From Consumer Reports.
Top Loaders rated Best Buys:
LG WT1101CW $700
Samsung WA422PRHD[WR] $750
GE GTWN7450DWW $800
Samsung WA400PJHD[WR] $700
Front loaders rated Best Buys:
Whirlpool Duet WFW70HEBW $800
LG WM3070H[W]A $900
Electric Dryer rated Best Buy
Kenmore 6800 $800
Gas Dryer rated Best Buy
Kenmore 7800 $900
I'm leaning that way as it gives me 6 total years of coverage for the
cost of one service call with a cheap part. No deductibles. Given the
reputation of the new machines, it may be a bargain.
Many of the detergents now are made for HE machines as it can be used in
regular machines also.
We bought a Kenmore (Frigidaire under the skin) front-load washer about
12 years ago and added the extended warranty. After about three years it
quit, and the circuit board had to be replaced; repair guy said the
board would have cost more than we paid for the warranty.
When the bearings and seal went (after the warranty had expired), I
replaced them myself. I wrote about it on this ng at the time.
Uses very little water and detergent but washes well.
I just (as in 3 days ago) got a new washer. I'd been thinking of getting
a HE, but eventually decided against it. The old (how old? inherited
when I bought the house) Whirlpool suddenly started violently banging.
That's when I noticed the water coming up in the toilet with each bang!
So after getting my sewer line replaced, I went for the cheaper machine!
Figured that for one person who does one or two loads a week, it would
take a long time before I noticed any savings on the water bill. Plus
when I thought it through, as high tech as it looked, I wouldn't use 18
settings for laundry. I'd probably use the same 3-4 I've always used
(medium, large, cold, warm). Being gun shy with things breaking lately,
I did get the EW, but for this machine it was 100 for 5 yr, and the
local repair guy charges $90 just to come to the house.
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