August 09, 2011

Washer Down!

  So, my washing machine is broken.  I've done a ton of research to try and figure it out because I don't want to spend hundreds to fix a machine that's a dud.  It's the Whirlpool Cabrio.  I originally bought it because my sister had it and liked it.  Hers recently broke too.  She got it fixed and then it broke again.  Ouch.  A few months ago I would have recommended it...until both of ours broke and I've read about how common the problems are.  Whirlpool wasn't at all helpful when I tried to contact them.

So, do any of you have a washer and dryer you love that you'd recommend?  Do any of you companies out there want me to review a washer for you?  Pretty please? 

I'm just dying over the cost issue here.  Ugh!  I love to hear any advice.  Thanks!

Sincerely,
Cheri, who is wearing dirty clothes and is running out of underwear :)

79 comments:

  1. Our dryer tumbler just went :(
    2 adults, 4 kids no dryer=no fun!

    I big believer that the older the machine the better. Everything was built so much better when quality was top priority and not money.

    I would definitely get, if you get something new, an older style washer because the digital ones Ive heard just break and it cost oodles to get them fixed.

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  2. I have an LG front load washer that I've been so happy with...I can wash all of our towels (for a family of 6) plus the bathmats and shower curtain in one load. Hope that helps!

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  3. I have an LG front-loader set that I bought on Black Tuesday in 2009. I love them. My "scientific" research involved reading the signs on all the display machines and picking the set with the largest capacity for both washer and dryer. Love, love, love them, but haven't had any problems yet so no clue how the service/fixing them part of it would go. My kid is in cloth diapers and my other one refuses to wear a diaper at night so I do 1-2 loads a day most days and it has held up great.

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  4. The only down fall with the front load washers are they retain water and build up a mildew smell if the door is left closed when not in use. I love my samsung set. The dryer has a smart technology so when the clothes are dry it shuts off. If the clothes are still wet, it keeps going. No more damp clothes. Good luck. Maybe someone will let you try theirs. Fingers crossed for you!

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  5. I LOVE my kenmore, It's a 500 series I think? I do a lot of laundry and it never lets me down. It's a top loader though, because they're better for washing cloth diapers.

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  6. We love our Speed Queen washer and dryer. http://www.speedqueen.com/

    When our dryer belt broke the guy who came to fix it (not affiliated with SQ in any way, or the people we bought the units from) said it was super rare problem and these units should last us forever!

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  7. Oh dear. We just moved into a new house - it came with a Whirpool Cabrio set. We've been here a week. I like how quiet the washing machine is, but not how loud the dryer is. As the whole user interface is digital - I so see this as the part that breaks first!

    But then I am coming from a basic Whirlpool set that we purchased in 2001 - basic as we spent less than $850 for both dryer and washer. It worked great -you could fudge the washer along when it was in need of repair. (My repair man is my husband - who only has time for repairing on the weekends -I have 3 kids, 2 dogs & 2 mud seasons - we do a lot of laundry!)

    I'll cheer you on from the sidelines, and take notes!

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  8. My advice is to go on Craigslist and buy a used one! There are lots of people who are moving and they can't take the washer/dryer with them and you can get a great deal!

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  9. Holy ish! Mine died too! grrrr

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  10. We have a Kenmore (not a front load as much as I want one) that we have had 3ish years. My husband swears by Kenmore and from what I have heard they have great customer service (we haven't had to use them so far).

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  11. I did a ton of research before we bought last year...I would go with LG!

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  12. My washer and dryer are reaching the end of their life, just waiting for the day. Had a repair guy here for my fridge, asked what machines he saw the least, he said Whirlpool Duet, but maybe you don't want to work with them anymore.

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  13. I absolutely love my Kenmore HE front loaders. They are the 5t series. There are 6 of us and I do a lot of laundry. They have not let me down. I love the stain removal options as well as the capacity. Front loaders can get a moldy smell, but you just have to leave the door open when not in use and clean them monthly. Which just consists of running the "clean washer" cycle with bleach. I do it while we sleep. Good luck. I hope this helps. PS: they come in really cool colors too.

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  14. I also had a Cabrio(have to have a top loader for space reasons). Started leaking water. Motor rusted and needed replacing to the tune of parts and labor of about $600 dollars. Repairman said they only have a life of about three years and then the problems start, expensive to repair problems. She said they don't even bother with repairing and reselling when they get one, not worth the time or effort.

    Went with an LG high-efficiency top load this time and so far, so good!

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  15. Also, beware of Kenmore. They aren't the Kenmore of old. At one point within the last few years they were bought out by Whirpool and the brand took a steady decline in quality(at least as far as washers, I love my Kenmore fridge).

    I don't know if Whirlpool still manufactures them or not anymore.
    If you have and honest and reputable repairmen/salesmen/appliance guy ask them what they would get.

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  16. I have a Frigidaire Heavy Duty Extra LargeCapacity washer and dryer that's lasted me for 12+ years now, with absolutely no problems.

    I've been waiting for it to die so I can get a new set, but from the comments it sounds like I'll stick with this set for as long as possible.

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  17. We have a Kenmore, that we've had for 6 years. I picked it because everyone I asked had a Kenmore that they had had for years. But I guess if they were bought out it changes things.

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  18. See if you can find an older top-loading machine in Craigslist. Many people are getting rid of their top-loading machines in favor of the newer front-loading one. Maybe you can find a gently used one that will last a while! We got ours secondhand for really cheap.

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  19. My Cabrio also died (but only after I spent a bunch of money trying to get it repaired).
    I didn't want to spend a lot of money on a machine that I only wanted to wash my clothes. So I bought a bottom of the line Kenmore washer for $600! Yes, I did say bottom of the line.
    Totally NOT worth it. Spend the money to buy something nicer. It takes my machine THREE hours to run one load of laundry!
    So sorry about your machine and sorry I don't have more specific advice than "it's worth the money to buy a decent machine."

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  20. Oh no Cheri! I'm so sorry. My brother had problems with his also. He replaced his set, but is having problems with his new set. I totally believe in old appliances. My set is probably a hundred years old, but it works like a champ! I'm so sorry. Good luck to you!

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  21. I LOVE my Kenmore Elite HE Front loader washer and dryer! I bought the extra large capacity...it will wash a king/queen size quilt no problems! It is their high end ones, but sooooo worth it. I can't believe how much cleaner our clothes are. It even has a sanitary mode, which was great when my boys were in diapers :)
    I got mine in a dark grey...just beautiful :)

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  22. PS
    We've had ours 5 years with no problems and it gets used every day!

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  23. :/ Stink!!

    We've got some OLD ones handed down by grandma, I think. Seriously. From the 70's. *cue disco music* BUT, on the plus side, when they break down, YOU can repair it. And they're made to last.

    I bet you could pick some up at a yard sale. Or on craigslist. That would help cushion the blow.

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  24. I have the same machine. It needed repairs after 12 months but whirlpool sent a great repairman and we haven't had issues with it since (been several years). weird, sorry!

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  25. LG! I have a front load washer & dryer & I L.O.V.E. them! I haven't had a single problem in 18 months. AND I bought them from the Sears Outlet - they were floor models & so I got 75% off the price saving me over $2000. :)

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  26. We went to Lowes and got the cheapest Maytag we could find. It's been awesome! No bells and whistles at all but it's simple enough for my seven year old to do the laundry. Which is what I like :)

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  27. We shelled out for a front load Frigidaire a few years ago, and other than a stupid filter that regects dog hair and the plastic that falls off but isn't under any warrantee program because it's "cosmetic" it's been OK.

    When we bought it we were told you could stack them for space saving. That really wasn't the case. Get the sale's guy's home phone number -- just in case something goes wrong. That tends to make them more honest.

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  28. Hi! I've been following your blog for a while, but haven't commented on anything yet. This, however, could not go without a comment! Our washer died last summer and we were without for about 2 months. It was awful! We did a LOT of research (my husband is a Consumer Reports addict) and decided on an LG front-loader. We loved that the motor is direct drive, meaning there are no belts to break, as we discovered that is often the cause of broken motor of any kind. We also really liked a Kenmore, but found out that they are now manufactured by LG, so we went with the one that cost less. Good luck!

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  29. I feel for you! Our washer broke in January and we were just now able to get a new one..thanks to my parents for letting us do laundry at their house for so long! We seriously just went to Lowes and picked out the cheapest washer we could find. $200 I think and I'm pleased with it..mainly because something is better than nothing! It's a Roper if you care.

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  30. We bought our washer/dryer set (and the frig, range and microwave at our last house) at the Sears Appliance Outlet. Not sure if there is one in your area, but they had literally 70+ to choose from in a wide variety of makes and models that were returns, floor models or arrived with a scratch in the paint.

    My frig had a single ding on the side that would have been against the wall at my house. HALF PRICE. worth every penny


    good luck!

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  31. I have a whirlpool estate. It is WONDERFUL. its a top loader.. even though I really want a front loader. I have had it for 6 years and its still working like a champ. My husband even washed a king size comforter in it and even though I almost killed him for it, it didnt break! (dont wash a big comforter in a smaller washing machine!!!) It was the cheapest set at the time of buying and I am still amazed! :) good luck, hope you find a good sturdy one.

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  32. hmmm once my washer broke. I had the i can fix anything mentality. How hard could it be??? I found the part that seemed busted, orded it, and put it on, imagining the accolades from the crowds. Totally didn't work when I put it back together...but I did find a toothbrush in the hose?!?!!

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  33. I have an LG front load set that I bought of Craig's List when we bought our house 4 years ago. Never had a problem, paid half the cost of new, and would recomend them any day of the week . Hubby is a plumber/ HVAC tech and he comes home with some super messy clothes and stains that come out with no problem. I also havae a 7 year old boy, enough said. My only complaint is that when I first got it I didn't know to leave the door open until it dried so it didn't get a musty smell, but cleared that up with some baking soda.

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  34. We just moved across the country and sold ours on KSL.com. I was shocked at the desperate people selling amazing washers and dryers for amazing prices. Next time we buy one we're gonna go that route if we ever end up back in Utah. Good luck!

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  35. We have an LG front loader. It's blue, with a matching dryer. It plays me songs when I turn it on and when the loads are done. It makes me smile. Oh yeah, and it does an amazing job cleaning, too!

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  36. I have the Samsung VRT front load washer. So far, so good. I've had it for several years now with no problem. I leave the door ajar when I am not using it. I wash almost every day when I am home for the summer. During the school year, I wash a load or two during the week and several on the weekend.
    Good Luck,
    Blessings,
    Lorilee

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  37. we bought a whirlpool duet front loading set a year ago and so far have had no problems!

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  38. I have the Samsung VRT too. My husband loved the technology behind it. (Total Geek.) I love the Sanitize cycle on it for cleaning towels - no stink! We both love the fact that it heats the water itself - which means it really is HOT for that sanitize cycle and it's self-cleaning cycle. We got the dryer too and they were both on sale at Lowes for over 50% off!

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  39. Cheri,
    Been a fan of your blog for almost one year, and FINALLY joined your site today. LOVE LOVE LOVE your posts, crafts, and words of inspiration. As far as the washer and dryer go, my husband and I bought our refurbished washer and dryer for $325 for BOTH. They are both Kenmore, and were around 3 years old when we bought them. They are also a matching set, which makes it nice. These machines have given us zero problems for the past two years of ownership (making them 5 years old this year), and if we did have problems, the place we bought it from (Appliance Warehouse, Sacramento) warranties EVERYTHING for two years! I understand other places that sell refurbished appliances operate this way, even in Utah. My husband is a SLC native, so I will ask him when he gets home from work where in Utah County or Salt Lake County you can find a great place that will sell you quality used appliances. Good luck in your quest!

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  40. I've owned LG and Maytag, front loaders, pleased with both.

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  41. this is probably going to jinx me, but we have a sears scratch & dent center nearby & since I don't care if my washer or dryer has a dent in the side, I bought a whirlpool basic top load washer & electric dryer 9 years ago for a few hundred dollars each piece. Not a problem yet. Like I said, so going to jinx me. My mom has a front load Netpune & has had no problems for about 5 years if you are set on front load, I just don't see what all the fuss is about!

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  42. IMO, Speed Queens are the way to go! When my mom and dad first got married they got a Speed Queen. 15 years and many, many loads of clothes later they replaced that beauty with a Whirpool... and we had the exact same experience as you (break, fix, break, fix, etc.). Now, we have another updated version of the Speed Queen washer and drier and it is serving us faithfully. Oh, and I better mention that we have 12 people in our family. Both Speed Queens have and are getting a TON of use and holding up REALLY well :).

    A Speed Queen fan,
    Moe

    www.moethesoutherngal.blogspot.com

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  43. We got a Maytag front loader about a month ago. I think the kids and I have watched about two cycles of laundry at least. We love our new set!
    In our first year of marriage our washer broke. Instead of getting a new one or going to a laundromat we bought new clothes, underwear, socks, everything! After about 2 weeks of this we decided it would be smarter to buy a washer! Oh the days with money and no kids . . .

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  44. If you are going for cost, I would look on craigslist. A lot of people don't like to buy things like that second hand but when we do it we do our research into the one we would be buying. We also are looking for people who are moving who can't take it with them rather than "just getting rid of it". We have bought 2 different sets and used both for over a year (got rid of the first set when we moved) and have been super happy with both of our purchases. And they were $100 and $200 for each set. Hard to beat that for a matching set!

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  45. We love our Bosch front loader and dryer... Nexxt series that I don't know if the technically make the same exact ones anymore. They are great. A little pricey but would buy them all over again. They came from Sears and they hauled away our old ones.

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  46. My washer is going on the fritz too. Not dead yet, but I'm starting to research what I want next. I had a friend look up on Consumer Reports the best washers with the highest capacity that were reasonably priced. I've found that if it's digital, it's more likely to break than manuals, but they're becoming less common. I'll email you the list my friend sent me. Good luck finding a good one!

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  47. I've got an LG front loader that has been a nightmare with cloth diapers. I am absolutely confident that had I had a top loader (and the extra water that is required for it), my cloth diapering life would be a ton easier!

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  48. I have ABSOLUTELY no advice. I do, however, have a tremendous amount of sympathy. Hopefully there is clean laundry in your immediate future!

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  49. Wow, you have a lot of help! We bought an LG super capacity 2 years ago and I love it. 18 pairs of jeans fit inside! Don't get GE (generally expensive) and I've seen lots of Whirlpool cast offs because of huge (sometimes dangerous) malfunctions.

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  50. I'm so glad you posted this... not for me to give any advice but to learn that the washer I wanted ended up doing the same thing it did when I owned it as the Calypso. I LOVED my machine but it was all touch screen and that mother board went out. It was going to cost over $400+ to fix it and that was as much to start looking at new machines. I ended up getting a duet but I don't like it much. I don't like the bending over (I didn't get the stand). That is one reason I loved the Calypso. Also, the dryer I had to go with the Calypso was fine and I didn't want to spend even more to have them "match". Anyhow, I don't know what is up with that specific machine but thanks for sharing.

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  51. When our washing machine started leaking oil like crazy, the repair guy I called said we'd pay more to fix it than to replace it. He said the Roper brand at Lowe's is the best value machine, basic but durable. He also said do NOT get a GE (which is what we had).

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  52. Have you ever thought about a home warranty? When we purchased our machines so long ago, instead of getting the 2 year warranty we chose to add our washing machine and dryer to our home warranty and if something breaks, it's only $50 to fix it or replace it.

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  53. Interesting comments! I used to sell appliances, and the main thing to consider when purchasing a brand is repair - all machines will break eventually. I lived in SE Idaho when I did sell and LG was great, but no one repaired them in the area since LG never paid the repair man when the service was done under warranty. GE has some top loader machines that are great - no transmission! (less parts to break & quieter for a trad. top loader) and it has a bigger rotation and makes it easier on your clothes. I've had mine for 5yrs and it's great - no problems at all :) Good Luck! Appliance shopping is hard

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  54. I don't know if you can buy this in the U.S. ...
    We have a Miele ... These should be the best washers and dryers ...

    Good luck!

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  55. Man, I feel your pain. A few months ago my washer broke and I had to wait almost 3 weeks to get the replacement part. It was worth the wait though.

    I have a whirlpool Duet washer and LOVE it. I have had it for 7 years and this was the first problem I have ever had with it, and the problem was actually my fault. I managed to clog up the drain pump with gunk from the back of a rug (oops).

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  56. This is no assistance on machines, but I'd like to encourage you to take all your clothes, detergent, coins and a good book or craft and head to the laundromat...ALONE!

    Our dryer broke a while back (for 2 full months) we were going to the laundromat. It was a great quiet time for me. And to have all laundry done and folded in one afternoon was spectacular.

    Maybe you can selflessly fold someones undies while you are there!

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  57. I have a friend who has a Whirlpool (not sure what model) and her dryer went out and the company no longer makes the part to fix it. My parents bought a GE brand washer and dryer about 3 years ago and the dryer is already broken. The price was right when they bought it but they wished they would have spent the money for a nicer set. We've looked a little bit for a new set (we'll need when we move) and they are pricey!!! I've heard great things about LG and Samsung washer/dryers. Good idea about looking on Craigslist, I would imagine if people just need to get rid of their machines, they won't be too expensive.

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  58. I just now read what Carrie wrote. WONDERFUL idea! That's my vote (at least for a little while anyway...)

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  59. My washer is down too. The contral panal went out...luckily it was a fluke thing and still under warrenty!

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  60. Our washer just recently broke- it was old though, so it was time. but we had a repair man come just to make sure and he gave us advice on what to buy. He said anything with an "O" like "Cabrio" don't buy. He said that front loaders are nice, but when you have children and toys get stuck in it, it locks up an dyou have to have maintenance come, open the back, clamp the hose, get the toy, and then charge $100s for the service. My sister has a front loader and she has to wipe the inside dry a lot so it wont get that mildew smell. But the repair man said to buy one with a full size agitator. (the cone in the washer) he said that they stopped making them anymore but the wharehouses are still trying to get rid of them, so they are in stores (we were able to find one at our local nebraska furniture mart). The ones without the agitator are more for refreshing clothes, doesn't wash as well.
    I just wanted to share my advice that recently helped us out a lot. Good luck!

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  61. Hi Cheri- Sorry about your washer problems. I know what it is like. I always have washer issues, ask anyone who knows me.
    This is what I learned.
    LG's are great except when the break they can't get the parts. I once waited 3 months and still no parts.
    GE's (front loader) not worth it, expensive.


    If you need to buy a new washer buy and older non digital one. All of the new machines, top loader too are now made with the government standard. They don't work the same. They all break now.

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  62. must be the demise of washing machines lately! ours went down also, front load Kenmore only 9 yrs old. previously we had a whirlpool set given to us by old neighbor that had been given to her by her mother, lovely mustard yellow color but worked great. set was probably 50 yrs old, just had to replace the dryer last year. we have a great repairman and he told us before front loaders aren't all they are cracked up to be, expensive repairs, hard to repair, short lifespan, mildew smell, etc. He suggested to us to find a good old used whirlpool, repairs easy, effecient machines, etc. but we need someone to haul ours away and install (hubby bad back) so we just went with a whirlpool top load with good old fashioned agitator being delivered thursday. so even if it does dye within 10 yrs wont be out thousand bucks! good luck

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  63. I LOVE my Maytag Neptune front-loading washer and dryer. More pricey than some, but worth every last penny. My only complaint is that the washer sounds like a jet taking off during the spin cycle. Other than that, I've owned mine for about 8 - 10 years and never had a problem with either.

    One nice feature on the washer is that I can fit a queen sized quilt in there so I don't have to take them to be cleaned.

    The only tip I would give is that you should button up shirts and pants/shorts before washing. They have a tendency to twist and get more wrinkles otherwise. Also, at the time, I didn't want to pay for the stupid stands (why don't they just come with those built in?), but in hindsight it would be worth the extra money. Still, you can do without those if you don't mind a little bending over. It's not a big deal.

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  64. My suggestion is to get something cheap of Craigslist or use the laundromat until labor day weekend when they will certainly go on sale. We just bought ours on Memorial Day and saved over a thousand dollars by buying on a holiday weekend.

    We purchased the extra large Samsung and love, love, love it. (I considered the LG due to Consumer Reports but my friend's LG refrigerator just went out and there were very few technicians that were willing to work on LG-- no idea why. She had to replace it rather than wait weeks for someone to be available.) I love the way it chimes a song when my load is done. I love "My Cycle" which lets me program in my favorite setting and use it again and again with one touch. I use cloth diapers so once I found the best settings for getting them clean I hit "My Cycle". Now whenever I have to wash diapers I hit My Cycle and it puts the right heat, time, pre-wash, and rinse-- so sweet. I can do the same thing for wool covers. It also has a self-cleaning setting to steam itself clean.

    If you haven't had a new one in a while, no matter the brand, you'll be in for a nice surprise. All of the front-loaders are like rocket ships with cool features you're grandmother never would've dreamed of; )

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  65. We got ours used from appliance exchange. It only cost us three hundred for the washer, dryer, and two year warranty for both (and the model was only two years old!). We have loved ours now for two years with no problems! The only down side is that they don't deliver. We have used them for all our home appliances and have been very satisfied!

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  66. I'm a big fan of TOP load washers, but I wash lots of cloth diapers and need the extra water and agitation to get them really clean -- it doesn't happen in the front loaders (we used one for 2 years and I had to wash diapers at least 2x, every time -- not saving water there!). You can usually find used washers on Craig's List for cheap -- and older, simpler, top load washer is the best! Easier (and less complicated) to fix and very affordable!

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  67. We got a big bosch set and then a stackable bosch set when we built our house 5 years ago. I absolutely LOVE them. I would totally recommend this set to anyone. Yes they cost an arm and a leg, but they have been great.

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  68. Bummer! Same thing just happened to us and our GE washer. We had a repair man come look at it and told us that it would cost $2000 to fix it. Um, no thanks. Luckily we had bought an extended warranty three years ago when we bought it. So Lowe's (where we originally bought it). That extra $100 back then saved us from having to spend $900+ now. You can bet we bought an extended warranty with the new one. Before we bought our new washer I checked the reviews on consumerreports.org. If you are a member (like $6 a month) you can see reviews of all the machines independently tested. It helped to know which companies faired well across the board as well as which washers were the best and why. I bought the best one we could afford at Lowe's (limited because we were reimbursed with a Lowe's gift card). Also, look at what they carry online before you go to the store. If they don't have it in the store, they can check to see if another store has it or order it for you online and you still get the perks of buying in store (warranty, free delivery, etc.) Good luck! Until then try stomping on your clothes in a tub full of water and soap. Never tried it myself but I saw it on a documentary once. :)

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  69. i hate my front loader. i HATE it. i have 4 boys under 6. nothing gets clean, not enough water. i vote cheap top loader. :)

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  70. Hi, I came late to this one, but I want to tell you what I found out recently; Repair man that fixed my washer about 9 mo.ago(the washer is from the late 90's)"Fix anything you can,none of the new ones are worth the price!"
    From the Wall Street Journal article,"How Washington ruined the washing machines" 'Everything is so eco correct now there really isn't enough water in them to clean your laundry and all the parts are pastic.Consumer Report can't even recommend one !' I think I would buy one on Craigs List or KSL.com Good luck with this..I'm not looking forward to mine dying someday:(

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  71. also, didn't know to keep my door open, mold mold mold. no mater how much i clean it and i near keep the door closed once i realized it. an ounce of prevention is worth o pound of cure!

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  72. I´ve got a Siemens Frontloader and it runs since 11 years without any problems. I don´t know if this is available in the U.S.?
    A broken washingmachine sucks! And normally, if one of these machines break down and you tell about it in front of other machines in the house, they think about to get broke, too ;o). Sooooo,psssst, don´t tell the dishwasher ;o)
    Anja

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  73. On Tuesday I shelled out $297 to fix my Fisher & Paykel washing machine after going three days without. I was desperate and can't afford an outright replacement so i cut my losses. If I had the money I would prob buy Miele then Bosch (German made baby!). My washer, stove-top and dishwasher have died all in the same month, OUCH!

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  74. I love my electolux front load washer and dryer. Got them last fall and stacked them so I would have more room in my laundry room. Very quite and if I needs something really fast (only happened a couple of time) I can do a load in 18 minutes! They are the ones the Kelly Rippa indorses. Love, love them plus I only have to use 3 TBL of soap each time. We have 5 people in our household. Good luck!

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  75. I got the Maytag Bravas in March. I LOVE them. It is a top loading washer, because that is what I wanted, but they are big, perfect for our family of 7. I bought them through Costco, but the Maytag people delivered and set it all up, that was all included in the price. I have had no problems and I run it pretty much all the time. I would highly recommend them!

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  76. We are buying a washer next week and know we really want an LG Front loader. We are hoping to get a steal of a deal from the Sears Outlet in Orem. We went to Home Depot and Lowes and tested opening and closing all the doors and loved the LG. Plus my parents just bought an LG front loader and love it. :) Good Luck!

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  77. Is it possible to be in love with a washer/dryer? Maybe I am after hearing about other peeps problems with theirs..
    We have the Frigidaire Gallery front loading washer and electric dryer. It's never given me problems, we've had them for over seven years so far. We wash diapers, comforters, and lots and lots of clothes... I think it's been a great one, but you have to leave the door open in between loads to let it dry a bit and not get stinky.

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  78. This is a little late to the party, but washing machines are surprisingly simple machines. When ours went down a few months ago, I contacted the group we bought it from (used, so no warranty) and did some trouble shooting on what the problem could be. Then I bought the necessary parts from an appliance store, found a YouTube video showing how to replace it, and my husband and I spent 2 hours taking it apart and putting it back together. Total cost? $20. And we felt like rock stars! It definitely takes work, but is doable, and sometimes worth trying before resigning yourself to a new machine!

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  79. Now, I am a teenager so take this with a grain of salt. But my parents always said the best machines they had were the low-price ones without any fancy computerized parts because they usually worked well and if there was a problem, you didn't have to figure out if it was the computer or the part. And because the computer parts typically died sooner than the other part.

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