Here’s a pretty basic appliance principle: Dryers that use sensors to automatically stop a cycle when your clothes get dry are more expensive than dryers that don’t.
Well, one manufacturer is trying to close the cost gap. The GE GTD45EASJWS (MSRP $650) is an electric dryer that comes with high efficiency sensors, and we’ve found it on sale for only $549. That puts it within striking distance of dryers without that extra tech.
Since your dryer won’t be running unnecessarily, that’s good news for your electric bill. In theory, it’s also good news for your clothes, as repeated overdrying can destroy fabric. While the GTD45EASJWS outperforms inexpensive sensor-based dryers from Whirlpool, Kenmore and Maytag, our tests also found that it still struggles to get clothes dry enough to wear in one go.
What really keeps us from recommending it wholeheartedly is some internal competition: For just $50 more, we recommend stepping up to the superior [GE GTD65EBSJWS]((http://laundry.reviewed.com/content/ge-gtd65ebsjws-dryer-review/front-page).
Design & Usability
A basic layout, with a touch of style
It’s amazing how much a splash of color can add to a white appliance. A gray tint to the control panel gives this otherwise-straightforward GE a hint of personality, as does the bright blue portion of the cycle knob that corresponds to the oft-used Cottons setting.
Inside the dryer is something else unique to this GE—the big 7.2-cu.-ft. drum is made out of aluminized alloy. Similar to stainless (though obviously cheaper, given the GTD45’s overall price point), it’s supposed to resist corrosion and other long-term damage. At the very least, it looks pretty snappy, especially with a small incandescent bulb casting a warm yellow glow inside.
Design-wise, the other element of note here is GE’s redesigned lint trap. The new layout is supposed to do a better job funneling lint into the trap, as opposed to the plastic recesses surrounding it. It works fine, but getting the trap out or in of its slot can feel like a bad game of Operation: No matter what direction we tried to make it go, this trap caught on one edge or another. Every. Single. Time.
Performance & Features
Falters at the last moment
This dryer was doing everything right: Temperatures were suitable for each cycle, drying times were right on average, and then… each cycle came up short in terms of moisture removal.
The Normal cycle took out 95% of excess moisture, which is on the low side of acceptable. (We’ll get to that in a minute.) But Delicates only removed 86%—not enough for ironing away, let alone wearing. We found similarly damp results for our Quick Dry and Bulky tests, as well.
That’s not to say you need to remove 100% of excess moisture from you laundry, something we learned in our analysis of ventless dryers. But the amount left behind by this GE was simply too much.
If underdrying wasn’t so consistent across all cycles, we might’ve attributed it to the finicky manual control—a design choice that we don’t think belongs on modern machines. What looks like an impressive cycle list at first glance is really just three basic options—Cottons, Casuals, and Delicates—with lots of intermediate dryness settings along the way, plus manual Timed Dry. The only other options are Extended Tumble and volume settings for the end-of-cycle chime.
For in-depth performance information, please visit the Science Page.
A basic warranty for a basic dryer: If this GE should fail due to a faulty part or defective craftsmanship, parts and labor will be covered in full for one year. This is pretty much the industry standard.
One intallation item of note: Unlike many competitors, all GE’s new dryers are designed to work with up to 120 feet of venting.
Worth A Look for the Price
Worth a step up
At $549, the GE GTD45EASJWS outperforms its similarly price competitors. However, we weren’t totally impressed with how well it dried clothes. Whether you’re drying clothes efficiently or not, if there’s moisture left over, it’s going to mean extra cycles and more work for you. That’s a no-win situation.
If you like the look and size of the GTD45, consider the next model up. Not only will the GT65 dry your clothes thoroughly, it’s also got a user-friendly interface that feels more at home on a modern appliance. Plus, it’s only $50 more. How can you go wrong?