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Manually adjustable water level for really clean clothes
on November 7, 2011
After doing extensive research, this is one of the few new washing machines I found that has both automatic and manually adjustable water levels. With almost all new washing machines (top and front loaders), automatic water levels can cause problems getting clothes clean since the automatic settings use very little water that barely covers the clothes (and sometimes doesn't cover them). However, on this machine the water level can be manually selected the way old top loaders can be, so I don't understand how anyone can complain about water levels on this unit. I have found that by manually selecting the water level, and using HE detergent (as recommended by Owners Guide), clothes come out extremely clean. If clothes get twisted, then one can use the EASY CARE (GENTLE WASH/FAST SPIN) cycle and that problem is solved (I found that clothes get just as clean in this cycle as REGULAR WASH/FAST SPIN cycle if you extend the wash time a bit).
As some people have noted, it does make a slight "squeaky" noise during agitation. This is caused by the direct drive motor and is normal. I have a door on my laundry room so it doesn't bother me at all, and I think some people are exaggerating a bit.
I am completely satisfied with this machine so far. But I have not owned it long enough to comment on reliability. My understanding is that upcoming government regulation may not allow this machine to be sold much longer due to the amount of water it uses if water level is adjusted manually, so if you like getting your clothes really clean and are not overly concerned about water usage, I would suggest you get this one fairly soon. The GTWN4450MWS is identical to this machine, but has a glass lid for $50 more.