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GE GTD42EASJWW Dryer Review

Not too hot, not too fancy, and extremely affordable.

Credit: Reviewed.com / Matthew Zahnzinger
December 11, 2015
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By the Numbers

Budget dryers aren’t exactly known for their subtlety, but the GE GTD42EASJWW (MSRP $600) is actually rather gentle compared to its scalding competitors. While we would've liked to see any cycle hit 100% dry, the unit came close enough that a little nudge on the timer should make this economical entry a sound bargain.

Normal & Delicate

Oddly enough, our Normal test—usually the gold standard by which all other cycles are judged—didn’t provide the best results from this GE. (It was Quick Dry, but more on that later.) After about 1 hour 3 minutes on Cottons set to Optimum Dry and Regular Heat, our test laundry was just 92% dry. Were this an automatic sensor dryer, we’d be concerned, but just five more minutes on the dial should get your clothes to a wearable state. Temperatures peaked at 148.6°F here, which is almost ideal.

The Delicates cycle is this dryer's worst. We used the Delicates option at Less Dry and Low Heat, and after about 50 minutes our clothes were only 82% dry. That’s much too damp to wear, despite a peak temperature of 134.9°F, which is too hot for delicate fabrics.

GE GTD42EASJWW Cycles
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The cycle knob looks convoluted, but it's really just four basic options. View Larger
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Quick Dry & Bulky

As mentioned above, our Quick Dry test—which is a manual 30-minute Timed Dry cycle with Regular Heat—came closer to complete dryness than any other cycle. After about 33 minutes (courtesy of the inaccurate crank timer) and peak temperatures of 144°F, our small load was 96% dry.

This GE also did well tackling bulky items: Our soft, down comforter was 87% dry after 1 hour 21 minutes. Our test settings—Cottons at More Dry on Regular Heat—didn’t quite remove all excess moisture, but it came closer than a lot of other machines we’ve tested. Considering the temperatures stayed below 147.6°F, we were rather pleased.

GE GTD42EASJWW Controls
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All you get with this basic model is a manual temperature select and the option to turn Extended Tumble on or off. View Larger
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