We also look at how gentle a washer is on clothes by counting the number of frayed threads that appear on fabric after a wash cycle. The lower the number, the gentler that washer is on clothes (using the normal cycle).
Examined alone, GE's GTW680BSJWS did a great job removing stains, with just 46 percent of its original stains remaining. But the GE GTW685BSLWS had only 44 percent of its original stains remaining and the Kenmore 25132 beat them both with only 39 percent of its original stains remaining post-cycle.
The washer graphic below gives an overview of how each of the three washers performed per stain.
In terms of wear and tear, the GTW680BSJWS had only 222 frayed threads on average, whereas the GTW685BSLWS had 279 and Kenmore's 25132 had 293. That makes this GE washer significantly gentler in the normal cycle than its two main competitors. Better stain removal does often (but not always) translate to tougher wear and tear scores, though, so this result isn't surprising.
GE's $699 GTW680BSJWS top-loader is a reasonable option if you're in the market for a decent looking washing machine with respectable performance and easy controls. But for the same price, or less, you can get GE's $699 GTW685BSLWS or Kenmore's $600 25132. Both competitors remove stains better than the GTW680BSJWS, ultimately making them more desirable.