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GE GTWN5550DWW Review

Behold the GE GTWN5550DWW in all its top loading glory.

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Introduction

If you're looking for a top loader and don't want to spend a fortune, the GE GTWN5550DWW (MSRP $749) is a good pick. Most notably, it had a strong cleaning performance: red wine and oil stood little chance against the endless swish swish of this GE. The swish swish came at a price, though, and even on sale we couldn't find it for less than $620. It'll cost you to run, too, in water and energy use and premature clothes wear. Still, among washers of its kind, it's one of the best out there.

Design & Usability

Do not be concerned, the GE GTWN5550DWW is designed to be easy to use.

Turn the knob, push the button. Even without repeating a thousand times, we knew how to operate the GE GTWN5550DWW. However, we did find that there were places on the knob for settings that didn’t exist. Were they phantom cycles, or the promise of what might have been?

Interior Photo

Very shiny.

Once the washer started, we got a little nervous. Normally, we don’t consider the noise of a washer to be an issue, but this one created some of the spookiest sounds we’ve heard from an appliance. As the drum turned left and right, it creaked and shrieked with a repetitive, high-pitched whine worthy of a Sounds of Halloween, Volume 3 CD.

It also lacks a dedicated detergent dispenser. As easy as it is to simply pour detergent on your laundry by hand, it is more effective to have water wash over detergent in order to evenly coat your clothing.

Performance & Features

The GE GTWN5550DWW is a fair washer, and a good top-loader.

If a human being is, in essence, a great unwashing machine, this GE serves as a competent counterpoint to one's laundry dirtying. Quick and nimble, the GTWN5550DWW finished the washer race with mostly faded stains: blood, oil, and cocoa were all removed to a goodly standard. However, sweat stains didn't mind the washer's swish, swish that much and stuck around—the proverbial "ring around the collar." Fabric wear was noticeable. This was true on all of the cycles except for the Quick cycle, which didn't exist. Instead there was a detergent-free Rinse and Spin cycle, which the manual said was only for unsoiled laundry.

Conclusion

There are better washing machines out there, but amongst top loaders, this GE is one of the best.

The GE GTWN5550DWW had a strong washing performance. Red wine and carbon stains were given no quarter when dealing with this washer. Blood and sweat (but not tears) proved to be stauncher enemies, but were dealt with easily enough on the Whites and Heavy Duty cycles. That being said, on the more robust washes, the GTWN5550DWW frayed clothing more than some gentler machines. Despite its admirable performance, its $749 MSRP left us feeling that other washers offered more value.

Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.
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