GE’s $699 GTW685BSLWS top-load washer expertly balances affordability and luxurious. It contains a conventional agitator contained in the cleansing bin, an outdated, however nonetheless widespread design that sometimes prices much less. It additionally has a premium-looking clear lid, a silver show panel and a ton of extras, like 14 cleansing cycles and a “delay wash” setting.
And, if you happen to determine to spring for a $49 GE ConnectPlus Wi-Fi module, you possibly can join your GTW685BSLWS to the GE Laundry app, in addition to test on the standing of your garments along with your Amazon Alexa and Google Residence audio system. This top-loader cleans rather well, too.
The primary draw back? It was noisier than loads of washers I’ve reviewed. Even so, its skillful stain elimination, lengthy checklist of options and strong design greater than make up for it (assuming you are capable of tuck your washer away behind a door to maintain the noise down).
Get to know GE’s GTW685BSLWS
Check out the GTW685BSLWS’s essential options in comparison with different fashions in its value vary:
Evaluating washing machines
four.5 cubic ft
four.three cubic ft
four.2 cubic ft
# of cycles
150 kWh/12 months
300 kWh/12 months
152 kWh/12 months
Dimensions (width, top, depth)
27 x 46 x 27 inches
27.5 x 36.eight x 27.eight inches
27 x 44 x 27 inches
GE Laundry app, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant with ConnectPlus Wi-Fi module (offered individually)
For simply $49 greater than GE’s personal $650 GTW485ASJWS, the GTW685BSLWS has a bigger capability, extra cleansing cycles, barely higher estimated power consumption and far more non-obligatory sensible integrations.
Observe: In order for you entry to the GE Laundry app or to test in on the standing of your washer by way of Alexa or Google Assistant, you could purchase the $49 ConnectPlus accent.
ConnectPlus is a Wi-Fi module that allows you to join your washer to the GE Laundry app, in addition to your Alexa or Google Residence sensible speaker. Assuming your Wi-Fi connection is robust, this course of must be very fast and easy. On the similar time, the app and the voice management integrations do not really do a lot. You possibly can’t begin, cease or pause a cleansing cycle; as a substitute, you are restricted to checking in in your washer remotely to seek out out its present standing and/or how a lot time is remaining on a cleansing cycle.
I particularly used the GE Laundry app, in addition to an Amazon Echo Present to test in on my GTW685BSLWS cycles. GE’s Geneva Alexa ability does require you to say, “Alexa, ask Geneva for the standing of my washer” relatively than simply “Alexa, what is the standing of my washer?” It is barely clunky, however not a deal breaker. Once more, the GTW685BSLWS’s general sensible performance is just considerably helpful, so I am glad GE allows you to determine by making the ConnectPlus an non-obligatory buy.