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Old 12-19-2008, 11:46 AM   #1
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Washer & dryer recomendations?

Me & the wife want to buy a new washer & dryer. We want to get frontload units.

Any brands to avoid?

And what are the best brands to look at?

Thanks JB
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Old 12-19-2008, 12:04 PM   #2
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jb...I know I'll probably get slammed for this but, we just bought two new front load units about two months ago.

Samsung is the brand and we got them from Lowes. They are great...quiet, high capacity, energy efficiient, use less water.

http://www.samsung.com/us/consumer/deta ... 18ANW/XAA#

http://www.samsung.com/us/consumer/deta ... 218AGW/XAA

Highly recommended!!!!
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Maytag's Neptunes were really really bad to the point they hurt the company I was told by a sales guy if that's worth anything.

We bought a top of the line Whirlpool front load about 2 years ago and no problems to report. We bought it based on price point and customer satisfaction and number of repairs after one year .... data we could find at the time. The top of the line LG was about $700 more and had a higher rate of repair.

One thing to watch for might be a stand. You can get stands for some of them, some stands have a roll out drawer. I dunno, I didn't buy a stand ... though I'd like one cuz the bottom back of top load washers is waaayyyy down there (one of the few times I get to see my toes). I think I'd rather build a sturdy box for it to sit on. Anyway, just thought I'd mention it ... might be something you'd like or a haggle point for ya.
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jb...I know I'll probably get slammed for this but, we just bought two new front load units about two months ago.

Samsung is the brand and we got them from Lowes. They are great...quiet, high capacity, energy efficiient, use less water.

http://www.samsung.com/us/consumer/deta ... 18ANW/XAA#

http://www.samsung.com/us/consumer/deta ... 218AGW/XAA

Highly recommended!!!!
We bought the same about a year ago. Top notch
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Originally Posted by Bruce B":1b1ecqr9]jb...I know I'll probably get slammed for this but, we just bought two new front load units about two months ago.

Samsung is the brand and we got them from Lowes. They are great...quiet, high capacity, energy efficiient, use less water.

[url="http://www.samsung.com/us/consumer/detail/detail.do?group=homeappliances&type=washersdryers& subtype=washers&model_cd=WF218ANW/XAA#
http://www.samsung.com/us/consumer/deta ... 18ANW/XAA#[/url]

http://www.samsung.com/us/consumer/deta ... 218AGW/XAA

Highly recommended!!!!
We bought the same about a year ago. Top notch[/quote:1b1ecqr9]

Great minds think alike!! Also, once you get that washer situated, you better like where it is, that mutha is heavy!!!!
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I'm making damm sure I read this without the Wife looking. She wants one and ours are just fine. Probably last another 15 years. So what if it opens from the top??

What do you do with the front load ones, sling the detergent in side armed??

You guys need to change the title of this thread to something about race cars or firearms. I know she won't open those!!
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I'm making damm sure I read this without the Wife looking. She wants one and ours are just fine. Probably last another 15 years. So what if it opens from the top??

What do you do with the front load ones, sling the detergent in side armed??

You guys need to change the title of this thread to something about race cars or firearms. I know she won't open those!!
It has a compartment you pour it in. Hey, I wouldn't buy one til ours were on their last legs, over 15 years old and used hard. The washer was leaking yellow transmission fluid for a year. The repairman said it would cost as much to repair as buy a new one. I said, let her run til she dies. and eventually she did. (the washing machine, not the wife)
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I done fix my junk for the last time.

The wife said she wants new ones for Christmas Ima do it,

Thats a no brainer Boy!

I'm leanin toward the Bosch or Electrolux
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Old 12-19-2008, 07:28 PM   #11
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I just replaced my dryer. That damn thing didn't last a day over 25 years!

Funny thing is, they still carry the same model! I hope this one lasts another 25 years!
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I done fix my junk for the last time.

The wife said she wants new ones for Christmas Ima do it,

Thats a no brainer Boy!

I'm leanin toward the Bosch or Electrolux
Friends got a Bosch and love it. The Beotch called the Wife to brag and now that's all I here.

They did say something about some of them developing mold problems but not sure which ones they were talking about cause I had my fingers in my ears.

Anyway, check it out. I'm sure there is something posted on line about the complaints. That's why they steared away from some of the brands mentioned here.
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Bosch is good too... Our Dishwasher crapped out and we bought the Bosch and love it. It has not been a good year for appliances for us.
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I have been an appliance specialist for Lowe's for lets see.........one month now. That means I am supposed to know all the in's and out's about all things appliance but the fact is that I just don't have enough experience to speak with much authority.

I will tell you what I have learned in my one month tenure.

You won't find many reports on the Electrolux washers and dryers because they have only been out for a short time. The company has been around for many years though.

Electrolux is a very good unit. 4.6 cf in the washer and 8 cf in the dryer makes it the largest capacity pair the Lowe's offers. the dryer operates at 130 deg rather than the average of 160 because the washer spins the water out at such a high rpm that the dryer doesn't have to work as hard.

I did have a lady tell just this morning that even though she is very satisfied with her Electrolux pair, the dryer doesn't dry as fast as the company claims. I guess I am not suprised.

Electrolux owns Fridgidaire.

If Electrolux appliances are in need of service, no matter what the repair man has on his plate, he has to push Electrolux to the front.

Electrolux and Bosh both have a sanitize feature that raises the temp of the water for that cycle. The washers have thier own heating elements so they are not just depending on the hot water from the tap.

Bosh offers a steam washer and steam dryer with a feature called Aqua Stop. This feature somehow keeps water from running out in your floor if there ever was a problem. I don't know exactly how it works.

Steam dryers actually put moisture into the drum to get wrinkles out. The hoses are supplied so you can T off of the water supply on the washer to supply the dryer.

I acomplish the same thing at my house by wetting a dish towel or a sock and throw it in the dryer with dry clothes for about 5-10 min to get the wrinkles out.

Samsung units are good also. I don't know as much about them though. We recently had a sale on a specific model and color nation wide which has put a hurt on thier production.

Whirlpool HP Duets are good also. They are way up at the top of Consumer Reports 08 buying guide. #1 and # 3 I think.

JB, buy the Extended Protection Plan. It wil give you an additional 2-4 years of warranty depending on which plan you purchase. It is worth it. If you have problem with your appliance and the isssue cannot be resolved, then Lowe's will replace it with a new one, then you have the option to purchase another EPP.

I would steer you towards the Electrolux unit if you were in my store.
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Oh yeah ... the Samsung's were out, new but out when I bought my Whirlpool ... we steered away from the Samsungs just because of the silver ion thingy they use(d) ... one of the kids has a pretty strong metal allergy and we didn't want to take the chance.

Spin speed. This is for ronbeaux50 also ... not only do the front loaders use way way less water & soap, clean better and are easier on your clothes so they don't wear out as fast, the better front loaders have a really high spin speed ... mine is like 1200 rpm. Clothes are just a little damp coming out of mine.

We used to be always waiting on the dryer, but now the dryer waits on teh washer and it washes 3 times as much at once. So to put it in guy terms you might save enough on water and power for a flat o beer every couple of weeks.
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Regarding the mold issue ronbeaux spoke of, when we bought the Samsung our salesman told us that when we finish a load of laundry to leave the door open on the washer for a while in order for it to dry out inside completely.

I have noticed that there are water droplets on the door when emptying the washer, left open for about 1 hour and they go away.
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We have the top the line Whirlpool Duets. LOVE them. Avoid the LG's at all costs! There Junk! Electrolux is owned by Whirlpool they are both German made. (front loaders) Whirlpool bought all the manufacturing and brought it to the US. Reason I like the Whirlpool over the BOSCH is it has a bigger door and I just think it's more easy to load and unload. Also if you build a super duty platform 18 inches high to put them on NO bending over to load and unload them.
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Old 12-20-2008, 03:38 AM   #18
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Re: Washer & dryer recomendations?

Well let me tell ya...a front loading gizmo which holds water and bleach and purty pink panties should not open from the front. It goes against all the laws of Mother and Nature. When the gasket goes holding all that stuff on the inward side somebody is going to get wet. Now contrary to popular belief the Maytag man aint lonely he just spends his free time hauling year old Maytags to the dump ground. Now if you want a good Washer go to Lowes and buy Mama a Fisher&Paskal (or similar) which from Down Under. Now for a dryer I would just make a few garage sales. We used one for 30 years which me'uns and her'uns bought for 20 bucks one time. It was still going when we run off and left it or whutever. Don't even get me started on the ten dollar AC which lasted for a good while. It very easy to do the scratch and dent thang at Lowes. Just walk by and kick it then insist they knock off a few hundred for the dent. Stick with me Boy. I show you some stuff.

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Me & the wife want to buy a new washer & dryer. We want to get frontload units.

Any brands to avoid?

And what are the best brands to look at?

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Fisher-Paykel are kind of cool to work on, all you need is a No.2 Phillips to fix or replace any part on the crazy things. Getting parts is a whole different story. 4 to 6 weeks is not unusual. Yea, real happy customers!

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Check Kenmore. Sears is great about fixing stuff and when it breaks you know they'll always be around. There's only a few companies making all these things anyways. Buy a better washer than dryer though. A good washer will require less of your drier.
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