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July 24, 2016

GE GTW485ASJWS review – CNET

by John_A

The Good At $650, the GTW485ASJWS is one of GE’s most entry-level washers. It also boasts 13 cleaning modes and a Deep Fill feature that lets you add as much water to a cycle as you want.

The Bad Its traditional agitator wasn’t gentle on clothes.

The Bottom Line The GE GTW485ASJWS is fine if you’re looking for an affordable top-load washer — just keep in mind that its agitator isn’t forgiving when it comes to wear and tear.

The $650 GE GTW485ASJWS might be one of the simplest washing machines you can buy today. It doesn’t have a ton of advanced settings, an LED-bedazzled digital display, or on-board Wi-Fi connectivity. You won’t find a second washer tucked inside a hidden compartment like the LG Twin Wash or a built-in sink like the Samsung WA52J8700.

But what the 485 lacks in pizazz, it makes up for with a traditional agitator — something folks nostalgic for the days of laundry-past will like. The downside, of course, is that agitators tend to be tougher on fabric than the impeller-style designs you’ll find on most pricier top-loaders. It did do a decent job removing stains, though. Yes, GE’s GTW485ASJWS will do fine overall, but you might want to spend a little more for an impeller washing machine if you’re concerned about wear and tear.

A budget washing machine for laundry traditionalists
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A simpler wash

While the 485 doesn’t exactly do anything innovative in terms of design, it’s a nice looking machine considering its price. Available in a glossy white finish, it features the same 13 cleaning cycles as more expensive GE washers. They include:

  • Active Wear
  • Bulky Items
  • Casuals
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  • Cold Wash
  • Colors/Normals
  • Dark Colors
  • Delicates
  • Drain + Spin
  • Heavy Duty
  • Jeans
  • Speed Wash
  • Towels & Sheets
  • Whites

It also has a Deep Fill setting, which lets you add more water to a cycle. This isn’t great in terms of efficiency, but it does let you customize the fill level if you think the washer isn’t adding enough water on its own. Press the Deep Fill button at the top of the display panel either before a cycle begins or after it has finished auto-filling. Press it again to stop it.

The straightforward display features one dial each for soil level, temperature, cleaning cycles, options (this includes things like Auto Soak and Extra Spin), and stain pre-treat.

Here’s a look at the 485’s basic specs compared to other top-load washers:

Comparing washers

$650 $900 $1,200 $1,199
White White, metallic (for $1,000) Metallic, white (for $1,100) Stainless platinum
4.2 cubic feet 5.1 cubic feet 5.1 cubic feet 5.2 cubic feet
13 13 13 15
152 kWh/year 152 kWh/year 152 kWh/year 165 kWh/year
27 x 44 x 27 inches 28 x 44.5 x 29 inches 28 x 44.5 x 29 inches 27 x 46 x 29.3 inches
1 year, limited 1 year, limited 1 year, limited 1 year, limited
120V 60Hz 120V 60Hz 120V 60Hz 120V 60Hz
No Yes, Android and iPhone Yes, Android and iPhone No

The main difference here is bin capacity. Where models like the GE GTW810SSJWS, the GE GTW860SPJMC, and Samsung’s WA52J8700 all have capacities over 5 cubic feet, the 485 has just 4.2 cubic feet of space. This is mainly due to the built-in agitator, although its dimensions are also slightly smaller.

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