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Washer/Dryer advice - August 5, 2013, 08:32 AM

House was just renovated, but the builder put in Admiral washer and dryer, which appear to be not so nice Home Depot cheap appliances. Top loading, old technology w/d. They don't get very good ratings online. 400 bucks new each.

Question is, we haven't even moved in yet and part of me is considering trying to sell these appliances on craigslist and getting new high efficiency type machines. It would save money on water and electric right? Is it worth it? Nevermind the fact that newer ones wash the actual clothes better, do less damage to them, keep color longer, etc. I figure either I do it now while the appliances I want to sell are brand new, and I can resell them as such, or I don't do it until they break.

I am not thinking about washing a suit or moto gear in the machines. So I'm only concerned with everyday clothes.

I have small HE units in our current apartment and haven't have any issues.
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August 5, 2013, 08:46 AM

Not that much.

I wouldn't bother and for the love of Pete...don't get front loaders. They suck!
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Not a fan of front loaders, either. I had to beg & plead with the wife to get top loaders.


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August 5, 2013, 08:59 AM

WHY? All the tests show them being more efficient, better washers on consumer reports. There is definitely a love/hate relationship w/ these things.
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August 5, 2013, 09:05 AM

Not a fan of front loaders either. the ones I've come across all seem to have that same moldy smell that sticks with the clothes, and they were very new machines.


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We love our front loaders. I forgt what we have, though...


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August 5, 2013, 09:17 AM

I won't wash my clothes in anything but a front loader. They use less water, get clothes cleaner, and cause less wear than an agitator type top loaders. I just bought a Samsung set for $1200 and have been very happy with them.


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Stay away from Whirlpool front loaders. Bad build quality and reliability. Front loaders use less water for the size of the load. They clean clothes by tumbling then endlessly, and the abrasion between the articles of clothing help to get them clean. IMO they are no easier on clothes than top loaders. They can be easier to unload. The door must be left open after use or they will become musty (the wash chamber is by nature sealed up pretty tight). It's in the owner's manual that nobody ever reads.
I like them. They tend to be heavy because there is a huge dead weight attached to the outside of the drum to dampen vibration from off-balance loads during the spin cycle. Therefore they are a bear to get down into the basement! High speed spins with heavy (towels) loads can be hard on the bearings. Keeps the loads and weight reasonable and they should serve you well.

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Get the Maytag 1000, cleans a lot faster than the 600.


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Get the Maytag 1000, cleans a lot faster than the 600.

but the 600 handles better.
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but the 600 handles better.
And is lighter.

I'm a big fan of top loaders. Partially because I didn't even know hey existed before moving to the US. The larger the better. For me the drier is the more important piece. The more it could dry more efficiently the better. I hate having to dry things twice.


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August 5, 2013, 10:51 AM

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And is lighter.

I'm a big fan of top loaders. Partially because I didn't even know hey existed before moving to the US. The larger the better. For me the drier is the more important piece. The more it could dry more efficiently the better. I hate having to dry things twice.
My understanding is that the WASHER is really the key to quick drying. A washer that can spin faster and/or extract more water during the spin cycle will allow the dryer to do its job faster. As far as I know, dryers haven't really become any more efficient recently.
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I bought my LG front loaders about 5 years ago and love them. Much better than our older top loaders. Also the washer is easier to take apart and clean than any of the top loaders I had.


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That does makes sense. I always assumed it was the driers ability to dehumidify or pull moisture.


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