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Updated June 27, 2022
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Are you searching for an affordable washer, one that’s a champ against stains and has a lot of washing cycles and options? The best washing machine that fits the bill is GE GTW685BSLWS Top Loader. Not only does it feature 14 washing cycles, and options to alter—it comes with pre-programmed settings to remove deep stains commonly experienced (blood, wine, grass), all for an affordable price.

Related: For other good quality machines, read the Costway Mini Washing Machine review

Why We Like It – GE GTW685BSLWS Review

Featuring 14 washing cycles and oodles of options to play with, the GE GTW685BSLWS is more than ready to thoroughly wash your clothes any way you want it, for a price that’s hard to ignore.

  • Has pre-programmed settings to remove deep stains
  • Lots of washing cycles to use
  • Energy Star qualified
  • Get used to loud sounds


What full-sized washers like the GE GTW685BSLWS do best is provide washing power, something compact washers such as the Super Deal Portable Twin Tub can ever hope to achieve. With its dual action agitator wash action and stainless steel drum, combined with a high efficiency fabric softener dispenser, your clothes come out clean every time—especially when sent through a deep rinse or warm rinse. It does an exceptional job with stains, and even has pre-programmed settings that alter the way a cycle behaves to remove blood, wine, tomato, dirt and grass, and get it clean every time.

Even though front loaders use less water on average, and the GE GTW685BSLWS is a top loader, it still uses less water than older top load washers. You can alter where the water fills to Where it suffers is the noise. It’s far louder than any other washing machines we’re familiar with. If you have a dedicated laundry room or closet, this is a moot point.


With the GE GTW685BSLWS Washer, GE gelled together the generic design of washers and combined it with a modern dashboard. As such, its dimensions are 27 x 27 x 46 inches, much larger than a Giantex Portable Mini Compact Twin Tub, so it’s better suited for a medium to large home. There’s 14 wash cycles to play with, including additional options to alter said cycles such as spin speed, every time deep fill option, extra rinse cycles, speed wash, auto soak, cycle extra rinses, or a warm water rinse—just to name a few.


There’s no doubt about it: the GE GTW685BSLWS is a great washer. Certainly not the best GE washer, but for someone on a budget? Absolutely! Provided you have the space to house it. By choosing bigger, top loading washers, you sacrifice space for better performance. The Panda Compact Washing Machine, for example, simply can’t hold a candle to it. This is especially true with its Energy Star qualification, making it highly efficient not at just washing clothes, but on your energy bill as well. All that gives the GE GTW685BSLWS’ excellent value.

GE GTW685BSLWS Review Wrap Up

While the GE GTW685BSLWS is noisy, it really paints a picture; it was its only flaw. GE isn’t a slouch when it comes to high quality products, and this particular top loader delivered. With 14 washing cycles to choose from, you’ll always get those stains and grime out of your clothes. And it’s nice the GE GTW685BSLWS is efficient with energy, too. Who doesn’t like a healthier energy bill?

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