I have a Fisher Paykel drawer dishwasher and we love it but it has to be
installed perfectly, which is almost impossible unless your arms are 10 feet
long and 2 inches wide, to work properly and avoid back siphoning. Seems
like they do a lot of things right but some major things wrong. I saw their
washing machines and they looked wierd enuf that I would not buy one.
If it were me, I would go to Lowes or Home Depot and look for a new in box
left over Maytag Neptune front loader for around $500. They were selling
them here for awhile at that price. Our Neptune front loader had only 1
repair in 10 years despite the fact that Consumer Reports said it had a bad
repair record. Early models had a mildew problem that Maytag fixed for
free if you asked them nicely. Of course Maytag is now part of Whirlpool.
In 2004 I bought an F&P washer based on Consumer Reports recommendation
at the time. I've been extremely pleased with it -- it works well and
gives no trouble. I'm surprised at the present Consumer Reports survey
The F&P was more expensive than most top loaders but cheaper than front
loaders. At the time it was also eligible for a $125 Energy Saver
rebate from the electric utility.
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