What every best Washing Machines has:
- The right combination of features.
- Washing performance for your lifestyle.
- Great energy efficiency.
A good, but maybe not heavy duty cleaner. Expert reviewers have mixed opinions of the cleaning performance of the GE GTW680BSJWS. One leading consumer product testing organization gives it just a "Good" rating for washing performance, Jonathan Chan at Reviewed.com says its performance was above average even when you didn't choose one of the specialized stain removal or deeper wash settings. The only lag was in oil stains, where it doesn't perform as well as washers with internal water heaters, but that also have correspondingly higher prices. Owners largely agree with Chan, saying this GE washing machine does a phenomenal job across the board. They also like its generous, 4.6 cubic feet capacity, large enough that you don't have to spend all day in the laundry room. This washer is also fast -- really, really fast. The normal cycle completes in 34 minutes, the Speed Wash cycle in 15 minutes. The one complaint we noted was regarding noise; while most owners say they don't even notice it, a notable number say it's very loud.
Great efficiency for a top loader. The GE GTW680BSJWS is a high-efficiency top loader, which means you need to use HE detergent for the best performance in clothes cleaning. As for water and energy efficiency, the GTW680BSJWS is a top performer. Chan estimates that based on national utility average rates, this washer will consume $42 a year in electricity and water, which he says is, "is one of the lowest we've measured from a top-load washer." It is Energy Star Certified.
Soak in the fabulous features. Experts and owners alike are blown away by the number of features the GE GTW680BSJWS has at this price point. What gets particular recognition from Chan is the warm rinse option, something largely discontinued in modern washers, but a boon for those with arthritis who may get an unpleasant cramp from cold, wet laundry. But wait, there's more, including a deep fill option for adding water if you don't think your clothes are being properly soaked; a deep rinse option for a more thorough rinse, and an auto soak feature. The GTW680BSJWS also boasts an impressive 14 preset laundry cycles, as well as five soil level selections and five stain settings.
Hard to beat even at a higher price point. The GE GTW680BSJWS easily matches the perks of virtually all top-load washing machines in its class -- and of some at a much higher price point. Although it may not be your best choice if you're a person who is really hard on your clothes -- say, a car mechanic or lumberjack -- or if your laundry is primarily made of delicate items, but it will be great for just about anyone else. The GE GTW680BSJWS also gets good scores for spinning out moisture remaining in your clothes, so you won't incur longer drying times and correspondingly higher energy costs when using a clothes dryer (which are covered in their own report).
Jonathan Chan heaps a lot of praise on the GE GTW680BSJWS, saying it, "represents the pinnacle of top-loading technology." He raves about its cleaning performance, water and energy-saving features, as well as useful settings that enable you to tweak the cycles for hotter water or more thorough rinsing. Ultimately, he awards it a score of 7.2 out of 10, making it the highest-rated top-loader at this site, as well as giving it "Best of Year" and "Editors' Choice" designations.
ConsumerReports.org currently looks at the performance and efficiency of dozens of washing machines, including front-loading, top loading high efficiency and top loading agitator style washers. Important factors are evaluated and overall scores are assigned making it easy to compare models. Top washers are specifically named, though reading the brief descriptions reveals others that are also worth considering.
HomeDepot.com hosts more than 1,000 reviews of the GE GTW680BSJWS, though some of those originate at GE's web site. Still, owners give it 4.3 stars out of 5, 84 percent say they would recommend this washer. Other than a few complaints about how loud it is, owners seem pretty thrilled with this machine, saying it's a great performer with a generous capacity.
There are more than 930 reviews of the GE GTW680BSJWS at Lowes.com, but, again, some seem to be culled from the GE website. Still, the washer receives an overall score of 4.5 stars, with 83 percent saying they would recommend it to a friend. Again, we see plenty of complaints about noise, and plenty of praise for the washer's features and performance.