I purchased a Samsung upright dryer in April, 2009. The heating element just died after 1 year, 9 months of usage.
Sears refused to repair the dryer at no cost. The dryer cost $1000 at time of purchase when I also bought a Samsung upright washer. The washer was initially delivered in a mechanically damaged condition, but then was replaced in April 2009. The dryer arrived with dents in the body, and was also replaced.
Samsung agreed to send the heating element free of charge, "this one time," as though the mechanical failure was my fault. I was informed by the repair company that products made in Korea are not made well, and parts take many days to arrive. I advise not doing business with Sears and not purchasing a Samsung washer or dryer, based on this experience.
Buy Asko, or Whirlpool. I have also been advised that the America that produced applicances that lasted 20-30 plus years "no longer exists."