This $1,200 top-load washing machine seemingly has it all -- good looks and a relatively intuitive instrument panel. It's also packing a long list of features, including a related GE Laundry app for Android and iPhone and even an IFTTT channel. $1,200 is high-end luxury when it comes to top-load machines, but the GE GTW860SPJMC seems worth it on paper.
When you factor in performance, though, the impressiveness starts to flag. It does a decent enough job removing stains, but the results don't stand out much in comparison to other models we've reviewed. That doesn't mean you should immediately rule out this GE washer, but it would be worthwhile to look at the competition closely before you buy.
Getting to know GE's high-end washer
With 13 wash cycles, a handsome metallic gray finish and a transparent lid so you can watch your clothes whir around inside (if you so desire), the GTW860SPJMC is strikingly similar to the $1,199. The main difference, of course, is that the app-enabled GE version doesn't have a built-in sink for pre-soaking or hand washing delicates, and the sink-equipped Samsung version doesn't have an app.
Check out this comparison chart of the two top-load washing machines for more details:
|GE GTW860SPJMC||Samsung WA52J8700|
|Capacity||5.1 cubic feet||5.2 cubic feet|
|# of cycles||13||15|
|Dimensions (width, height, depth)||28x44.5x29 inches||27x46x29.3 inches|
|Weight||166 pounds||147.8 pounds|
|Warranty||1 year, parts and labor||1 year, parts and labor|
|Energy consumption||152 kWh per year||165 kWh per year|
|App||Yes, Android and iPhone||No|
GE's GTW860SPJMC is also competitive with other premium top-load models in terms of its specific wash cycles. They include:
- Basket Clean
- Bulky Items
- Dark Colors
- Drain + Spin
- Heavy Duty
- Normal/Light Colors
- Quick Rinse
- Sanitize with Oxi
- Speed Wash
- Towels & Sheets
But its most interesting feature is a bit more hidden, an inconspicuous "Wi-Fi Connect" indicator on the bottom left corner of the display panel. This means that the GTW860SPJMC works with GE's smart laundry app as well as GE's laundry channel on the connectivity service IFTTT.
While the app looks nice and is simple to configure -- just download the GE Laundry app on your Android or iPhone and follow the instructions to connect -- the software is a little disappointing. It's nicely designed, but you can't actually initiate a cleaning recycle remotely like you can withor . Instead you can track a cycle, get an alert when the cycle ends, download a few additional cycles, and monitor how much detergent is left in the SmartDispense soap reservoir. It's somewhat useful, but not essential.