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GE Vs Electrolux Front Load Washers (Reviews / Ratings Prices)

Steve Sheinkopf  |  April 17, 2020  |  3 Min. Read

Front Load Washers  |  Electrolux  |  GE Appliances

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In terms of technology, the most advanced appliances are wall ovens. However, after that, laundry is a close second or Whirlpool top loads with simple temperature controls.

My first laundry sale in 1986 was a Maytag with one speed.

Now you can buy a washer with Wi-Fi, Smart dispensers, and special cycles for any type of fabric.

Yale-Appliance-Front-Load-WashersFront Load Washers at Yale Appliance in Boston

 

Two of the most advanced washers are the new GE and Electrolux. You will learn about both companies, their washers, their similarities, and the technical differences as well.

Let’s start with GE. GE is not the same company as you once may have been familiar with.

GE

GE is a division of Haier, a huge Chinese appliance company. GE was GE a few years ago before being sold in 2017.

Ironically, it was slated to be purchased by Electrolux before Haier swooped in and offered a few billion more.

Haier has rejuvenated GE with better management and a more focused approach. Unlike the old GE, appliances are the number priority, not a small part of a much larger conglomerate

GE's laundry is brand new, incorporating the best features of existing washers and adding a few new ones.

New GE Smart Front Load Laundry Review [VIDEO]

 

 

Electrolux

Electrolux is based out of Sweden. They are also own Frigidaire. They were the first company to produce stainless steel appliances at a more affordable price.

Recently, they are more known for their laundry than cooking appliances. They have been especially innovative in a highly competitive market.

To be transparent, we stopped selling Electrolux products in 2017.

GE Vs Electrolux Front Load Washers

GE Vs Electrolux Front Load Washers

First, let's introduce the models we're comparing. 

GE Smart Front Load Washer GFW850SSNWW - $989

Ge-smart-front-load-washer-GFW850SSNWW

  • 5.0 cu. ft.
  • 12 Wash Cycles
  • Steam Cycle
  • Sanitize Cycle
  • Allergy Cycle
  • Wi-Fi

Electrolux Front Load Washer EFLS627UIW - $1,049

electrolux-front-load-washer

EFLS617SIW Features:

  • 4.4 cu ft capacity - Easily cleans a king-sized comforter.
  • Perfect Steam Technology
  • StainSoak Option 
  • SmartBoost for Vibrant Colors
  • 9 Wash Cycles 
  • 15 Minute Fast Wash 

Common Features Between GE And Electrolux Front Load Washers

1. Steam: Most better machines have steam. It can be argued hot water becomes steam, but a steam cycle does help power out tough stains.

2. 1300 RPM Spin Speed: Higher spins in washers wring out excess water for less drying time. 1300 is fast. The average top-load is 400, and the average front load is 1000, so both are better.

3. Reversible Washer Door: GE and Electrolux are the washers with the ability to be reversed. It's easier transferring clothes from washer to dryer. Don’t reverse it yourself. It’s not easy, and you don’t want water flooding into your basement.

4. Channeled Venting: The vent is channeled, so it doesn’t add depth to your dryer. Both can be vented on the side as well, so you have better options in tighter spaces

5. Alleged Quietness: GE offers, Dynamic Balancing Technology (dBT™) for Quiet Control and Quiet Wash. Electrolux offers a Perfect Balance® System – Load balancing for quiet operation.

I said allegedly because neither can prove quietness with a published decibel report. The only laundry company publishing decibels is Beko.

6. Size And Total Capacity: The size is not the same. GE is five cubic feet with Frigidaire at 4.4 cubics. GE is deeper by 2 inches, as well as being taller and wider.

They have a 4.5 cubic model with dimensions more in line with the Electrolux.

Laundry is one of the most returned items. It’s actually second after refrigerators because today's machines are larger.

Check your hallways, doorways, and space itself before you buy your new washer/dryer.

You can download our Appliance Delivery Checklist for a reminder about the most common delivery issues.

Feature Differences Between GE And Electrolux Front Load Washers

1. Fast Wash Cycle: Electrolux has a faster cycle at 15 minutes for small loads versus GE at 20 minutes for a small load.

2. Pod Dispensing: Electrolux is the only full-size laundry capable of directly dispensing pods. Miele has one in a compact size.

3. One Step Wash and Dry: GE has the ability to wash and dry smaller loads like outfits without transferring to the dryer using, wash, spin, and venting the air.

4. Allergen Cycle: GE has a specialized cycle. Read this, especially if you have a pet.

This cycle utilizes elevated water temperature and a longer wash cycle to kill dust mites and reduce 99% of common bacteria from fabrics.

A pump purge and extended rinse are incorporated for the purpose of removing contaminants and allergens, such as pet dander.

Mold Prevention: How GE And Electrolux Handle Mold, Mildew, And Odors

Electrolux, like most machines, does not offer any protection.

GE has Microban antimicrobial technology to eliminate mold, mildew, and odors before they start.

GE-front-load-washer-with-microban-technologyGE Smart Front Load Washer with Microban Technology for Mold Prevention shown at Yale appliance

 

For parents of babies and toddlers, Microban technology is covering the changing tables in public places.

I have a 3-year-old and have changed her in every museum in the city and unfortunately know this personally.

GE covers every part touching water from the drain pump to the gaskets, and even the hoses.

ge-smart-front-load-dryer-with-fresh-ventGE Front Load Washer with UltraFresh Vent System And OdorBlock at Yale Appliance

 

GE also offers Odorblock. Standing water is the foundation of mold, mildew, and odors. It’s a fan designed to dissolve moisture in the gasket.

Smart Dispensing: How GE And Electrolux Dispense Detergent

Electrolux has SmartBoost. The machine chambers water and detergent releasing at the precise moment.

GE stores up to 50 ounces of detergent enough for 32 loads of laundry. It releases the exact amount of detergent with each load.

ge-smart-front-load-laundry-setGE Smart Front Load Washer With 50-Load Detergent Dispenser (Bottom) at Yale Appliance in Hanover

 

Both are excellent in different ways. Electrolux chambers and mixes better, whereas GE prevents oversudsing and can dispense more than the Electrolux.

Too many suds over time can eat at the bearings and is actually one of the biggest repair problems for front load washers.

Smart Laundry: How GE Incorporates Wi-Fi Connectivity

GE has Wi-Fi connectivity. You can control your washer and dryer by an app. I do not think much about Smart functionality in many appliances, but it works well for laundry.

First, it can send alerts. Rather than watching a cycle run down for the last five or so minutes. The machine will signal you when it’s done.

The machine can also signal you when you are running low on detergent.

The washer and dryer also “talk” to each other. The washer will pick the right cycle on the dryer based on the wash.

So you can’t get over dry and shrink that favorite blouse or pair of jeans.

Which Front Load Washer Is More Reliable, GE Or Electrolux?

You probably want to know the reliability of both machines. The tables below are last year's and 2020's reliability.

Front Load Washer Reliability 2020 To Date

  Serviced Qty Shipped Qty Service Ratio
Maytag 154 493 31.24%
LG 146 1610 9.07%
Miele 26 363 7.16%
Samsung 33 515 6.43%
Whirlpool 13 275 4.73%
GE 5 170 2.49%
Grand Total 377 3426 11.0%

Front Load Washer Reliability 2019

  Service Qty Shipped Qty Service Ratio
Whirlpool 20 350 5.71%
GE Appliances 1 15 6.67%
LG Electronics 161 2270 7.09%
Samsung 27 349 7.74%
Maytag 251 659 38.09%
Electrolux 13 13 100.00%
Grand Total 473 3656 12.94%

Both Electrolux and GE are missing or incomplete. Both are also a bit of a gamble.

GE is brand new and only available in the last six months. Initial reports have been good if not exceptional, but there is not enough data to say it's reliable just yet.

We have had a more painful past with Electrolux. Their recent products were not reliable. Their first generation refrigerators had a 100% fail rate on their ice makers. Ditto on the lint screens in their dryers.

When we parted ways in 2017, they were the most serviced front load washer by almost three times.

However, they have a new CEO and are more vigilant about reliability. That may have changed.

GE Vs Electrolux Front Load Laundry: Key Takeaways

Both will wash your clothes and have plenty of cycles. Electrolux has a faster cycle, better pod dispenser, and a technically better dispensing system.

GE offers the wash and dry cycle, a better 32-load dispenser, and Smart functionality. You also prevent odors with their Microban and OdorBlock technology.

So it depends on what you value in terms of features. However, reliability is the difference-maker. The more reliable washer should also be considered.

Has Electrolux improved? Is GE reliable as early reports have shown? The answers to those questions can help unlock the better buy.

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WHY SHOULD YOU TRUST US?

A few review sites have placed this at the bottom of their articles. So here is our take: Our mission is to find reliable products for you to buy. Other review sites may say this as well.

However, we don’t love every product. Quite frankly, it costs us way too much money in repair costs to support less reliable brands.

In fact, we sell fewer brands than most appliance stores. Here is why:

We feel it is our responsibility to repair your appliances after you buy them.

We now have 30 service technicians, each averaging 8-10 calls a day Monday through Friday, plus another 110 on Saturday. That's over 30,000 service calls logged in one year.

The labor rates of fixing an appliance do not come close to the true cost in any product’s warranty period.

That is why no major retailer has a service department. It costs too much labor, money and time.

Our Blog is a bit different than most others you will read. We cannot write glowing reviews of unreliable products.

Hopefully, the bloggers and organizations who write such glowing product reviews for every brand consider servicing these products first. Only then they will understand the consequences of their marketing.

Steve Sheinkopf

My goal has always been simple: I want Yale to be the best retail experience anywhere. I have tried to create a compelling environment for customers and employees alike.

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