GE washer and dryer models received a major upgrade in 2020. The company finally leaped ahead of the competition and released the new "Ultrafresh" front load washing machines. Also, the new GE washers are stylish and come in different colors including the new "Sapphire Blue" and "Satin Nickel".
Considering that GE offers over 80 washers and dryers, following this guide will help make you confident about your selection.
What is new in 2020 for GE washer and dryer products?
GE has started 2020 with a bang. Front load washers are gentle on clothes and also are energy and water efficient. The downside with front load washers is that most people complain of mold on the door gasket and musty smells. These issues are a pain to fix, considering that you have to remember to leave the door ajar, wipe down the gasket with bleach, and self-clean the drum continuously. After 2+ years of research, GE introduced its Ultrafresh front load washers that solve these issues so that the chore of washing clothes does not take up more time than it needs to.
What is Ultrafresh with Odorblock?
It is an innovative system that GE likes to explain in 3 steps:
- Drain: The system drains extra water to divert excess moisture in order to keep the washer fresh. GE developed a wider gasket to drain leftover water after a wash cycle, and this helps to limit bacteria growth.
- Dry: The new airflow system helps to eliminate any excess moisture inside the washer so you don’t have to leave the door open after each cycle.
- Defend: GE has now partnered with Microban, a global leader in odor-control technologies, to create a new type of washer gasket, pump, and dispenser. These items are equipped with Microban technology to help prevent the growth of any odor-causing bacteria.
GE also introduced an exciting feature that helps you cut down on the time that it takes to do laundry. Select models now come with SmartDispense, which holds 50 oz of detergent (about 32 loads) and automatically dispenses the right amount of detergent based on load weight and clothing material. Since the washer dispenses just that right amount, you never waste any detergent.
In terms of connectivity, in 2020, GE introduced the Washer Link. This allows your dryer to know exactly how long to dry your clothes and which setting to use based on your selection at the washer. This way, your clothes will not over or under dry – they come out perfect every time.
Another interesting feature GE has added is the 1 Step Wash + Dry. Your washer now has a combination wash and dry feature to wash and dry loads under two pounds, all without applying any heat. This works by pulling air from the vent into the front of the drum, and then a fan circulates the air to dry the load.
GE also has a new color option, sapphire blue, which adds a pop of color to your laundry room. They also helped with the usual loud washer vibration with the use of Dynamic Balancing Technology™ that helps to sense if the load is balanced before increasing the spin speed.
In terms of space savings, GE even introduced reversible doors for BOTH, the washer, and dryer. Now you can save even more space in your laundry room with doors that open inward.
GE also expanded on its connectivity options with Wifi enabled washer and dryer models that are able to be connected and controlled via your phone.
Now that we got 2020 out of the way we can talk about our review:
What makes a good washer and dryer?
When purchasing a new washer, there are certain factors and features to take into consideration:
1) Cleaning and Drying Performance
GE washer and dryers come with a variety of settings and features to help enhance the cleaning and drying performance.
The Use of Steam in both Washer and Dryer
A popular feature in many washers is steam. Steam helps to penetrate clothing fibers better than water in order to release stains, orders, and ground-in dirt – all without damaging your clothing. Some GE washer models include this steam option that can help fight deep stains with a gentle touch on your clothing.
Dryers also can use steam to help improve your laundry experience. Steam helps to remove both odors and wrinkles from your clothing, leaving your laundry smelling fresh and wrinkle free. GE dryers use a special Steam Dewrinkle setting that allows you to freshen up articles of clothing without having to break out the iron.
Have you ever wondered how to get out that red wine stain from your favorite blouse? GE now offers a Stain Removal Guide that allows you to modify any of your wash cycles to focus on specific stains such as red wine, dirt, and grass.
Some GE washer models allow you to pre-treat your clothes before they go into the wash. The built in Water Station dispenses water mixed with detergent (or just water) at your desired temperature, and allows you to work out stubborn stains before the wash cycle begins.
SmartDispense for Added Convenience
GE washer models can also bring added convenience to your life. Fill up the "Smart Dispenser" with enough detergent to help last for up to 32 loads.
This system also regulates detergent usage and automatically dispenses the exact amount of detergent every wash cycle.
Other Useful Features - Rich Set of Cyles and Options
Do you ever forget that your clothes are in the washer, only to come home to musty damp laundry? You do not have to worry about this with GE’s Tumble Care. This feature automatically tumbles your laundry in the washer periodically for up to 8 hours, ensuring that your clothes remain fresh in the washer even after the cycle is done.
Want to be on the safe side? Some GE dryers come with the Sanitize option that extends the heating cycle time to remove certain types of bacteria from your clothing. The Sanitize option is even certified by the NSF International. GE dryers also can help reduce bacteria with the use of an internal water heater. This internal heater helps to raise the wash temperature in order to kill off unwanted bacterial.
Are you short on time? GE washers have custom settings to help get your clothes clean in a pinch. You can use the Quick Wash setting to provide a fast wash for lightly soiled items, or you can use the Time Saver setting that cleans a full load of clothing in just 37 minutes!
2) Energy Efficiency
Want to save some money on your energy bill? GE washer and dryers can do just that. GE models are ENERGY STAR® qualified, which means that your unit exceeds the minimum standards set by the government to conserve natural resources and save you money on your energy bill.
Want to save on water? GE top load washers have a custom setting called Deep Fill that allows you to determine just how much water you want to use in your wash cycle.
3) Top Load vs Front Load Washers
Top Load vs. front load is one of the most common debates when it comes to buying a washer. Front load washers tend to be favored since they are gentle to your clothes, have better efficiency and cleaning performance. Most of the front load models offer a space-saving stackable option, which is ideal for homes with limited space. Cons: front load machines are expensive, and loading and unloading may require bending if no pedastal is used under the washer & dryer. Top load washers are cheaper and more traditional but they use more energy. GE produces both top load and front load washers and has innovative features for both.
Agitator vs. High Efficieny (HE) Top Load Washing Machines
When deciding on top load washing machines, it’s important to note the differences between agitator and HE machines. Agitator top load washers have a familiar technology where a central post rubs against clothes to remove and rinse away dirt. HE machines utilize an impeller that spins and rotates to rub clothes against each other to get them clean. Typically, agitator machines have shorter cycle times, use more water and can be tough on fabric. HE machines are the more expensive option, more efficient in terms of water and energy usage and gentle on fabric. The higher spin rates on HE machines equate to shorter drying times, which means more time savings for you.
4) Noise and Vibration
GE front load washers are capable of spinning at 1250 to 1400 RPM. Surely metal spinning that fast would make a lot of noise, right? Well, not as much as you would think. GE has standard adjustable legs and a vibration control system embedded into every front load washer.
Uncontrolled vibration is an issue for stackable washer and dryers because the dryer is placed on top, but GE has introduced Dynamic Balancing Technology to help sense balanced loads before accelerating the spin speeds.
Another thing to note is that top load washers tend to be more noisy than front load washers.
5) Size, Configuration & Ergonomics
Washing machines come in different sizes (height, width, and depth) so it’s vital to measure the space you have before you do anything else.
With GE, you can find a compact front-loading washer with a depth of 25-26 inches, a width of 23 inches, and a height of 33 inches. Larger full-sized washers have around 33-34-inch depth, 27-28-inch width, and 39-inch height without a pedestal. If you do require a pedestal, then you’ll need to make sure you have space to allow for at least 47-inch height on a front-loading machine. As you can see there is quite a bit of difference between sizes so determining your space first will make things a whole lot simpler when browsing the available options.
More and more households are opting for space saving options when it comes to appliances, and you can achieve this in your laundry by using stackable washers and dryers. If this sounds like something you would like to do, then make sure that you choose stackable models. Stackable washers are always front-loading machines due to the fact that washers are placed underneath a dryer since they are heavier, have more vibration, and longer cycles.
Apartment size washer and dryers are best suited for homes with little or no space for conventional sized appliances. The stackable configuration of compact washer and dryers, make it a great option when space is limited. Check out some details you need to consider when choosing the best apartment size washer and dryer.
These days everyone has a smart phone. So why not have a smart washer and dryer. GE has introduced the GE Laundry app that is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. This app allows you to put control right into the palm of your hand and lets you control both your washer and dryer.
Need to know how much time is left in your wash cycle? The app is able to monitor your cycle status and report the time remaining in that cycle.
Forget to start the dryer when you went to work? The app allows you to remotely start the cycle on select dryer models.
6 Best GE Washer and Dryer Models for 2020
Style: Top load | Number of Cycles: 11 | Wash Mechanism: Single action agitator | Wash/Rinse Temperatures: 6 | Capacity: 4.2 cu. ft. | Dimensions: 27 in x 44 in x 27 in | Color: White
The GTW335ASNWW makes our list at the best budget buy with a MSRP of only $629. With 11 different wash cycles to accommodate every laundry load and 6 water temperatures to choose from, this washer lets you wash clothes your way. This model also features a heavy-duty agitator that helps to more deeply clean clothes. The deep clean cycle on this model cleans even the toughest stains with 67% more cleaning power than the most commonly used cycle (colors, normal cycle).
Style: Top load | Number of Cycles: 10+ water station | Wash Mechanism: Infusor (HE without agitator) | Wash/Rinse Temperatures: 6 + automatic temperature control | Capacity: 5.2 cu. ft. | Dimensions: 27 in x 48 in x 27 in | Color: Diamond Grey, White
The GTW840CPNDG model makes our list as the best top load, and is in the same family as the discontinued GTW810SSJWS and GTW860SSJWS. This model is equipped with SmartDispense™ technology that holds up to 48 loads of detergent and automatically dispenses just the right amount for each load.
The GTW840CPNDG has an integrated water station that allows you to pre-treat your clothes before the wash cycle. This washer also includes Wifi to make sure that you are always connected.
Style: Top load | Number of Cycles: 14 | Wash Mechanism: Dual action agitator | Wash/Rinse Temperatures: 6 | Capacity: 4.5 cu. ft. | Dimensions: 27 in x 44 in x 27 in | Color: White
Though smaller than our best top load washer, the GTW465ASNWW combines a lower price with multiple user-centric features. This model features the dual-action agitator, which can reverse rotation to give clothes a more thorough clean. The GTW465ASNWW also has a spin speed of 700 RPM that helps to remove excess water and cut down on drying time. Another interesting feature of this model is the PreciseFill, which takes the guesswork out of choosing the right water level.
Style: Front load | Number of Cycles: 10 | Wash Mechanism: Impeller (HE) | Capacity: 4.8 cu. ft. | Dimensions: 28 in x 32 in x 39-3/4 in | Color: White, Diamond Gray
The compact GFW550SSNWW makes our list as the most innovate due to its stunning feature lineup. This model features the UltraFresh Vent System with OdorBlock that helps prevent the growth of any odor causing bacteria. This model also has built in Wifi, so you can use the GE Appliances Laundry app to start, stop, and monitor your loads. The app can even send you real-time updates. In terms of energy efficiency, this model is ENERGYSTAR qualified, meaning it will save you resources and money.
One thing to note is that this washer, along with its matching dryer do not use any steam technology to clean your clothes.
Style: Front load | Number of Cycles: 12 | Wash/Rinse Temperatures: 5 | Capacity: 4.8 cu. ft. | Dimensions: 28 in x 39-3/4 in x 32 in | Color: Satin Nickel, White
The GFW650SPNSN makes our list as the best front load style washer. This washer introduced the satin nickel color, and though it does bring the price up, it looks stunning in any laundry room. This model is packed with features including the UltraFresh Vent System with OdorBlock (like the GFW550SSNWW). This model also includes SmartDispense technology that allows your washer to automatically release the exact amount of detergent each cycle. This feature also allows you to store up to 32 loads of detergent inside the washer. This model is also quiet, with the use of Dynamic Balancing Technology that senses and rebalances uneven loads during the spin cycle to allow for quiet operation.
Unlike the GFW550SSNWW, the GFW650SPNSN uses steam technology (a.k.a. powersteam) to help provide a deeper clean.
Style: Front load | Number of Cycles: 12 | Wash/Rinse Temperatures: 5 | Capacity: 5.0 cu. ft. | Dimensions: 28 in x 39-3/4 in x 34 in | Color: Sapphire Blue, Diamond Gray, White
The most stylish on our list is the GE GFW850SPNRS, which includes three stunning color options: sapphire blue, diamond gray, and white. It is also our largest washer, with a whopping capacity of 5.0 cu. ft; allowing you more room for laundry.
This model is packed with features such as the UltraFresh Vent System with OdorBlock™ and SmartDispense™ technology. Something that sets this model apart is the 1 Step Wash + Dry feature. This feature allows you to wash AND dry smaller loads all in your washer, so you don’t have to ever transfer the load to the dryer.
GE offers the best of both worlds when it comes to washers and driers: sleek functional designs and high-tech features. In 2020, GE has launched an entire new line of washers with the UltraFresh Vent System with OdorBlock and SmartDispense technology, that is sure to make doing laundry easier and get rid of any washer odors. If you are looking for a reliable washer/dryer that still contains all of the features you love, then GE might be for you.