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GE GTWN4450MWS 3.6 Cu. Ft. Top-Load Washing Machine Review

At a little over $579 on sale, the GE GTWN4450MWS is the highest-end traditional washer you can buy. For that you get few controls, uneven performance and a big, giant agitator sticking through the middle of the drum.

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Introduction

We often get asked whether "old fashioned" washing machines perform as well as newer models, so we decided to find out. The GE GTWN4450MWS was a perfect candidate to stack up against similarly priced, more modern machines. With its traditional pole agitator, all-manual control panel and selling price of around $579, the GE marks the high end of traditional top-loaders. Were Betty Draper to suddenly be rocketed into 2012, she'd have no trouble using it.

On measures of stain and dirt removal, the GE outperformed a few front- and top-loading washers we've tested that cost twice as much. It didn't so well when it came to ease of use, energy efficiency or clothes wear, with uneven and disappointing results. We'd recommend stepping up to something that takes advantage of the last forty years of appliance research and design. Still, those with an aversion to progress, bells, and/or whistles will be glad to know that a classic washing machine did well enough in our tests to beat out some of the latest and fanciest models.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Design
  3. Efficiency
  4. Washing Speed & Performance
  5. Washing Features
  6. Wash Controls & Use
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  10. Conclusion
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