Saves water but does not rinse clothes adequately

Jan 21, 2012
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Saves water.

Cons:Because it saves water it does not rinse clothes adequately.

The Bottom Line: Would not recommend. Saves water but does not rinse clothes adaquately. Not sure if this is a problem with all similar models due to government environmental regulations.

This is a very frustrating, annoying and aggravating machine to use. During the rinse cycle (if you wash a full load) the water level does not cover the clothes so they do not get rinsed properly. Due to the low water level it also ties dress shirts up in knots. If you stop the washer and move the dial to try to manually increase the water level to an adequate level in order to rinse clothes properly the machine is inconsistent in what it does next. Sometimes it fills up with more water and then drains without agitating or it agitates for just a few seconds and drains which wastes water. If you try to increase the water level before rinsing it sometimes fills up with far more water than you need which wastes water. You end up spending a lot of time standing by the washer watching what it is doing and vainly trying to adjust the water level, the duration of the agitation cycle, etc. If you want an eco friendly washer that saves water but does not rinse clothes properly then this is the washer for you. If however you want a washer that rinses clothes adequately then you will end up wasting a lot of water trying to get this machine to do so. It would be helpful if you could adjust the settings for adequate water level and agitation duration during the rinse cycle.

I generously gave it 3 stars only because I have no idea how this machine compares to other similar washers. Are they all affected by government environmental regulations that limit how much water they can use during a cycle? Do they all have this same issue or is this only an issue with this specific model or GE washing machines in general? I don't want to unfairly single out this machine if the fault is due to government environemtal regulations that impose restrictions on the design of all washing machines.

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