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Thread: Has anyone purchased a washer/dryer set recently?

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    Has anyone purchased a washer/dryer set recently?

    I need to buy a new washer asap as mine died yesterday. I will probably get a washer/dryer set. I don't know whether to get a front loading set or a top loading set. There are just two of us--kids are gone. So, I'm looking for opinions on brand and model plus your thoughts on front loading versus top loading, pros and cons. Any help much appreciated .

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    I have a new whirlpool front loading washer. I love it. It uses a lot less water. I have the new dryer also, it has a steam cycle( dryer is hooked to water line) gets out all those stubborn wrinkles from my fabrics and clothes.

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    We moved and add to buy all new appliances. We did lots of research for quality and price. We purchased a Samsung washer dryer set at Home Depot. During our research, we found that the warranty and reviews were much better than the Whirlpool set we were considering. It's is a top loading washer and is high efficiency. We have been very pleased with it. I had to call Samsung customer service a couple of times because of operator error and you can't beat their customer service! It took me a bit to get accustomed to the smaller water usage and be sure you use HE laundry detergent. I used regular detergent for the first month and just decreased the amount I used but it was obvious that I was still using too much. My set takes longer to run through a cycle, I think it is 48 minutes to do a regular wash load and 46 minutes to dry. Somehow that equates to energy efficiency but I can't wrap my brain about that one. I can't tell you if it uses more or less electricity or propane because they were never installed in our previous home. At Home Depot, there is usually a discount if you spend over a certain amount when purchasing appliances. Also, if you finance it thru their credit card, there are even more incentives. We wound up buying the washer, dryer, refrigerator, stove and dishwasher the same day. We paid cash and couldn't get any extra discounts. -Nobody wants to reward customers who use cash anymore!!!
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    I will be doing this too , there is a very long thread about this on the Board.

    I am a Speed Queen girl myself. Top loader . Went to look at them last week, in fact. You will find them at independent retailers.
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    I do have a front loading washer and love it. However, if you want to "soak" anything, a top loader is the ticket. We almost considered purchasing an inexpensive top loader just for that particular feature.
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    I have a front loading Samsung washer and dryer that I am very pleased with. I'm not the type of girl that gets excited over appliances so a certain brand doesn't mean anything to me. I just buy what "fits the bill". I do like the fact that front loaders saves on water and you will buy less detergent and fabric softener. The only thing I don't like is that you can't soak anything.
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    When we moved to the new house, she left her W&D. Washer was a front loader. I used it for the first few loads. It did use a lot less water but what I don't like is the clothes just flop around-there is no agitating. I would rather my clothing last a year or less from agitating then them lasting a couple years and wonder if they are really getting clean. Only top loader for me. I'll sell the front loader in the garage sale for $50.
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    I've had two front loaders--first one broke and couldn't be fixed(they said it had been "overloaded") Second one always left my clothes greyish and I missed the "CLEAN smell. Went and bought a top loading Roper (very inexpensive) and ILOVE it. Clothes and linens Look and Smell clean. I think it's great to save water but not if you give up feeling Clean.
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    I have whirlpool front loaders. Have had them for approximately 8 years now. Not a bit of trouble, clothes come out clean and fresh smelling. I use hydrogen peroxide instead of Clorox 2 and white vinegar instead of fabric softener. Also, you have to leave the door open so that it can dry out. Leaving it closed can cause the washer and your clothes smell less than fresh.

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    FYI, my front loader is more labor intensive. It needs to be drained weekly, the opening needs to be cleaned and the door for the detergent and the washer door both need to be left open whenever not in use. It also takes longer to wash clothes. Those are the down sides.

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    I'm not in the market for one at the moment (from my lips to God's ears, please) but I'd vote for a top loading machine. I agree with hopetoquilt...everything I've heard thus far implies that the front loaders are much more labor intensive. And if less water in my clothes washer is anything like what we've endured with our (relatively - @ 5yr) dishwasher, please save me! It's bad enough that the detergents have been changed so that they don't work as well anymore, but add to that less water; longer run times (can someone please explain how a longer run cycle uses LESS water?); etc., I'll go with the old standby...top load. With as many cycles/water heat combos as I can get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cizzors View Post
    When we moved to the new house, she left her W&D. Washer was a front loader. I used it for the first few loads. It did use a lot less water but what I don't like is the clothes just flop around-there is no agitating. I would rather my clothing last a year or less from agitating then them lasting a couple years and wonder if they are really getting clean. Only top loader for me. I'll sell the front loader in the garage sale for $50.
    My Samsung washer is a high efficiency model that is a top loader with no agitator. Once I figured out the laundry soap thing, I am pretty happy with it.
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    I saw a report with mold problems with front loaders. The other problems is small items being sucked into the drain. When my top loader goes I will be looking for another one.

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    We just purchased a new Whirlpool top loader last month. I like the fact it has 2 rinses. I use the All laundry liquid detergent. No perfumes. I don't use the liquid fabric softener. I use dryer sheets. I get the Seventh Generation dye and perfume free. I've found I only have to use 1/4 of a sheet. I have also noticed with the second rinse I don't really even have to use a dryer sheet. I usually just use the 2 rinses on bath towels and whites. Took me a while to get used to it but so far so good.

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    Nearly every brand has the locking lid so you may want to make sure you have your cycles set the way you want.

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    Our Maytag Neptune W/D stacker just broke after 20+ years of use with only 1 service call. We thought it wasn't worth putting $500 into the repair of a 20yr old unit not knowing what the real problem was. After looking at lots of reviews and comparisons we bought an LG model 4070 W/D that can be stacked or separated. It was just delivered yesterday and so far I have washed only 10 loads of clothes, but it is working great. Very happy with the purchase. I prefer a front loader so that they can be stacked and I wash a lot of king sized quits which are very heavy so a big unit was important. They recommend you wipe down the door and rubber seal and leave the door open when finished with washer to prevent mold on the seal. We purchased at Home Depot due to the sale they had when we purchased. Have fun shopping, It's a major purchase, but actually fun to do laundry (at least until the newness wears off).
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    I have a front load whirlpool and dryer. It has a soak setting that works great. There are only 2 of us. Love front loads for saving water and for washing large items, ie, quilts.

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    I don't know how dirty your wash is but if you live on a farm or have extra dirty clothes from work you will NOT be happy with the new "energy efficient" washers that use less water. They do a lousy job. I refused to buy one when mine bit the dust and they finally sold me a "cheap" one that was not marked as being energy efficient and it works fine, but the saleslady told me in confidence that she bought one of the energy efficient ones and she has to wash her husbands work clothing twice to get them clean and pretreat spots to get them out even then.

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    I have the top loader and my mil has the front loader. She will need the bases for the front loader washer and dryer now that she has a house.
    I would suggest that if you get a front loader you get the bases also it just raises it to the height needed for laundry as my mil found out (she didn't want to spend the $$ for each).

    I have the Bravos series by Maytag (very energy efficient as well) and am very very happy with it (both Washer and dryer) it just depends on what you want and like. I bought mine for longevity and an glad I did !
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    Quote Originally Posted by tessagin View Post
    Nearly every brand has the locking lid so you may want to make sure you have your cycles set the way you want.
    my Samsung top loader has a locking lid but it also has a pause button so if you forgot to throw something in you can pause it and the lid will unlock and you can throw it in. I can also change the cycle too by pausing it.
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    I haven't bought a dryer lately but I have bought a washer. I bought a Samsung washer. It is a top loader and has no spindle in the middle. I didn't even know that Samsung made washers. I have had it for about 6 months and I love it. Bought it at Home Depot
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    I don't need either at the moment...hopefully.....but when I do need to replace. Definitely will be a top loader again, all this extra stuff with front loaders does not appeal to me.......I wish the dryer was a top loader....bending and checking for that last thing in it some days can be trying......jmho

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    We have a Samsung set. Top loading HE washer. Use Ecos liquid detergent from Costco, and white vinegar for natural fabric softener. When clothes are extra dirty, I use liquid Spic n Span in the little bleach compartment. Works great!
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    I like top load washers, I like to be able to open it, if I want to add something extra. I don't care for HE types, can't wash large item easly.
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    Good to know abut the front loader, we could NOT leave door open as we go throught small laundry to back door. We have Maytags and they are great.

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