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GE GTW750CSLWS review: Smart GE washer responds to Amazon, Google voice commands

Comparing washing machines


GE GTW750CSLWS Samsung WA52M7750AW GE GTW685BSLWS Kenmore 26132
Price $799 $899 $699 $830
Color finish White White White White
Capacity 5 cubic feet 5.2 cubic feet 4.5 cubic feet 4.8 cubic feet
# of cycles 14 13 14 11
Energy consumption 176 kWh/year 180 kWh/year 150 kWh/year 169 kWh/year
Dimensions (width, height, depth) 27 x 48 x 27 inches 27 x 46 x 29.3 inches 27 x 46 x 27 inches 27.5 x 37 x 27.9 inches
App GE Laundry app, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT Samsung SmartCare GE Laundry app, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT (with ConnectPlus Wi-Fi module sold separately) No

GE's GTW750CSLWS has competitive specs alongside other top-load washers in roughly the same price range. Its one additional standout feature, aside from its built-in faucet and auto-dispensing reservoir, is its Wi-Fi connectivity. Yes, Samsung's WA52M7750AW works with a related app, but it's outdated and ultimately offers little overall value. GE's laundry app is slightly better.

You can use it to see how much time is left in a cleaning cycle and receive alerts, both when a cycle ends and when the finished clothes have been sitting in the washer for 30 minutes. This model also works with Amazon and Google voice assistants, but the most you can ask either Alexa or the Google Assistant right now is "What's the status of my washing machine?" Until you can start, stop and pause cycles remotely via voice commands, these smart integrations will only be marginally useful. 

See how much time is left in a cycle in the GE laundry app -- and get alerts when your clothes are ready. 

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Performance

To learn more about how we test washing machines, read this article. In short, we score performance based on stain removal and how tough or gentle a washer is on clothes -- all using the "Normal" cycle. 

The GE GTW750CSLWS did pretty well in terms of stain removal, with 48 percent of the original skin oil (sebum), mineral oil (carbon), pig's blood, cocoa and aged red wine stains remaining after each cleaning cycle. Check out the washer graphic below to see how the GTW750CSLWS fared against other top-loaders (the lower the percentage, the better the washer did removing that particular stain). Basically, the GTW750CSLWS removed most stains better than the Samsung WA52M7750AW, but worse than the Kenmore 26132 and the GE GTW685BSLWS. 

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GE's GTW750CSLWS was very gentle on clothes in the normal cycle with 214 attached, frayed threads measuring at or over 2 millimeters long. (Again, check out our article on washer testing if you have questions about the process.) The GE GTW685BSLWS was much tougher on clothes with 279 attached, frayed threads. Samsung's WA52M7750AW had an average of 227 threads and Kenmore's 26132 was the most gentle with an average of 197 attached, frayed threads.

The takeaway

The $799 GE GTW750CSLWS is a very good washing machine. It offers a lot of cleaning cycles and a few advanced features that set it apart from other models in the same price range. Its self-dispensing reservoir and integrated faucet are particularly intriguing options, but its related app and voice smarts also add another level of functionality, however limited. Still, the GTW750CSLWS'  performance was just average, so keep that in mind when you're considering this otherwise excellent washer. 

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