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    What washer to buy?

    My Maytag washer from 1982! Has finally given it up!!! Iím thinking about replacing it with a front loader. Any recommendations? There is just the two of us so it doesnít need to be huge...maybe 4 cu ft?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Love2Craft View Post
    My Maytag washer from 1982! Has finally given it up!!! I’m thinking about replacing it with a front loader. Any recommendations? There is just the two of us so it doesn’t need to be huge...maybe 4 cu ft?
    I had a frontloader by Kenmore. Never would I buy another one, even if it was free and gift-wrapped. I replaced it with a Speedqueen. We went to Warrenton, Oregon to look at them and buy. It was delivered and set up, even hauling off the old one.
    There are only two of us and just about every load I run is an extra-large load, probably because I think I am extra large, and both of us are tall.

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    Another Speed-Queen girl here. It is a top loader. I can adjust the water level during the fill if needed. Add more clothes to the wash too. It has a hot wash coming from the hot water heater. New washer regs don’t let the temp go above a certain point. The washer will add cold water to lower the temp of hot water.

    I want to choose the wash temp and don’t need regs in my wash loads. LOL.

    You are wise to do your research first.

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    Maytags are super good! I had one for many, many years. When it went to washer heaven I got a top load Fisher & Paykel 2nd hand from a man from church whose wife wanted a front load one. The Fisher & Paykel, from Australia, I think, is wonderful!! I've had it for 5 or 6 years now and it has been perfect!!

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    We've had 2 front-loaders and are not happy with them. While they clean well enough, the trouble is they are prone to mildew around the rim, and sometimes I feel there's not enough water for certain loads. The first washer didn't live more than six years before ball bearing wore out. Our current one is usually okay but sometimes doesn't spin the clothes completely dry, for reasons we can't figure out.

    When I was talking to a local independent appliance store owner, she sang the praises of Speed Queen top loaders. Said they hold huge loads or comforters easily, you adjust the water load and temp, they clean very well, they rarely need a service call, and they're real workhouses. It would be my first pick when we need to replace our Samsung.

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    I'm a Fisher/Paykel top loader from Lowes girl. They have a super-sonic spin cycle mode that leaves the cloths so dry that a shorter dry cycle is need in the dryer. (thats where the big money in electricity is spent). has out lasted any previous washer by 4 life cycles.
    https://www.lowes.com/pd/Fisher-Payk...ite/1000563187

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    I have a top loading LG (no agitator) machine with a 10 year warranty. I love the machine and recommended it to a friend who was looking for a new machine. The last 2 machines I've had lasted 5 to 7 years. Repairing just wasn't worth it. So maddening!

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    If all I was washing was family laundry (clothes, etc.), I would be very satisfied with a front loader. It does spin the water out so I don't have to dry as long. I wipe excess moisture up after finishing using it every time to avoid mold and have been successful with that. It's really fine for the non-quilter or someone who makes only smaller quilts. However, because front loaders use less water than top loaders, it isn't the best at washing larger quilts because it doesn't use as much water. The more water there is around a quilt, the better that floating dye can be rinsed away rather than re-integrated into the quilt. I now feel I should go to a laundromat to wash bigger quilts to avoid bleeding dye. Just MHO.

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    I have had both. I did not like the front loader (Kenmore Elite) that I had for 5 years. There was nothing I liked about it. I did not feel that it cleaned well and it certainly did not rinse well. I was so glad to move out of that house and away from that washer. Prior to that I had had Kenmore top loaders. That is what I went back to and I really like my machine. It does have an agitator and I like that very much. My DIL has a top loader without the agitator and does not like it very much. I will never consider another front loader.

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    I'll join the Speed Queen Commerial Washer Fan Club. They are made for laundrymats so they have to be simple and tough. They don't talk to your phone, but they allow you to select the water level that you want. Since they are so basic, there are fewer things that need repair. I was made aware of this machine by an appliance repairman.
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    I have a LG front load and I would never buy another. I've repaired it so many times I probably have built a new machine in my laundry room, kind of Johnny Cash's song, one piece at a time. I was told that the Speed Queen is the best washing machine to buy, get the plain Jane model with no bells or whistles and it will last forever. So the next time mine goes up if I can afford to buy another machine I'll buy the Speed Queen.

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    I own a laundromat. I bought it from a guy who had gotten all of the life out of the washers and dryers he could. They were all 35 years old and older. The Maytag front loaders were in a constant state of needing repair. Each repair, which was usually bearings deep in the machine was at least $500.00. Finally I gave up and ordered 8 Wascomat front loaders, (because that is what they had) and 4 of the larger commercial 50 pound washers, some new dryers and even had to buy a new change machine.

    When the gumint became involved with how much water a washer could or should use, we all lost. My 4 fifty pound machine do the best job washing. I'm not thrilled with the front loading Wascomats as the rubber seal becomes discolored rather early on. I've had the new machines a little over 4 years now. Nine more payments and they are mine. The mother boards are failing now on the front loaders.

    At home I have a horrible Maytag top loader. I've never heard such sounds out of a machine. When you first start it there is a "sensing" function. Bangity bang bang it goes. It seems to take forever and never seems to take the softner. These are all commercial grade coin operated and about the only thing I can do is take the coin mechanism apart and fix it, take a sock out of a pump and then call the repair man.

    The 35 year old stuff seemed to work, until it broke and then you could not get parts-- too old. Despite making a living 25 cents at a time, the little laundromat is profitable and this little old lady can clean it every day.

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    I think the Speed Queen is the only washer made in the USA, if that makes a difference to you. My nephew had one and loved it. Gave it to his mother when he moved and she hates it. (She doesn't like me, either.) It's such an individual choice. We have an Amana front loader and are on year 9. Ssshhh! It doesn't need to know it's age. It does not allow for a presoak or any kind of soak cycle. If you forget an item and try to put it in after the machine has begun, it drains out everything (which makes sense, but can be aggravating). I use my mother's machine for large items like queen sized mattress covers. That machine was gifted to her as a well-used machine in the 1980's! It's a Whirlpool top loader, and we don't discuss it's age in front of it, either! Enjoy your search. I hope you find one that's exactly right for you!

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    Recently replaced mine with a Whirlpool set (only ones that vented the way we are set up). Wanted an LG. My repairman also recommended Speedqueen.

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    I have a top loader GE and it cleans okay. I don't like the lid lock feature or the water sensor but that is on most brands now. DH disconnected the lid lock thank goodness. I turn it to super load and still get what I call a med water level. I asked for a non digital washer and there wasn't one in the store. The newer ones gets worse and worse so pick your poison. LOL
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    I've had two Whirlpool Duet front loaders. I never had a problem with either one. The newer one does take longer to wash than the first one though.
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    Front loaders are a problem for me. I have a bad back and do not bend over without a lot of pain. Something to consider.

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    I had a frontloader...didnotlike it...when it went bad after only 3 years, bought a used LG from a friend. Works fine,but i I do not like the non..agitator and the use of less water. I am getting ready to replace with a top loader that agitates and let's me have more control of water.



    QUOTE=gramajo;8236695]Front loaders are a problem for me. I have a bad back and do not bend over without a lot of pain. Something to consider.[/QUOTE]

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    Our repairman also recommended a Speed Queen. That will be my next one if I ever need to replace my old Maytag top washer. It has been good, but the new ones are not like the old ones. I want one with an agitator. My daughter does not like her new one which has no agitator. I do not know what brand she has as she lives over 600 miles from me.

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    I much prefer a top loader, for one thing I am always finding one dropped/missed sock after the load has started. With a top loader you can just throw it in. Also, while I don't do a lot of it, sometimes I do treat my fabric in various ways, whether with dyes or bleach or what have you. Again, works better if you can open it up mid-cycle.

    I also want extra large capacity so I don't have to take my quilts to the Laundromat. Mostly our laundry is done on the regular size, but especially when it is towels and sheets and such we go extra large.

    I have also heard of Speed Queens recommended. My friend in Arizona's Maytag washer was going out and her repairman really encouraged/convinced her to pay for the costly but cheaper than a new washer repair, telling her that she was just not going to be happy with any current machine but to go Speed Queen if she felt she had to.

    Modern appliances simply are not made to last like they used to be. Pretty much everything is designed for planned obsolescence and to be replaced every 10-12 years now, cheap/expensive what have you. Big business doesn't want you to have a washing machine that lasts 50 years any more.

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    Well I guess I'm in the minority. I have had Kemore front loader for 8 years, no trouble at all. Cleans well, less water usage..as for musty smell, I keep door open after use to air out and occasionally put some baking soda inside, that works. I think it is a gentler wash for quilts. Etc.
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    I will never buy a front loader again, they look nice but they do not clean clothes as well as a top loader and there is no way to adjust the water level. They do save water but you pay the price with your laundry not getting as clean .

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    The previous washer was a front loader Maytag which did a great job. However, the manual did not say to leave the door open, wipe out the opening, etc. I ended up with the dreaded black spots after a few years. When we eventually decided to replace it, the top loaders were out due to my height. DH teased I could fall in while retrieving clothes, lol. We ended up with a front loader LG over two years ago. This time, the manual did say to leave the door open after each load. We went with the pedestal drawers which make things easier on the back. No regrets this time.

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    I'm typing quietly so my Whirlpool washer/dryer set doesn't hear me! They are quite old, and can be cantankerous at times, but I love them dearly! My washer is top load, 4 load levels, 4 water mix levels, and 4 load selections. She has been quite the workhorse, and is just now beginning to show signs of old age. She squeaks more, and sometimes doesn't want to fully spin those heavy loads. The dryer has 3 load choices, and 3 heat levels, and other than a broken door latch, (magnet holds it closed) has offered no problems. When the time comes, looks like SpeedQueen might be the way to go.

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    I have Maytag and love it.

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