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Frequently Asked Questions about the GE UltraFast Combo Washer & Dryer: Part One

June 22nd, 2023 | 2 min. read

By Steve Sheinkopf

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Frequently Asked Questions about the GE Ultrafast Combo Washer & Dryer

We've received a lot of questions since we posted our last video about the GE UltraFast Combo Washer & Dryer, so we decided to compile the most frequently asked questions and send them to the engineer behind this machine, Ken Rudolf, for answers.

We also consulted with our Chief Service Technician, Butch, to provide comprehensive responses. Here's what we found:

Frequently Asked Questions about the GE Ultrafast Combo Washer & Dryer

1. How long does the average full cycle take?

In our tests the average time was about 2 hours and 15 minutes for the normal cycles to wash and dry. If you want to see the full tests, click here

2. How do you use dryer sheets in it?

For dryer sheets, you can set the unit to pause between the wash and dry cycles and then toss in the dryer sheets, but that defeats the purpose behind getting the unit in the first place.

3. Being a unique type of laundry machine, how much space do I need?

The GE UltraFast combo is tested for zero clearance on both sides front and back. However, with the spin speed, you should leave 1/4 to 1/2 inch from the wall.

4. How often should you clean each part?

You’ll have to clean the lint filter after each drying cycle, just like you would with a normal dryer. According to the unit's manual, GE Profile recommends to clean the heat sink every four loads, but it's so easy I would do it every time.

5. Can you use the auto dispenser on all the modes? In addition, how many loads does the dispenser hold?

For the dispenser, you can choose to manually dispense even with a loaded dispenser. It holds about 32 loads worth of detergent.

6. How much does it cost?

The GE Profile UltraFast Combo Washer & Dryer costs $2,609. Now, whether they put it on promotion during holidays remains to be seen.

7. How is it different from previous combo models?

First, they addressed the lint problem by employing a larger lint filter at the top of the machine. Combo washer and dryers historically can’t remove lint which leads to expensive service problems.

8. Does it have a water heater?

They didn't use a hot water heater because the hot water line is hot enough to adequately wash your clothes.

9. Is the door reversible?

It looks like it is, and looks like it could be. However, I read through the instruction manual and there is no mention of the unit's door being reversible, so I wouldn’t reverse it even if it looks simple to do. 


We hope that this information has helped you to make an informed decision regarding the purchase of the GE UltraFast Combo Washer & Dryer.

In our future videos and articles, we will continue to conduct tests, answer your questions, and provide comparisons to other heat pump dryers.

If you have any further inquiries about this machine, please feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

Additionally, if you would like to access the full test results, you can click here or watch this video:

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