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GE Profile PFWS4600L[WW]
 
Approximate retail price:
$1,399.00
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Summary: This GE Front-loader washing machine has
• 2011 Energy Star qualification
• Auto temp. control
• Auto detergent dispenser
• Auto fabric softener dispenser
• End of cycle signal
• Rotary dial
• Push button
• Stainless-steel tub
• Stackable
• Manufacturer recommends low-sudsing detergent.
• Comes with a 1 year warranty.
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About - GE Profile PFWS4600L[WW]

The GE Profile PFWS4600L[WW] is part of the washing machine test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, front-loading washing machine models like the Profile PFWS4600L[WW] 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.

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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 Profile PFWS4600L[WW]
info Energy star Yes
info Stainless-steel tub Yes
info Auto temp. control Yes
info Auto bleach dispenser Yes
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User Reviews - GE Profile PFWS4600L[WW]
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1.0
Not Satisfied
5/2/2013
Pros
Cons
Breaks Down
Broke Down 1 Year And 3 M
Best Uses
Comment:
Broke down 1 year and 3 months after I bought it. After some complaining, GE honored warranty work because it was so close. I like the way it cleans and does a good job with cleaning but if it doesn't last more than a year without breaking down. If breaks down again, will get rid of.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
Stay Away
7/29/2012
Pros
Cons
Breaks Down
Doesn't Clean Effectively
Long Cycle
Stops mid cycle
Uses Too Little Water
Best Uses
Comment:
The washer broke in less than a week and just stops mid-cycle. I thought I was doing my wife a favor in purchasing but she hates this washer - STAY AWAY... After it broke it took us over two weeks to get a replacement and we have 6 kids and a LOT of laundry to do... We will see what happens when the replacement comes. We will never purchase a GE product again based on this one experience.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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1.0
Really, Consumer Reports?
2/29/2012
Pros
Large Capacity
Spins Clothes Dry
Cons
Doesn't Clean Effectively
Doesn't rinse effectively
Long Cycle
Noisy
Shakes/Moves
Best Uses
Hand washable items
Comment:
I honestly can't believe this washer gets good marks from Consumer Reports. Maybe we got a lemon? This uses VERY little water so of course it's water efficient! In order to get my clothes and cloth diapers clean I have to manually add water, thereby making it the opposite of water efficient. The worst part is it doesn't get out all the soap. Sometimes I have to rinse things 3 or 4 times which means 2 hours to get 1 load done! Oh, and we only use HE detergent and 1/2 the recommended amount. Oh how I yearn for a regular old washing machine that actually uses water! One good thing is the hand wash cycle. For some reason that uses lots of water but it sloshes the clothes around very gently so it's not good for heavily soiled loads.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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