As one of GE's least expensive front-load washing machines, the $900 GFWS1700HWW isn't fancy. Even so, I wouldn't call this washer entry-level. Complete with 10 cleaning cycles, a steam function and a large-capacity tub, it's competitive with plenty of pricier models, even GE's own $1,100 GFWS2600FWW.
Overall, the GFWS1700HWW combines powerful stain removal with solid features and design. I don't love the look of its overcrowded control panel, but it's a definite improvement over the GFWS2600FWW's tough-to-use interface.Consider GE's GFWS1700HWW if you're in the market for a simple washer upgrade that's still relatively affordable
Does this 'budget' washer stack up?
It's hard to call a $900 appliance low-cost, but the GFWS1700HWW is one of GE's most budget-friendly front-load washers. And you actually get quite a lot for the price. Its 10 cleaning cycles are all accessible from the dial on the display panel. They are:
- Active Wear
- Basket Clean
- Delicates/Hand Wash
- NSF Sanitize
- Quick Wash
- Rinse & Spin
The GFWS1700HWW also has a steam function that you can enable for select cycles to target tough stains. Its 4.3-cubic-foot capacity isn't quite as large as the 4.5 cubic-foot norm for front-load washers, yet it's close enough to not make a significant difference in your load size. Overall, the GFWS1700HWW can hold its own alongside more expensive front-load options like the GE GFWS2600FWW and even Electrolux's $1,099 EFLS617S. Here's a closer look at the GFWS1700HWW versus the competition: