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Old 02-01-2020, 06:31 PM
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We're in the market for a new washing machine. I've had a Kenmore HE front-loader for the last 15 years and while I have been, for the most part, satisfied with it, I have told my husband that this time I want a top-loader that fills the tub with water.
I've looked in the archives for threads about washing machines and the only one I found is from 2014. So I'd like to hear from people who have top-loading machines that fill, what brand you have, approximately what you paid, and what you like/don't like about the machine.
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Old 02-01-2020, 06:49 PM
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I bought a top loading, heavy duty Inglis about 30 years ago and other then a couple of part replacements, it’s still going strong. I hope it goes for many years more or I will shopping as well.
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I’m not sure any washer fills the tub anymore. Might be a water conservation thing. I can add more water to my Speed Queen manually but I must stand there to hold the button. It doesn’t take long, really. Speaking of that, my washer filled so slowly then I discovered the water inlet wasn’t turned on all the way and had been that way for 4-5 years. DIL’s washer has a nice big tub but mine is actually small compared to hers.
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Old 02-01-2020, 07:25 PM
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I have done some checking just in case I'll need a set. The person I talked to at Sears said there are no longer machines that fill "all the way". Rules from EPA, conservation ??? who knows but manufactures all have to comply with no extra water.
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three years ago we got a GE GTW330, 3.8 cubic feet capacity top loader. this and my refrigerator took me awhile to get used to. they tend to be noisy. Now i don't notice it much at all. I prefer top loaders and am happy with this one.
the model is GTW330ASK0WW and model SG147290G . seems it cost just under $400.00. We had ordered different washer and dryer but they wouldn't fit out small laundry area evidently. This has many options on it too which is always nice. good luck.
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Originally Posted by tranum View Post
I’m not sure any washer fills the tub anymore.
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The person I talked to at Sears said there are no longer machines that fill "all the way". Rules from EPA, conservation ??? who knows but manufactures all have to comply with no extra water.
Actually this isn't quite true. Some manufacturers have responded to consumer complaints and have started adding the full-tub feature back. This is one of the reasons why Speed Queen is at the top of my list.

From an article from The Washington Post, dated Jan 29, 2020: "The classic (Speed Queen) TC5 Washer “fills the tub full of water like what Grandma’s machine would do.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifes...mments-wrapper

The website of my local Speed Queen dealer lists 4 different models, 3 of which have as a top feature "Full Tub Wash & Rinse fills the entire tub with water to achieve maximum cleanliness". The 4th model has this as an optional feature.
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Old 02-02-2020, 03:24 AM
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My Kenmore recently died and I replaced it with a GE. While I don't really "need" a large tub, I did get it because I have a queen sized bed and might need the space for bedding. None of today's washers operate like the ones we have used for years--all electronic workings that think we don't know how much water to use or to keep your hands out of the tub when it's spinning. Locked lids and all. Frustration abounds! I have to figure out how to get into the thing when it gets out of balance with whatever is in it. I looked at the Speed Queen and recognize it is quality but I couldn't justify the price at this point. If I were younger and had a big family, maybe I'd have looked at it more seriously.
None of today's appliances are designed to last like the old ones did. Sure do miss all of the Kenmore products.
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Old 02-02-2020, 06:26 AM
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We purchased a mid range washer from Lowes about a year ago. I was determined to get a central agitator. My last one did not have an agitator. The agitator works better but it still doesn't work like the old models. It simply swishes, not really turning. I do like that it had a twice rinse setting. Just check it out and ask questions. My old one could wash a large quilt but it wouldn't spin it dry. I would have to dry it totally soaking wet. I haven't dared to wash large quilts in the new one.
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Old 02-02-2020, 06:57 AM
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I should say mine does swish the clothes but not all around like the agitators used to do. it swishes,stops, swishes,stops, swishes and then later spins forever. the clothes are almost dry when they get put into the dryer! also gets them very clean on cold water. I don't like buying products made in China but pretty much have no choice these days.
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Old 02-02-2020, 09:02 AM
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I am very happy with my SQ that I purchased several years ago. With just the 2 of us, I don't need the ExtraLarge water fill option, but I love the fact that I can pre soak MrOk's dirty farm jeans with hot water to ensure they get clean. I use the EL water fill when washing my Qsized quiltsme. This machine reminds of the classic Maytag washer I owned 45 years ago.
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