Rated 4.1 out of 5Â by 809
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Sunny1001 Great purchase! Back-to-basics, inexpensive, reliable, gets clothes clean, QUIET washer!!!
We've had our machine for three or four months now and I am pleased to tell you that we could not be happier with our purchase! This washer is a wonderful back-to-basics machine that does just what we need it to do, and it was a great value.
I am a consummate shopper and tend to do a lot of research before we make a purchase. I knew that we did not want a High Efficiency washer based on the multitude of comments on this site and elsewhere about the poor cleaning quality of the HE machines and the need for the booster detergent. I knew that we wanted a machine with an agitator and a machine that was quiet. I also did not want a lot of gadgets but I -did- want a second spin cycle so that washed items spend less time in the dryer. Plus I wanted a name brand that I can trust and GE fits the bill.
It is super quiet! Our utility room is right next to our kitchen table where we sit to eat breakfast, read the paper or do homework in the afternoons. The washer is almost always going during those times and we honestly could speak in whispers and still hear ourselves over it. In fact, for the first few wash cycles, until I got used to it, I would get up to make sure it was still going. You -can- hear the water swishing around during the wash cycle and there is the 'clicking' noise mentioned by others but definitely nothing intrusive. The spin cycle also is very quiet -- you can hear it 'whir' while it is spinning but it is a soft sound and not really noticeable.
Additionally, the washed items are coming out super clean. I've even cut back on the amount of bleach that I use for whites because I noticed that non-white clothes seem cleaner with the new machine. (The old machine was at least 20 years old and I don't think we noticed that maybe it wasn't do such a good job anymore.)
I really like the deep tub (3.9 cubic feet) and was surprised that the whole machine is physically smaller than my old machine was. I can really get a lot into each load, which is a great time saver. Conversely, the 'small' loads are just about right, too. Meaning, I don't fret that I'm wasting a lot of water OR that the clothes aren't getting clean when I run a super small load when someone has a clothing 'emergency'.
in short, this is a back-to-basics blast-from-the-past old-fashioned washer! And I mean that in a good way! Even my mother, in her 70's, is very comfortable using our new washer. It has dials instead of the electronics and lights which tend to frustrate her (and me!!!) when we are at my sister's house and do a load of laundry to help out while we're there. My mother likes the washer's functionality and that it is intuitively easy to operate. I wasn't even with her the first time that she ran a load of laundry using it -- that's how easy it is to use! Older children should have no problems learning how to use this machine!
Purchasing online was very quick and easy. The price was great with the sale that was going on and delivery/installation was free. The delivery men were super polite and friendly. They were very efficient and had the machine installed in a jiffy.
This was another great purchasing experience from the Home Depot!
August 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by JK23 Like They Used to Make: An Old-School Traditional Washer
Get yours before the Green Police outlaw these âdeep-fillâ top-loaders!
I bought this GE washer in March for my 77-year-old mother. The motor of her old GE had finally quit, and she was without a washer for more than a week. I had to stop her from âjust driving over to the mall to get a new one.â I knew that would be trouble with a capital Tâ¦sheâd get sweet-talked into some newfangled high-efficiency or frontloader. Instead, I spent several hours online, reading product specs and reviews, checking different brands, and running searches for âbest non-high-efficiency machines.â Like many of our baby boomers, Mom now has trouble with her memory and with mastering anything to do with electronics orâheaven help usâa screen display. I knew I had to find a washer that she would be able to operate instantly. I researched brands including Maytag, Whirlpool, Kenmore, GE and others. I looked at Sears and Home Depot online, using their âadvanced search functionsâ to narrow down to models with all the features I deemed critical. I homed in on this GE GTWN2800DWW, and read through many of the hundreds of reviews, more than 80% of which were positive.
This is why I chose it:
1. NOT a âHigh Efficiencyâ washer with microscopic water levels and âsmartâ technology that limits your freedom to control the functions;
2. NOT a frontloader, which limits your ability to soak or add forgotten things;
3. Traditional agitator (unlike the practically nonexistent agitators in HEs);
4. Stainless-steel basket;
5. NO lid lock (you can forget a sock and then just throw it in!);
6. YES, the water will continue to run with the lid open;
7. Large print, easy-to-read settings on the controls;
8. Easy analog dials for Load Size/Temperature/Rinse;*
(*One reviewer advised always selecting âPower Rinseâ to thoroughly spin the clothes)
9. Easy analog dial for 3 cycles: Whites/Perm Press/Colors. Within each cycle there are options: Heavy, Regular, Light, Drain & Spin;
10. Traditional operation of âPull knob to start, push to stop,â meaning you can start the water running and add your detergent into the running water. Then you can leave your clothes soaking for however long you choose before starting the agitation cycle. Very handy for people who do bleach soaks, or want to do a load of handwash in the washer;
11. The 3.9 cubic-foot basket is quite large and could clearly handle multiple sheet sets or a comforter;
12. Its âAssembled in Americaâ status was an unexpected & welcome surprise!
Ordering: I got it online from Home Depot and got a $200 discount because it was on a âSpecial Buy.â I also bought the $60 3-year Protection Plan. Usually I decline additional plans like this, but for a major appliance it seemed like a good deal, a mere $20 per year to avoid inconvenience and expense if a problem arises. The delivery and installation was available for the very next day. The Home Depot guys easily hauled away the old machine and had this one up and running in just minutes.
Now, one month after purchase, it has as worked just fine with absolutely no complaints from my mom. I did make sure to alert her to the âclickingâ sounds that occur as the washer is moving from cycle to cycle (I had read this in reviews that talked about âstrange soundsâ and âclicking noisesâ). Also, several reviewers remarked that this machine was âsuper quiet,â but I must say it has seemed as typically noisy as any washer Iâve ever had.
So there you have it! If youâre in the market for an easy-to-use washer âlike they used to make,â this one seems right on the money! And itâs not just for our old folks, either. Iâm considering buying one of my own, now that Iâve learned how hard it is to find a traditional washing machine. Carry on, fellow old-schoolers!
April 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by locop Good performance for an incredible price
I really liked the washing machine. It has a perfect size, you can wash large items like queen comforters (I guess king too) but the machine itself doesn't occupy too much space. It has all the basic options like water temperature, length, and speed of cycle. If you want to soak the clothes, you just push the dial after the water comes out and it stops the cycle. Other review said you needed to unplug the power cord to stop it but that isn't necessary.
January 28, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Tangey Very nice basic washer
I did not want a washer that had too many options so this one filled the bill. I never used all of the extras that washers I purchased in the past provided - they were a waste of money for me. This GE washer does a very good of washing, has a huge capacity and is pretty quiet. The settings knob does make a subtle clicking sound as it goes through the cycle but it does not bother me. Sheets, towels and jeans all come out perfect. There is no delicate cycle but I use the light wash cycle and the clothes come out fine. The power rinse option is the same as a second rinse option and it is also for liquid fabric softener dispensing. Overall, I am very happy with this purchase.
August 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by cbart Go old school!
My last GE washer lasted 23 years and never needed a repair. I was willing to spend more than average to get such reliability and satisfaction with a product again, but it seems like today's washers don't necessarily offer either. So I choose an old school GE washer with agitator that had decent reviews at Home Depot. So far I am happy--it cleans well, is quieter than my previous GE washer and has the basic cycles I need. Negatives: I miss the pre-wash cycle. Also, the timer that starts and will drain the tub before I even close the lid is nonsense. Must have been designed by a man who doesn't know how many interruptions you get while filling the washer, searching the house for dirty clothes, etc. Still it seems like a good choice amidst a field of questionable options.
Home Depot's free delivery and haul away service sealed the deal. The delivery company was prompt and, get this, friendly!
September 14, 2013