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Old 12-15-13, 02:55 PM   #26
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Old style? What model is it... I tried looking for the old style and every search was swamped by all sorts of new style machines.
http://www.lowes.com/pd_395153-83-GL...site=shopLocal
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Old 12-15-13, 04:31 PM   #27
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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.
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Old 12-16-13, 05:36 AM   #28
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I love doing laundry and enjoy using a clothesline whenever possible (outdoors, if sunny/warm or similar to the ones that have been linked in this post (saves money on drying for sure).
Here in Australia, most people hang their clothes. It is the rare household that has a dryer.

Fortunately it wasn't that big a deal for me when I moved here because I had been hanging most of my clothes for years anyway.
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I have pretty much that same machine and the matching dryer, but mine is almost 7 years old. The only issue I've had is that the knob to select the wash cycle just spins freely so you have to push and turn the flat plastic ring under it instead to select the cycle. Other than that it works like a champ. I had thought about getting a front-loader but I only do about 3 loads a week and I didn't want to spend the extra money.
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[h=1]Washing Machines... talk to me.

German Company Invents Talking Washing Machine[/h]
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German Company Invents Talking Washing Machine[/h]
Want! I would name it Dieter...
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Old 12-16-13, 12:24 PM   #32
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Oh yeah, like that is a feature we've all longed for...
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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.
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As for a previous poster's problem with odor, wiping it down with some bleach inside should help and also running an empty load on hot with bleach in the bleach dispenser, will help. (I don't have that issue since I'm constantly doing laundry with a family of 6).
I'll try that. Thanks
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I have a front loading HE washer by LG and LOVE it! I love doing laundry and enjoy using a clothesline whenever possible (outdoors, if sunny/warm or similar to the ones that have been linked in this post (saves money on drying for sure). The front loaders use less water and less detergent= more savings there, too.

As for a previous poster's problem with odor, wiping it down with some bleach inside should help and also running an empty load on hot with bleach in the bleach dispenser, will help. (I don't have that issue since I'm constantly doing laundry with a family of 6).

Machka's post with the tabletop version, I've heard, is actually pretty good for people who have small loads and do infrequent laundry.
What if you don't have "hot." We have the washer in the garage which was never plumbed for hot... our last washer didn't care. (showed no feelings about it what so ever...)
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The issue with most washers, certainly front loaders, is that the quality consistency is all over the map. My parents purchased the same model frigidaire HE front loader as us, both around 1999. Theirs lasted 5 years, ours is still chugging along. They bought a top-rated maytag front loader after that and it has treated them pretty well. Others are shocked to hear that, as this model of Maytag supposedly has problems. Everything comes with the risk of failure.
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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.
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I think we have Speed Queen washers at my condo, and they seem to thrive on coin operated abuse.
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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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What if you don't have "hot." We have the washer in the garage which was never plumbed for hot... our last washer didn't care. (showed no feelings about it what so ever...)
For sanitizing the interior (& not have that "musty" odor), the bleach itself will help. I only add the "hot" cycle as an added measure. You could probably achieve the same results of that "added measure" by boiling some water in a kettle and pouring it inside the washer and then run the rinse/spin cycle to get rid of the water/bleach mixture.
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Old 12-16-13, 01:03 PM   #40
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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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Samsung or LG front loader. DO NOT BUY Fridgidaire of Kenmore anything (they are flaming P'sOS).
Bought a matching Frigidaire front load washer & dryer about 5 years ago. The only problems we've had is towels & slick clothes like to get caught in the dryer & will get twisted up, and the drain pump on the washer recently got clogged & burned out when we washed a rug we shouldn't have. That cost us $250 to have repaired. A couple weeks later I washed our sofa cover (which I've washed many times in the past in the same machine), and it again didn't drain. I looked up online how to get at the drain pump, disconnected the hoses, looked for a clog (didn't find one), hooked everything back up, and it has worked fine since. Oh, and the Permanent Press setting on the dryer doesn't work (the dryer will tumble, but won't dry the clothes). Other than those issues, we're very happy with them.
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We have a top loader that was highly recommended by Consumer Reports. No agitator, stainless drum, highly programmable. It senses load size and adjusts water level automatically. Quiet and it has this timer so you know how long until load is done. Maytag Bravos Quiet Series 300.

It still scores well but there top rated machine right now in top loading is this model by LG

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/a...w-99048181.htm
I, too, have a Bravos toploader, and I LOVE it. I've had it for 4 or 5 years now, no problems - even gets my son's oil filed clothes clean (well, after a soak cycle & two power wash cycles), and the "clean washer" setting to clean the tub is great!

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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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.
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