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GE Front Load Washer WBVH5200JWW
 
2.4

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It even got out old stains!

We needed to replace our out-dated, energy sucking washer & dryer.  After consulting Consumer Reports, we started shopping around.  We went with the GE front loading pair.  They were...Read complete review

We needed to replace our out-dated, energy sucking washer & dryer.  After consulting Consumer Reports, we started shopping around.  We went with the GE front loading pair.  They were highly rated, energy star rated and the price fit our budget.  I am in love with these appliances...my clothing has never looked better, and my utility bills have lowered. WinWin!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

This Reject Has Been Recalled

I bought my GE washer in October, 2008.  I didn't know what to expect, as I had always used a top-loading machine.  I was thrilled that it was going to save...Read complete review

I bought my GE washer in October, 2008.  I didn't know what to expect, as I had always used a top-loading machine.  I was thrilled that it was going to save on energy, water, and require less detergent.  The first thing I noticed was that it took twice as long to wash as my old machine.  I started to question why I had bought a new washer, as my old one still worked.  Another thing that I noticed right away was that, after I would set it on TAP COLD for the rinse cycle, when I would go get my laundry after I heard the buzz, it would be set on regular COLD.  I started to think I had a *Ghost in the Machine*.  It seems to me that the COLD setting would use more energy than TAP COLD.  Apparently, it automatically switches to this setting at the end of the wash cycle.  I wonder why TAP COLD wouldn't suffice?

Most of the time after a load is finished, when I open the door, everything will be soaking wet.  One explanation for this, according to the Owner's Manual, is that the load is out of balance.  Well, it seems to be doing it all the time, so that I have to run DRAIN & SPIN, which takes another 15 minutes.  Energy saver, huh?

On June 24, 2010, I received a recall notice on this washer.  Apparently, there have been 7 incidents of fires caused by a faulty wire.  I have a repairman coming to fix it this week.

I would not recommend anyone buying this washer.  I am happy with the matching dryer, which I bought about 2 years prior to buying the washer.

 

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

I HATE this GE washer!!! Can I trade for a wringer-washer?

By 

from EL CAJON, CALIFORNIA

About Me Frequent User

Pros

    Cons

    • Breaks Down
    • Clothes smell
    • Doesn't Clean Effectively
    • Doesn't Get Soap Out
    • Doesn't use enough water
    • Long Cycle
    • Shakes/Moves
    • Smells

    Best Uses

      Comments about GE Front Load Washer WBVH5200JWW:

      I use a TON of water with this GE washer because I have to PRE-WASH all my clothes in the laundry tub: Get clothes wet, dump soap on clothes, scrub clothes with a hand-brush until clean, rinse, wring out water THEN PUT IN WASHER TO WASH! Sometimes, it takes me an hour before I have the load ready to wash because I can only pre-wash one or two items at a time. It's so bad that I let my dirty laundry stack up until I have no more clothes to wear before I declare a Wash Day. Then it REALLY takes me a long time to "wash" clothes.
      If I'm lucky, after another hour of fiddling with the on/off, lock, wait, unlock, wait, lock door problem, it MIGHT start washing, but I never know. I have to stand there and wait to see if the washer will "start", or sit there with only one minute lapsed on the red LED timer, although I've been standing there 10 minutes. So I "pause", "unpause", no, that doesn't work. Turn off.....if the washer has gotten as far as turning on and running water through the dispenser for 8 seconds before I turn it off, the washer will drain when I turn it off. Turn it back on. Hit Start. wait. It locks. Wait. It unlocks. Wait. It locks again. The drum turns once one way, once the other way. Wait. It starts running water for 8 seconds. Wait. Then NADA. It is STUCK. I UNPLUG. Plug back in. Try again. Keep repeating. Keep repeating. Either it starts working (always lock, unlock, lock routine happening), or I GIVE UP!!!!! Try again another time. Meanwhile, I have a heap of pre-washed clothes sitting there. Also, sometimes the washer won't spin dry properly and I have a heap of dripping wet or wet wash. Running it through spin doesn't help. I have to throw it in my dryer however it comes out. Also, the front bottom "drain"? or "filter"? ---no filter there just unscrew and take out a plug. It drains water ALL OVER THE FLOOR. AAARG! THEN IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO SCREW THE THING BACK IN W/O LEAKING FOREVER!!!! DO NOT BUY GE

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      great washing machine

      By 

      from Hendersonville, NC

      Comments about GE Front Load Washer WBVH5200JWW:

      My husband works for General Electric company so we got a great deal on this GE washing machine. I have to say that it beats my old top loading washing machine by a mile, but there are a few things that I don't particularly love about this washing machine. First of all, it doesn't hold near as many clothes as the GE dryer that I have. The cycles are very slow and seem to take longer than most other washing machines to finish. The spin cycle sometimes starts beating from side to side so hard that I often have to stop it and reset it to a slower spin cycle, which is really frustrating. It does, however save water and energy and gets my clothes very clean. I had a hose to break just before the warruntee ran out and if i had to pay for that repair it would have been really expensive! But overall, I have to say that this is a very efficiant washing machine and the matching dryer is great. I really like it regaurdless of its few downfalls.

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      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      GE Adora frontloader washer: wouldn't buy it again, it's a snail

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      from Richmond, VA

      Comments about GE Front Load Washer WBVH5200JWW:

      GE Adora frontloader washer: wouldn't buy it again, it's a snail!



      Pros -- It saves water & energy, for sure. This unit does clean clothes well, I love how it looks and I like the sanitize feature.



      Cons -- it is slooooow to finish its cycles. We've also had a service call on it already to fix the popular problem of water collecting/cycle not finishing -- this was a result of the filter/trap getting clogged by a kid's sock. The design of the unit is frustrating b/c it is near impossible to access this catch-trap area. It requires pulling off the face plate and taking apart several panels. I'm sure it has been redesigned by now (we've had our unit for a year now, 2008).



      The king-size tub is still not big enough to wash a large comforter as advertised. A lot of people complain that these front-loader washers smell bad/moldy over time... the key is to keep the front door open when not in use. Only close the door when it is in use, that way the tub can dry and air out. We have had no problems with funky smells.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      I'm not impressed

      By 

      from Fort Worth, TX

      Comments about GE Front Load Washer WBVH5200JWW:

      We purchased this front load washer machine 2 years ago... And during the first year, the 2 In 3 Out Water Valve broke, It was on warranty at this time, no problem, Ge installed a new one.. but a month ago.. no hot water.  The 2 In 3 Out Water Valve broke again but now the washer is no more covered by the warranty.. I'm desapointed.. I hope this valve will not break each years...  And the other things who disapoint me, this washer broke clothes.  I had a lot of clothes with the same shape of holes. 

      I will never purchase GE for a washer.. It was the first and the last one.

      • Affiliation:
      • I received a sample

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      I hate this washing machine

      By 

      from Youngsville, NC

      Comments about GE Front Load Washer WBVH5200JWW:

       

      I bought this GE washer and dryer in the summer of 2008. I know many others who rave about their front load washers. Gah. Do not buy GE is all I have to say. Laundry has become an annoying tiresome chore. When it spins it bangs around unable to balance itself and I have to race over and stop it before it damages itself or the dryer or the room around it. One time it had turned itself almost completely around.

      I've had techs out and I'm told towels are too heavy. Bedding is too heavy. Cotton t-shirts and jeans are too heavy. What?! Are they crazy?! So I do many small loads. But if the load is too small it can't balance and it will bang around. I never can use the default high spin speed. I try the medium first and then go to low if it can't handle it. Right now I'm into my second hour of baby-sitting it trying to wash a summer weight full size comforter.

      **I HATE THIS WASHING MACHINE**. I wish I had never bought it.

       

       
      3.0

      Good Price Washer, but not the best

      By 

      from Langley, OK

      Comments about GE Front Load Washer WBVH5200JWW:

      I bought this Ge washer in 2008 when we built our new house. I bought the matching dryer at the same time. It works okay, but it seems to have a few problems. I can put the clothes in set all the settings it will say a time it will take, but if it says an hour it ends up taking an hour and half. I bought the pedestals for it to sit on. I'm not sure if they are the reason or not, but when it goes into it's spin cycle it shakes like crazy. And our house its built on a concrete slab. I do like the fact that it catches anything in the little slot up front. We have checked the levelness of it and everything and everything seems okay, but it still shakes. It seems to wash the clothes okay. So, if you don't have alot of money and want a budget front loader this one would work okay. There are others out in this price range though, so maybe try them first or read reviews on them and make a decision. The saving energy is good though, but not sure if it's saving or not since it takes longer than said.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Poor pre-filter design, does okay job until stops draining

      By 

      from Newberry, FL

      Comments about GE Front Load Washer WBVH5200JWW:

      Thanks for the snazzy washer GE, but did you have to design a flawed pre-filter that is difficult to access? At least clearly label it so we know where to find it! Bah! I only found it by getting on this website and finding it's secret location. You must remove the 3 magic screws on the bottom front panel. Next unscrew the round dial that is really an oblong half cylinder shaped filter. Mine was full of all kinds of junk that was preventing the spin cycle from drying my clothes b/c the water wasn't draining!  How frustrating! I like GE products and I can say this is an o.k. washer as well as the matching dryer as long as you know about the secret filter that needs to be checked if your clothes aren't getting dry.

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      This Reject Has Been Recalled

      By 

      from Cin-Cin, OH

      Comments about GE Front Load Washer WBVH5200JWW:

      I bought my GE washer in October, 2008.  I didn't know what to expect, as I had always used a top-loading machine.  I was thrilled that it was going to save on energy, water, and require less detergent.  The first thing I noticed was that it took twice as long to wash as my old machine.  I started to question why I had bought a new washer, as my old one still worked.  Another thing that I noticed right away was that, after I would set it on TAP COLD for the rinse cycle, when I would go get my laundry after I heard the buzz, it would be set on regular COLD.  I started to think I had a *Ghost in the Machine*.  It seems to me that the COLD setting would use more energy than TAP COLD.  Apparently, it automatically switches to this setting at the end of the wash cycle.  I wonder why TAP COLD wouldn't suffice?

      Most of the time after a load is finished, when I open the door, everything will be soaking wet.  One explanation for this, according to the Owner's Manual, is that the load is out of balance.  Well, it seems to be doing it all the time, so that I have to run DRAIN & SPIN, which takes another 15 minutes.  Energy saver, huh?

      On June 24, 2010, I received a recall notice on this washer.  Apparently, there have been 7 incidents of fires caused by a faulty wire.  I have a repairman coming to fix it this week.

      I would not recommend anyone buying this washer.  I am happy with the matching dryer, which I bought about 2 years prior to buying the washer.

       

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Do NOT buy GE washing machines

      By 

      from Decatur, IN

      Comments about GE Front Load Washer WBVH5200JWW:

      Wow!  Can I say anything nice about our GE front loading washing machine experience?  Probably not.  With in one year the front rubber gasket seal broke, not sure how that happened. So we had major leaking isues.  It was not covered by the warranty and the seal, a piece of rubber cost around 120-130.00.  Then we would have to reinstall it ourselves, which who wants to worry about installing it right but then you can't afford to hae someone do it.  So we dealt with it the best we could.  With in a few mos after that, we started having door locking issues which then screwed up our cycles.  So it would read that the door was still locked even tho it wasn't and so we had to wait up to 2 days for the washing machine to reboot itself and turn it off and then we could do another load.  Then about the same time, the washer decided to only spin the clothes completely sometimes.  Sometimes we had dripping clothes which again if the readout was reading the door was still locked we couldn't run a spin and drain cycle.  We had to ring the clothes out by hand or hang them outside till they somewhat dried to put into the dryer.  Then it moved on to actually not unlocking for us sometimes and we had to play with it to get it to unlock.  Then it stopped spinning completely and then it just recently would turn on and spin once or twice for its initial start up, and then just turn off.  We had this washer maybe 2.5 yrs.  I have heard a lot of the same stories from others.  Not good when you spend that kind of money on a washer and then it doesn't last very long. 

      DO NOT buy a GE front loading washer.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      It even got out old stains!

      By 

      from Painted Post, NY

      Comments about GE Front Load Washer WBVH5200JWW:

      We needed to replace our out-dated, energy sucking washer & dryer.  After consulting Consumer Reports, we started shopping around.  We went with the GE front loading pair.  They were highly rated, energy star rated and the price fit our budget.  I am in love with these appliances...my clothing has never looked better, and my utility bills have lowered. WinWin!

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