GE Profile Harmony PTDS850EMWW Review
Features and capacity outshine this dryer's performance.
From the "Made In Korea" label to the steam feeder drawer, the GE Profile Harmony dryer is a re-badged LG at heart, so it's no surprise that it did about as well in our tests as its DLEX5101V cousin.
Evaluating it on its own merits, the GE by LG is a pricey dryer (MSRP of $1199) whose cost is a little more palatable if you can find it on sale for under $850. It's got sharp looks, a good control panel with plenty of options, and just above-average results on our performance tests. If you need a high-capacity dryer with a steam function, this GE should suit you just fine. Otherwise, check out smaller, cheaper units with fewer features that dry clothes just as well—if not better.
Design & Usability
Even technophobes will be able to handle this GE without too much trouble
To begin with, this is a non-stackable dryer meant to pair with a GE Profile Harmony top-loading washer. Is plain control panel makes features easy to access—even for technophobes. In fact, it's a better setup than LG has on its version of this dryer. There's still a button for every customizable feature, but most of them scroll through options so as not to clutter the panel. Our only complaint is that the font on the LED screen is a little small for anyone without 20/20 vision.
The PTDS850EMWW's wide door swings open to provide easy access to its high-capacity interior. It's easy to load and unload, and feels sturdy on its hinges.
Performance & Features
Shining Delicate and Speed cycles
The PTDS850EMWW has a number of drying cycles on offer for every kind of laundry. Strangely, there's no "heavy duty" or "bulky" cycle. In addition to preset cycles, this machine lets you adjust temperature, time, and drying level. You can program in a custom cycle for reuse, too. Another notable feature is the removable steam feeder drawer, which can be refilled with water, rather like an iron. GE claims that adding steam to a wash can refresh clothes and reduce wrinkles and odors. There's also a drying rack for items that are not supposed to tumble.
Cycles varied from the dryer's own estimates of how long they'd take. The PTDS850EMWW did quite well on difficult cycles like Delicates and Speed Dry, but it had trouble getting standard loads all the way to dry on the Bulky and Normal cycles, quitting when some of the test load remained damp. If you buy this dryer, be prepared to throw some parts of each load back in for another round.
Features and capacity outshine this dryer's performance
If you're looking for a high-capacity dryer with steam, a drying rack, and plenty of customizable cycles, the GE Profile Harmony PTDS850EMWW (MSRP: $1199) isn't a bad choice—especially if you can find it on sale for under $900.
It has great performance on Quick and Delicate cycles, but the Normal and Bulky tests both ended with damp test loads. Other cheaper dryers do a better job getting clothes dry, but they definitely don't have the capacity or features of this GE.
We also like the GE's control panel, which lets you choose from lots of options without the clutter of too many buttons or the confusion of multiple menus. We just wish the LED panel had more accurate estimates regarding cycle duration, and a larger font for those of us with glasses.
You could spend less money and buy a better dryer than this GE, but that would mean sacrificing some exciting extra features, including its cavernous interior.
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