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GE Profile UltraFast Combo Washer & Dryer: 2024 Review

December 20th, 2023 | 22 min. read

By Steve Sheinkopf

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GE Profile UltraFast Combo Washer & Dryer: Test and Performance Review

The GE Profile PFQ97HSPVDS is the most interesting and polarizing appliance introduced since I started at Yale in 1986.

You can now wash and dry your laundry in one machine without transferring the load.

Imagine the convenience of throwing a load of laundry into the wash before bed and waking up to clean dry clothes.

Ditto before you go to the office.

Does that mean you should buy one?

Maybe. Maybe not.

The answer is complicated.

It's so complicated that I included the most commonly asked questions and an interview with the lead designer for GE, Ken Rudolph, in this article.

This article is the longest since I started writing in 2007 and covers the machine and general information on the UltraFast.

Ultimately, you will understand whether the PFQ97HSPVDS is right for you.

Let's get started on a very long journey.

Don't worry; I will add some videos to help you.


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Review of the GE Profile UltraFast Combo Washer & Dryer


The GE Profile UltraFast Combo is an all-in-one washer and dryer, which means you don't have to transfer your clothes from the washer to the dryer.

Simply put your dirty clothes inside the machine, and they will come out clean and dry.

You will never have to worry about rewashing a load that you forgot to transfer to the dryer.

Key Features of the GE Profile UltraFast Combo

Microban Coated Surfaces


The GE Profile is similar to GE's high-end front load washers with Microban coatings to resist mold in the gasket, hoses, and dispenser.

It doesn't have GE's UltraFresh Vent System with OdorBlock because the drying cycle keeps the gasket and the inside dry.

We noticed the GE Profile's gasket was dry after we completed multiple loads of laundry during our tests.

Automatic Detergent Dispenser


People often overload the detergent dispenser, possibly due to their habit of using excessive detergent in their old top load washers.

Front-load washers require less detergent. However, excess detergent will stay in the machine and cause service problems.

It's like that lint problem I mentioned earlier. You don't want to excess anything inside the machine.

An auto dispenser solves that problem by dispensing the exact amount of detergent needed at the right time.

GE has a 32-load capacity. You don't have to reload the detergent after every wash cycle.

Smart Functionality


Smart functionality works for laundry. You can keep track of the remaining time and receive push notifications when the cycle is complete.

No more waiting in front of the washer with just 3 minutes and 22 seconds left on the cycle.

Furthermore, you can conveniently check the remaining amount of detergent in the dispenser directly from the app.

4.8 Cubic Foot Capacity


The average front load is between 4.5 and 5 cubic feet. So, this is a full-size combination of water and dryer with a lot of new technology.

The UltraFast is about twice the size of the compact laundry with a heat pump from Miele and Bosch.

Ventless Drying System

The ventless unit requires only 110 volts to power, meaning you can place this anywhere with an outlet and water.

Plus, you never have to worry about cleaning your dryer vent again.

Most people don't, so fires happen with heat and lint.

I am not trying to scare you because they don't happen often.

Unlike regular ventless condenser dryers, heat pumps don't project heat back into your room, although the top of the GE Profile did get warm in our tests.

Understanding Heat Pump Technology in the UltraFast Combo

How Much Does a Dryer Cost to Operate?

After reading this section, you will view your dryer as an energy hog.

It's important to consider the cost implications of using a dryer.

According to my electric bill, the cost of electricity in Boston is about 28.4 cents per KWH between generation and distribution.


According to Whirlpool, the average dryer consumes about 3.4 per KWH, with older dryers using about 5 KWH.

Your dryer uses about 96 cents per load or about $350 per year when used just once a day.

For a family of five doing multiple loads on an older dryer, the costs could be $700 or higher for that seemingly innocent-looking appliance.

Heat Pumps vs. Vented Laundry

Vented Dryers: How They Work

Vented dryers pull heat from your room, heat it with elements, and then vent that air outside.

This inefficient process of continuously pulling and heating colder air continues throughout the cycle.

Heat Pump Dryers: How They Work

Heat pump dryers work more efficiently by reusing the air inside them. They heat this air gradually, which uses about 50-60% less energy than regular dryers.

Although they can save you money – about $175 a year on average – they do take longer to dry your clothes.

Also, they have more parts that might need fixing over time

Read More: The Pros & Cons of Heat Pump Dryers

The Problems with Combination Washers and Dryers

Reduced Drying Efficiency or Performance

These heat pumps offer greater energy efficiency but may require longer drying times.

This becomes a notable concern when dealing with a much larger unit like the GE Profile UltraFast Combo washer and dryer.

When assessing the dryer's performance, it is crucial to consider the time results for the drying cycle.

Further down in the article, you will see our drying time results for the GE Profile UltraFast combo washer and dryer.

Lint Removal

We would all own a combination washer and dryer in a perfect world.

Think about it. You would never have to take your clothes out of the washer and into a dryer.

You would never have to rewash a load you forgot to place in your dryer like I did last week.

Combo washers and dryers have a common problem of being unable to effectively remove lint.

Over time the lint will seize the machine for an expensive and impossible service call.

We normally advise against the combo because we know the impending issues.

This is at odds with many influencers and people who have one. However, many of these evangelists are single and use their laundry sparingly.

I am not knocking them and respect their opinion, but I have yet to find a family or heavy use endorsing a combo washer and dryer unit.

Then again, that will never happen. A combo washer and dryer is not built for frequent daily loads.

The GE Profile has a unique solution to this problem with a heavy two-sided filter before the air exchanger.


It collects lint at the top of the machine rather than the bottom, making it easier to remove and preventing potentially costly service calls.

Let's see if it works and how and if the lint is captured.

Read More: Are Combo Washer & Dryers Worth It?

GE Profile UltraFast Combo Washer & Dryer: Performance Test

We put the GE Profile UltraFast Combo Washer & Dryer through a series of tests with various laundry types, including everyday clothes, sheets, and a bulky comforter.

Our focus was on evaluating the wash and dry times, the effectiveness of drying, and the machine's lint handling capabilities.

Here are the results of our tests to see if this combo lives up to expectations:


  Colors Blankets/Sheets Whites Comforter
Cycle Used Towels Bedding Whites Bulky/Bedding
Time Indicated 3 hours and 25 mins 2 hours and 2 mins 2 hours and 50 mins 2 hours and 12 mins
Time Completed 2 hours and 51 mins 2 hours and 8 mins 2 hours and 48 mins 2 hours and 1 min
Was It Dry? Yes Yes Yes Mostly
Notes Washed 6 extra large men's t-shirts and four beach towels Washed a king-size sheet set and a king-size blanket Washed 8 men's large dress shirts, four towels, and 8 men's large t-shirts Washed a king-size comforter

How Long Did the UltraFast Take to Wash and Dry Towels and Shirts?

For four towels and 6 XL men's shirts, the machine showed 3 hours and 25 minutes but finished in 2 hours and 51 minutes.

How Long Did the UltraFast Take to Wash and Dry Bedding?

For a king-sized sheet and blanket, it showed 2 hours and 2 minutes and finished a bit later at 2 hours and 8 minutes.

How Long Did the UltraFast Take to Wash and Dry a Mixed Load?

For whites, including eight men's shirts, four towels, and eight large T-shirts, the kit showed 2 hours and 50 minutes and was completed in 2 hours and 48 minutes.

How Long Did the UltraFast Take to Wash and Dry a Comforter?

For a comforter, the cycle was completed in 2 hours and 1 minute, while it indicated 2 hours and 12 minutes.

GE Profile PFQ97HSPVDS Drying Performance

It dried well except for the comforter, which was mostly dry and needed more time.

Then again, I need to dry my comforter multiple times in my current dryer.

Other than that, I was impressed with the drying. It works.

GE Profile PFQ97HSPVDS Lint Buildup and Removal

1 Testing the new GE Profile UltraFast Combo Washer & Dryer with a load of white laundry revealed its excellent lint-handling capabilities, comparable to a regular dryer.
2 Take a peek at the lint filter post-wash and dry cycle with the GE Profile UltraFast Combo Washer and Dryer after tackling a load of white laundry.
3 Upon completion of a mixed laundry load consisting of XL shirts and several towels, the GE Profile UltraFast Combo washer and dryer effectively removed a substantial amount of lint.
4 The lint filter after running a mixed load of laundry with the GE Profile Combo Washer & Dryer
5 To put the new GE Profile UltraFast combo washer & dryer to the ultimate test, we gave a large comforter a wash and dry cycle. Compared to our previous two trials, the lint build up was notably less significant.
6 Here is the aftermath of washing and drying a comforter. Don't forget to clean out the filter after every cycle. It's an easy step that can make a big difference in the lifespan of your machine and the quality of your laundry.

The lint filter removed almost all the lint way better than any combo on the market.

The lint filter is next to the air exchanger's heat sync. It is like the outer fins of your AC unit. So, you must be extremely careful of how you clean it.

GE Profile PFQ97HSPVDS Temperature


The temperature reached 102-106 degrees, so you want to be careful about what you place on the top.

Comparing the GE Profile UltraFast Combo to Other Top Washer & Dryer Models

In this segment, we're putting the GE Profile UltraFast Combo in a head-to-head comparison with two other notable models: the GE 650 Series Washer and Dryer, and the LG WashTower.

We'll look at what makes each model different, their prices, and how well they work. This will help you figure out which one is right for you.

Let's start by checking out the GE 650 Series Washer and Dryer set.

GE Profile UltraFast Combo vs. GE 650 Series Washer & Dryer


GE 650 Series Overview

The GE 650 Series Washer & Dryer set includes the GE GFW655SSVWW Washer and GE GFD65ESSVWW Dryer.

This set has features like Microban technology to keep mold away, 12 different washing cycles with options like an Allergen cycle, and a system that automatically adds the right amount of detergent.

You can also control it with smart home systems, and the washer door can open both ways for easy use.

GE Profile UltraFast Combo vs. GE 650 Series Washer & Dryer



Both the GE 650 Series and the GE Profile UltraFast Combo have a capacity of 4.8 cubic feet and offer a high spin speed of 1300 RPM, aiding in pre-drying of clothes.

They are equipped with a 32-load automatic detergent dispenser and feature Microban-coated surfaces for mold resistance.

Additionally, both models support smart functionality through GE's SmartHQ app, enhancing user convenience.


In terms of dryer technology, the GE 650 Series employs a conventional 220-volt vented dryer, which uses external air heating and expulsion.

In contrast, the GE Profile UltraFast Combo uses a 110-volt heat pump for drying, allowing it to be placed in various locations without the need for external venting.

Price-wise, the GE Profile UltraFast Combo is typically sold at around $2,609, making it more expensive than the GE 650 Series, which ranges from $1,798 to $2,199.

Performance Comparison

Let's delve into the wash and dry times.

GE Profile UltraFast Combo Washer and Dryer Test Results

  Total Wash and Dry Time
Mixed Colors 2 hours & 51 minutes
Whites 2 hours & 48 minutes
Sheets/Blankets 2 hours & 8 minutes
Comforter 2 hours & 1 minute

GE 650 Series Washer and Dryer Test Results

  Wash Time Dry Time Total Time
Mixed Colors 59 minutes 28 minutes 1 hour & 27 minutes
Whites 1 hour & 9 minutes 40 minutes 1 hour & 49 minutes
Sheets/Blankets 1 hour & 8 minutes 42 minutes 1 hours & 50 minutes
Comforter 1 hour & 2 minutes 1 hour & 16 minutes 2 hours & 18 minutes
  • Colors: The UltraFast takes less time than indicated, with an actual time of 2:51 compared to the indicated 3:25. The GE 650 set requires 1:27 in total.
  • Whites: The UltraFast finishes its cycle in about the indicated 2:50. The GE set takes 1:49.
  • Sheets/Blankets: The UltraFast, indicated for 2:02, took 2:08. The GE set required less time overall at 1:50.
  • Comforter: The UltraFast is slightly quicker than indicated at 2:12, while the GE 650 takes 2:18 to wash and dry.
  • The drying system initially projected a drying time of 48 minutes, but it took an additional 28 minutes to fully dry the clothes.

Performance Analysis

The UltraFast washing and drying machine is convenient, but it sometimes leaves the comforter slightly damp. The regular laundry set is faster, even for washing bedding.

If you have separate units for washing and drying, you can transfer clothes from the washer to the dryer and start another load immediately.

But if you have a combo machine like the UltraFast, you have to wait for the entire cycle to finish before starting another load. You can complete more laundry with separate units.

GE Profile UltraFast Combo vs. GE 650 Series: Which One Is Right for You?

The UltraWash is a good option if you don't have a vent or enough power.

However, when comparing the UltraFast to the GE 650 Series washer and dryer, the choice depends on how much laundry you have and your schedule.

Read More: The GE Profile UltraFast Combo vs. Regular GE Washer & Dryers

The GE UltraFast vs. the LG WashTower Washer & Heat Pump Dryers


One last comparison (I promise).

Let's say you need ventless or like the idea of a heat pump; the Profile has a legitimate competitor.

The LG WashTower was the second most popular introduction in the last ten years, just after the UltraFast.

The WashTower is stackable with the controls in the middle. You don't have to climb to reach the top controls like you do with two pieces.

I wrote an exhaustive article comparing features. You can click this link to see the full comparison.

Let's look at our LG WashTower test results.

LG WashTower Test Results

  Wash Time Dry Time Total Time
Mixed Colors 32 minutes 1 hour & 2 minutes 1 hour & 34 minutes
Whites 36 minutes 1 hour & `8 minutes 1 hour & 54 minutes
Bedding 1 hour & 5 minutes 3 hour & 20 minutes 4 hours & 25 minutes
Comforter 1 hour & 2 minutes 2 hour & 45 minutes 3 hours & 47 minutes

LG is faster except on bedding because its sensor is driven. The sensors are set for dry, which is nearly impossible on any machine.

But between these two, you can do laundry in the WashTower OR have it washed and dried in the same load with the Profile.

Read More: The GE Profile UltraFast Combo vs. the LG WashTower

Should You Buy the GE Profile UltraFast Combo?

Deciding whether to purchase a new appliance, particularly a modern and unique one, can often be difficult.

The GE Profile PFQ97HSPVDS UltraFast Combo is a washing machine and dryer that raises this question.

In this section, we will discuss who should consider buying this appliance and who should exercise caution.

Your decision will be influenced by factors such as the electrical power in your home, the amount of available space, whether you need to replace an old appliance, and your willingness to experiment with new technology.

Who Should Buy the GE Profile PFQ97HSPVDS

If You Only Have 110 Volts of Power

For people with 110 volts only, this unit is a godsend. You can finally have decent laundry and get your clothes done.

Same with people in voltage-starved older condominiums.

If You Have a Spare Room

You can also place this unit anywhere with water and 110 power, so many rooms in your house could now be laundry rooms.

If You're Replacing a Similar Machine

You can also replace your washer or dryer with this combo. Think about it. You are investing $1700 in just a new washer or dryer.

For Everyone Else

You must weigh the advantages of convenience, energy efficiency, and better drying against the fear of buying unknown products and technology.

For its introduction, buy it from a company with a good service department. You can fix it quickly if it breaks and quicker returns if problems occur.

Either way, this unit is one of the boldest and most innovative we have ever seen at Yale.

It's well designed and engineered and does the job advertised.

Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to purchase the GE Profile PFQ97HSPVDS combo washer and dryer is up to you.

Who Shouldn't Buy the GE Profile PFQ97HSPVDS

Somewhere a designer will incorporate this into a custom laundry room. I wouldn't do that because you won't have any alternatives if it ever needs replacement.

Don't buy it if you are reticent to buy new products.

Your Questions Answered by GE's Lead Designer, Ken Rudolph

In this section, you will find an interesting interview with Ken Rudolph, who is the lead designer at GE.

He will be answering your top questions regarding the GE Profile Ultrafast combo washer and dryer.

Gain insights directly from the expert, from the machine's noise levels to its smart home compatibility.

Click here to watch our initial interview with Ken for a more in-depth look at the release of the GE Profile UltraFast.

1. How Quiet Is the GE UltraFast Combo Washer and Dryer?

"We've measured what the decibel (dB) rating is in both wash and dry [cycles]. And as we mentioned, this is based off our UltraFresh front load. So depending on where it is in the cycle, it's probably in that 52 [decibel level]. If someone had maybe a severe out of balance, it probably gets to about 70 dB, comparable from washer.

But the question we always get is, well, what about drying? How does it compare? It is actually significantly quieter than a standard vented dryer.

I would say that it's in the upper forties to low fifties. And that's because we have an insulated tub. We're not venting externally, and the compressor is very quiet. So people are very surprised at how quiet isn't drying. [People have] actually walk up to it and said, 'Is it drying?'

So overall, we've kept the sound profile pretty much where it should be."

2. What Type of Refrigerant Does the GE Profile UltraFast Combo Use?

"We're presently using R 134 A, and I know we get that question because there are other products out there where R 134 A is going to be replaced by R 600 - [there are] some gripes about that.

Right now, combination all-in-one heat pumps are not regulated to switch from R 134 A to an alternate refrigerant. So we're staying on that. ... Over time, we want to get to the next refrigerant.

So, we're looking at some other ones that are out there right now. But as it stands right now, r 134 A, and there's no legislation in our area to change that."

3. Why Does the GE UltraFast Not Use a Water Heater, and How Does This Sanitize?

"We did have an option of utilizing a heater. We chose not to because we actually have a sanitize with oxy cycle. And what we found is there's actually been a driver of more people wanting to sanitize clothes at lower temperatures rather than heating up the water and doing that.

Actually, sanitization with oxy is an even more effective way of sanitizing your clothes than a heated sanitizer.

And then actually, we also get asked because we have a dewrinkle or a steam dewrinkle in the dryer. They say, 'Well, you don't have a heater.'

Well, guess what? Because it's a dryer, there's some natural ways to heat up that moisture. So, that's how we achieve it.

But to sanitize or to generate that type of heat, we didn't need a dedicated sump heater like you would have in some front load washers."

4. Can a Person in a Wheelchair Access the Dispenser?

"Yeah. So, the product behind me we actually have on our seven inch riser, and that would not make it ADA compliant, but when mounted on the ground, we're at 46.7 inches tall.

What ADA has in the spec is the bottom of the drum has to be above 15 inches, which it is, and the controls and the access areas have to be below 48".

We're at 46.7". And I was thinking about that, right? Because to get to the smart dispense, you will have to lift the bottle up here. But really, the great part about it is if you do use that bulk dispense, that's enough for six weeks of detergent.

The sear and tear on somebody coming up to that really push a couple of buttons. You're not measuring out detergent and doing it.

So, number one, it is ADA compliant in all aspects to start with. And two, I think it's actually easier for those who are physically challenged to use a product of this nature."

5. Is the GE Profile UltraFast Combo Compatible With Amazon's Alexa and Other Virtual Assistants?

"It is through the smart HQ app. ... It doesn't have direct [connectivity], like, our Profile 950 series in our top load, but you can utilize it through the app."

6. Can You Reverse the Door Without Voiding the Warranty?

"This product is not set up to reverse the door. If somebody [did try to reverse the door, it] would take a lot of work, right? So, they'd definitely be voiding the warranty if they did that.

And the reason why we didn't do that initially, quite honestly, we didn't think this would be the runaway hit. ... We also know that one of the reasons why people want to have a reversible door is to make it easier to transfer clothes from the washer to the dryer. ... You're not transferring clothes.

The other thing, and this may just be a little bit out of camera range here, but the way the air comes in here, we wanted to make sure the glass was oriented properly.

Knowing we made on our UltraFresh front load so easy to swap the door, we didn't want someone to align the glass improperly.

It's something we're looking at, but for this product, that has not been a limitation at all."

7. Does the Detergent Dispenser Work Effectively With Hard or Soft Water?

"Yes. So, we actually made our adaptive smart dispenser, our smart dispense product be able to handle all conditions.

Not only will it auto dispense based on the size of the load as well as the type of detergent, but we know if you have hard water, you'll probably want to dose a little bit more so you can adjust it from auto to more.

Or if you have soft water, you can get by with a little less detergent to get the same cleaning power. You can adjust it to less. So it will adjust.

We actually are looking at it's a great question for one of your consumers, automating that in the future, so that based on your municipality and your water type, we can make that adjustment, but right now, the consumer has that capability."

8. Can You Use Lysol Sanitizer in the Dipenser?

"Yes. ... The combo can take the liquid sanitizers that are out there meant for cold sanitization. And if you follow the instructions either from Clorox or RB, which makes Lysol, they'll tell you to put between three to 4oz of that in the fabric softener compartment.

You [shouldn't] put it in the fabric softener or bulk dispenser, but in the top dispenser, where we have a fabric softener compartment. You would dose it there, and then [the machine] knows to dose that properly and per their claims that will deliver that sanitizing benefit in each one.

As far as cleaning the dispenser, actually the dispenser stays really clean. One of the nice things about having the bulk dispense is you're not messy around that.

But if you do want to do the manual dosing, we made very, I would say very friendly sized compartments to be able to use either liquid detergent or powdered detergent, as well as bleach and fabric softener."

9. Can You Connect the GE Profile UltraFast Combo to a Kitchen Sink?

"Yeah, absolutely. This was something that was very interesting, and we actually saw this in a recent trip to New York was people loved to be able to wash and dry in their apartments, but they don't have the water hookup.

So we have an accessory called the unit coupler, and what that allows you to do is actually hook it directly to your faucet. You put it into the cold water inlet of the combo. The combo is smart enough to know ... if you only do cold water, it'll say, 'hey, you need hot water for this.'

So it's smart enough to know it's hooked up to a unicoupler, and you just hook it up to the cold water faucet. Then you take the drain tube and you hook it to the other part of the unit coupler so you can drain directly in the sink.

So for apartment dwellers, for folks that don't have the traditional water outlets as well as standpipe, you can hook this up right next to a sink. And the beauty is it hooks into 120 volts."

10. How Much Energy Does This Use in a Normal Cycle?

"We had to test it as a washer and as a dryer separately. And what I would tell you is this is an Energy Star washer. So this will utilize, I think it's zero point 46 cycles on average from that standpoint. And then what they use in a dryer, it's actually called CEF rating. The larger, the better.

Estar is 3.93. We're at 6.0. So we're 50% more energy efficient. And actually, that's where most of the energy is used. So I believe it's about 1.5 cycles for the dryer.

So what you have here is not only is it delivering the one-and-done promise and the energy, or the space savings and the time savings, but this is the best energy-performing pair that you can have in an all-in-one."

11. Are You Going to Start Manufacturing a Separate Heat Pump Dryer?

"Yeah. I would tell you that historically, and it's something that we started on, I think I talked about in the last video. About seven years ago, we worked on a heat pump dryer program. Consumer acceptance of heat pump dryers was not strong. ... Clearly we have the capability to do a heat pump dryer, and that's in some of our planning as we stand. But right now we're focusing our efforts here on the combo."

12. Have You Considered Producing a Smaller Compact Combo Unit That Could Fit Under a Kitchen Counter?

"There's definitely a market in the compact space. We presently have two products that fit the bill of a 24 inch all in one combination. They're not based on heat pump technology or following what we have right now in the combo.

We have it in both the GE portfolio as well as higher. So we do have a solution that fits under counter 24 inches wide, basically 24 inches deep and as much as 33 inches tall.

But we do see a natural progression is to take this breakthrough technology into other platforms like that."

13. How Many Gallons of Water Does This Use in Normal and Heavy Cycles?

"So some easy math, right? So this has a water factor, an IWF of 3.0. It's 4.8 cubic foot. You just do the simple math. So it'll use 14.4 gallons in a standard wash cycle. So front loaders, which the combo is based off, are extremely water efficient."

14. Would You Recommend the GE Profile UltraFast Combo in a Household with Large Animals in Terms of Hair and Lint Buildup?

"Well, I'll tell you, not only would I recommend it, I would actually suggest that this is probably one of the best products for handling that. The reason is this, the upfront easy-to-access lint filter.

If you think about it, when you handle heavy pet hair today, right, some of it gets clogged in your washer. It's either left behind in the gasket or it goes down the drain pump. And then you move it over and you find the rest of that pet hair in the dryer.

Since we're [using] an all-in-one, you're not going to have to deal with wet gunky pet hair out of the washer. It's going to be dry. We actually have someone on our team who has a St. Bernard and they were talking about how the pet hair actually stands up and is so easy to clean off of here.

So we're doing some evaluation right now. We believe the combo can demonstrate that extremely well. So sort of stay tuned for that for our pet owners.

But what I can tell you right now, [I have] a lot of confidence in the product to be able to handle that."

15. How Did the Gasket Manage to Stay Bone Dry Despite the Absence of an Odor Block Fan, as Observed During Our Tests?

"That was one of the things that what we have coming up with this product is we do know some folks like to do a wash only still. So we're going to have an ultra fresh cycle that will be downloadable onto this product.

But you nailed it perfectly, right? It's all about drain dry and defend. We drain really well. This is a dryer, so we know it dries really well. And then just like in our ultra fresh front load and our top load now, you see the blue, right?

This is microband throughout the gasket, through the dispenser, the pump housing and the drain tube out the back. And we've had ultra fresh with microband in the market since 2019 and it is performing to expectations.

So we're excited. We believe the combo, just like you said, it dries really well. It's going to do oven better."

16. Why Don't You Need Dryer Sheets or Wool Dryer Balls with the GE Profile UltraFast?

"There is an easy way to add either dryer balls or dryer sheets. So we added a function, even when you're doing a wash and dry, to hit a button called Wash Complete. And what that'll send you? It'll alert you to your smart HQ device, your smartphone, or right in the machine that says, 'hey, you can pause the cycle and throw that dryer ball and dryer sheet in' if that's what you like.

We often ask people, why are you using those? Right? And they'll say, well, cut down on static. What I tell you is, with the airflow and the lower heat, we do not generate static. So if that's why you're using a dryer ball, you don't need that.

The other thing they do is because it helps the clothes in tumbling. This is a reverse tumbling machine. So we unfold those clothes extremely well. We don't get knotted clothes at the end of the cycle. So really, as you pointed out, you shouldn't need those products.

The one thing that people have talked about is, well, I like that fresh scent from that. The other thing is this is a sealed system.

That was one of the delighters that we had with our team as well; we said, you know what, actually, the fragrance from the detergent or the softener that I really love carried through better because you weren't blowing that scent out the back of the door [while] drying. So it worked really well.

They were reintroducing scent in the dryer because they knew they were going to lose it. You don't lose it here. So I think you've given people good reasons why they don't need those extra pieces, but we made it so that if they still want to use them, they can."

17. Can You Use Vibration Pads With the GE Profile UltraFast Combo Washer & Dryer?

"You can. Our evaluation is with the leveling legs that we have today, as well as the riser, which is an optional accessory to be able to handle that.

But if folks find that they're getting better performance with vibration pads, we do sell that as an accessory. So those are available.

What I would tell you is, in vibration, even though the unit is a little bit taller and a little bit heavier, it has very much the same vibration signature that you would have out of our ultra fresh front load washer. So they're okay on that.

You're not voiding the warranty if you choose to use it."

Final Thoughts

Do you think the Profile PFQ97HSPVDS UltraFast Combo is a good choice for your laundry needs?

We'd love to hear your thoughts. Please share them in the comments section below.


GE UltraFast Combo Washer & Dryer


Answers to the most commonly asked questions about the GE UltraFast Combo Washer & Dryer.


How long does the average full cycle take?

How do you use dryer sheets in it?

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

How often should you clean each part?

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

How much does it cost?

How is it different from previous combo models?

Does it have a water heater?

Is the door reversible?

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Steve Sheinkopf

Steve Sheinkopf is the third-generation CEO of Yale Appliance and a lifelong Bostonian. He has over 38 years of experience in the appliance industry, and he is a trusted source of information for consumers on how to buy and repair appliances.

Steve has also been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Consumer Reports, The Boston Globe, Bloomberg Radio, the New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Entrepreneur, for his knowledge of how to buy appliances and appliance repair.

Steve is passionate about helping consumers find the best appliances for their needs, and he is always happy to answer questions and provide advice. He is a valuable resource for consumers who are looking for information on appliance buying, repair, and maintenance.

Despite being the worst goalie in history, Steve is a fan of the Bruins and college hockey, loves to read, and is a Peloton biker. The love of his life is his daughter, Sophie.

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