GE GTW680BSJWS Washing Machine Review
As efficient as you want it to be—but it cleans well with less water.
By the Numbers
On this page, we'll discuss the lab tests that helped us draw our conclusions about this GE top loader. The best washers are both effective and efficient. While that's a tough order for most top-loading washers, this GE proved to be a good mix of the two.
We determine stain removal by placing stain strips in a load of weighted ballast for a select cycle. Each strip is stained with a variety of common household substances, like red wine and carbon, which relies on either thermal, mechanical, or chemical cleaning to remove. After a cycle completes, we use a photospectrometer to calculate how much of each stain has been lifted.
We retrieved a very promising result from the Whites cycle after it ran for 44 minutes. It proved to be the most powerful cycle we tested on the GTWN680BSJWS. It removed 3% more stains than the next most powerful cycle–Heavy Duty. The Normal cycle came in third, lagging 7% behind the Whites cycle.
On this machine, it turned out that how well a cycle cleaned largely depended on how much hot water it used. Whites consumed 11 gallons of hot water while Heavy Duty and Normal used 6.4 and 4.5 gallons, respectively.
Delving into individual stains, this GE did best against blood and cocoa stains, but had a tough time against oil. For example, the Whites cycle got 19% more of the blood stain than the oil.
Water and electricity meters help us determine if a washer will cost you big bucks to run. The GE GTW680BSJWS surprised us with how efficient it was. Typically, a top loader that's over four cubic feet requires a lot of water to fill up, but this GE kept its water usage in check. Using data from the meters to estimate annual running costs, based on a formula that factors in national costs and use patterns. Using that formula, we estimate the GTW680BSJWS will cost around $42 per year to operate.
We also weigh our test loads before and after a wash cycle in order to see how much excess water each cycle spins out. Every drop of water your washer spins out is one your dryer won't have to deal with. Good washers will spin out around 50% of excess water, and this GE spun out, on average 57%—so it gets a passing grade.
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