It depends on what you want and what you want to pay.
I wanted a straight forward bread and butter model that I could work
on myself. So, I bought a Whirlpool Direct Drive washer.
I treat it like a garbage disposal and it keeps on running.
On Tue, 13 Feb 2007 20:34:59 -0600, "Jay Stootzmann"
Our recent machine (under warranty) had a bad digital board. Next time
it might cost me $350.00. I like the old dials, simple for me. I left
a very good machine in the old house and went with a new washer/dryer
for the new home. No real regrets...
"Well, it doesn't happen all the time, but when it happens, it happens
I have the Estate by Whirlpool TAWS800JQ1
It's the same as Whirlpool but $100 less for the same thing.
I got the house brand.
No regrets and I can take it apart and put it back together.
No $150 service calls for me on my $300 washer!!!!!!
Just remember that for the price of a front loader and matching dryer,
you could buy three top load washers, and three dryers as well, and
have an entire laundromat in your home. Yes, you save on water with a
front loader, but you will pay and pay and pay for repairs.
I disagree. I have one of the original Maytag front loaders and although
Consumer Reports says it has a lousy repair record, ours went 8 years before
a repair. At year 5 Maytag did do a free enhancement to fix the mildew
issue. The original Maytag front loaders are available at Lowes and/or Home
Depot for around $550. If I was buying today I would probably get one.
Several years ago my parents moved to the area and we gave them our Maytag.
We bought the Sears/Whirlpool front loader to replace it because it is a big
bigger which is nice for comforters however the Maytag seems less
complicated and a better buy in my opinion.
Now, now, now. Please don't bring in facts and anecdotal information from a
true owner/consumer. What most people in this newsgroup thrive on is
speculation, opinion, and wild stories based on NOT owning a product.
On Feb 13, 7:20 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Sure, and you can also buy 100 clothes beaters and a cast iron sink
for the price of a good top-loader.
However, if your metric is how well clothes are washed, then, as
mentioned in the GP, a front-loader will get them cleaner and wear
them out less. This is not speculation, this is the difference I've
observed going from a top to a front-loader with the same clothes.
Except of course, I put more clothes in the front-loader per load. The
lint filter is one indication of wear, and the collars of cleanliness.
Every forum and every front-loader owner will back this up.
Also, remember, you don't have to buy a matching dryer. I believe all
you need in a dryer is gentle-heat and preferably gas. Skimp on the
dryer, get a better washer.
By the way, Consumer Reports just rated HE detergents and Gain HE beat Tide
HE. It is available at Walmart. I bought 6 bottles because I hate shopping
at Walmart. One trip is bad enuf so hopefully the Gain will last a year. I
noticed after using Gain HE that the drain holes around the bottom of the
rubber seal of my frontloader were cleaned so clearly it is better than tide
HE which I had been using for years.
On Feb 13, 5:20 pm, email@example.com wrote:
Don't forget the special HE detergent which is twice the cost of
Over the life time of the machine, you've been screwed over and over
again never being kissed.
It's a pity, really. You should always be kissed when being screwed.
Not true. January's Consumer Reports compares HE and conventional
detergents, there's no real difference in cost, they are almost all
between $.10 and $.25 per load. We use Costco/Kirkland HE, which is a
CR Best Buy, $.12 per load.
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