The GE GTW460ASJWW (MSRP $600) is all-American. In fact, it even ships with signatures of the men and women who helped build the unit in Louisville. When you open up that lid, you’ll recognize the design from the washer your parents used, and maybe their parents before them.
A pole agitator dominates the drum, just the way washers used to be. And if you ever felt like modern washers don’t use enough water, the GTW460ASJWW has an answer. There’s a button on top of the control panel labeled Deep Fill, and each press immediately adds a whopping six gallons of water to any cycle.
Leave it alone, however, and this GE can be surprisingly efficient. We think that’s a good way to bring together the past and the present.
Design & Features
Simplicity, thy name is GTW460ASJWW
GE wants to build the next great American washer. After years of research and a $100 million investment, the company concluded Americans want familiarity in the laundry room. Unlike Whirlpool’s new machines that teach you how to get clothes clean, this control panel expects you to already know what you want.
Five knobs offer settings for load size, temperature, cycle type, extra rinses, and soak time. We find it less straightforward than a modern washer that sets all those things automatically, but traditionalists will likely find the settings self-explanatory. There are no slam-proof hinges here, and you won’t find an LCD timer or high-efficiency, low-profile impeller: This is just a washing machine that fills up with water and spins.
The most important new feature is Deep Fill. By popular demand, simply press it once and any cycle gets an extra six gallons of water, and you can keep adding water until the drum fills to the brim.
In terms of stain removal, GTW460ASJWW ranks near the middle of all washers we’ve tested—but it does well among top loaders that sell for under $500 at retail.
We used the Precise Fill setting for all tests, which let the machine automatically decide how much water to use. We found that the Colors cycle on heavy settings removed the most stains, followed by the Whites and Normal cycles. Regardless of how they cleaned, all of the cycles we tested lasted less than an hour. The Colors cycle on medium settings, for example, needed only 38 minutes. However, haste makes waste. That 38-minute cycle wore down fabrics most quickly.
For in-depth performance information, please visit the Test Results Page.
The GE GTW460ASJWW comes with a one-year warranty that covers parts and labor for repairs resulting from defective materials or workmanship. Repairs required due to improper operation are not covered.
Why We Like It
It might be just what you’ve been looking for
Since the advent of high-efficiency front-load and top-load washers, the GE GTW460ASJWW is what many American consumers have been demanding.
If you’re tired of newfangled features getting in the way of honest clothes washing, then the GE GTW460ASJWW is for you. A pole agitator for cleaning and the option for high water usage are reminiscent of another era of laundry care. Stain removal is good enough, but takes a backseat to cycle times and a fair price tag. For the average family, this washer will make laundry chores easier, and maybe even bring a bit of nostalgia.