Offers the capability to sanitize items that can’t be easily washed such as pillows and stuffed animals. Reduces common household bacteria and allergens using a higher heat setting.
Number of cycles and options is 7% higher than average and ranks in the top 50% of new dryers for BETTER program selection and flexibility. More cycles helps you tailor drying to your family’s needs.
Designed with a stainless steel dryer drum that is more durable than porcelain or plastic. Stainless steel resists odor absorption or discoloration and reduces the amount of static build-up in your clothing.
Capacity is 45% lower than average and ranks in the bottom 1% of new smaller size dryers. The DCVH485EKMS holds about 3.2 cu ft less laundry than the average new dryer. Smaller is cheaper, but less convenient.
Uses a moisture sensor to measure the water content of clothing as it tumbles, and automatically shuts-off the cycle when dry. Prevents clothing from being damaged by overheating and saves on energy costs.
Price per cubic foot is 78% higher than average and ranks in the bottom 1% of new dryers for POOR affordability. Based on the MSRP, each cubic foot costs about $117 more than the average new dryer.
Provides an ample number of temperature settings to select from. It’s important to match the heat level to the type of fabric being laundered; helps prevent damage and alleviate wrinkles.
No Steam Cycles – Does not have the ability to generate steam and refresh lightly worn garments, or remove the wrinkles from clothing. About 60% of new dryers on the market now include a steam cycle.
Sanitizes items with a high-temp cycle that kills many forms of household bacteria or allergens. Especially useful for stuffed animals, pillows, and other non-washable items.
Manufacturer’s Price (MSRP) is 3% lower than average and ranks in the top 45% of new clothes dryers for BETTER overall price. You should also consider the GE DCVH485EKMS cost per cubic foot.
Industry standard warranty for clothes dryers. A few manufacturers offer a two-year warranty on parts, but dryer warranties are generally not as good as washers.
Dryer Convenience Ratings
Stackable – Like most new front-load matching dryers, this model can be stacked vertically with a washer to save space, and allows one unit to be accessed comfortably at shoulder level. Great for small rooms.
No Reversible Door – The dryer door is fixed and cannot be changed to open from the other side. Over 90% of new clothes dryers are designed with flexible doors that can swing right or left.
Includes an internal light that automatically switches on when the dryer door opens. Almost all new dryers come equipped with this nearly essential feature so you can see to unload your clothes.
Provides a visual cue that the lint filter needs to be cleaned. Helps you keep the dryer clean and ensure that the proper airflow is maintained. Most of us need to be reminded.
No Dryer Rack – Does not include a dryer rack that allows tumble-free drying for items such as tennis shoes, ball caps, sweaters, or stuffed animals. Dryer racks can usually be purchased separately.
Must Be Vented- Over 95% of new dryer models must be vented to the outside of your home with a duct running from your dryer. A few ventless models are available if an outside duct is not practical.