I'm about to get my first front loader and am interested in
reccomendations for th ebest buy.
I'd like something that can stack a dryer on top but neither have to
be huge as there wil only be 2 (poss 3) people in the house.
They do, August 2003 issue. Most community libraries keep them.
Top rated was Kenmore Elite HE3t (42922).
Quick picks, which are their recommendations based on performance,
reliability and value, were:
Kenmore Elite HE3 (42822) and Whirlpool Duet GWH9100LQ.
I owned the Maytag Neptune for 6+ years before giving it to my parents
and buying the Kenmore HE3T which is made by and is similar to the
Whirlpool front loader.
The Neptune I had and my parents now have had mechanical controls.
The new ones have electronic. We had no trouble with ours but some
people say that the mechanical controls are better than electronic.
Consmer Reports says the Maytag has a lousy repair record but that is
probably because early ones had a mildew problem and Maytag offered a
free repair even on 6 year old washers which consisted of new mildew
reisitent seals, new circuit board to improve washing, new inner door
to improve ventilation. So if everyone reported this free fix to
COnsumer Reports as a problem, it is easy to see how the Neptune would
look bad even though it isn't. Too bad all manufacturers don't stand
behind their appliances like this.
On the other hand my brand new Kenmore HE3T had major problems and
Sears finally gave up and replaced it. A stiffener was not installed
properly, even new shock absorbers could not prevent unbelievable
rattling, the base was either improperly welded or damaged in shipping
and rattled itself apart, and the pump was defective. Just got a new
one. It came with a little ding.... don't know if it came out of the
box that way or if it happened during delivery. I told Sears about it
for the record but it is minor enuf to forget about. Sometimes during
the end of spinning it lets out a shriek. I don't know if it has a
brake which is bad or something else wrong with it. So far I'm just
waiting to see what happens with it next.
Ignoring reliability issues, the Kenmore is a bit bigger (which is why
we bought it) and has a faster spin cycle then the Maytag and seems to
tangle clothes less. However the door on the Kenmore/Whirlpool could
have been designed better. It has already caught and ruined a
comforter during the ultra fast spin and at least one other person at
Eopninions.com has complained that the they have gotten holes in
shirts from being caught in the area between the door and seal during
fast spins. The inner door should have come down a bit further when
they designed it.
If I were buying today I'm not sure which I would buy. If the
shreiking Kenmore continues I will have another chance to decide.
I had 3 different appliances made by Maytag
(washer/dryer/dishwasher... all bought brand new and "top of the
line"), and they were all 3 lousy!
You wouldn't catch me looking at another Maytag period... even if my
life depended on it!
We've owned GE Front loader for a while.
It cleans o.k.
I don't like the controls. They seem a bit vague.
Daughter owns a Miele.
She says it works flawlessly, is very quiet, saves wanter and detergent.
Consider the Euro brands: AEG, Bosch, Miele, Asko. Yes, they're
pricey, but they've been making (nothing but?) front-loaders for ages.
Front-loaders are newer to the North American brands and who knows if
they're getting them right?
Most of the euros have smaller drums, which is not a problem for two
people who sort their laundry. Other caveats: long cycle times and
possibly the need for 240V 15A wiring, which will certainly mean a new
circuit back to your panel (this may or may not be a DIY job depending
on your circumstances). Some have the excellent ability to boost water
temp to near boiling, which does wonders for white towels and bedding.
Most brands offer matching stackable dryers.
10 yrs ago I owned an AEG front-loader and loved it, though the
control knob broke after about a yr (it was push-in-to-start and the
shaft pushed through the front of the knob). Fixed at no charge
("knobs aren't covered in the warranty but I've got one in the
truck..."). Ask about warranty and service coverage (like spare parts
stocking) in your area.
If you will be stacking the I think that the Maytag Neptune is ideal. They
have their "Super Stacker" that is that washer and dryer in one. Both full
size, and the controls for both are nicely placed between the washer and
We looked at the others and did not like the idea of having the dryer
controls all the way on top. My Mother-In-Law likes to do laundry, however
this would be too much of a reach for her.
We bought the Maytag and have not had any trouble for about a year...
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