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GE GFD55ESSNWW Dryer review

With a range of smart features and a generous capacity, the GE GFD55ESSNWW is one of the top dryers you can buy.

GE GFD55ESSNWW
(Image: © GE)

Our Verdict

The GE GFD55ESSNWW is our favorite dryer you can buy, and users love it too. It's not the cheapest but if you have the budget, it's worth the investment.

For

  • 15 cycles
  • Users love it
  • Great capacity
  • Sleek design
  • Wi-Fi compatibility

Against

  • No steam functions
  • Not the cheapest

The GE GFD55ESSNWW is a front-load dryer with a generous 7.8 cubic foot capacity and a whole range of smart features. There's no denying that this is one of the best dryers you can buy, and its matching front load washer is equally popular. 

Like most dryers, you can buy this model in either a gas or electric model. It also has the standard 32-inch depth of most counter appliances, meaning it will fit into most spaces and even closets. The GE GFD55ESSNWW is also 28 inches wide and 40 inches high, making it a good size match for the majority of washing machines. 

With smart built-in WiFi and a sanitize cycle, this is a clever and up-to-date dryer without the intimidating price tag of other smart dryers like the LG DLEX3700W. In this GE GFD55ESSNWW review, we'll go into detail about the price, features, and user experiences.  

GE GFD55ESSNWW: Price

You can expect to pay anywhere from $500 to $1,500 for a high quality dryer. With an RRP of $899, that makes the GE GFD55ESSNWW is a mid-price dryer. We do see the GE GFD55ESSNWW cropping up on sale every now and again, so if you choose your moment you can find it for less than its RRP.

When you buy the GE GFD55ESSNWW you're covered by a one year GE warranty. That's less than the warranty you'll get on the matching washer, but the average LG and Maytag warranties are also one year, so it is an industry standard. 

GE GFD55ESSNWW: Features

GE GFD55ESSNWW

(Image credit: GE )

The GE GFD55ESSNWW has a 7.8 cubic feet capacity, which is a generous size for a dryer. Dryers come with a larger capacity than washers as standard because they need to create space between laundry items to allow them to release steam and hot water.

When you buy the GE GFD55ESSNWW, you get the option of 15 dry cycles. They include:

  • Bedding
  • Bulky Items
  • Cotton
  • Damp Dry
  • Delicates
  • Extra Dry
  • Mixed Loads
  • Permanent Press
  • Quick Dry
  • Sanitize
  • Sensor Dry
  • Timed Dry
  • Towels and Sheets
  • Wrinkle Free
  • eDry

One thing we're missing from the GE GFD55ESSNWW is a steam setting. Many modern washers and dryers come with steam settings to eliminate wrinkles and creases, as well as smart sanitizing. That said, the GE GFD55ESSNWW does compensate for the lack of steam. It's got a wrinkle-free setting and extends tumble time without heat to prevent laundry from drying creased, and there's also a sanitize setting. 

One great feature with the GE GFD55ESSNWW is the WiFi compatibility, which pairs with your smartphone and sends alerts when your clothes have reached a "damp" dryness level and when the vent is obstructed. You can also pause, start, and stop your cycles from this app, and receive other updates.

GE GFD55ESSNWW: Design

Another smart feature with the GE GFD55ESSNWW is the four customizable exhuast vent locations. You can place the vent at the bottom, rear side, rear, and right side of this dryer. This means you can place this dryer adjacent to a washer on either side, in a closet, or even stack it. 

The GE GFD55ESSNWW comes in a clean white color and has a large black front-loading door. It's also got a digital display on the top right side and a generous dial to select your wash cycle of choice. 

GE GFD55ESSNWW: User reviews

Users love the GE GFD55ESSNWW. At Home Depot, it has a 4.8 star rating based on 880 reviews. That's a lot of happy customers, and it's the same story at Lowe's, with an average score of 4.8 stars out of 815 reviews. Finally, at Best Buy, there's 4.7 stars from 78 reviews. 

One user reports that "It’s so quiet and I never have to worry about the clothes being damp. Love that there’s a lint trap that doesn’t allow lint to go to the bottom of the machine." Another praises the large capacity, reporting that "My king size comforter is dry in less than an hour."

Should you buy the GE GFD55ESSNWW? 

The GE GFD55ESSNWW is one of the best dryers you can buy. It's got a super large capacity of 7.8 cubic feet and comes with WiFi compatibility to offer you remote control and cycle updates. We do wish this dryer came with steam functions, but GE has compensated for this with sanitize and wrinkle-free cycles. 

Users love this dryer, with one of the best average ratings of any dryer you can buy, and it's also smart to look at. It's not the cheapest, but if you've got the budget, it's our top pick. 

Millie Fender

Millie is a staff writer at Top Ten Reviews who joined the team straight out of college, where she spent more time working on the student newspaper than her actual degree. Her spare time is spent traveling, cooking, playing guitar and she's currently learning how to knit. Millie loves tracking down a good deal and keeping up-to-date on the newest technology and kitchen appliances. She has also written for Top Ten Reviews' sister site, Real Homes.