Good cleaning performance for its price
If you're looking for top-notch cleaning, look elsewhere
The GE GTW335ASNWW is a fairly straightforward washer. It comes with one finish—white—and other than some rounded corners, doesn’t have much in the way of aesthetic flair.
It has three dials on its control panel—one for cycle selection, one for temperature controls, and one for water level—and a few buttons for cycle options.
The interior of this top-loader features a pole agitator, which is something that might feel nostalgic but doesn’t necessarily lend itself to cleaner laundry. Increasing the tub’s water level—which you can do on this machine—is an outdated logic. In most types of loads, adding extra water only dilutes your detergent and makes your laundry less clean.
Still, there are some instances where more water does make sense, such as when your clothes are absolutely caked with mud.
The GE GTW335ASNWW is a relatively inexpensive machine that cleans about as well as we’d expect for its price. It’s a bit harsh on your laundry on most cycles, but the Delicates cycle provides a gentle touch when needed. The machine leaves your laundry a bit wetter after a wash than average (which means more—and more expensive—work for your dryer to do), but we don’t believe this is particularly disqualifying.
Overall, it’s a fine washing machine at an appropriate price. It’s not a particularly complex appliance, where we have to delve into the details to figure out which features add value and which seem to be a marketing ploy. We don't have any real complaints here.
About the GE GTW335ASNWW top-load washer
Dimensions: 44” x 27” x 27” (H x W x D)
Capacity: 4.2 cu. ft.
Cycles: Colors, Dark Colors, Casuals, Delicates, Cold Wash, Active Wear, Speed Wash, Drain & Spin, Jeans, Deep Clean, Bulky Items, Towels / Sheets, Whites
- Deep Fill—Uses extra water during wash cycles
- Auto Soak—Begins cycle with brief agitation and soaks for a specified time before moving through the rest of the cycle
- 2nd Rinse—Runs two rinse cycles instead of one
- Extra Spin—Provides additional spin cycle time to help laundry come out dryer
- Deep Rinse—Uses extra water during rinse cycle
- Five water level settings
- Six temperature settings
What we like
It has decent cleaning for a washer in this price range
Recently we’ve reviewed a lot of premium washers with completely average cleaning performance. It’s our belief that if you’re paying extra money for an appliance, it had better deliver extra benefits, or at least better than average on its core functionality—in this case, cleaning. In our tests of many premium washers, we found their mediocre cleaning results to be disqualifying for a unit that costs over twice as much as the average washer. If that same cleaning ability was coming from a washer with an average price point, however, we wouldn't be as harsh.
According to our measurements, the GE GTW335ASNWW performs at either average or slightly below average when it comes to cleaning laundry. The Colors and Speed Wash cycle were able to do an average job at scrubbing out stains, but the Deep Clean and Delicates cycles delivered slightly less clean clothes than we’d expect—about 10% more stains remaining than average.
This isn’t a huge gap in terms of stain-fighting power, and it is about what we’d expect from a washer at this price point. In other words, the GTW335ASNWW gets the job done, but don't expect miracles.
The Delicates cycle is very delicate
Traditionally speaking, top-loaders with pole agitators can be really rough on your clothes. The mechanical action they add can help scrub out stubborn stains, yes, but it puts superfluous stress on the fibers in your clothing, exacerbating wear and tear.
When we first tested the GE GTW335ASNWW’s Colors cycle, it definitely seemed like it fell into this camp. During testing, we measure wash "gentleness" by adding a mechanical action strip to the wash, which lets us count how many threads are pulled free from a piece of fabric during the wash: The Colors cycle pulled about 50% more threads loose than average.
When we tested the Delicates cycle, we were expecting that number to decrease a bit, but not by a lot. Instead, we saw about half as many threads pulled free than average. This is a good thing! Apparently, the GTW335ASNWW can be a very gentle washer when it wants to be.
If you have clothes that require a soft touch, dial this washer to Delicates. Your laundry will come out safe and sound—just don’t use any other cycle.
What we don’t like
It's harsh on clothes, unless you use the Delicates cycle
As mentioned above, the GE GTW335ASNWW tends to be pretty tough on your clothes, except in the Delicates cycle. In fact, our data shows that this washer boasts the largest disparity we’ve seen between its most and least gentle cycles.
The GE GTW335ASNWW’s other cycles were some of the least gentle we’ve ever tested. As mentioned earlier, the Colors cycle was about 50% tougher on clothes than the average washer. Even for a pole agitator-equipped top-loader, this one is pretty rough on clothes—it's currently the least gentle wash we’ve tested.
Sometimes, hard scrubbing is necessary for working out tough stains. In this case, however, the cleaning performance was merely average overall, which either means the machine isn’t cleaning well outside of the mechanical action or the added mechanical action isn’t doing much to get clothes clean. Either way, if you have clothes you want to live a long, healthy life, either stick with the Delicates cycle or maybe look for a different top-loader.
It leaves laundry wet after a cycle
One of the more important energy-saving measures your washer can offer is a good, strong spin cycle. It’s much more efficient to spin water out of clothes than it is to evaporate it in the dryer later.
The GTW335ASNWW disappoints slightly in this regard, with most cycles leaving much more water behind than average. The Deep Clean cycle ended with 7–11% more water retention than other bulky cycles. Speed Wash ended with 16–20% more water left behind compared to other quick cycles. There was an extra 12–27% more water left behind by the Delicates cycle.
While we wouldn’t say the laundry came out soaking wet, these percentages mean you’re left with significantly more water weight. Not only does this make the resulting laundry heavier and more prone to dripping everywhere, but it will lead to more expensive energy bills as your dryer works overtime to heat away the excess moisture.
What owners are saying
Owners typically approve of their GE GTW335ASNWW, rewarding it with an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars across major retailers. Owners praised the machine’s cleaning efficacy, ease of use, quiet operation, and the inclusion of a pole agitator. The most common complaint was the machine’s lack of a gentle touch on most cycles.
The GE GTW335ASNWW is covered by a limited one-year warranty for parts and labor. This is the baseline guarantee offered on appliances, with some models including longer warranties, such as the 10 years offered by Maytag and the lifetime warranty offered by Speed Queen on select parts.
Should you buy the GE GTW335ASNWW?
Maybe. We wouldn’t say the GE GTW335ASNWW is a great top-loader, but it is an adequate one. It is sold at a reasonable price for what it offers and probably won’t disappoint if you’re just looking for an inexpensive washer that does the job. It doesn’t have some of the bells and whistles of other models, but if your preferences fall to more old-school styles of washer, you’d probably prefer to save your money instead of wasting it on features you won’t use.
There are better top-loaders with agitators out there, but most of them cost a lot more.
If you’re looking for a top-loader with a pole agitator that has better cleaning performance at a slight price hike, we’d recommend checking out the Maytag MVWB865GC, which is currently our top-rated washer of this type.
There’s also the GE GTW720BSNWS, which is a great, relatively inexpensive top-loader that cleans just fine without a pole agitator.
Meet the testers
Mark Brezinski is a senior writer with over ten years of experience reviewing consumer tech and home appliances.
Senior Manager of Lab Operations@Jonfromthelab1
Jonathan Chan currently serves as the Lab Manager at Reviewed. If you clean with it, it's likely that Jon oversees its testing. Since joining the Reviewed in 2012, Jon has helped launch the company's efforts in reviewing laptops, vacuums, and outdoor gear. He thinks he's a pretty big deal. In the pursuit of data, he's plunged his hands into freezing cold water, consented to be literally dragged through the mud, and watched paint dry. Jon demands you have a nice day.
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