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GE Front Load Washers Reviews [Buying Guide]

by Pam Silvia

There is so much to gain from a front load washer. From the ability to stack your laundry appliances to their reputation for treating your fabric more gently, front load washers let you take advantage of an efficient setup—in more than one sense. You can also load and unload your clothes with total ease and save on your water bill more than you would with a top load washer. When combined with GE’s status as an appliance brand that families trust, you can expect optimal care for every fabric item you hold dear, from your children’s clothing to grandma’s patchwork quilt. Read our GE front load washers reviews to discover how these laundry machines can lighten your load.

At a Glance:

About GE Front Load Washers

GE Front Load Washer Reviews

GE Front Load Washer Sizes

Best GE Front Load Washers

Who are GE Front Load Washers For?

While GE front loaders are sure to please any homeowner in terms of wash options and cleaning performance, these washers are not considered budget-friendly. In addition, due to their slew of advanced wash options and increasingly smart-capable features, GE front load models may not be suitable for consumers who are looking for a more basic washer.

That said, investing in a GE front load washer means reaping the benefits of mold-fighting features—which have been recently built into GE front loaders as a response to an issue that has plagued this washer configuration for so long.

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GE Front Load Washer Reviews

Here is our rundown on GE front load washing machines. From features to price point, we’ve got all the details here.

Popular Features

  • UltraFresh Vent System with OdorBlock™ ‒ This innovation eliminates excess moisture to help prevent odors, keeping your washer fresh and clean.
  • Microban® antimicrobial technology ‒ Built-in antimicrobial technology protects against odor-causing bacteria.
  • Sanitize + Allergen Cycle ‒ This revolutionary cycle sanitizes fabrics, killing 99 percent of common bacteria and allergens such as dust mites.
  • Quick Wash Cycle ‒ This cycle provides a fast 20-minute wash for lightly soiled items.
  • Power Clean Cycle ‒ Additional wash action boosts stain fighting results, delivering the ultimate clean.
  • dBT Patented Dynamic Balancing Technology ‒ Real-time load balancing and enhanced durability provide a quiet, stable wash.
  • Built-in WiFi ‒ Real-time notifications and updates let you monitor and control your laundry from your smart device.

Performance

Overall, GE front load washers are rated positively for their premium features and superior cleaning results. Many models offer integrated smart technology, a range of different wash cycles and options in addition to sanitizing and allergen-reduction features. According to Consumer Reports, washing performance is “top-notch” among many front loaders that have been tested. As of 2020, the gasket, pump, and detergent dispenser on all new GE front load models are made with an antimicrobial material that Microban developed for GE. Plus, a damper on the front opens at the end of the cycle, after you’ve removed your laundry and closed the door. At that point, the drum spins slowly, pulling in air to circulate and promote evaporation. With this vent setting turned on, the drum cycles for 15 minutes and then automatically turned off for 15 minutes over an eight-hour period. But don’t worry—this standard feature won’t cause your electricity bill to climb. You’ll also be happy to know that GE front load washers are Energy Star certified.

Price Range

The price on a GE front load washer ranges between $949 to $1,249. Considering that front load washing machines start at about $500 (or around $300 more than a comparable top load washer), GE front load models are upper-premium appliances.

GE Front Load Washer Sizes

5.0 Cu. Ft.

Not including compact models between 2.3 and 2.5 cubic feet, most washers have between 3.1 and 4.0 cubic feet of volume. If your laundry needs require a washer with a larger capacity, front load models offer the most space, ranging from 4.2 and 4.5 cubic feet. That said, some front loaders can be as spacious as 5.0 cubic feet. Recommended for households of five or more people, GE 5.0 front load washers can hold around 20 pounds of laundry or a full bedding set.

Check for best price: GE 5.0 Cu. Ft. Sapphire Blue Smart Front Load Washer (GFW850SPNRS)

4.8 Cu. Ft.

Similarly, GE 4.8 front load washers can also wash around 20 pounds of laundry, which roughly translates to five towels, 12 tee shirts, five pairs of jeans, 20 pairs of socks, and 20 pairs of underwear.

Check for best price: GE 4.8 Cu. Ft. White Smart Front Load Washer (GFW650SSNWW)

4.5 Cu. Ft.

Considered a mid-sized option for families of 3 to 5 people, GE 4.5 front load washers can hold between 12 to 16 pounds of laundry.

Check for best price: GE 4.5 Cu. Ft. White Smart Front Load Washer (GFW510SCNWW)

The Best GE Front Load Washers: Our Top Picks

1. GE 5.0 Cu. Ft. Sapphire Blue Smart Front Load Washer (GFW850SPNRS)

GE 5.0 Cubic Foot Sapphire Blue Smart Front Load Washer

Sanitize soiled linens, towels, and home furnishings in this spacious GE 5.0 front load washer. In the same spirit, the UltraFresh Vent System with OdorBlock™ ensures your washer stays fresh and clean. Built into washer components, including the gasket, dispenser, and draining system, Microban® antimicrobial technology delivers protection that lives on load after load. Meanwhile, SmartDispense™ Technology saves time, making laundry effortless with an intelligent dispenser that holds up to 32 loads of detergent and automatically dispenses the right amount every time. Best of all, you can start, stop, and monitor your laundry from anywhere while receiving real-time notifications and updates. Making laundry day even easier, GE's 1 Step Wash + Dry feature allows you to wash and dry a small load in your washer!

Check for best price: GE 5.0 Cu. Ft. Sapphire Blue Smart Front Load Washer (GFW850SPNRS)

2. GE 2.4 Cu. Ft.  White Front Load Washer (GFW148SSMWW)

GE 2.4 Cubic Foot  White Front Load Washer

If you’re looking for a solution for a compact laundry setup, this GE 2.4 front load washer packs a punch while having a small footprint. The Quick Wash cycle swiftly cleans lightly soiled items that are needed in a hurry. The Steam option penetrates deeply into fabric fibers, loosening stubborn stains like tomato and grass while protecting your fabrics. Plus, electronic touch controls allow you to enjoy easy operation and cleanability.

Check for best price: GE 2.4 Cu. Ft.  White Front Load Washer (GFW148SSMWW)

3. GE 4.5 Cu. Ft. White Smart Front Load Washer (GFW510SCNWW)

GE 4.5 Cubic Foot White Smart Front Load Washer

This GE 4.5 front load washer features the industry’s first and only UltraFresh Vent System with OdorBlock™ to keep your washer drum fresh. Speaking of clean, the Sanitize with Oxi option removes 99 percent of bacteria with a dedicated cycle that uses an Oxi additive to boost your detergent’s cleaning power while keeping fabrics looking and feeling their best. Dynamic Balancing Technology saves you time by rebalancing uneven loads during the spin cycle, providing a quiet wash. This washer also features a 20-minute Quick Wash cycle for lightly soiled items and built-in WiFi, so you can manage the laundry room while you are busy elsewhere.

Check for best price: GE 4.5 Cu. Ft. White Smart Front Load Washer (GFW510SCNWW)

BONUS: GE White Front Load Laundry Pair (GELAUGFD55GSSNWW)

GE White Front Load Laundry Pair

If your dryer is also on the fritz, then this front load washer and dryer set is a suitable system. Featuring a GE 4.8 front load washer and GE 7.8 front load dryer, this appliance pair is smart-capable, so you can sync your smartphone to your laundry duties. The GE washer is stocked with UltraFresh Vent System with OdorBlock™, Microban® antimicrobial technology, and Dynamic Balancing Technology while the GE dryer offers Quick Dry and Sanitize cycles in addition to a Wrinkle Care option.

Check for best price: GE White Front Load Laundry Pair (GELAUGFD55GSSNWW)

Shop GE Front Load Washers at Spencer’s

As always, don’t forget to shop local! Be sure to scour our catalog for GE front load washer reviews, and if you have other questions about any of our top-rated washers, don’t hesitate to call or visit your friends in the business at Spencer’s TV & Appliance. Proud to have served our customers since 1973, we have 10 locations in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Glendale regions. Call or visit us today!