Electrolux vs. GE Profile Front Load Washers (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

Rick Medeiros  |  September 19, 2016  |  3 Min. Read

Front Load Washers  |  Electrolux  |  GE Profile

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Laundry has consolidated a bit since the last time you bought a washer. Amana, Whirlpool, Maytag and Kenmore are all essentially the same machine. Samsung and LG now have become major brands. You can buy Speed Queen for a different type of product.

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GE and Electrolux are two compelling yet sleeper brands. The other companies may sell more nationally but GE and Electrolux have compelling features. They just lack representation in box stores like Lowe's, Home Depot, Sears and Best Buy.

So, we will compare two brands you should consider even if they are harder to find. We will look at the two companies, the products and then compare at the end.

Front Load Washer vs. Top Load Washer

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Top load machines are also smaller in capacity at 2.5 cubic feet, use 40 gallons of water, more than twice the electricity, and spin slowly which equals a longer drying time.

The front load washer was introduced to address these issues. A front load washer assesses the size of the load and adds the necessary amount of water. Front load washers range from 3.5 cubic ft to 5 cubic ft, almost twice the capacity of the top load washers. They use 10-15 gallons of water per cycle, and have faster spin speeds to reduce drying time.

The load of wash tumbles, much like a dryer, washing the entire load evenly without an agitator. Front load washers are therefore gentler on your clothes. Think about the amount of money you spend on your clothes.

Electrolux 

Electrolux is a multi-national home appliance manufacturer headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. They are the world's second-largest home appliance maker by revenue (after Whirlpool). Their products sell under a variety of brand names including its own as well as Frigidaire in the U.S.

Laundry is Electrolux’s best category in terms of features for the price. Their new laundry has many features unavailable in other brands. 

GE Profile

General Electric has always been, and will continue to be, a common household name. Their product diversity seems to be never ending. In the appliance category, GE has a number of different series that range from a “value brand” to a “luxury brand”, including: GE, GE Artistry, GE Profile, GE Café, GE Slate and their high-end, GE Monogram.

GE has always been a builder driven, rather than consumer oriented product. More often than not, GE appliances will be found in new housing or building developments and is mostly builder driven.

Profile is a 20 year old sub-brand of GE and their number 3 line after Café and GE Monogram. GE is now owned by Haier of China as of June 10th, 2016.

Cooking is GE's strongest category, but their laundry is decent as well.

By the way, the GE washer recall is on their top load washers, not on this model.

We will be looking at the best selling models of each.

Electrolux EFLS617SIW - $989

Electrolux EFLS617SIW front load washer

Features:

  • Perfect Steam™ Washer with LuxCare™ Wash
  • 4.4 Cu. Ft.
  • SmartBoost™
  • StainSoak™ Option
  • 15-Minute Fast Wash
  • CEE Tier III - ENERGY STAR®
  • Perfect Steam™ Enhanced Stain
  • Removal
  • NSF®-Certified Sanitize Option
  • Fresh Water Rinse
  • Integral Water Heater
  • Extended Refresh
  • Perfect Balance® System
  • 2nd Floor Guarantee
  • Reversible Washer Door
  • 9 Cycles

GE Profile GFWS1500DWW - $999

GE GFWS1500DWW front load washer vs. electrolux laundry

Features:

  • 4.3 cu. ft. capacity
  • Time Saver Option
  • Extended Tumble
  • Steam Assist
  • Stain Removal Guide
  • Bulky/Bedding Cycle

Comparison

Both units feature steam, stain focused cycles, high temp water boosters and high RPM spin speeds. They are both EnergyStar rated and have similar capacities at 4.3 and 4.4 cubic feet. They both have five speeds for delicate clothes to towels as well as every wash/rinse combination.

GE is faster for a full load at 37 minutes versus 47 for Electrolux, but Electrolux has a faster quick wash at 15 minutes. Electrolux's doors are reversible, so the doors line up with the dryer for stackable installations.

But it is the three pumps feature of Electrolux which separate the brand from GE and the other manufacturers. The second pump injects fresh water in the rinse for cleaner clothes. It also removes detergent residue for cleaner clothes, important for allergy sufferers.

The third pump houses detergent mixed with water. This is released mid-cycle for optimum cleaning.

In the end, they both wash your clothes. Electrolux is next generation of cleaner fabrics. But as we’ve found over recent years the servicing rate has been too high to recommend either one.

 
 
 
 
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Rick Medeiros

Rick Medeiros has over 10 years of appliances sales experience and is in the appliance sales department at Yale Appliance + Lighting. He enjoys travelling, live music and learning to play the guitar.

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