The GE Profile PFDS450EL[WW] is part of the clothes dryer
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, electric dryer
models like the Profile PFDS450EL[WW] are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
This score combines performance on three types of laundry loads of different sizes and fabric mixes: A 12-lb. load, predominantly cotton, representing a family's large weekly load; an 8-lb. load of cotton/polyester blend clothing; and a 3-lb. load of synthetic delicates, women's pajamas, nightgowns, bras and underwear.
Among the models we tested, drum volume varied from about 6 to 8.0 cu. ft.
For this measurement, we judged controls and ergonomics, such as ease of loading and unloading, servicing the lint filter, whether the door could clear a tall basket, and whether the machine has a raised edge to contain spills.
About This Brand
This century-old brand offers dryers under both the GE and GE Profile lines. GE is an industry leader in laundry centers. GE's latest models provide an exterior drying rack, allowing you to hang clothes to dry, a permanent rack within the dryer, and reverse tumble. Prices range from $320 to $1,000.
Stainless-steel drum A stainless-steel drum is likely to resist damage better than plastic and painted metal drums.
Porcelain top A porcelain top resists scratching better than a painted one but generally adds to a dryer's cost. Painted tops, far more common, are often quite durable with normal use.
Drying rack The rack attaches inside the drum to keep items such as sneakers or sweaters from tumbling.
Custom programs This feature allows you to save your favorite settings.
Steam option Generally, a water hook-up is required with this feature. In this cycle, a small amount of water is sprayed into the drum while tumbling with heat. It helps to reduce wrinkles and odors, but is intended only for a few garments at a time.
Bought the GE Profile Steam Dryer about 5 years ago and had problems since day 1. Literally- first time I used it there was a horrible metal on metal screeching sound- called GE and waited a week for a repairman only to find out there was a manufacturer's defect and they did not include a bushing in the dryer. Since then, it usually needs repairs every few months for bushing replacements, or because the drum has become misaligned (I don't understand how...). Good thing is, I have the matching washing machine, which is on a similar repair schedule, so I save money by having both machines repaired at the same time. 2 birds, one stone.