Overwhelmed by choices

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-Asha-'s picture
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Overwhelmed by choices

It is time for us to buy a new washer. . .
I used to have one "picked out" , but now the more I read the reviews, the more overwhelmed I get.

I have heard that Samsung breaks down a lot, so does Kenmore... people recommend Maytag but the one I wanted Bravos- gets bad reviews on amazon.... :help1: :help1:
What about that electrolux steam washer?

I really need help! If money wasn't an issue ( let's say) what washer would you get? What do you have now?

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I've always been lucky with Kenmore Heavy Duty washers. MIL bought our first one for me when our son was born...40 years ago. When we moved, the new home owners wanted it included in the house price, so we left it. It was over 20 years old by then!!!

We bought the same thing 15 years ago and it died this last winter. It worked fine til the end, but I guess manufacturers build things that last a shorter and shorter time now. Also, we live in a rural are now, so the water may have contributed to the washer's early demise. We looked at the Kenmore Heavy Duty machine again, but decided to go for a cheap one because we are mainly only 2 people using it these days. The quality new ones cost so much that we figured replacing a cheap one in the future would be OK.

Again and again we were told that using products like Bounce are the worst thing for a machine's longevity. Also, that you cut down most of the expense of washing if you are serious about using cold water and detergent specifically for cold water washing. I have been doing this and am completely satisfied. Hope that helps Asha!

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Thanks Gardenbug! We have always been loyal to Kenmore. All of our appliances are kenmore and it was my first choice, but the reviews are so bad... Part of me wants to get 2 cheaper "traditional" washers ( it would cost as much as 1 new high end one) but saving some space would be nice.

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We bought a cheaper Kenmore early in our marriage, one of the cheapest washers there, and it lasted us for 10years. It went out last year, and may have been fixable, but we just decided to buy new. They had a lovely red LG on sale (because it did not have the matching dryer) and bought it. It is super nice, and I love looking at it every time I walk past the laundry room. lol. I get lots of compliments on it too. lol

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LOL Rachel, about the color. I was eye-ing the blue washers ( I love blue) and thought that it would be a pleasure to do laundry with these. I also am eye-ing a blue kitchenmaid mixer which I might just get myself for mother's day... Wink

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Perhaps you can wait until after the move and see what makes sense at the new place? (one upstairs and another downstairs? LOL!

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"-Asha-" wrote:

I also am eye-ing a blue kitchenmaid mixer which I might just get myself for mother's day... Wink

I have a bright green KitchenAide that is perhaps the best thing we ever bought.

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We bought a refurbished Maytag from the Maytag store in town. It works great.

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If money were not an option.... I would go for a Miele washer and drier combo... They are made with front-load (less water) and work differently than many of the North American models - using a "wet-cleaning" method that makes clothes last longer. They also have options for washing wool and other items...

But realistically, they cost about 4x as much as washers and driers at Home Depot!

We started using drier balls last year (they sell them at our local grocery store). Basically they are two prickly tennis balls made of plastic of some sort. They bounce around in the drier and make the clothes just as soft as drier sheets without the chemicals. DH was the biggest skeptic but they cost less than a box of bounce sheets so I figured we should try them. Just a couple weeks ago DH was saying how glad he was we did because they work GREAT - every once in a while there's minor static but not usually! The only problem is they sometimes get stuck in the laundry as you take it out and it's a little while until you find them again (last time it was stuck in a pair of pyjama pants, another time in a big sheet that wasn't folded properly)!

As well, I've found that using 1/3-1/2 the recommended laundry soap (we use Tide generally) works just as well as a full amount! Less chemicals and makes it go further.

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^We only use about a 1/4 cap full of laundry detergent. Most people use too much, and their clothes are coated with detergent residue. Also, if your clothes aren't coming clean in the top loader, it's probably because you are overloading the washer. I was doing this for a long time before the washer repair man showed me I was doing it wrong. You need to drop the clothes in lightly, and when you reach the top row of holes, you stop. If you pack them down, they will not agitate and will not get clean, no matter how much or what kind of detergent you use.

I'm friends with the Maytag dealer, and he said the front loaders are not worth buying. They use less water, but they don't last nearly as long as a top loader. I am curious if anyone her has had a front loader that lasted for a long time.

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However, I do have a friend that has a front loader and loves it. She says her clothes last a lot longer and don't get worn out like they do in a top loader.

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I'm friends with the Maytag dealer, and he said the front loaders are not worth buying. They use less water, but they don't last nearly as long as a top loader. I am curious if anyone her has had a front loader that lasted for a long time.

I can gather that by the reviews i have been reading. People replace them after about 6 years or so which is a waste in my opinion. Our 16 year old top loader is still in working condition, an appliance like that should last 20 years at least!

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We were told to expect a 6-8 year life on a new machine...and I think that is CRIMINAL!

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I don't have the washer of my dreams, but it works. Wink We have a friend who sells appliances and she always recommends Whirpool (but she says she also likes Kitchenaid). We recently bought a new dryer for her and went with the Amana brand, which is made by Whirlpool. HTH! Good luck!

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I had to replace my front loader after about 6 years. It was an LG, I loved it. 6 years didn't seem too bad when you consider the amount of laundry we do. We are 3 times the "average" family size, so 3 times the laundry. So, really it's like it lasted 18 years LOL. I felt like you do, overwhelmed. I thought that I wanted the Bravos too, but the reviews weren't all that great and they were pretty expensive. We ended up picking a Kenmore HE top loader. (it is a Kenmore, but it is made by LG) I LOVE LOVE LOVE this washer & dryer. I can get twice as much in a load as I did in my front loader, which means getting laundry done twice as fast! Yay!!! We actually still have our old LG front loaders and planned to fix them and put them upstairs so I would have two sets. But, I can keep up enough now that I don't plan to use two. It was kind of expensive also, but Sears had a great deal on buying the set plus 10% off with a Sears card. Had it about a year now, I still love it. Good luck with your shopping. I dislike buying appliances, I just had to replace our dishwasher too. No fun! Here is what I have:

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_02629272000P

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_02669272000P

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I have the Kenmore Elite Oasis Washer and Dryer set (top load). I have had them almost 4 years and have been very pleased with them. They are quiet and can take large loads (which is essential for a large family I think). I did have to replace the drum on the washer due to how many loads of laundry we do, but we purchased the extended warranty from Sears so the replacement was free.

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Erica and Janea! Thanks for posting about these! I really prefer top loaders! Erica, your family is almost exactly the size of mine and if you like the washer- than it should work for us too!

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We bought a Whirlpool Duet washer and dryer set (a big one - 5.0 cubic foot capacity washer) last year. I can't speak to how well it will hold up, but so far I'm happy with it... Plus it is really pretty Smile

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"-Asha-" wrote:

Erica and Janea! Thanks for posting about these! I really prefer top loaders! Erica, your family is almost exactly the size of mine and if you like the washer- than it should work for us too!

Yes Asha, I think you will love them. Hopefully they will have a tremendous sale on them soon! I prefer the top load for sure. I can get so much in them that it takes 2 baskets to unload the dryer! Congrats on your new place, so exciting!!!