Help me with my washing machine purchase, please!

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AnnaRO's picture
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Help me with my washing machine purchase, please!

Okay so we are closing on our new house on Dec. 14 and the buyers of our current house negotiated for our washer and dryer. We went to price them today and can get a really good deal on a top loading HE and matching dryer.

Anyone have a top loading HE machine and is it better or the same as a front loading HE machine? This one does not have the agitator in the middle and uses way less water than a regular top loader. However, it does drain and refill with water for the rinse cycle where the front loader just sprays the clothes as it rotates.

Should I go for the top loading HE or just get the regular old, non energy efficient-heavy water usage top loader?

I will also still be living in an area with extremely hard water.

alwayssmile's picture
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I asked on a CDing FB group I'm in.
The only time I've used an HE top loader is a temp lodging facility when moving and obviously that wasn't long enough to create a real opinion on it other than I'm pretty sure I used too much Crunchy Clean.

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I'd buy the best machine you can get in general. You won't be washing CD laundry forever (hopefully) and there's a CD solution to be found with pretty much any washer.

I didn't even know they made top loading HE washers. I'm not sure what difference it would make. Personally, I'd go for the most efficient washer and I'd just troubleshoot my CD laundry.

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We bought a washing machine in the middle of CDing days, and I ended up getting one that's a sort of almost-HE top loader? It has like a half size (short) agitator but is supposed to be much more efficient than the really classic top loaders. I think it did a pretty good job, but I have terribly hard water too so I did have issues...I don't really know if they were worse than with the old top loader we replaced, though. I love mine because it has all the settings my ancient machine was lacking, like a second rinse setting and a soak setting. Also we bought it scratch and dent, so it was WAY cheaper than similar models.

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I'm getting very mixed messages from my question for you Anna. lol. Anything for cheap posted on local sell pages? Wink no matter what an HE TL should be less headaches than the FL you've been suffering with. I'm sure you could find a workable solution with it.

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Here's a GREAT source of advice and reviews: Best Washing Machines 2012 - Washing Machine Reviews

That said, the internet reviews for my washing machine were all over the place, with a lot of terrible ones, but once I'd used it for a while (I've had it for a year and a half now) I realized those people must have either not read the instructions or been smoking crack. For example, there were complaints in there about the top layer of clothes not being wet...which I have not only never experienced, but don't even understand how it could be possible since the water sprays down from the top while the bin rotates....so even if you had it on too low of a water setting, the top stuff would still be wet. PEOPLE ARE WEIRD. I'd go with the reviews from consumer reports and such (that's why I love that site)

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One lady says to look into how hot the washer will let the water get. Apparently her HE TL won't let the water get very hot which has caused her issues. I'm assuming you'll have hot water hook ups there? You don't need anything fancy, but hot water alone will help a ton!

When we bought out set we just bought the biggest capacity top loader within our price range which was a kenmore. Loud as hell, but works perfectly.

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How and why would a washer prevent you from washing with very hot water? Its not the washer that determines the temp, its your water heater. Unless new washers are like space age crazy compared to mine, that just doesn't make sense. Also, you don't need hot water to wash clothes unless you're having detergent solubility problems. I almost never wash on hot. Only when I'm washing poopy diapers.

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I hardly ever use hot water, only if I need a strip wash or Ronin or us has been really sick (and in that case I use an in wash sanitiser as well so we don't reinfect each other). I love my front loader but I know you had issues with yours and we have totally different brands so my review is probably useless Smile

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I've heard the hot water complaint too, and couldn't quite understand it either. Unless the machine dilutes it with cold, but that wouldn't be any more energy efficient really since the water hearter still heats it. . . :dontknow:

I've been flopping back an forth on the issue a lot and last night I told DH that I think we'll go ahead and go with the energy efficient ones for long term use, knowing we won't have cloth laundry forever. DH doesn't think cloth is saving us any money anyway because I have to got through 3 to 5 wash cycles to get them clean anyway, so I told him if I still have issues with the new HE set then we'll just go back to sposies. At which point he said he'd get us a cheap, old, used top loader for diapers if I can't get them clean in the new HE. But the point is that when choosing to use an old non energy efficient top loader or and HE machine over many years, it makes more sense to go HE. Especially since it looks as if we won't be having any more babies :-(.

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Seriously, that's a great idea--do you have Freecycle there? That's where we posted our old top loader when we upgraded. People are mostly just happy to get rid of them, but they're perfect for diapers! (Unless they break with a full load of poop in them...I don't know if DH will ever quite get over that experience.)

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The thing with the TL is you can always add more water to it yourself if you have to. If nothing else I seriously doubt if you'll have to do 3 washes!!!

We got our dryer off of a local sale site for $60.