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GE's traditional top-load washer is surprisingly smart

GE's $699 GTW685BSLWS top-load washing machine has a lot of features considering its affordable price.

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Meet GE's $699 GTW685BSLWS top-load washing machine.

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It has 14 cleaning cycles. 

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The GTW685BSLWS has a transparent lid, a silver display panel and a 4.5-cubic-foot capacity.  

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The digital display lets you know how much time is left on a cleaning cycle.

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This washer did a very good job removing stains.

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A hidden drawer in the back holds the laundry detergent and fabric softener.

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This model has a traditional agitator design. 

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