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Should You Buy the New Full-Size LG Heat Pump Dryer DLHC5502B?

June 13th, 2024 | 5 min. read

By Steve Sheinkopf

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Should You Buy the New Full-Size LG Heat Pump Dryer DLHC5502B?

Brain Teaser: Which came first?

  • The American Civil War
  • The invention of the heat pump

If you guessed the Civil War in 1861, you're mistaken. Heat pumps were actually invented in Austria in 1856.

Fast forward to 2024, and heat pumps are finally making their way into large dryers.

In this article, you'll discover the pros and cons of the new LG Heat Pump Dryer DLHC5502B and see how it stacks up against the LG WashCombo all-in-one washer-dryer.

By the end, you'll have a clear idea of whether this dryer or another option is the right fit for you.


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Heat Pump Dryers 


Despite being invented in 1856, heat pumps were not widely adopted until the early 1970s. With the 1973 OPEC embargo, many manufacturers rediscovered the heat pump as a less expensive alternative for heating and cooling.

In 1997, Electrolux marketed the first compact heat pump dryer at 2.5 cubic feet. In 2018, Miele stopped producing condenser dryers and became the first manufacturer to market exclusively heat pump dryers.

In 2023, GE produced the first full-size washer-dryer heat pump, followed by LG and Samsung in 2024. Their full-sized heat pumps were 4.8-5.3 cubic feet.

LG was the first to market a full-size heat pump-only dryer at 7.8 cubic feet. Whirlpool introduced a heat pump dryer years ago, but it was not widely marketed.

Now, you'll learn why this technology is the future of dryers.

How a Heat Pump Worksheat-pump-dryer-diagram

Heat pumps use a compressor to heat the moisture through an air exchanger, with an evaporator removing the fluid.

This process recycles in a closed-loop system, making it more efficient.

Benefits of Heat Pump Dryers


Heat pumps recycle air with more efficient components compared to vented dryers.

Vented dryers pull air from the room towards heating elements, and then all that energy and heat is vented outside.

With high energy rates like those in Boston, you could easily save $150-$200 by using your dryer only once a day.



You don't need to vent a heat pump, so now, any room can be your laundry room. Kids go away to college?

That closet or room can now be your laundry room because all you need is water, a drain, and 240-volt power.

By the way: Running the drain and water is difficult but can be done. Plus, you'll never have to worry about cleaning a vent again.

Gentler on Your Clothes

Heat pumps operate at lower temperatures, so there is less chance of shrinkage. You'll learn more in the problems part of the video.

ROI (Return on Investment)

The price of this dryer is $1,295 on sale, which is $200 more than a comparably featured vented dryer.

However, with its energy efficiency and lower operating costs, you'll save enough on your utility bills to make up the difference in less than two years.

No Lint Issues

You also don't have the possible lint issue with this dryer like you do with combo washers and dryers.

The washer eliminates most lint through the drain, while the dryer, like other dryers, has normal filters in the front.

Read More: Should You Buy a Heat Pump Dryer? Pros & Cons Explained

LG Heat Pump Dryer DLHC5502B: 2024 Review

Model and Specifications

Best Features of the LG DLHC5502B



The capacity is 7.8 cubic feet, which is 2.5 cubic feet more than the next largest Samsung combo unit.

Most heat pump dryer-only units, like those from Bosch or Miele, are only compact at 2.5 cubic feet. So, it's huge by comparison.

23 Cycles, 11 Options


It's hard to believe our parents only had three cycles.

But you have 23, including specialty cycles for bedding, jackets, and outerwear, plus the AI capability of having the machine figure out the proper cycle.

You can also do a time dry only, up to three hours.



Heat pumps are currently reliable in the smaller Bosch and Miele models. However, LG is new to the 7.8 cubic feet size, and with new products come possible service issues.

Quite frankly, our industry is not prepared to handle this because a specialized technician is needed for this dryer.

Lint Issue

You shouldn't have a lint issue, but if you don't clean the lint after every load, it will clog the exchanger, leading to an expensive service call.


You have to read page 13 of your manual or not. (I read it for you.) The listed depth is 32.25 inches: 


But look at the height dimension—you need at least 5 inches of clearance for a total of 37.25 inches minimum.

So, check your space before buying.


The other issue is time. Heat pumps take longer to dry than vented dryers.

Comparing the LG DLHC5502 Heat Pump Dryer and the LG WM6998HBA All-in-One Washer-Dryer


Dry Times

When comparing the LG DLHC5502 heat pump dryer to the LG WashCombo WM6998HBA, the washer and drying times for the heat pump dryer are less than the LG all-in-one.

Below are the drying times for both the LG DLHC5502 Heat Pump Dryer and the LG WM6998HBA All-in-One Washer-Dryer.

LG DLHC5502 Heat Pump Dryer Cycle Times


  Colors Blankets/Sheets Whites Comforter
Cycle Used Normal Bedding Normal Bedding
Time Indicated 1 hr & 25 mins 3 hrs & 12 mins 1 hr & 45 mins 3 hrs & 15 mins
Time Completed 1 hr & 15 mins 2 hrs & 36 mins 1 hr & 38 mins 2 hrs & 40 mins
Was It Dry? Yes Yes Yes Mostly
Notes Washed 6 XL Men's T-shirts &
4 Beach Towels
Washed a King Size Sheet Set & a King Size Blanket Washed 8 Men's L Dress Shirts, 4 Beach Towels, & 8 Men's L T-Shirts Washed a King Size Comforter

LG WM6998HBA All-in-One Washer-Dryer Cycle Times

  Colors Blankets/Sheets Whites Comforter
Cycle Used Wash & Dry Wash & Dry Wash & Dry Wash & Dry
Time Indicated 2 hrs & 19 mins 3 hrs & 38 mins 2 hrs & 19 mins 2 hrs & 25 mins
Time Completed 2 hrs & 17 mins 3 hrs & 29 mins 3 hrs & 8 mins 2 hrs & 32 mins
Was It Dry? Yes Mostly Yes Mostly
Notes Washed 6 XL Men's T-shirts &
4 Beach Towels
Washed a King Size Sheet Set & a King Size Blanket Washed 8 Men's L Dress Shirts, 4 Beach Towels, & 8 Men's L T-Shirts Washed a King Size Comforter


The heat pump dryer has a much larger capacity at 7.8 cubic feet versus 5.0 cubic feet.

However, this isn't necessarily an advantage because the matching LG washer is just 5.0 cubic feet.

The benefit is that you can reload the washer after its complete cycle, rather than waiting for an all-in-one cycle to finish.



The all-in-one combo has the advantage of not needing to transfer clothes from the washer to the dryer. Put your clothes in dirty, and they come out clean and dry.


The new LG heat pump dryer will allow you to wash and dry more clothes in a more reasonable time compared to what you are used to with your current vented dryer.

Should You Buy the Full-Size LG Heat Pump Dryer?


Hard to believe, I would call anything pre-Civil War new, but larger heat pumps are new in the industry.

This dryer is your safest choice among all the new laundry options recently introduced, like the combos.


  • Excellent capacity, features, and cost savings: Compared to a vented dryer, this model offers significant savings, especially if you do many loads daily.
  • Reliability: It should work well and be reliable in the long term.


  • Drying time: Your clothes will take longer to dry, but not egregiously, like the combos.

In summary, the cost savings and efficiency of the LG Heat Pump Dryer DLHC5502 make it a compelling choice, especially for those who do many loads daily.

Hopefully, it will prove to be a reliable addition to your laundry room.

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Steve Sheinkopf

Steve Sheinkopf is the third-generation CEO of Yale Appliance and a lifelong Bostonian. He has over 38 years of experience in the appliance industry, and he is a trusted source of information for consumers on how to buy and repair appliances.

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