GE GTW460ASJWW Top Load Washing Machine Review
A washer, plain and simple.
We measure cleaning performance with mechanically coated cloth swatches. Each swatch has a square stained with common household substances like cocoa and tannin. We place these swatches into test loads of laundry consisting of towels, bedsheets, and pillowcases. When the selected cycle finishes, we remove the strips and analyze them with a photospectrometer, which determine how much of each stain has been lifted.
On the GTW460ASJWW, the Colors cycle set to heavy ranked first in stain removal, out-cleaning the Whites cycle by 4%. The results are a little surprising considering the Whites cycle used more than double the hot water of Heavy Duty. The Colors cycle set to normal ranked third, lagging behind the heavy settings by 7.3%.
We measure utility consumption with wattage and water meters. After tallying up all the test cycles, and assuming average costs and use patterns, we estimate this GE will cost you around $63 a year to run. Over the lifetime of the washer, that will amount to double the cost of the machine itself.
How much water a washer spins out also affects your total utility costs. If a washer fails to spin out excess water, your dryer has to work overtime. The GTW460ASJWW spun out 55% of excess moisture, which is better than average.
Mechanically washed fabrics will inevitably emerge a little more worn than they went in, the question is how much.
To quantify wear and tear, we use mechanical action strips–bolts of cloth with a controlled thread count. We place these strips in select washes, and after the cycle is complete, we count the loose threads. The Colors cycle set to normal was the most destructive, causing 69 loose threads on average–unsurprising since this cycle needed to rush through its 38 minute run time. The Whites cycle was the next most destructive with 63 loose threads. Colors on the heavy setting came in third, resulting in 58 loose threads.
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