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GE'S NEW WASHER-DRYER A HIGH-TECH WHIZ.

LOUISVILLE, Ky.-GE Appliances is beginning to ship its most sophisticated laundry machines yet: an electronic washer and dryer using adaptive logic with sensors.

The Wizard positions GE to compete with key rivals' upscale products. Likely prices are $799 for the washer and $649 for the dryer, according to the company here.

The machines carry full 10-year parts and labor warranties, which GE claims extend for a much longer time than any other appliance warranty.

GE has sensor technology on several major appliances -- the company was among the first to distribute "smart" dishwashers, as an example. The Wizard is the most advanced GE laundry pair.

Both machines adjust their operating cycles to the family's previous usage patterns and to current conditions: temperature, weight, fabric, detergent and so on. One-touch controls include changes to cycles for whites and colors, based on sorting habits. Users also can program their own preferred cycles for one-touch recall.

Other features include a digital display that counts down and a speed program on both machines said to run 50 percent faster than regular programs for items that are needed quickly.

GE said the washer was designed with step-down agitation speeds and soaking times to minimize wear on clothes; a PerfecTemp Plus sensor program to maximize the detergent's effectiveness; a delayed start; and a stain wash to reduce or eliminate the need for pretreating clothes.

The dryer includes Sensor Dry Plus to prevent under- or overdrying; a delicate cycle that caps the temperature at 140 degrees; and an exclusive germicidal drying option that kills 99.9 percent of specified bacteria.
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Author:Beatty, Gerry
Publication:HFN The Weekly Newspaper for the Home Furnishing Network
Date:Aug 28, 2000
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