Does new Whirlpool Duet Washer model have imbalance issue or not?

Hello All:
I see a lot of Whirlpool/Maytag FL discussions here and had a question about the Duet.
We are considering a new FL and like the Whirlpool. But, some have mentioned that the one with the heater (GHW9200) has some imbalance issues if you are not running a full load. Is this true? Does load size matter?
TIA
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mpsan wrote:

Don't let anyone kid you, size DOES matter! :-)
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Thank you. Will it break anything if it does go out or will it stop and wait for you to rebalance. I am talking about the Duet. Is a FL any worse than a top load?
TIA, and "nice site" I will bookmark it.
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Hi,
Many FL's will attempt to spin but cannot reach full high speed and just slow down rather than shutting off. Many FL's will tumble back and forth trying to distribute the load before attempting final spin to prevent damage to the washer.
Worse?...as in off-balance loads?...not really, the top load may have a slight advantage in hanling smaller loads. More economical to wash full loads any way :) 1-2 large loads vrs 4-5 small loads.
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Hi Jeff,
I'm MPSAN's wife. In response to the large loads, I wish I could wash 1 or 2 large loads. The problem is that towels have to be washed seperately from clothes which have to be seperated by colors that run, which have to be washed by like colors, etc. Then there is also the issue of some clothes MUST have a liquid fabric softener, while others will be destroyed by it.
So, here it is in a nutshell: I like the idea of a front loader because of king size linnens which don't fit well in a top loader with an agitator. Whirlpool and Maytag are the only ones with a tub big enough. I have heard stories about expensive repairs when loads get off balance, and since I have to do small loads from time to time, am I looking for trouble with either of these machines? Right now I think I like the Duet better, but I'm not getting anything until I have ALL the facts and can be reasonably sure I won't regret the purchase. The Neptune's tub is more tilted than the Duet's and the Neptune fills with more water. Do either of these facts increase, or decrease the likelihood of a repair with a small load? From a mechanical standpoint, which is better?
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Hello,
Most repair problems have been with the expensive electronics used in these machines rather than any damage done with a small off-balance load. Extended waranty is a good idea with any front loader!
You can see some consumer opinions from link below....
http://www.epinions.com/hmgd-Large_Appliances-All-Washing_Machines-Front_Loader
I have seen Maytag washers not spin well and bang with a small load or 1-2 items inside...the WLP Duet hasn't been out as long as the Maytag so there may be less info out there for them.
I like the Maytag Neptune washer, it would be my personal choice between the 2 machines. JMO!
Link below is from Frigidaire, but may give soem insight into front load washers...
http://www.spinandtumble.com / ( You will need Macromedia flash player 5 to view )
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Thank you Jeff. Good links as well. Why would you get a Maytag over the Whirlpool?
Thank you all again.
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Howdy,
Maytag FL washer has been out longer and most of the bugs are worked out now...the WLP version is still in the beginning stages. Maytag -seems- to be a bit easier to deal with if there is any issues later on when the washer gets older.
Maytag was also at least put together in North America rather than imported from elsewhere.
JMO!!
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Thank you all again. Will look again at all 3 washers discussed here.
Funny, Whirlpool keeps saying they have been building the FL for 70 years. I believe they mean the Company in Germany, however.
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Have you looked into the Frigidaire Gallery? In mine, I am running loads TWICE the size of what I could put in my old extra-large capacity top loader. The machine easily handles my king-sized comforter plus a few towels. Look into it if you are at all hesitant to spend the $$ on the Whirlpool or Maytag; it's half the price.
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about the Frigidaire Gallery vs. the Whirlpool Duet and Maytag Neptune:

Looks are deceptive. The Frigidaire holds almost as much as the other 2 (ask about load capacity; I can't remember the stats now).
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