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One of the few stackable units that fits my closet
Our front loading washed broke. Sadly, the new stackable units are larger than the older models. Many of the new stackable W/Ds don't fit into our utility closet space. Our mom chose...Read complete review
Our front loading washed broke. Sadly, the new stackable units are larger than the older models. Many of the new stackable W/Ds don't fit into our utility closet space. Our mom chose the GE model because of smaller footprint and the dryer is a vented one (did not want ductless). We washed the 1st load today and it came out clean.
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PROS * Looks nice * Plenty of wash options * Cheery end-of-cycle signal CONS * Loud * Struggles to balance load for spinning * Most wash cycles are excessively long We purchased this washer because...Read complete review
PROS * Looks nice * Plenty of wash options * Cheery end-of-cycle signal CONS * Loud * Struggles to balance load for spinning * Most wash cycles are excessively long We purchased this washer because we needed a washer and dryer that would fit under our kitchen counters and we wanted the dryer to be vented. Those two requirements limited us to three brands/models. We opted for GE because one of the others was an obscure brand and the other, while a common brand, seemed rather dated with its mechanical timer knobs. So GE was the default choice, but we were okay with that because they look rather nice (they're in our kitchen, after all, so style and appearance are important), and because GE has made efforts recently to bring their appliance manufacturing back here to the U.S. That said, we found this washer to be "just okay". Our biggest complaint is that it's pretty loud, especially the drain cycle which, for some reason, it does a lot. The fill cycle is a bit loud, too. The wash cycle (when it's just tumbling) and the spin cycle are pretty quiet. With our previous washer, we could sit comfortably in the kitchen while it ran. With this GE washer, the noise is rather annoying even when we're in the next room. We also found that the washer often has difficulty balancing the load so that it can spin. This is especially true when there is less than a full load in the washer. It's somewhat better with a full load, but it still struggles sometimes. To compound the problem, the washer does a slow spin to try to distribute the clothes evenly so that it can spin. If it senses the load is out of balance, it runs the drain cycle, apparently to try to remove more water to help with the balance. But again, the drain cycle is quite loud, so you have to put up with the noise frequently until the washer can balance the load. On one of our first loads (half full) the washer did the slow spin/drain routine probably a dozen times or more until I finally turned it off to manually re-adjust the load. (Someone's going to say the washer isn't level, but it is, as near as can be determined when it's under a counter.) The washer has nine default wash cycles plus options to change the length of the wash cycle, the water temperature (for the wash cycle only - rinses are always in cold water), the spin speed, and whether you want an extra rinse. For several cycles, the total wash time is an hour or more. The Whites/Heavy Duty cycle, with an extra rinse, is an hour and a half. These seem excessively long. We generally use the Speed Wash cycle with cold water and an extra rinse - 40 minutes total. Hot water is not an option with the shorter cycles. So if you want to wash something in hot water, a longer wash cycle is required. As far as durability goes, it's too soon to tell. We've only had it for a few months. No problems yet, though. And I mentioned that GE has brought some of its appliance manufacturing back to the U.S. Kudos to them for that. That said, this washer is not among those. It is made in Korea, if that is important to you. It is to us, but, like I said, our options were limited. So would we recommend this washer? Probably not, mainly because of the noise and the difficulty the washer has with balancing a load. But apart from those two issues, the washer is otherwise pretty nice. And it looks good in our kitchen next to its matching dryer.
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from Chicago Area
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Comments about GE 2.2 CuFt. White Front Load Washer:
This GE washer does a great job. We were replacing an old under counter washer. This unit fit the bill because most models are now too large to fit a standard under counter installation. A regular 120v will power it , unlike the European models. It has many settings to accomplish your laundry needs. It is not a large capacity, but we find it works just fine. We would rather have the counter space. Hoping GE will make a gas dryer to match. At present time, they do not.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Mississauga, ON, Canada
Comments about GE WCVH4800KWW White Frontload Washer:
I bought this washer 6 months ago, and its matching drying. The washer is amazing. Everything I washed came out sparkling clean. I use European detergents (Ariel or Persil made in Germany or Portugal). It only needs a little (1-2 spoons detergent). If you use too much detergent you could end up with spots on the clothes. It never happened to me. I also use Calgon, hoping it prevents scale. I used a similar machine while I lived in Europe. This 60cm wide washer was the normal size there. I was so surprised when I saw the big tanks (bigger washers) here in N America. It is so hard to find small (24") machines. I am so happy to find this GE in Canada. It's a pity it is so expensive.
from Hampton, VA, United States
Many preset wash cycles, quiet, does a great job. Able to hold a set of king size sheets or about 4 pairs of jeans. Great product for two people.
Disappointed - big problem
from Mechanicsville, VA
The washer tub is only 14 inches up off the floor - too low.. This would be okay if I was a midget! You can't determine this problem from a catalog or internet picture, nor is it given in the written information. I'm very disappointed there is no pedestal for this machine. I would not recommend this machine, especially to senior citizens, as you have to get down on your knees to see into the tub and to clean out excess water in the gasket. I would have a hard time selling this machine and would probably take a huge loss. I just bought it. The problem is obvious immediately when you see the machine. If I keep it, I'm considering setting it up on cinder blocks.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Poorly designed, died in less than three years
from Atlanta, GA, United States
We bought our machine less than three years ago and the spider support has already cracked necessitating repairs that near the price of a completely new washer. This is apparently an issue that is well known.
Compact and efficient
from Boise, ID, United States
Quiet and compact machine. My only complaint was the user guide doesn't mention removing the storage bolts until page 15! Not good for the do yourself install. It was like watching a demon possessed machine dancing across the floor!
small but efficient
from Virginia, United States
I expected the washing machine to be too small for my normal size loads. I was wrong. I washed my queen comforter and it came out beautifully. Don't let the size fool you. The one disapointment was the price. I could have gotten more features including steam on other models and paid about $300 less per machine.
Great little washer
By Only 1
from North texas
Does a great job small in footprint,but normal loads for one or two
Beautiful little one!
from Cambridge, MA, United States
I bought this one to replace a couple of decades old top-load washer/dryer combo, I should've done this a long time ago! The clothes come out beautifully clean, hardly wrinkled, and it takes surprisingly little detergent and softener to make them smell and feel gorgeous. It's very quiet, and it has every wash cycle you need, and super easy to use with a single dial button. The only drawback for me -- it uses the normal electric outlet, unlike my old washer, so I have to use an extension cord to plug into a distant outlet in the corridor when I am doing the laundry, a bit inconvenient, but whatever, I can live with that.
from Kaneohe, HI, United States
The washer really is bigger than it sounds. We're happy with the size load it handles. It's "high efficiency" and does a great job.
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