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    We bought a Crosley washing machine and dryer about 8 yrs . ago, and have not had a minutes worth of problem. I had never heard of the brand, but the clothes are always clean, it has every cycle possible on it, and uses enough water to get everything nice and clean.
    The dryer does a super job also.
    Good luck with your search! A local harware store had them, so suppose go online to find the name Croslley.
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    Ours is a top loader. It's like beating clothes on a rock...the clothes are wet, but just tossed on the paddles. I washed a small baby quilt in it, and it couldn't handle even that much weight on the spin cycle. Had to take them down to my mother's and spin them out in her 35+ year old washer. My nephew bought a commercial Speed Queen for a duplex he rents out. They are still made in America. It's a top loader. Personally, I think all these "improvements"....aren't!!!
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    When I got married the first time, I got my grandmothers wringer washer and the double tub. No one wanted it. I had that washer for almost 2 years. It was probably 20-25 yrs or older when we got it. I cried really hard when it started smoking. The motor in it was done and no parts. My clothes were so clean. In the winter I used the dryer on loads that didn't go on the line. I could start my laundry in the morning when I got up and have it all done by 9:00 and put away. in the past 20 years we've been through 4 washers and on our 2nd dryer and the dryer's end is near. washer is rusted and will need to be replaced soon. I wipe it when I'm done but it sits out in the utility shed on the carport out of the weather but humidity is still there.

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    I went back to doing dishes by hand. Our water bill has gone down significantly. I put the dishes into the sink with nothing but the hottest water and let them soak while I do other things. Running a dishwasher for 2 hours never made sense to me. When I can have them actually done with in 1/2 hour and put away. I hated having to load my dishwasher a certain way and no matter how hard trying not to let the utensils nest they would anyway. I would just have to rewash so what's the point of the dw?
    Quote Originally Posted by quiltbuddy View Post
    I just bought a new dishwasher and they make them so they run for 2 hours!!! (lots of soak time) to be more energy efficient. I don't think they are as clean also. I'm ready to go back to doing them by hand. I have also come to the conclusion to not buy the top of the line appliances since they are all junk that you have to replace prematurely.

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    Oh, my.

    We started out with a gray square tubbed wringer washer, and two galvanized squarish rinse tubs. Wash DAY was a production. We carried the water to the machines and tubs and carried the water away.

    When I got a new White maytag wringer washer and had cement rinse tubs where I used a hose to fill the machine and just drained the water into a floor drain - WOW - what an improvement. Still dried the clothes on lines or drying racks, but life was much better.

    I do have a washer and dryer now. The washer is a Maytag suds saver - circa 1990. It has been repaired a few times, but I still use it.

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    A few years ago we lived in a small town. Our washer went out and we were so busy, had no time to go shopping. My DH said he saw 3 Maytags for sale in the adjoining city for $50 each. He brought one home and plugged it in and it is still going strong 6 years later. I think we will do that again when this one goes out ! Try buying a used washer.

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    I had to replace my 24 year old Whirlpool about 3 weeks ago. It was a top loader, agitator, I set the water level and temp. for whatever I was washing. I knew I wanted another Whirlpool as I had such great results with my old one. As I was looking and reading about the new washers I picked the one I thought I wanted, a heavy duty top load, agitator which was about $650. I was buying from a local family business that I have done business with for the last 45 years. The owner gave me plenty of time to determine which one I wanted before she came over to help me. Then she made a suggestion - the one I picked was computer driven, meaning it weighted the clothes, chose the water level and the temp and had to use the high efficient detergent AND only had a ONE year warranty. She steered me to another model, a Whirlpool that was a heavy duty, top load, agitator that lets me choose the water level and temp and lets me pause it if I need to add something after it had started its cycle AND came with a 10 year warranty AND a price of $450. I am blessed to live in a small town with expert retail and service people that I have known for a long time.

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    the new washers all stink but I did find a top loader at Home Depot it does not have the settings of my old washer and I have to keep it set on super wash all the time to get it to do anything but spray I can fill it with hot water for my whites but if I want warm water I have to watch it and set by hand no hand cycle or small load like my old machine so to get water everything is washed on super load therefore using much more water and electricity than my old machine I have heard many people say this

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    Quote Originally Posted by tessagin View Post
    I went back to doing dishes by hand. Our water bill has gone down significantly. I put the dishes into the sink with nothing but the hottest water and let them soak while I do other things. Running a dishwasher for 2 hours never made sense to me. When I can have them actually done with in 1/2 hour and put away. I hated having to load my dishwasher a certain way and no matter how hard trying not to let the utensils nest they would anyway. I would just have to rewash so what's the point of the dw?
    ... We think alike. I have a 30 yr old dishwasher that looks brand new ... seldom if ever use it !!
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    I really like my dishwasher but if or when it goes I to will wash by hand I gave not heard one good thing on the new ones I think all things are now made in China

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    I have an LG front loading machine -- I really like it. I use less detergent, can set the water temp, can add additional water (which I do as we have low water pressure here). I think the clothes are cleaner and they certainly last longer. I did not replace my dryer when I bought the washer, the dryer technology hadn't changed. It also takes less time for my clothes to dry as I use the high speed spin cycle.

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    We bought a new washer and dryer last year to go in our new house. They are Electrolux front loaders and we put them on pedestles so we don't have to bend over to get into them. So far we love them but time will tell as far as how long they last. I was a bit freaked out when I first started using them since you hardly see any water in them. But the clothes come out clean, and they spin out so much water they dry really fast.

    We left the old set in the house we sold. They were Whirlpool top loaders about 16 years old and still working except the dryer senser didn't work and we always had to start it a second time to get clothes dry.

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    A year or so ago I contemplated starting to shop for a new washer as mine is getting way up there in years. I did some comparisons , and the higher cost of the new "efficient" models would take me 12 years or more to recover the higher price. So don't assume that the value or savings of the highly efficient but costly machines will indeed pay for itself.
    When mine finally quits I will go low tech, stripped down, basic machine.

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    Go to the nearest second hand appliance store and ask for an old Kenmore or Hotpoint washer. They work until they rust away. I bought mine second hand eight years ago, and they are still going strong. I always add the Oxyclean type cleaner from the dollar store, to my regular detergent and my clothes look like new.
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    Yeah, I bought a new HE top loading model about a year ago, and I keep hoping it will die. I don't like that it doesn't fill with water when I want it to- I feel like the clothes are not being rinsed enough! It will probably be just a matter of time till there's a law about how long our showers can be and how much soap we're allowed to use!

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    The best machine I ever had was Frigidaire that had the agitator that jumped up and down. I had two before they stopped making them. The longest lasting was Whirlpool, I now have a Maytag. I buy washer and dryer to match. I will only buy top loaders. I have a super capacity and need a larger one for big quilts.
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    I bought one last year. It's a top loader with the agitator. I can set it to auto fill or to fill to the level I want it. The salesman kept directing me to other ones without the agitator but they were all autofill and didn't want that. It's basically the bottom of the line cheapest washing machine, but it was available in Kenmore and GE. Besides, when mine went out after 27 years, I had just paid son's tuition and didn't have the extra money for a higher dollor machine. I like this one, it's close to what my old one was. Went back after tax refund got here and bought the matching dryer since my dryer was on it's last leg too. But heck, 27 years, I got my money's worth out of them.
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    And lots of features you'll never use, too boot!
    A quilt is like a good life. It's full of mistakes, but, in the end, it looks pretty good.

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    We are on the same wavelength with regard to appliances. In most cases, the fewer bells and whistles, the fewer opportunities to break down.
    A quilt is like a good life. It's full of mistakes, but, in the end, it looks pretty good.

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    We have a HE Top load Kenmore pair, washer & dryer. I hate the washer. I had a commercial washer that I loved, tornado took it. THe new one with no agitator does not clean as well, as soon as you close the lid it locks and you can't open the lid to peek at any time. It makes so many noises that we can't run it at night. You load it and cannot put anything over the center thingy dingy in the center. I know I am lucky to have a washer & dryer, just jonseing for the old one.

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    I agree with you quilt mom my new one uses twice as much of everything and takes twice as long as I have to run everything on super load or the machine does not fill with water then if I want a second rinse have to set it myself my old one had a small load and even a hand wash load but these energy saving ones uses twice the amount of everything wish the person building them would have to use them but then we will never have good stuff until they start making it in the U.S.

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    I surely hope they never do away with top loaders. Whirlpool is still a good product. I remember when my Father used to work for RCA/Whirlpool in the 50's.

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    I agree with those who have recommended Speed Queen. They are STILL built like tanks, right here in the USA. Any other brand is a shadow of its former quality and will not last. It's truly a shame that quality is so hard to come by anymore, but if I were in the market for a new washer or dryer, I would get a new Speed Queen, or check out used Maytag (pre 2005), GE (pre 1993 Filter Flo only!), Whirlpool, or Kenmore.

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    We bought a new washer about a year ago. We did not want the HE type or whatever that uses 4" of water (my husband is a farmer-get real. lol) so we bought a traditional Speed Queen top loader. LOVE LOVE LOVE. It's all mechanical so no motherboard or anything to break and it does a great job. We can use whatever temp of water we want, fill it as high as we want, open it during the cycle, and it's very basic, which is perfect for us. The only extra thing we sprung for was the model with the extra rinse button.

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    by the way, I read somewhere that they were going to quit making the traditional machines this year. I hope that's not true.

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