GE GFWN1100LWW Review
For a low price, you sacrifice some features but get strong performance.
For a low price, you sacrifice some features but get stronger performance compared to some costlier models. Much of the GE GFWN1100LWW centers around just getting the job done. There are no features or settings on here that you wouldn't find everywhere else, but if it cleans well, what else can you ask for?
Design & Usability
This stackable GE feels sturdy and has a simple design that nearly any user could understand.
All front-loaders require some bending over to load and unload clothes. Other than that, the GE GFWN1100LWW doesn't pose any challenges and would be a great washer for someone used to a simpler machine but in the market for an upgrade. Unlike many modern high-end washers, with busy control panels that light up like Christmas trees, the GE GFWN1100LWW has a well-labeled knob to select a cycle, and three selectors for soil level, spin speed and wash temperature. Other than that, there's a power button, start/pause button and selectors to add an extra rinse or silence the end-of-cycle signal.
Performance & Features
Shakespeare's famed play would've had a different ending if only Lady Macbeth had a GE GFWN1100LWW.
Its relatively few cycles will out any spot, though it did have some trouble with delicate fabrics. The GE GFWN1100LWW's often-used Normal cycle did an admirable job getting stains out of our test fabrics, though it might not be as good with ring-around-the-collar. Despite usually being the weakest link among cycles, this GE's Quick Wash actually did a pretty good job lifting stains. It also took 43 minutes, which means it wasn't all that quick after all.
Each cycle has three levels of customization: soil level, spin speed and wash temperature. If you want to add a rinse, there’s a button for that, too. That's about it on the feature's front. The GE GFWN1100LWW kept it simple and it worked to its favor.
For a simple, entry-level front loader, the GE GFWN1100LWW had solid all-around performance in every category.
On a cost-benefit basis, the GE GFWN1100LWW is a fair and reasonable machine. If you're willing to forgo many features—such as pre-wash, something found commonly on higher-end washers—in favor of reliable performance, this GE is a good choice. While the GE GFWN1100LWW did have some trouble with delicates, its Stain Wash cycle obliterated traces of the enemies of cleanliness.
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