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Old 06-24-2012, 08:47 AM   #1
 
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Hi Springy (and anyone else who may have recently purchased a front loader),

Can you please tell me what you wound up buying after your research? Pros, cons, etc.?

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Old 06-24-2012, 10:31 AM   #2
 
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I got the Electrolux. I love it, except for a couple of features:

Perfect Fresh Wash Door Seal: The rubber seal has a pouch (maybe to catch stuff left in pockets) that you need to dry by hand. I leave the door open, like everyone does, but I find I need to wipe it with a towel. I mean, I guess it would dry eventually but it drives me crazy that there's a little pocket of water left after each cycle.

Perfect Close Door: This feature makes it so that you have to press the door to close it and press to open. Just give me a handle, thank you very much.

The rest of the features are pretty awesome.
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Old 06-24-2012, 10:35 AM   #3
 
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We have the Whirlpool Duet. It's pretty good as far as getting things clean goes. It's LOUD though and very vibrate-y, even after having balanced it numerous times.
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We ended up getting a Samsung. I do wipe out the gasket/door and the little drawer where the detergent goes after I'm done using it and then let it sit open to finish drying, but it doesn't bother me since it's just part of the routine now. I use a hand towel and stick it in the door so it props it open and so the towel can dry.

Mine is also loud when it spins and does vibrate even after leveling it, but our last top loader was kind of loud too. Overall I really love it and I'm glad we got it. It uses a lot less water and spins the clothes so good that they take a LOT less time in the dryer.

Ours also has the steam function on the washer and dryer, but I haven't used it but a few times so I'm not sure that's really a necessity. We only got it because they didn't have the model in stock without it and the guy offered it to us for the same price. The washer has a sanitize option that I've used for smelly towels that worked great, so I do like that.
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:21 PM   #5
 
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We have LG's for a few years now. Never had a problem and we love our washer and dryer.
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Okay: thanks everyone!

I've had an Asko set for about a decade and am trying to decide whether to fix or discard.
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I bought a refurbished Samsung washer and will NEVER DO IT AGAIN!!! It took 3 months of going to the laundromat for them to FINALLY condemn the unit. They set me up with a full store refund, and what did I buy????

Well, Samsung better kiss DH's feet because he gave them another chance and bought a new one in the box this time and I like it. It's red.

It's really quiet, cleans well, but some of the cycles are so LONG!!! The heavy duty cycle takes two HOURS!!

Still, I'm happy with it. Mainly glad to be washing at home again!




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Old 06-24-2012, 02:14 PM   #8
 
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So....that's two votes for Samsung.

I like a short cycle for quick jobs. Does Samsung offer this option? Also is there a model you both prefer?
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Where's your laundry room, nd?

Ours is on the second floor, so the noise from ours is very noticeable. If it were in the basement, it probably wouldn't be an issue. The whirlpool has a quick cycle and a delicate cycle, both are under 30mins I think. The normal cycle is something like 55mins and the heavy duty is 70something.
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My house is an old summer cottage, so it would be on the first floor. I'm used to some noise and vibration.

I would definitely need a delicate cycle. I loathe hand washing anything but the dogs or my own body.
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I have a Kenmore set, which work fine. But, when I need to replace, I'm going to buy a Staber set. Staber is made in the USA (in Ohio!), and they are top loading washers that have horizontal-axis drums (like a front-loader), so they don't have the horrible rubber boot that gets stinky and requires maintenance. I'm just fed up with electronics and every.little.repair causing a $600-$1,000 repair bill, rendering many washing machines into disposable units in just a few years. The Staber is more mechanical than electronic, and it's built to be consumer-friendly for repairs.

Energy Efficient Staber Top Load Horizontal-Axis Washing Machines
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I'll certainly look at that, but I have space issues, and so need stackables.

Would love to find a locally made machine, though.

Great suggestion.
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Sadly, Stabers can't be stacked.

They are the only USA-made laundry machines that I've ever heard of. Are you sure you can't find room for an Ohio-made product in your little house?
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I have a Kenmore set, which work fine. But, when I need to replace, I'm going to buy a Staber set. Staber is made in the USA (in Ohio!), and they are top loading washers that have horizontal-axis drums (like a front-loader), so they don't have the horrible rubber boot that gets stinky and requires maintenance. I'm just fed up with electronics and every.little.repair causing a $600-$1,000 repair bill, rendering many washing machines into disposable units in just a few years. The Staber is more mechanical than electronic, and it's built to be consumer-friendly for repairs.

Energy Efficient Staber Top Load Horizontal-Axis Washing Machines
Wow. This sounds so cool. How did you find it?

I thought we needed a new washer a while a go, but it is hanging on. This is definitely one to look into. It is great it is "fixable".
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Sadly, Stabers can't be stacked.

They are the only USA-made laundry machines that I've ever heard of. Are you sure you can't find room for an Ohio-made product in your little house?
Well, I've got plenty of Ohio made dogs. And I shop at local and/or independents when I can.

The price tag is pretty high for the Staber. Sadly, sometimes such matters interfere with one's wish to stick with USA-made items only, though I always try.
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Well, I've got plenty of Ohio made dogs. And I shop at local and/or independents when I can.

The price tag is pretty high for the Staber. Sadly, sometimes such matters interfere with one's wish to stick with USA-made items only, though I always try.


Oh, I do understand. I struggle with price versus local ALL.THE.TIME.
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Wow. This sounds so cool. How did you find it?

I thought we needed a new washer a while a go, but it is hanging on. This is definitely one to look into. It is great it is "fixable".

I heard about them from a solar-heating installation guy I talked to at a local recycling/exchange thing I go to sometimes. All the off-grid people use Staber machines, because you can run them on solar power. They're supposed to be really good machines...as good as any of the electronic-gadget-filled machines in the big-box stores. And they have a lot of advantages with the fixability and no-boot thing. So, I'm going to save my sheckles to buy one when mine needs replaced. It seems I'll save money in the long run, because it will last me longer.
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Mine has a quick wash setting along with a hand wash and a delicate. I think the quick wash is around 25 minutes and a normal wash is about 50ish (I never pay attention to it), but the dry time is so quick that it evens out vs. my old top loader. I think any front loader you get these days has a lot of options for cycles and should have a quick wash and delicate.

I will say we tried a top loader that was HE (it didn't have an agitator) and it was AWFUL. Whirlpool Cabrio from Lowe's and I never in my life thought clothes could come out of a washer so messed up. We ended up having to return the set and start over shopping.
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Oh, I do understand. I struggle with price versus local ALL.THE.TIME.
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I'm glad. Somtimes people get very sticky about what constitutes a good value. A friend of mine is always bragging about how his wife buys much of their non-fresh food at an Amish "bargain" shop, where she finds deals on dented cans, or bashed-in boxes of cereal and noodles. Yet the other day, I saw her spend hundreds on wine at a grocery store, which isn't the thriftiest way to shop for wine. Of course I kept my mouth shut, but I did think, "Well, well, well......Mrs. Savings isn't so perfect now, is she?"

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My Asko was bought to last forever. That was before I started reading consumer reviews and soliciting advice from others. Basically, it breaks every five years, and is a PIA to fix. The only one who could consistently manage it is my 85 year old repairman, and he's now dealing with a wife with dementia..........my point is that I do believe in spending more to get a lasting machine, as long as you're sure it will live up to the hype. Sounds like that one will. Wish I had room and enough money to try it.
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Claudine- I always wondered what happened to dented cans and bashed-in cereal boxes. Now I know, they give them to the Amish to sell. Something about that will make me think twice about pushing aside the crushed box of Wheaties to grab the perfect one.

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