple standard electric and gas dryers with reversible doors. This is listed in the product specifications as a convenient feature that facilitates access and use of the dryer. However, stacked and combo machines don’t have this feature.
Table of Dryers With Reversible Doors
Below is a list of dryers with reversible doors from five of the top brands: GE, Kenmore, LG, Samsung, and Whirlpool. I divided the dryers into electric, gas, stacks, and combo machines to help you navigate through the models.
Where possible, I will also include helpful videos on changing the swing direction of your dryer door.
Note: if you are looking for a specific model number and there is a single character difference, this can be because of the machine’s color, which can change a W to a V. The reversibility of the door will be the same.
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Do All Dryers Have Reversible Doors?
Many, but not all, dryers have reversible doors for your convenience.
You can find a variety of dryer capacities in both gas and electric options with a reversible door, but you should confirm the feature is present if you are specifically looking for it.
You also need to be aware that certain types of dryers are unlikely to have a reversible door: washer/dryer stack and washer/dryer combo machines tend to have fixed door positions.
How Do I Know if My Dryer Door Is Reversible?
If you have or are looking at a dryer from one of the other appliance brands not listed here, you can typically find out about the reversible door feature from the product page online, and the manuals, or you can ask a sales consultant in-store.
The online product page should list the reversible door as a feature or part of the appearance in the specifications if it has this capability. Alternatively, you can check the manuals (which are available online) you can check the specifications and information.
Why Do Dryers Have Reversible Doors?
The reversible function of a dryer door is very practical. This is intended to help get around awkward door positioning that walls, corners, closets, and washer doors might create.
Therefore, the door can be modified to give you the best access to your machine where it is installed.
It is helpful to switch the door around instead of trying to change the position of appliances or just living with it. So, you will have the option of making your door open to the left or to drop down.
Is It Hard to Reverse the Dryer Door?
Changing the dryer door into an alternative position is relatively easy since very clear instructions come with your model of dryer to help. Additionally, there are videos that demonstrate how to do this for many dryers.
Using a screwdriver, you will need to move the hinges on the door and the hinges and latch plate on the casing to the alternative position. GE installation manuals estimate this can take 30 minutes to an hour.
If you are uncomfortable performing the alteration or don’t have the time, you can always contact a dryer technician.
Potential Problems With Reversible Dryer Door
You might be concerned with some of the safety features involved with a reversible dryer door.
A locking dryer door might be important, especially if you have children. Washer/dryer combos don’t have reversible doors because the lock cannot be moved. So, if you are looking for this locking feature, you should probably avoid dryers with reversible doors.
You don’t need to worry if you are thinking about the door sensor, which prevents the machine from running with the door open.
Manufacturers wouldn’t permit the reversible feature if it would compromise the sensor, or they would make provisions for moving it. So, since it is allowed by the manufacturer, you can believe it is safe and building code compliant.