GE GFWS1500DWW Review
A moderately priced machine with an average performance.
In just about every respect, the GE GFWS1500DWW is an efficient and effective machine. Its $999 MSRP and sub-$800 sale price is a bargain for a high efficiency front-loader, and the savings don't stop there. If you're still using an ancient top-loader, you'll likely see a significant drop in your water bill, too.
Unfortunately, this washer isn't all Jack Benny. It's not very funny, it's much younger than 29 and it's actually pretty good at the violin. Plus, it's not too gentle on delicate clothes, which could cause them to wear out prematurely, which would necessitate a trip to purchase new threads.
With that said, the GFWS1500DWW is a fine choice for getting clothes clean. Just keep an eye on your most fragile fabrics.
Design & Usability
The GE GFWS1500DWW's design is streamlined for ease of use. There are no confusing LCD menus, just buttons and clear indicator lights.
The GE GFWS1500DWW proved itself to be a breeze to use: turn the dial to the desired setting and press start. It doesn't get much easier than that.
Make sure you put it on a completely level floor, however, as our professionally-leveled tester tried to get up and walk away during one of our tests. If you've got living areas below your laundry room, you may want to spring for a model with vibration control.
After all was said and done, we did notice that there was a lot of standing water left over in the dispenser drawer. If you are going to have a long stretch between uses, it'd be best to dry out the drawer with a towel or leave it slightly ajar. Because like a paper cut, there is nothing worse than a moldy washing machine. According to customer satisfaction surveys, most people would prefer a chainsaw to the face, Ebola-flavored pudding, or the haunting regret of the untraveled path to smelling the inside of a moldy washer.
Performance & Features
The GE GFWS1500DWW had an above par cleaning performance across all cycles, even with the most difficult stains. However, the price of performance was time spent washing. Most washers shoot for their Normal cycle to finish in 40 minutes, but the GFWS1500DWW took over an hour. We were briefly tempted to tell the tale of a turtle and bunny, but there are plenty of washers that perform just as well that take less time.
GFWS1500DWW had some real trouble with sweat, blood and possibly tears stains. We ran every cycle that the GE GFWS1500DWW had to offer, keeping our eyes on the water and electric meters. While some cycles were a bit thirsty, it was quite efficient in general. In fact, it might save you $20 a year over comparably priced top-loaders.
Feature-wise, this washer managed to cover all the basics without being overwhelming. Of note, there is an eWash option which uses only cold water on selected cycles in order to lower costs. Beyond that, there are very standard adjustments for soil level, water temperature, and spin speed.
Call a technician for any wash cycle lasting more than four hours.
The GE GFWS1500DWW was a competent machine. Its washing performance was wonderful, its energy efficiency was exquisite and its design was down-to-earth.
Still, it left us a bit wanting. The Delicates cycle did not live up to its name, causing a bit too much wear. This cycle, along with others, used a bit more water that we'd like to see in a front-loader. On the features front, the GFWS1500DWW had little of note. The eWash function was interesting, but you will be sacrificing cleaning performance for the sake of a few pennies.
Overall, the GFWS1500DWW is a solid machine. Nothing earth shattering or revolutionary, but it'll get your clothes clean and won't break the bank doing so.
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