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GE GFWS1500DWW (4.1 Cu. Ft. / Front Load / White) Washing Machine Review

A moderately priced machine with an average performance.

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Introduction

The is a streamlined washing machine. With an MSRP of $999, we found this washer on sale for as low as $787. Though it had a good cleaning ability, we had a few bones to pick with this machine. For example, the was harsher than it should have been on our delicates.

Front

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This washer has a very clean front.

Controls

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An indicator light denotes what cycle is selected.

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It seems that we have an hour and six minutes to kill.

Drawer

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Sections in the detergent drawer are clearly cordoned off.

Interior

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The stainless steel interior is very shiny.

Sides

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This is the side of the GE's GFWS1500DWW washing machine.

Back

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Safety bolts need to be removed before operating this washer.

Electricity Use

Electricity accounted for about 3% of the 's yearly operating cost. That totals to about $1.14 a year. The Sanitize cycle rode the longest lightning bolt, using 1320 kWh. Not surprising, since that cycle vaporizes all life inside the interior by bring up the temperature to 157 degrees. Is the a weapon of mass destruction? Only if you're a single cell organism.

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Water Use

Generally, water usage adds the most to a washer's operating cost. The is no exception. The thirstiest cycle on this washer is the Declicates cycle. It uses about 22.42 gallons of cold water. That equates to about 10 cents on your bill, if your costs are close to the national average. We estimate that the will spend about $32.10 in water over the course of a year.

Cost Per Wash

Using national averages, we've calculated that the has cycles that cost somewhere in the middle of the road. Most people switch between Whitest and Normal to deal with their plethora of laundry. The Whites cycle costs about 15 cents to perform, while the Normal cycle will run you about 9 cents.

Yearly Running Cost

Over the course of a year, the will probably rack up about $33.24 of expenses. In the grand scheme of things, that's pretty good when compared to other front loading washers.

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Washing Speed

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Washing Performance

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Normal/Permanent Press Cycle

The Normal cycle took an hour and six minutes to complete. In that time it managed to do quite a bit of work. It did especially well with the cocoa stain, which many washers struggle with.

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Cottons/Whites Cycle

The Whites cycle finished in about an hour and six minutes. The cycle performed admirably, but see for yourself.

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Delicate Cycle

In theory, the Delicates cycle should be safe enough to wash your grandmother’s silks. However, we wouldn’t recommend you do that with your GE GFWS1500DWW, but your favorite shirt should come out none worst for wear. As for the actual cleaning, this cycle really surprised us with how good it was.

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Heavy Duty Cycle

The Heavy Duty cycle didn’t clean as well as we thought it was. It had some real trouble with sweat, blood and possibly tears stains. On the plus side, this cycle didn’t wear our clothes as much as other washers.

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Quick Wash Cycle

The Quick Wash cycle clocked in at 35 minutes, not the most speedy around. It had a very average performance. Like the other cycles, it had the most trouble with the blood and sweat stains.

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Clothes Wear

The GE GFWS1500DWW did a number on our test loads. Not an outrageous number mind you, it’s just that we wouldn’t put anything in there that isn’t already showing signs of damage. We found that out by placing in mechanical action strips, pieces of cloth with five holes in them, into the washer. After a cycle is completed, we take these strips and count every thread that has come loose. The more threads that come loose, the harsher the washer will be on actual clothing.

Water Retention

We were satisfied with the GE GFWS1500DWW’s ability to spin out excess water. This is important because the more water that a washer spins out, the less energy your dryer will need to expend. Most of the cycles spun out about 50% of the test loads’ weight in water.

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Washing Cycles

The carried nine cycles ranging from Whites to Bulky Bedding.

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Customization

The My Cycle feature allows for the consumer to save their favorite settings. On the , the soil level can be accounted for, as well as the spin speed and temperature.

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It seems that we have an hour and six minutes to kill.

Additional Wash Options

If the preset cycles don't meet to your exacting standards, there are additional wash options to fine tune the . The eWash option uses only cold water on selected cycles lower energy costs.

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An indicator light denotes what cycle is selected.

Detergent Dispenser

The detergent dispenser is located inside a pull out drawer. There are compartments for fabric softener, detergent, and bleach. We did notice that after every wash there was a fair amount of standing water left over. If you are going to have a long stretch between uses it'd be best to dry out the drawer with a towel. Because like a paper cut, there is nothing worst than a moldy washing machine, not a chainsaw to the face, contracting Ebola, or being haunted by regrets of the untraveled path.

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Sections in the detergent drawer are clearly cordoned off.

Washer Door

The 's door gave us no trouble. It opened when we applied outward force to the handle area and closed when we did the reverse. The door opens, the door closes, there was no miscommunication.

Interior Photo

The stainless steel interior is very shiny.

Ease of Use

The gave us a few troubles while in operation. During the sanitize cycle, it got very loud. It was loud enough to wake us from our nap. Not that we were sleeping at work. The also bucked a few times during a Whites cycle, even though we leveled it. That's never a good thing. This is a washing machine, not a mechanical bull. Other than that, the had a smooth ride. We really appreciated the final gentle spin that loosened many of the pieces of laundry from the sides.

Controls

The had very straightforward controls. Cycles are selected via a dial. Turning the dial activated indicator lights under the labeled cycles. Within each cycle, you will be able to adjust things like spin duration, temperature, and soil level by pressing three designated buttons.

Controls 1 Photo

An indicator light denotes what cycle is selected.

Controls 2 Photo

It seems that we have an hour and six minutes to kill.

Efficiency

In the rat race of washing machines, the is a few places behind the leader in the efficiency department. However, with a yearly operating cost of $33.24, you won't be breaking the bank running this machine.

Performance

The had an above average cleaning performance. We were particularly impressed with its ability to deal with cocoa stains. However, the Delicates cycle did not live up to its name, causing a bit too much wear.

Features

The sated our hunger for features. At the same time, we didn't feel overwhelmed by the number options and features. We found uses for everything from the extra rinse to the ability to add steam to selected cycles. There was also a Sanitize cycle which raises the internal temperature to 157 degrees, killing most pathogens.

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