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GE GFWR4805FMC
 
Price range:
$1,078.20 - $1,418.99
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Summary: This GE Front-loader washing machine has
• Auto temp. control
• Auto detergent dispenser
• Auto fabric softener dispenser
• End of cycle signal
• Rotary dial
• Push button
• Stainless-steel tub
• Manufacturer recommends low-sudsing detergent.
• Comes with a 1 year warranty.
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About - GE GFWR4805FMC

The GE GFWR4805FMC is part of the washing machine test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, front-loading washing machine models like the GFWR4805FMC are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Washing performance:
This reflects the degree of color change to swatches of fabric that were included in an 8-pound and maximum capacity test load of mixed cotton items using the machines' most aggressive normal cycle. (We do not use special cycle or option buttons.)

Energy efficiency:
This score is based on the energy needed to heat the water for 8-pound and maximum loads using a warm wash and cold rinse. We consider both gas and electric water heaters, and include electricity needed to run the washer and energy needed for drying. Washers that extract more water are scored higher.

Water efficiency:
This score denotes how much water it took to wash our 8-pound load and each machine's maximum load. On models that didn't set the fill level automatically, we used the lowest fill setting that sufficed for the 8-pound load. We then calculated water used per pound of clothing.
About This Brand

GE is increasing its front-loading offerings and is also adding its "SmartDispense" technology to a new flagship washer due out in July. The GE line now includes $700, $800, $900, and $1,200 models in the GE and GE Profile models.

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Features & Specs - GE GFWR4805FMC
info Energy star Yes
info Stainless-steel tub Yes
info Auto temp. control Yes
info Auto bleach dispenser Yes
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Unpredictable Performance
9/18/2014
Pros
Cons
Dispenser Doesn't Drain
Doesn't Spin Dry Enough
Does Not Balane Load
Inadequate Rinsing
Long Cycle
Best Uses
Small loads
Comment:
I've washed full (but not packed) washer baskets of jeans or towels or mixed items, 3/4 and half baskets of mixed items, and loads as small as 5 knit shirts.<br /><br />The full load of 8 jeans took two and a half hours because the washer could not balance it. It neared final spin, stopped and reset to 17 minutes and turned at, I'm guessing, 150 RPM for several minutes and again stoped and reset to 17 minutes and repeated the routine for about an hour until I canceled the cycle. The fabric softener dispenser was filled to the top with water.<br /><br />I washed the small load of knit shirts first with a short presoak and then a delicate cycle. The presoak does not actually soak but wets the clothing with detergent and water and tumbles intermittently. The washer had difficulty balancing this load, too, continually reseting to 17 minutes, although it did eventually complete the cycle. <br /><br />The washer has handled other loads satisfactorily although I believe it defaults to a slower spin speed than set and the clothes don't feel as dry as expected.<br /><br />The washer uses cold water for rinsing. I washed a mixed load on warm and when I took out the clothes after the cycle completed they were somewhat warm. This washer uses so little water that I think two cold rinses could not cool the fabric and I doubt they are rinsed adequately. In fact, I just noticed a strong smell of detergent on a comforter I washed.<br /><br />Some observations:<br /><br />The detergent dispenser seems to retain lots of water (this is a frequent complaint in many reviews) only when the washer has difficulty balancing the load in the final spin and defaults to an extra low spin.<br /><br />It seems that the basket does not fill with even the slightest amount of water. Not an inch. Not even a half inch! Water briefly enters from above but is aimed at the door and seeps below the inner basket to the outer tub<br />and is recirculated through the detergent dispenser and basket by a recirculation pump. The clothes are saturated by the minimal recirculated water and seem to wash by rubbing against eachother rather than by being dipped in and out of water. It's actually interesting to watch!<br /><br />I've noticed that the washer sometimes does not sense the load size before starting, which might explain the poor balancing performance.<br /><br />The washer is almost vibration free but I believe that is the result of immediately defaulting to a slow spin speed.<br /><br />Although the size of the basket may be 4.8 cubic feet it can't handle a full load. Had I known this I would have saved some money and purchased a smaller capacity washer.<br /><br />The matching dryer is excellent and allows almost complete flexabilty in modifying automatic cycles to suit your needs.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
DO NOT buy a GE washer or Dryer ever!!!
9/15/2014
Pros
None
Cons
&quot;times Out&quot; During Rinse
Breaks Down
Doesn't Clean Effectively
Incredibly Loud
Leaks Oil And Water
Leaky
Long Cycle
Noisy
Shakes/Moves
Best Uses
Comment:
After 18 months of owning the GE PROFILE TOP LOAD WASHER 4.4 CUFT, it has been nothing but a disaster! Oil and water are leaking from washer. When washer is spinning it sounds like an airplane taking off..(honestly, that is not an exaggeration). In the midst of the rinse cycle it just times out.... At the end of the drain and spin cycle it starts adding water and it does this continuously so the cycle never ends!! <br />Today I called for a service technician to come look at it and he told me to try not to use it and if I do to never leave the house while its running...REALLY?! I am totally shocked at how horrible this washing machine is...<br />BUYERS BEWARE!!!<br />not sure what to do next...
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
 
3.0
Nice washer, bad soap dispenser
7/8/2014
Pros
Adjustable Settings
Large Capacity
Quiet
Spins Clothes Dry
Cons
Bad Soap Dispenser
Leaky
Best Uses
Bedding
Delicates
Everyday Clothes
Heavy/Bulky Items
Towels
Comment:
The soap dispenser uses siphoning to move the soap and fabric softener into the tub. Ours does not work, and it also spills over and drips down the front of the washer, staining the carpet on the floor. We are trying to persuade GE to buy it back as a lemon.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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