The Ultimate Review of the Best Dryer Vent Covers 2022

“All our reviews of dryer vent products are from experienced professionals that have over two decades of experience in the industry. Our articles are not written by bloggers whose only goal is clicks and profit.”

Our
Top Pick
InOvate Dryer Vent Cover White with Magnetic Closing Flap

InOvate Dryer Wall Vent

5/5
Best
Midrange
Funmit stainless steal 4 louverd dryer vent cap

Funmit Louvered Vent

4.5/5
Best
For Budget
Deflecto louvered plastic dryer vent cover made of white plastic

Deflecto Supurr-Vent

4/5

Choosing the right dryer vent exhaust cap for your appliance is essential to your dryer’s efficiency, monthly utility bills and safety of your home and family. Replacing or installing a new dryer vent cover isn’t as straightforward as it seems. There are many different types of dryer vents to choose from that solve a variety of different problems. 

As a homeowner you need to identify and understand the difference between the various types of vent caps on the market and choose the best one for your home. If you choose the wrong type of vent cap or hoses for your interior or exterior it can become a fire hazard, overheat your dryer, allow animals and insects in, restrict air flow and allow cold air in your laundry room. 

Dryer vents work by expelling heat from your dryer through flame retardant ducting that exhausts to the exterior or interior of your home. Some vents have flaps, louvers and guards that keep out birds, mice and insects. Many exhaust vents with pest guards on the market are major fire hazards if you do not clean the lint out of the guards after each load.

If you are planning on replacing your dryer vent or installing a new cap, then read on to select the right dryer vent for your home.

 

  1. BEST OVERALL WALL VENT: InOvate Dryer Wall Vent
  2. BEST LOUVERED VENT: Deflecto Supurr Louvered  Vent Cover
  3. BEST ALUMINUM VENT: Funmit Outdoor Stainless Steel Louvered Vent Cover
  4. BEST PEST CONTROL VENT COVER: Deflecto Wide Mouth Pest Control Cover
  5. BEST PERISCOPE VENT: Heartland Periscope Outdoor Dryer Vent
  6. BEST DRYER TRANSITION DUCT HOSE: AC Infinity Aluminum Transition Hose
  7. BEST INDOOR DRYER EXHAUST VENT: BetterVent Indoor Dryer Vent Kit
Dryer vent cover diagram with helpful tips

How to choose the right dryer vent exhaust cap

When choosing the right dryer vent cover you need to determine if you need a vent cover for indoor or outdoor, where your dryer vent terminates on the exterior, material the dryer vent is made of, size of ducting, safety, and ease of installation.

Outdoor Dryer Caps

Dryer vents should always exhaust to the exterior of the home. Having an outside dryer vent is the safest and most efficient way to expel the heat and lint that your dryer produces. Outdoor dryer vents attach to the outer walls of your home and connect to your dryer ducting that runs in between your walls and joists. They are typically located on the side of the house or on the roof. 

Your drying appliance creates heat to dry your clothing and the damp air needs to be vented properly through the transition hose that connects the dryer, the ducting in the walls and finally the outside dryer vent cap. Depending on where your dryer vents are located on the exterior of your home is a factor when choosing a dryer vent cover replacement.

Indoor Dryer Caps

Unfortunately, some home builders overlook the design of the home and forget to route the clothes dryer vent ducting. Therefore, you are left to exhaust the lint and heat inside your home. This type of indoor venting is extremely discouraged, and you should hire a contractor to see if they can find a way to exhaust the dryer heat to the outside.

If it is not possible, there are a few indoor dryer vent kits that will work that are fairly safe. When you have an indoor dryer vent, you must take the time to maintain it very regularly to avoid moisture damage and lint escaping that could become flammable.

Location of Termination

During the planning process of adding a new dryer vent cap outside or inside, a homeowner should know where the dryer exhausts on the interior or exterior of the home. There are a few important factors to consider when choosing a dryer vent cap for your home.

Side of House

Typically, a well-constructed home will have the dryer vent system installed with galvanized steel ducting that terminates on the side of the home. This is the best way to route a dryer vent. If you have your dryer vent exhausting to the exterior of the home and on the side of a house, then you will want to choose a dryer vent cap that is either plastic or metal. 

The dryer vent cap may need some sort of pest guard on it to prevent mice, birds, and other animals from burrowing in the ducting. If you choose a pest guard to put over your dryer vent, then make sure you are able to easily remove the pest guard and clean it out on a regular basis. If you do not, it will become a fire hazard. Make sure the pest guard is removable!

Roof

Some dryers have outdoor venting that is located on the roof. There really isn’t a roof vent that we recommend because they are all designed for ventilation of kitchen and bathroom vapors. If you have no other choice but to route your dryer vent to the roof, then make sure the flap moves freely and that there is no wire mesh covering the vent. If there is a wire mesh, cut it away so it does not trap the lint being expelled from your laundry machine. 

Getting your dryer vent cleaned by a company is expensive when it is located on the roof and presents the biggest risk to roof damage and fires.

Southern Facing Vents or Direct Sun Exposure

Plastic dryer vent covers are discouraged if you are looking for a long-lasting dryer vent cover. When there is excessive sun exposure, plastic dryer vents do not fare very well. They will become dried out, brittle and crack resulting in a dryer vent hood that is exposed to the outdoor elements. It is recommended that if you are installing a dryer vent cover on a south facing side of your home that you choose a metal dryer vent or an aluminum dryer vent.

Plastic vs Metal vs Aluminum Vents

As mentioned above, the type of material your dryer vent hood is constructed from plays an important determining factor. We will provide you with a few pros and cons of each type.

Plastic Vents

Pros:

  • Cheap
  • Work reliably
  • Readily available at your local hardware store

Cons:

  • Poor construction
  • Do not last long
  • Cost to replace the vent adds up overtime

Metal Vents

Pros:

  • Long Lasting
  • Can be painted to match color of your home
  • Best for pest control and keeping elements out of your home

Cons:

  • More expensive
  • Can rust, resulting in vent not opening
  • Not widely available at local retail stores

Aluminum Vents

Pros:

  • Does not crack like plastic vents
  • Cheaper than metal caps

Cons:

  • Sharp metal resulting in cuts during installation
  • Not visually appealing
  • Cannot be painted well
  • Flap will fail after it bends or gets debris caught in it

Size of Ducting

There are two sizes of vent covers that you will run across when making a purchase. The two sizes are 4 inch and 6inch diameter covers. The larger 6-inch vent cover is meant to only be used with kitchen and bathroom exhaust vents. Only the 4-inch vent should be used with dryer vents. 

When you are deciding on which size vent cover to choose, make sure you measure the opening of your current ducting. If you find that your home was constructed with a 6-inch dryer ducting, then you may want to consider replacing the ducting with 4 inches. This is the proper diameter to meet local residential building codes. Your dryer needs a 4-inch opening to properly move the airflow from your dryer to the exterior.

Dryer Vent Cleaning, Maintenance and Safety

Lastly, you will need to take into consideration the maintenance and safety of your dryer vent cap. Some vent covers will cause lint to build up quicker resulting in more time and money in the long run. Safety should be your primary concern due to the fact that some dryer vent caps will capture more lint than others.

Cleaning & Maintenance

Choose a dryer vent that you can easily remove from the siding of your home or has flaps/louvers that are designed to be removed for maintenance and cleaning. Your dryer vent needs to be cleaned on a 6–12-month basis and being able to remove the flaps is important if you play on cleaning your own dryer vent.

Safety

Dryer vents with louvers or flaps that do not move easily will become problematic in exhausting the moisture, carbon monoxide from gas dryers and expelling lint. If vent covers do not open when the dryer is on then the moisture will become trapped inside the dryer and the ducting resulting in clothes not drying, water damage to your interior walls and damage to your exterior sheathing and paneling.

Installation Difficulty

Not all dryer vent caps are created equally. Some are easier to install than others. Make sure you choose the right diameter for your ducting currently installed. Dryer vents will come with a 4–6-inch collar for your dryer ducting to attach to create an airtight seal so moisture and debris doesn’t get caught in between your walls, joists and exterior paneling. 

In certain applications, you may opt to purchase a dryer vent without a collar or trim it off. This depends on the construction of the ducting leading to the termination point. We recommend using the collar as an attachment point for your ducting and transition hoses for gas dryers or any type of electric dryers.

Our Top Picks

All of our top picks have been tested and reviewed by professional air duct and dryer vent cleaning professionals. All vents should be flame resistant, constructed to last years and have protective louvers and flaps to keep out the outdoor elements such as pests and birds.

#1 Pick

InOvate Dryer Wall Vent

InOvate Dryer Vent Cover White with Magnetic Closing Flap
5/5

The best for exterior venting hands down! Recommended by just about any general contractor or dryer vent installer. This dryer vent cover is the best on the market because of its sleek design, galvalume steel construction, powdered coated finish to match your home’s exterior and a flap system that magnetically seals your dryer vent opening when not in use. 

InOvate addresses all the common issues with this beautifully designed vent cap that will last nearly the lifetime of your home. This vent successfully keeps out pests, birds, insects, rain and wind with its patented magnetic flap closure system.

InOvate incorporates style, functionality, and quality in everyone one of their dryer vent products on the market. This vent cover is an all-in-one solution to all your venting needs.

 

Product Specs

Hose Size: 4 inches

Material: Galvalume Steel

Colors: Black, Brown, Taupe, White, Beige

Interior or Exterior use: Exterior Only, Side of House

Hose Collar Attachment: With or Without

Lifespan: 10+ Years

Price: $$$

 

Pros

  • High quality galvalume steel construction
  • Magnetically sealed flap to keep out the elements
  • Weatherproof design
  • Painted to match exterior color
  • Safest option to prevent dryer fires and lint build up.
  • Lifespan and ease of cleaning

 

Cons

  • Prices are around $40-$50
  • Can be a little tricky to install
#2 Pick

Deflecto Supurr Louvered Vent

Deflecto louvered plastic dryer vent cover made of white plastic
4/5

The Deflecto Supurr vent cover is the best in its class of louvered covers. Louvered vent covers are one of the most common exhaust covers on the market and can be purchased at any local big box retail store. The 4 louvered system is effective at opening and closing when the dryer vent is either on or off. This system is easy to install for most homeowners with its 4-screw bolt on system.

The price of this vent cover is reasonably cheap but does its intended job of expelling heat and lint from the ducting system. Its traditional design will blend in with your house and make it easy to identify which is your dryer vent or a bathroom vent. The only drawback is that it is made of plastic, needs regular maintenance and will not last if it is in direct sunlight.

 

Product Specs

Hose Size: 4 inches

Material: Plastic

Colors: White

Interior or Exterior use: Exterior Only, Side of House

Hose Collar Attachment: With Collar

Lifespan: 3+ Years

Price: $

 

Pros

  • Price
  • Easy to install
  • Does not have a mesh guard which will cause excessive build up and possibility of fires

Cons

  • Plastic construction will fail in direct sunlight
  • Louvers can get stuck open
  • Cannot be painted to match home. It will chip
  • Birds can easily get in to nest
#3 Pick

Funmit Louvered Metal Dryer Vent

Funmit stainless steal 4 louverd dryer vent cap
4/5

This should be our #2 choice, but the one thing that knocked this down to #3 was the fact that they installed a mesh screen to keep out bugs and rodents. The Funmit metal dryer vent makes a great vent, but the screen mesh needs to be removed prior to installation so lint does not build up and cause your dryer to overheat and potentially cause a fire.

 

The metal louvered vent otherwise is an excellent choice for your new dryer vent installation. The stainless-steel design looks really good when installed and the durability will last quite a few years. There are clips on the collar of the vent that will lock into the siding of your home to hold it securely to the wall. The 4 screws that come with it match the stainless-steel vent nicely. 

This louvered vent is great if you love the stainless-steel look, but it is not for everyone as it will not blend in nicely with your home’s colors.

 

Product Specs

Hose Size: 4 inches

Material: Stainless Steel

Colors: Silver

Interior or Exterior use: Exterior Only, Side of House

Hose Collar Attachment: With Collar

Lifespan: 7+ Years

Price: $$

 

Pros

  • Stainless steel construction
  • Will not rust
  • Stylish look for modern homes
  • 4 louvers that open smoothly
  • Decent price

Cons

  • Mesh screen that is factory installed (remove this screen if used as a dryer vent!)
  • Will not be able to remove the hose collar for more complicated installations.
  • Like any louvered vent, this style of vent is prone to sticking open when lint gets in them.
#4 Pick

Deflecto Wide Mouth Pest Vent

Plastic pest control dryer vent cover and guard
3.4/5

When you are having issues with mice and birds getting into your dryer vent, then you may want to consider the Deflecto Wide Mouth Pest vent cap. Very similar to other traditional vent styles but the main feature of this cover is that it has a removable pest hard on the bottom of the vent. Dead rodents in your vents are the worst!

This removable cover will keep out mice and birds but will require more maintenance than the others we have listed above this one. There is also a flap that will close to keep cold air and insects out of your home.

Any dryer vent with some kind of mesh or guard over the exhaust port will need to be attended to every few weeks depending on the frequency in which your family does laundry. If you go with this option, set yourself a bi-weekly reminder to clean out the lint build up or risk damage to your dryer, your ducting, and the exterior of your home due to moisture build up.

 

Product Specs

Hose Size: 4 inches

Material: Plastic

Colors: White

Interior or Exterior use: Exterior Only, Side of House

Hose Collar Attachment: With Collar

Lifespan: 3+ Years

Price: $

 

Pros

  • Keeps out birds and mice
  • Cheap
  • Easy to install

Cons

  • Plastic construction 
  • Plastic grate will break quickly
  • Constant maintenance cleaning out the mesh
#5 Pick

Heartland Energy Saving Dryer Vent

periscope exterior dryer vent made of plastic
3.1/5

One of the more interesting dryer vent designs is the periscope by Heartland. They claim this dryer vent helps you save energy in your home by preventing cold air from coming in and preventing pests. The truth is that this periscope vent does do everything that the company claims, but it isn’t very stylish, and it needs to be cleaned out regularly by hand.

We moved this down to 5th on our list because of the look. Some customers love it. This vent is completely a choice of style when choosing this cap.

 

Product Specs

Hose Size: 4 inches

Material: Plastic

Colors: White

Interior or Exterior use: Exterior Only, Side of House

Hose Collar Attachment: Without Collar to attach hose.

Lifespan: 5+ Years

Price: $$$

 

Pros

  • Unique design
  • Keeps pest out of the home
  • Easy to install because there is no collar to attach the hose. Can be a con for certain installations.

 

Cons

  • Price is pretty high for other better alternatives on the market
  • This plastic is oil based and will yellow over time
  • Lint is fighting gravity and requires a lot of maintenance

Looks like a miniature toilet on the side of your home.

#6 Pick

AC Infinity Aluminum Ducting Transition Hose

4-inch black transition hose for dryer vent measuring at 8 feet
5/5

When choosing a dryer vent transition hose that runs from the back of your dryer to the vent cap, you will want to make sure it is not made of foil. Those types of cheap transition hoses you find in your local big box store catch lint on the walls much quicker and are not up to code. They are a clear and present danger. We do not understand why it is even legal to sell them. 

The AC Infinity transition hose is made of a fire-retardant aluminum that can withstand the high temperatures of your dryer appliance. With its patented 4-layer design this transition hose is resistant to kinks, bends, tears, and cuts. This tubing has a nice black finish on it and is well built. Coming in at 8 feet, this will surely be enough hose to connect the dryer to the outdoor cap.

 

Product Specs

Hose Size: 4 inches x 8 FT

Material: Aluminum

Colors: Black

Interior or Exterior use: Interior- Only use as a transition from dryer to ducting.

Hose Collar Attachment: NA- Slips over ducting.

Lifespan: 10+ Years

Price: $

 

Pros

  • High quality aluminum
  • Steel wire construction for durability
  • Thermoplastic insulated to be fire resistant

Cons

  • It is still flex ducting and will catch lint in the ridges quicker
#7 Pick

BetterVent Indoor Dryer Vent Kit

indoor dryer vent exhaust cap
5/5

Sometimes contractors forget to install dryer ducting or it just wasn’t possible during the build. When you have no other option, you will need to exhaust your dryer vent indoors with BetterVent’s indoor dryer vent kit. With this indoor dryer vent cover, you will be able to capture all the lint and moisture from your dryer with this patented system. It simply connects to your dryer vent transition hose, and you are able to do laundry.

The filters inside this dryer vent cover will capture the lint and moisture. This vent will require constant maintenance and cleaning to be able to use safely and efficiently in your home. If you have no other means of exhausting your dryer vent, then this is pretty much your only option.

We do recommend trying anyway possible to exhaust your dryer to the exterior of your home.

 

Product Specs

Hose Size: 4 inches

Material: Plastic

Colors: White

Interior or Exterior use: Interior Only

Hose Collar Attachment: With Collar

Lifespan: 5+ Years

Price: $$$$

 

Pros

  • Works indoors
  • Easy to clean filters
  • Easy installation

 

Cons

  • Price
  • Venting indoors is never a good idea
  • Excessive maintenance and cleaning
  • Hold moisture, mold might form.

Our Verdict

Coming in at our number one overall pick is the InOvate dryer vent cover. This cover checks all the boxes from style, construction, longevity, and practical use. It is the best for deterring birds and mice and with its patented magnetic closing flap it will surely expel or heat and lint efficiently. 

If you are looking to install a dryer vent on a budget, then getting the Deflecto plastic louvered vent cap will surely take care of all your needs. It is a timeless classic that works great. Just be sure to check for birds nesting inside your ductwork and if it becomes an issue install a bird guard and clean the lint off of it regularly.

How We Chose the Best Dryer Vents

Totally Clean has been in business for over a decade. We have installed and cleaned thousands of dryer vent cover types over the years. This component of your homes is oftentimes overlooked by building inspectors and is usually not up to code. 

There are many options to choose from when it comes to dryer vent covers, but we know that not all of them are created equally for each home. We only install InOvate dryer vent covers because it keeps the animals out and freely lets air flow and lint from building up. 

We choose covers based on the many factors that we mentioned in this article and keep those in mind for all different types of homes and budgets. Whenever possible, only choose a dryer vent that will meet your needs. Our list is based on our experience and customer feedback.

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