I have a thing for efficiency.
Turns out your clothes last far far longer.
I really like the Samsung front loader.
This is my 3rd front loader.
Original Maytag was really expensive but worth it. Unfortunately no longer made. Lost it in a Divorce.
Whirlpool - absolutely junk. Failed after 2 years, main bearing on drum not worth repairing it. Had replaced computer twice. Matching dryer even less reliable.
Samsung, lower on their offering. Extremely quiet efficient.
Well bottom line... I tried to figure out if there was some sort of problem with the new HE machine... and sure enough it never goes beyond the "wash cycle" in any wash mode. Just gets there and stops.
I even told it to wash itself... to no avail... went to wash mode and stays there for hours.
I put it into a rinse and spin mode and it did that... so I figured perhaps it had rinsed it self real well... and tried another wash mode... no good... same problem. So I rinsed and spun those clothes to get them out of there. We have called for service. Brand new machine. 2 1/2 months old.
If we get run around on this I am just returning it and going to Lowes and getting the mechanical timer model. Or go Speed Queen. I don't need a washing machine that thinks it's smart. I already have a wife and grown son to deal with.
Try reading reviews on major appliances without getting a case of analysis paralysis. It doesn't seem to matter which brand or how much. I went with what my budget allowed and rolled the dice. Tough to say whether the flaws are more in the design, or the manufacturing/quality side. But I came to the same conclusion. So much for "durable" goods.
I think we have Speed Queen washers at my condo, and they seem to thrive on coin operated abuse.
We have a frontloader, think it's GE, pretty cheap, $500 maybe. No agitator, uses less water, less soap, works better. You need to decide quickly if you want to add something to a load you started; when you unlock the door, it will stop adding water, but it won't drain, so you have until the water is up to the door to open it to add something you forgot.
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The house I bought only had hook-ups for a washer, no venting for a dryer.
I decided to get a washer/dryer combo - single unit. Dryer runs off the same
120 volt plug the washer runs off from; ventless. I read from reviews that it
takes a long time to dry a full load. Didn't matter; in the 5 years I've owned
this machine; I never used the dryer function. I usually hang my clothes on
a similar contraption in the photo. Front loader, HE, no funny smells. I bought
a few years ago, seems that Samsung discontinued this model; not even sure
if they sell these types in the US anymore. The one I have is similar to this:
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Before you buy - especially if you live in a rural area - check for the availability of local repairmen!!! (just in case, you know?!?)
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As with mud, life, too, slides by.
BTW I just made our new failed washer work again... I rebooted it!
I unplugged it, waited about 30 seconds and plugged it in again... now it works fine. Seems to be a common fix for all modern electronics... remove the power source and wait a while, then repower.
I've had to do it with every cell phone I've ever owned... which is why I wonder about those devices that don't allow you to remove the battery... How can you do an ultimate reboot if you can't remove power?
"Colossus the Forbin Project" showed that this option should always be available.