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GE GFDS260EFWW dryer review: A roomy GE dryer that's swift but saddled with awful controls

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MSRP: $1,100.00

The Good The GE GFDS260EFWW dryer pulls moisture from clothes quickly. The appliance also has a large 8-cubic-foot capacity to dry big laundry loads. It's also equipped with 12 cycles to handle specific garment and fabric types.

The Bad The dryer's control panel is an outdated eyesore, and its display is difficult to read at any angle other than directly head-on.

The Bottom Line The GE GFDS260EFWW dryer's cluttered controls and an often unreadable screen make the more thoughtfully designed Electrolux EFME617S Perfect Steam the wiser choice for the same price.

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6.7 Overall
  • Design 7
  • Usability 4.5
  • Features 7
  • Performance 7.5

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The best home appliances combine impressive performance, high style, and enjoyable operation into a single seductive device. The $1,100 GE GFDS260EFWW dryer unfortunately doesn't achieve this elusive mix. It's true, the machine removes water from wet clothes with relative swiftness and features a roomy 8-cubic-foot capacity to accommodate hefty loads. The dryer also ships with many useful cycles and settings tailored to match particular fabrics and clothing.

The shortcomings of this GE dryer, though, reside in how you operate the machine. Equipped with a dated electronic display that's a challenge to read from just about any angle, as well as a confusing control panel, the GE GFDS260EFWW is very frustrating to use. This fact is especially clear when compared with sleek, modern dryers featuring superior controls such as the $1,099 Electrolux EFME617S Perfect Steam dryer. While not flawless, the Perfect Steam is much easier to interact with and offers comparable clothes drying performance, making it the smarter choice for the same price.

Design

The GE GFDS260EFWW measures 39.66 inches high by 28 inches wide by 34.75 inches deep, and is equipped with a large 8-cubic-foot capacity drum. Understandably, it's a hair bigger than the smaller capacity LG DLEX 5000 (7.2 cu. ft.) but essentially the same size as the Electrolux EFME617S Perfect Steam which also has an 8-cubic-foot capacity.

Besides its larger-than-average girth, this GE dryer has conventional laundry appliance looks. Essentially a bland white cube, the machine's only flashy design element is a silver band of trim above its drum door. Also on the front face of the appliance is its confusing control panel. Text labels for the dryer's various cycles, modes and functions are too tightly packed together for quick comprehension.

The control panel is very busy and confusing.

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The circular knob, used for selecting your desired dryer cycle, is simple enough to operate. Unfortunately each tiny, orange light indicating which cycle you've landed on (by turning the knob) is faint. Worse, the light practically disappears when viewed at an angle.

Likewise, the digital screen showing the estimated time left in the current cycle suffers from the same problem. The display is illegible looking down on it from above or if your point of view is too far to the left or right. Even the machine's lights, which underline the status of temperature and dryness settings, lack any real brightness. Frankly, I prefer the GE GTD86ESPJMC's controls -- though they're also saddled with a poor digital display, they're far less jumbled, plus they use a knob with brightly lit LED indicators.

The lights and display are hard to see from the side.

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Features

Just like the Electrolux EFME617S Perfect Steam, the GE GFDS260EFWW dryer is not one of the elite vanguard of large home appliances equipped with an app connection and state-of-the-art smart abilities. For that, you'll have to spend a few hundred dollars more on a luxury clothes drying system such as the LG DLEX 5000 or GE's dedicated smart laundry unit, the GTD86ESPJMC.

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