Stain fighting power
We score a washer's performance based on two key metrics -- how well it removes stains and how tough -- or gentle -- it is on clothes.
The GFW450SSKWW got an average stain removal score with 47 percent of the original skin oil (sebum), mineral oil (carbon), blood, cocoa and red wine remaining on the stain strips after going through a cleaning cycle.
Electrolux's EFLW417SIW had just 40 percent of its original stains remaining; the EFLW317TIW had 42 percent left post-cycle.
Check out the graphic below for a look at how well each washer removed each stain. Again, the lower the percentage, the better it scored on that stain.
The GFW450SSKWW was gentler on clothes than the EFLW417SIW and the EFLW317TIW, though. To score wear and tear, we count the number of attached, frayed threads on thin fabric squares that measure at or over 2 millimeters long after a cleaning cycle. GE's GFW450SSKWW had 277 frayed threads; the EFLW417SIW had 312 frayed threads and the EFLW317TIW had 315 frayed threads.
GE's $899 GFW450SSKWW is a good washer worth considering. It cleans fine and has a bunch of different settings. I particularly like its tumble care option -- a great thing for folks who regularly forget to transfer their clothes to the dryer right away. But if you're searching for stellar cleaning performance consider the $899instead -- it has fewer cleaning cycles than the GFW450SSKWW, but excelled at stain removal.