That kind of money will buy some good stuff. Last year we replaced a 22
year old Maytag with an Amana washer. So far it is excellent. The Maytag
dryer is still going. These two brands (same corporate ownership) seem to
be high quality.
One factor to consider when buying is the ease of repairs if ever needed.
While clean clothes is important, reliability is very strong.
I think it is a gamble, nobody knows where parts are made anymore with
all the globalisation and searching of cheap labor. Consumer reports
usualy has a repair rating comparison. But you will never really know.
It seems cheap , cheaply made is our way of life now for many apliances.
My Sears door switch was never tightened, it broke off. My 3 yr old
sears dehumidifier is fine, My new sears this year had 2 defects in 1
week, got my money back.
Miele and other European appliance manufacturers are marketing their
energy-efficient washer/dryers in North America nowadays. They are worth a
look because they are Energy-star rated and save you money over the life of
the machines. They are compact, can be located under-counter similar to a
built-in kitchen dish washer, use less water to get equivalent clean
clothes, less electricity to dry and have good engineering and reliable
build. I've seen that GE is also producing washer appliances along the same
lines, moving away from the larger American top-load, oscillating washer
design towards a smaller European front-loading drum washer design. My
local Home Depot had the GE units, a washer/dryer pair costing around $1200
When my old Whirlpool washer died last year, I replaced it with an
entry-level Maytag. I love the Maytag - it does more than I will ever
need. It also has a huge tub, so I can do the wash in fewer loads.
Cost - about $400.
My aunt's 30 year old Maytag dryer died last year and she replaced it
with another Maytag, which works great. It's sitting beside the 30
year old Maytag washer - the survivor of the original set - that is
still going strong.
OK, Alex, I guess I'll add my $.02. I'd stay with a Whirlpool -
made topload washer and midline, 29" (wide) dryer right now.
Best reliability for the buck, you'll find warranty service most
anywhere if needed, and you'll have enough change left over
from your $1200 to buy a Christmas present or two.
Hope that's worth $.02 to you <grin>.
Dave's Repair Service
New Albany, PA
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I've never gone wrong buying GE large appliances. They hold up well,
and even better parts are still available for appliances two decades
And for $1,200 you can pick anything you want anyway...
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