GTWN4250DWS Review


GE GTWN4250DWS GE
GTWN4250DWS

Top Load
Capacity: 3.9 cu ft
Width: 27"
MSRP: $699
Cleaning

Agitator

Capability
Cycles

16/5

Cyc/Opt
Energy

2

Factor
Water

6

Factor
Warranty

1/1

Motor/Tub
Price

$179

Per Cu Ft

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GE GTWN4250DWS

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Washer Pros and Cons
Cleaning Older design that uses an agitator to wash clothes. Newer technology washers employ tumbling, infusors, impellers, or plates that are gentler on fabrics. Does not have an internal water heater.  
Cycles Number of cycles and options is 17% higher than average and ranks in the top 40% of new washers for BETTER program selection and flexibility. More cycles helps you tailor the wash to your family's needs.
Energy Modified Energy Factor is 25% lower than average and ranks in the bottom 5% of new washers for FAIR energy efficiency. This washer is Energy Star, but it's significantly less efficient than most new washers.  
Water The GTWN4250DWS Water Factor is 68% higher than average and ranks in the bottom 10% of new washing machines for FAIR water efficiency. WF = consumption / capacity; the higher the factor, the more water it uses.  
Warranty Standard one-year parts and labor warranty. Several brands such as Frigidaire, LG, Maytag, and Samsung are offering multi-year parts only warranties on the costly drive motor. Subject to change.  
Price Price per cubic foot is 36% lower than average and ranks in the top 10% of new washing machines for BEST affordability. Based on the MSRP, each cubic foot costs about $97 less than the average new washer.


GE GTWN4250DWS Washer


Performance Ratings
Spin
Speed
700 RPM - Maximum spin speed is 38% lower than average and ranks in the bottom 5% of new washers for POOR moisture removal. Lower spin RPM usually leaves more water and requires longer dryer times.  
Temp
Control
Auto Temp Control - Automatically regulates the hot and cold water supply to ensure that water enters and stays at the proper temperature. On cold days the hot water runs longer or more often to compensate.
Wash
Motions
Standard Wash Motions - Cleans using standard agitator wash motions that may be satisfactory for some wash applications. Agitators are old technology and substantially harder on fabric wear.  
Internal
Heater
No Internal Heater - Water temperatures cannot be increased beyond the input hot water supply. Heavy soil and stain removal is best achieved with high temperature water produced from an internal heater.  
Steam
Clean
No Steam Cleaning - The GE GTWN4250DWS does not have the capability to produce steam. Steam cycles are now available on about 40% of new washers, and they are very effective on soil removal.  
Sanitize
Cycle
No Sanitize Cycle - Clothes cannot be sanitized by raising water temperatures to high levels that kill germs and bacteria. Bleach may be an alternative depending on your tolerance for odors and fabric-wear.  
Foam
Cleaning
No Foam Cycle - Powerfoam is only available on select Samsung washers. Foam cleaning has not proven to get your clothes any cleaner, but it can lessen wash-times and may be easier on certain fabrics.  
Allergen
Cycle
No Allergen Cycle - The GTWN4250DWS does not have any cycles designed to eliminate many of the common household allergens such as dust mites or pet dander. Only available on about 25% of new washers.  
Water
Level
Automatic Water Level - Designed with sensors that detect the load size and then adjust the water level to achieve the best cleaning and rinsing performance. Convenient feature that also saves water.
Vibration
Control
Basic Vibration System - One of the 25% of washers that do not have a specific vibration control system. Many vibrations can be prevented by loading the drum evenly and placing the washer on a level surface.  
Wash
Drum
Stainless Steel Wash Drum - Stainless steel is a long-lasting wash tub material; it resists corrosion, stains, and chipping. Durability is why several manufacturers offer extended warranties on steel tubs.


Convenience Ratings
Capacity 3.9 cu ft - Interior capacity is 1% higher than average and ranks in the top 40% of new washers for LARGER wash-load size. Larger washers cost more, but they save you time and money over the long-run.
MSRP $699 - Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price is 37% lower than average and ranks in the top 10% of new washing machines for BEST overall price. Also check the cost per cubic foot.
Display No Display - GE's GTWN4250DWS is in the small (15%) group of new washers that do not provide visual information on wash program status and cycle time. Makes home multi-tasking more complicated.  
Delay
Start
No Delay Start - Cannot be programmed to start at a later time. About 85% of new washing machines have a convenient delay start feature that allows you to better schedule the laundry around your busy life.  
Dispenser 1-2 Tray Dispenser - The GTWN4250DWS has a basic dispenser that can release detergent and sometimes bleach or fabric softener at the appropriate time. About 75% of new washers have 3-4 tray dispensers.  
Settings 6/0/5 Temp/Soil/Spin Settings - Lower than average number of settings for temperature, soil level, and spin speed. Fewer settings may provide less flexibility with cleaning or fabric care.  
Quick
Wash
Standard Quick Wash - Standard quick-wash capability where you can run a small-load, short cycle (generally 30 minutes). Allows you to quickly do some last-minute laundry for unexpected events.  
Overnight
Wash-Dry
No Overnight Wash & Dry - Like most washers, this one does not have the unique capability to both wash and dry your clothes in an extended multi-hour cycle. Only found on less than 5% of new washers.  
Custom
Cycle
No Custom Cycle - Cannot program a custom cycle with soil, spin, temperature and other settings that you use most often. Convenient capability - only available on about 20% of new washing machines.  
Smart
Phone
No Smartphone Connect - You can't control washer operations or troubleshoot problems through a smartphone application. About 25% of new washers now have some type of phone connectivity.  
Detergent
Reservoir
No Detergent Reservoir - Does not have a large reservoir that holds a month or two supply of detergent. Less than 5% of new washers have on-board, multi-day detergent and fabric softener storage.  
Reverse
Door
No Reversible Door - The washer door is fixed and cannot be changed to open from the other side. Only a few brands such as Electrolux and Kenmore offer some washers with reversible door capability.  
Stackable Not Stackable - Cannot be stacked vertically with a dryer to save space in your laundry room. About 75% of new washers are stackable with their companion dryer. Need extra space in your laundry area?  


Energy Ratings
Energy
Star
Energy Star Qualified - Meets or exceeds ENERGY STAR federal criteria of Modified Energy Factor >=2 and Water Factor <=6. Over 90% of new washing machines are now ENERGY STAR qualified.
Most
Efficient
No Most Efficient Award - Like most new washers on the market, the GE GTWN4250DWS has not earned Energy Star's Most Efficient award and does not pass their toughest criteria for elite efficiency.  
Energy
Use
208 kWh Annual - Estimated annual electricity use is 30% higher than average and ranks in the bottom 15% of new washing machines for POOR KWh usage. Check the Modified Energy Factor for efficiency.  
CEE
Tier III
Not CEE Tier III Rated - The GTWN4250DWS has not earned the highest Consortium for Energy Efficiency rating for super-efficiency. CEE Tier III criteria is significantly greater than Energy Star.  
Cold
Wash
Standard Cold Wash - Does not employ special technologies to help get your clothes really clean on a cold wash cycle. Basic cold wash sometimes works with lightly soiled, unstained clothing.  
Smart
Grid
Not Smart-Grid Capable - Cannot be hooked into your present or future local utility smart-grid and programmed to operate when utility rates are lower. Most new washers are still not smart-grid capable.  


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