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Old 10-25-2006, 06:12 PM   #21
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I have not seen General Electric's name mentioned yet. I will not buy another GE washer or dryer. In fact, I can't recall a single GE consumer product that has not disappointed. Anyhow, the GE washer leaked oil into the tub and stained most of our white clothes after about 5 years. The dryer is still running after 13 years but every three or four years the main timer breaks and it's a $90 part. The next time it breaks I will probably take it to the landfill.

When it was time to replace the washer, Consumer Reports had rated Roper as the most reliable. Coincidentally it was also the cheapest, most basic washer around, with one speed, one water level (full), and two temperatures - warm or cold. "Less stuff to break", I figured, and it's been trouble-free for 8 years.

Roper appliances are made by Whirlpool, another good name.
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Old 10-25-2006, 06:54 PM   #22
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LG makes the Tron that we bought. Greg is right; it runs very quiet and Ha is right, the front loaders don't twist up the clothes.

The first day we had it we sat together and watched a load do its thing. Greg sat there nodding his head: where's the water? where's the water?

Even though it doesn't use much water it seems to get everything perfectly clean. Also, it uses a lot less detergent than a front loader. I am happy.
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Old 10-25-2006, 07:06 PM   #23
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Yea! A discussion about washing machines! I'm mounting my detergent box . . .

As Nords mentioned, I really like our Staber washer. It is made very well, is exceptionally gentle on clothes, and is designed to be easily fixed if it breaks.
- Here's an Epinions review of the Staber washer that I wrote. http://www.epinions.com/content_254587080324
- Here's a link to the company's web site. http://www.staber.com/

- Nords has crunched the numbers before, and from a strict dollars-and-cents analysis he was better off buying a cheap top-loader and paying the extra water/electric costs. The math might come out different for others. The Staber site says the machine will pay for itself in just a few years from utility savings, but I have my doubts that the payback is really that rapid for most families.

DON'T buy the inexpensive front-loading Kenmore/ Frigidaire with the small door opening. They are all made by Electrolux/Frigidaire and they routinely die a nasty death at the 3-5 year point. The Samurai Repairman has more on this machine, plus lots of other info on appliance reliability/repair issues.
http://fixitnow.com/wp/2005/08/28/ke...-bearing-woes/



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DON'T buy the inexpensive front-loading Kenmore/ Frigidaire with the small door opening.


That is one thing we liked about the Tron was the bigger access door.
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Old 10-25-2006, 08:44 PM   #25
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I had a washer/dryer combo in a condo that I purchased in 1978. It was probably 18 years old at the time and never worked right for me. It steam dried the clothes!

Replaced it with a top loader and a Gibson White/Westinghouse front loading dryer that I just took out this year. It was still working but the timer had gone out and couldn't get a replacement so I found a floor model at Lowe's for just under $200.

I bought a front loader Frigidare Gallery 9 years ago that has run perfectly despite getting plenty of use when Dad was having bladder problems. Just tried it and I can open it when its full of water. The figures I saw showed most savings in detergent useage but it takes awhile to stop over using. I keep my gas water heater on vacation setting so I don't save much on utilities and I use the grey water in the summer on the compost pile so I don't waste so much water even tho I pay for it in the sewage charge. I do feel better that I am conserving water.

I think it does clean better and is better on the clothes and it does make them dry quicker if I use the dryer in the winter. The nice thing is that you can install them under a counter in a small condo or stack in a closet.

I'm looking at the combo units for down the road. I've read good thinga about the Equator. Anybody have any recent experience with these?
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We are very happy with our Kenmore HE3/HE4 washer/dryer. Only have had them for 6 months though. A huge difference in how the washer treats the clothes. Even I do the laundry sometimes now.
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Old 10-25-2006, 10:15 PM   #27
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Our Kenmore is great, uses less water & soap and does a good job, especially wrings out a lot of water from the clothes yet doesn't beat them up. Cost the same or less than a cheap top loader because of utility rebates.
Don't use regular soap, don't ask me how I know.
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How much does it cost to have Martha do all of your laundry ?
Nuthin. As most know I rarely wear pants around the house, so . . . most of the laundry is hers. It's like all I am is a few blobs of grey (and flannel boxers in the winter) in a ocean of whites and pastels. Wait . . . I changed my mind: $700+plus tax. And I take care of all the kitchen work--sometimes.

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I probably mentioned this before, but I have a white goods repairman friend who complains (kinda) about the quality of most machines, saying all the internal parts are now made of plastic instead of brass, even the bearings. He said that most machines last not much longer than the stated average, not including belts.

This Tron we bought is supposed to have a virtually frictionless direct drive motor. I'm hoping this improves its length of service. If nothing else, it reduces the noise. It may be worth asking about when you talk to the salesman. I think the Neptune and such have a similar type drive. The motor froze up on our ten year old machine, so I made a judgment call that replacing the motor would probably cost more than a new cheap machine. After that, it only took a few discussions with salesmen to end up thinking about spending more money than originally intended. : I'm hoping we bought the Toyota of washing machines, a little more $ up front but savings on the back end.
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How can this group have almost two pages of discussions on washers and dryers with not one mention of cutting dryer sheets in half?

I'm really dissapointed.
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Our Kenmore is great, uses less water & soap and does a good job, especially wrings out a lot of water from the clothes yet doesn't beat them up. Cost the same or less than a cheap top loader because of utility rebates.
Don't use regular soap, don't ask me how I know.
Well, I resisted a long time but have to get my post count up, soooooo........................................... .
my washer and dryer were both bought used. I have no idea what make or model either one is. They are white. They wash and dry my clothes. That's all
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How can this group have almost two pages of discussions on washers and dryers with not one mention of cutting dryer sheets in half?

I'm really dissappointed.
OK, so instead of Cogito Ergo Sum (Des Cartes) how about Half-a-dryer-sheet-o Ergo Sum?

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OK, so instead of Cogito Ergo Sum (Des Cartes) how about Half-a-dryer-sheet-o Ergo Sum?

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One thing I didn't see mentioned about front load washers, is that many sleeping bags can only be washed in them.....not in the regular top loader washers. Also, many bedspreads will not fit in a regular top loader, but fit in a front loader.

This will be why I buy a front loader for my next washer. I wash my bedspread every week since I have a cat that sheds on it, and my kids camp with their sleeping bags......also feather comforters wash in front loaders, and we currently take them to the laundramat to use their front loaders.
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