GE Profile Harmony PTWN8050MWW Review
GE named this high-capacity washer "Harmony," but in our tests it was slightly out of tune.
There’s nothing fundamentally wrong with this machine; it tested with impressive efficiency and average stain and debris removal. Our issues with the PTWN8050MWW are more a quartet of quibbles than a chorus of complaints.
Still, the GE’s $1199 MSRP is a Carnegie Hall price tag that’s tone deaf to the market.
Design & Usability
Note for note, the control panel is especially atonal.
To begin with, the PTWN8050MWW is a big top-loading washer manufactured by LG for GE. For $100 more, you can get it with a stainless steel exterior.
The PTWN8050MWW's control panel doesn't look foreboding, but it turned out to be a source of frustration. The "power" button has a significant delay, which means you can turn the machine on and off again accidentally if you don't wait a few seconds for it to start up. Other buttons required multiple presses, and the cycle selector did not remember the cycle we used last. It's too bad, because the GE has a very straightforward panel setup that even technophobes would find easy to understand.
Performance & Features
This is where the melody trails off. Clothes get clean, but some cycles are stronger than others.
The Normal cycle may be the one that's used most often, but unfortunately it was the weakest one featured on the PTWN8050MWW. It especially struggled with oil-based stains. If you've got particularly dirty clothes, a more intense cycle may be a better idea, and on this washer it doesn't get more intense than the Heavy Duty cycle.
Unfortunately other washers do better with this cycle, too: it also struggled with oil-based stains, and even had trouble removing blood and cocoa.
Perhaps this Profile Harmony should try singing a different tune.
With its fancy design and its $1199 MSRP, we were expecting quite a show when the GE Profile Harmony came on stage in our labs. Unfortunately, though we’d paid a Las Vegas ticket price, we ended up with a Branson-level act.
Unless you absolutely need a high-capacity washer, or for some reason like to watch The Best of The Lawrence Welk Show on VHS, you can find a washer that’s a better value. We just aren't impressed with this machine's inconsistent results, however lush its cycle arrangement may be.
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