The GE GTW330ASKWW is part of the Washing machine
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Top-load agitator washer
models like the GTW330ASKWW are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Predicted reliability: Predicted reliability icons are based on estimated breakage rates for newly purchased washing machines, not under service contract, within the first five years of ownership.
Owner satisfaction: Owner satisfaction icons are based on the proportion of members who are extremely likely to recommend their washing machine to their friends and family.
Washing performance: This reflects the degree of color change to stained swatches of fabric that were included in an 8-pound test load of mixed cotton items using the machines' most aggressive normal cycle. (We do not use special cycle or option buttons.)
Stainless-steel tubTubs constructed of stainless steel are likely to be more durable than plastic or porcelain, and they allow for higher spin speeds. Plastic is the next most durable choice.
Auto temp. control
Auto temp. controlThis feature automatically mixes hot and cold water to reach the chosen wash temperature (which differs on various makes of washers). It's a good way to compensate for normal variations in tap-water temperature and prevents problems caused by water that's too cold, which keeps detergent from working properly.
Auto bleach dispenser
Auto bleach dispenserAutomatic Bleach dispenser releases the bleach at the proper point in the cycle, giving the detergent additives sufficient time to work.
Auto detergent dispenser
Auto detergent dispenserAutomatic Detergent dispenser releases the detergent at the proper point in the cycle.
Auto fabric softener dispenser
Auto fabric softener dispenserAutomatic Fabric Softener dispenser releases the fabric softener at the proper point in the cycle.
Extra rinse cycle
Extra rinse cycleThis feature can be useful for those with a sensitivity to detergent and others who find one rinse insufficient.
End of cycle signal
End of cycle signalSounds a bell or chime when the wash is done. Useful when the washer is in the basement or garage, or otherwise out of sight. On some models you can turn off the signal or adjust the volume.
Steam optionThis feature injects steam during parts of the cycle and is intended to improve wash performance.
Energy StarQualified by the U.S. government's Energy Star program for low power consumption.
TypeFront-loading washers -- With a door located on the front of the washer, one needs to stoop in order to load it. Front-loaders get clothes clean by tumbling them into water. Clothes are lifted to the top of the tub, then dropped into the water below. This design reduces water and energy use and makes front-loaders gentler on clothing and more adept at handling unbalanced loads. Be aware that front-loading washers give best results when used with high-efficiency detergent, which produces fewer suds than regular detergent. They're typically 27 to 29 inches wide.
Conventional top-loading washers -- With the opening on the top of the washer, top-loaders are somewhat easier to load than a front-loading washer. Most top-loaders allow you to fill the tub with enough water to cover the clothing. Because they need room to move the laundry around the agitator to ensure thorough cleaning, these machines have a smaller load capacity than front-loaders. They're typically 27 to 29 inches wide.
Unconventional top-loading washers -- These look much like conventional top-loaders on the exterior, but these machines typically replace the usual vertical agitator post with other wash mechanisms, such as disks or plates that lift and move clothing around the tub. They generally use less water, and thus less energy, than conventional top-loaders and often have a larger capacity. They provide best results when used with high-efficiency detergent, which produces fewer suds than regular detergent. They're typically 27 to 29 inches wide.
DimensionsThe exterior measurements of the washer with the door or lid closed, in inches (height x width x depth). Be sure to allow a few extra inches of clearance in the rear for hoses and connections.
44 x 27 x 27
WarrantyThe length of time the washer is covered by its manufacturer for defects or repairs.
Water levelsIn our opinion, four or five water levels are sufficient. An automatic water-level control--standard on front-loaders--generally improves water efficiency.
Requires HE detergent
Requires HE detergentManufacturer requires High-Efficiency (HE) detergent. HE detergents are formulated to produce fewer suds, and dissolve more efficiently to improve washing and rinsing performance.
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