I have a nice set but am moving to an apartment where only full size
stackable set would fit. Since I will be moving form that apartment
again, I am interested in fonrtloader individual units with control in
They must have basic high end feaures. I'd want the rack in the dryer.
A friend recently purchased LG units that were highly rated. So far,
they work great. Actually, I watched the washer in action, and it
was very interesting. Very little water that is just sprayed around
and lots of slowly speeding up, slowing down, changing speeds/
directions. But wash cycles are about 2X in time compared to my 12
year old top loader.
Perhaps most curious is that you can get the display to power up by
just rotating the drum by hand without the unit being connected. I'm
guessing that is part of the energy star system and it probably
regenerates power back to the grid as the washer slows down from spin
cycles to save energy.
We picked the upper-middle grade whirlpool duet set and really like
them. The LG set is a lot cheaper, but they tell you right in the
instructions that they should only be used on a concrete floor,
otherwise they shake like crazy. The Whirlpool are fine on regular
framing, as long as it's pretty solid. At the time, the dryer rack
was free but I had to mail in a form to get it. The Whirlpools can be
Can you give your model info> I know what features I am looking
for; it sounds like this upper middle model could work out for me.
I happend to look at LG because the saleman (boy) was just showing
those. I knew that I needed to go back and got a saleman with more
So they are front loader with control in the front. Do they have
optional drawer that and be placed below the units? I am thinking
about using them ithout stacking when I move.
WFW9400SW (washer) and WGD9400SW (Gas dryer; electric also available;
plus different colors.)
Pedestals with a drawer are available; I think they have two sizes
(heights). I was a little shocked by the cost of the pedestals, but
they are really nice. When you pull the drawer out, there's a sliding
shelf that is the right height to hold a laundry basket right under
the washer/dryer door.
All the controls are on the front, as are doors/drawers for detergent,
As you research front loaders you will likely find reports of mold
issues with the door seals. Whirlpool recommends wiping off the seal
when finished using washer and leaving the door open. We do this and
have had absolutely no issues.
One little quirk. The dryer door can be reversed, but not the washer
door. So if they are side by side the washer should be on the left so
the door doesn't get in the way.
Not sure what LG models you're referring too. But she said high end
features and I can tell you that the LG model washer/dryers I'm
talking about can be mounted on wood floors. I've read the install
manual and there is nothing there that says you can't. They do say
the flooring needs to be firm, but that's true of all the front
loaders, not really brand specific. The friends LG is one model below
the top of the line, has the steam cycle, etc and is on hardwood
floors with no problems. Standing outside the laundry room, you can
hardly tell it's running.
I think Samsung has some models with some vibration reduction tech
built in, which might be worth looking at if a solid floor is an
The Whirlpool are fine on regular
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