PTDS650EMWT Review

GE

Electric Dryer

White

7 cu ft


Companion Washer - PTWN6250MWT Review

Dryer Pros and Cons

Drying

Quickly refreshes lightly soiled clothes without washing. Generates steam during the refresh cycle to reduce wrinkles, remove odors, and/or sanitize clothes. Nearly eliminates the need to iron.

Cycles

Number of cycles and options is 25% lower than average and ranks in the bottom 15% of new dryers for FAIR program selection and flexibility. Fewer cycles sometimes makes it harder to meet your fabric care needs.

 

Drum

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

Internal capacity of the PTDS650EMWT dryer is about average for a new dryer. Dryers range in size from a minimum of about 3.5 cu ft to a maximum of about 9.0 cu ft. The average size is about 7.2 cu ft.

 

Sensor

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

Price per cubic foot is 24% lower than average and ranks in the top 20% of new clothes dryers for BEST affordability. Based on the MSRP, each cubic foot costs about $36 less than the average new dryer.

Performance Ratings

Temp Settings

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.

Steam Cycle

If you’re in a hurry and just need to get the wrinkles out of your clothes, or freshen-up lightly soiled garments, the steam generation cycle on this model will prove to be very handy.

Sanitize 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.

MSRP

Manufacturer’s Price (MSRP) is 28% lower than average and ranks in the top 15% of new clothes dryers for BEST overall price. You should also consider the GE PTDS650EMWT cost per cubic foot.

Warranty

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

Not Stackable – Cannot be stacked vertically with a companion washing machine to save space in your laundry room. Only an issue if you have a smaller laundry room without space for side-by-side models.

 

Reverse Door

Reversible Door – The dryer door is flexible and can be switched to open from right-to-left (with a washer sitting on the right side), or left-to-right (with a washer sitting on the left side).

Drum Light

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.

Filter Indicator

There is no visual reminder to change the lint filter. Most of us are remiss in this area and a clogged filter light is very helpful. Available on about 50% of new dryers.

Dryer Rack

Rack included. Dryer racks allow you to dry items that shouldn’t be tumbled such as shoes, ball caps, sweaters, and stuffed animals. Simply place the rack inside the dryer for tumble-free drying.

Venting

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.