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GE Front Loader DBVH512GF0WW

by Barb Mills
(Cedar Hill, TX, USA)

I purchased the GE Front Loader dryer with the matching front loader washer in 2006. It is a wonderful dryer with Sensory Dry Levels that automatically synchronizes with the washer. In other words, depending on how long the clothes are left in the washer or how damp they are when you place them in the dryer, the dryer will determine the Sensory Dry Level needed to dry the clothes.


The dryer has 10 different sensory dry levels to choose from: Cottons, Mixed Load, Easy Care, Active Wear, Speed Dry, Delicates, Warm Up, Dewrinkle, Air Fluff and Timed Dry. If you use one of the dry levels that match from washing the same load, other than Speed Dry, Air Fluff and Timed Dry, your clothes will wrinkle less depending on how long they are left in the dryer when the cycle is finished.

There are also four Sensory Dry Levels: More Dry, Dry, Less Dry and Damp. Again this will synchronize with the washer and select it automatically or you can manually set it. I usually leave it on the one that it automatically sets.

There are five Dry Temperatures to choose from: Anti-Bacterial, High, Medium, Low and Extra Low. We use anti-bacterial when we wash sheets and towels and it is a high heat as well. I’m not sure it’s really a useful item but I use it nonetheless. The Air Fluff cycle is used when you need to dry shoes or dry an item flat with one of the racks that came with the dryer. This cycle will not tumble. You can choose the Dry Temperature of your choice with this cycle.

The pros:
1. The dryer has a reminder message “Change Lint Filter†that lights up in red every time you put in a new load. It’s nice to have that reminder but it seems that my husband pays little or no attention to that reminder.
2. If you dry large items, you can select Extended Tumble so you don't have to check on it often.
3. If your items are extra damp, you can select Damp Alert and it will tumble longer as needed.
4. The Signal Control can be set to four levels: high, medium, low and off.
5. When the cycle is done, it has a Cool Down feature that runs about two minutes and has an indicator that reads COOL DOWN "cd".
6. I think the best feature of all is Delay Start. I use this when I need to run errands and don't want my clothes wrinkling should I not return for a couple of hours. You can delay up to 12 hours, however, I do not delay that long and I am not sure who would either. This feature is on the washer and I have used the 12-hour delay frequently.

The con:
The only con with this dryer is that lint seems to fill in between the front wall of the dryer under the lint filter. I have to fish it out of try to suck it out with the vaccuum but only once every three months. I do it more for peace of mind.

Other than that one con, the dryer is very good and I would recommend it as well. I would rate it at 4 1/2 stars.

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Apr 22, 2013
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Poor Design Nearly Caused Fire
by: Richard Condon

I had the same problem as clothes "catching" at the top of the dryer and being burned\ruined. It is a design flaw where the interior of the dryer moves too much and dislodges the ring around the door. The warranty expired, and attempted to fix the constant squeaking that began around the same time. The entire interior plastic ring inside the dryer is broken and looks like it has been burning and deteriorating from friction for some time. I recently came home from work and my wife had started the dryer while giving our children a bath and I smelled burning plastic as soon as I walked in the door. The plastic ring was jarred so much off the track that it was stuck on the light bulb and burning. If I had come home 15 minutes later... Needless to say, I've decided to replace rather than repair. Matching Washer is terrible also, with constant pauses where it turns itself off at random points in the cycle. Hit start, it goes, but complete waste of time. Sadly, both purchased new and useless after 5 years.

Oct 18, 2011
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Nice while it lasted
by: Anonymous

Purchased this GE dryer 3 years ago. Right away the door seal started to fall off and we had it replaced twice while still under warranty. After the warranty ran out it fell off again. Now it squeaks and it's not drying very fast at all. It takes two runs to get clothes dry. Replaced vent hose. No change. It was great when it was new.

May 07, 2011
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Not recommended
by: Anonymous

We paid for one repair just outside of the warranty period, but when the latch failed and clothes started catching on something inside the drum, it was time to get rid of it. We think major appliances like this should last longer than three-and-a-half years.

Apr 06, 2010
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doesn't last long
by: Anonymous

AWFUL DRYER, 2 YEARS OLD AND ALL THE GLIDERS ARE OUT OF IT. OVER $400.00 TO REPAIR. CLOTHES GET TRAPPED IN SOMETHING AT THE TOP OF THE DRYER AND GET BURNED AND RUINED. I WOULD NEVER EVER BUY THIS DRYER AGAIN. WAY TO EXPENSIVE FOR ZERO QUALITY.

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