GE 7Cu Ft. Front Loader: The Pundits Get it Right!
Aug 24, 2001
Pros: Lg capacity, GE, quite, efficent, novel
Cons: None at this time; stay tuned.
The Bottom Line: You may pay a little more now, but the cost savings in the future will pay for the expense.
We (the spouse and I) have a new address! After searching for what seems like forever, we finally found a house that would suit our particular needs. So we plunked down our honorary money, lined up the financing, and begged the builders to begin construction on our dream home ASAP.
One of the many expenses (and secret joys) associated with a new construction home, is the need to purchase all new appliances. Yesterday I reviewed the GE XL44 Free Standing Gas Range, and today I am going to attempt to do justice to our lovely new washing machine, the GE Extra Large 2.7 Cu. Ft. Front Loading Washer.
Like any self-respecting member of the Epinions community I did my research on washers long before we were slated to move into our new home. The prevailing sentiment (around Epinions and other places to remain nameless) seemed to be that a front-loading washer is the best washer you can buy. Why you ask? Because it uses less water (Im all for that), less electricity (Im all for that as well), less detergent (another plus), and in the end rings more water out of your clothes necessitating less time in the dryer (home run!).
So with the forgoing in mind, I set out to find the best front-loading washer for our money. The European models were out, not only because they were generally more expensive than the American models, but also because their support network was questionable; if my washer ever breaks down I want service tomorrow not next month. I wanted an affordable unit, something under $600.00.
There are many to choose from at this price point and they all seem to provide the same feature set. In the end I choose the GE Extra Large 2.7 Cu. Ft. Front Loading Washer, mainly because all of the other appliances in our new home are GE as wellwhy buck a trend. In my analysis and study of front-loading washers nothing about the GE stood out, or separated it from the crowd at this price point and capacity. The possibility of mildew does concern me however, and a few reviewers did experience this problem with their washers, but none owned a GE, thankfully. Small comfort I know, but hey in todays world you take what you can get!
Just The Specs. Man:
* Extra-Large (2.7 cu. ft.) Capacity * 8 Cycles: - Cottons with Heavy Soil, Medium Soil and Light Soil - Easy Care with Medium Soil/Permanent Press - Delicates/Ultra Care - Pre-Wash * 2 Extra Rinse Cycle / Auto Options * Approximate Dimensions: Height: 36.00 Depth: 25.75 Width: 26.75
This baby is quiet! And fun to watch and wonder where the water is going! At first glance once the washer is in place, you stare and wonder where o where do I put the detergent, bleach and fabric softener in at? And then I spied the handy little sliding drawer on the upper left hand side of the washer housing. The release button underneath the drawer prevents it from accidentally opening during the washing process, because it locks the drawer into place. Inside the drawer are three compartmentseach labeled, one each for detergent, fabric softener, and bleach. Either liquid or powder of each can be used.
Unlike top loading washers where you fill the drum first with water, then detergent and then clothes, with the front loader the cloths go in, the door is shut, add detergent, and others, set it and forget it. An orange light will illuminate when the door to the washer is locked, and 30 minutes of so later you wash is done. And it comes out almost as dray as when it went in, and there is not a hint of detergent irritate the skin or wrinkle the nose.
The front knobs are self-explanatory and simple to use. You can set the washer to pre-soak your clothes, as well as set it to wash your delicates and cottons (heavily soiled to lightly soiled). There is a separate knob for an extra rinse cycle if so inclined, and one for the end of cycle buzzer that allows you to set the volume.
All-n-all, I would say the pundits finally got something right; this is a great washing machine and I am glad we spent a little more money up front in order to garner a lot more savings in the future. Oh one more thing: the pundits claim that the front-loader is less harsh on your cloths over all; its time for some new socks so
Oh, one more thing: be prepared to set the washer up yourself if you have it delivered. If you order it on-line like I did, GE specifies that because the install process is a little lengthy, the delivery people may not hook it up for you; mine did, but check just to make sure. Installation instructions come with the washer, but can also be had on-line in acrobat format from GEs website (www.ge.com).
Amount Paid (US$): 600.00
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Vincent Martin (vemartin)
I am an IT Professional and have worked in the industry for over 20 years. I may be a computer geek, but I also like reading, writing, cooking, music, current events and regretfully, politics.
Extra-Large (2.7 cu. ft.) Capacity. 8 Cycles:Cottons with Heavy Soil, Medium Soil and Light Soil. Easy Care with Medium Soil/Permanent Press. Delicates/Ultra Care. Pre-Wash. 2 Extra Rinse Cycle / Auto Options.