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GRIZ1GIRL SparkPoints: (194,651)
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3/18/13 10:56 A

I love my Whirlpool front-loader....

FENWAYGIRL18 Posts: 5,868
3/14/13 10:01 P

@fluff I hope you have the extended warranty it usually costs 140 for them to just walk in the house, it really stinks when you have no washer, good luck!

FLUFFOSTUFF SparkPoints: (0)
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3/14/13 6:03 P

my kenmore has been broke for a week and half! sears coming tomorrow...maybe I need a ROPER!

CLARK971 SparkPoints: (29,686)
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3/14/13 2:47 P

kenmore elite. he top loading. i love how big it is. i have had had the set about 2 years and no problems. before that, i had a lg he front loading. nothing but problems from that washer (and the matching dryer too.)

I_HEART_MY_FAM Posts: 1,809
3/14/13 2:41 P

My washer is a ROPER, when I bought it the salesmen said Roper was the sister appliance to another major brand, but I cannot remember which brand. My Roper dryer lasted about 7 years, but my ROPER WASHER IS 16 YEARS OLD, and never had any repairs and still works great to this day. I wash a lot, I had a family of four in my home, but now down to three since my oldest got married. I am amazed at my washer good ol' Betty is sweet to me :)

FENWAYGIRL18 Posts: 5,868
3/14/13 2:19 P

I ended up with the LG top loader hahaha Same machine at 3 different places would of cost me 3 different prices although they all started at the same price if bought at sears it would of cost over 300 for extended service plan (3 yrs) and 70 to deliver..
@ Home Depot they had a special where if the cost ran between this number and that number you got 100 off , free delivery and only 120 for a 5 yr plan. BUT the best savings was at Lowe's because they took 100 off for military discount, free delivery, only 108 dollars for a 5 yr extended warranty and gave us a 80 dollar gift card!!!!!!!!!!
I can use that 80 dollar gift card for my garden for new mulch and stuff, so it just arrived today it's so sad that you really have to do your homework when it comes to buying a major appliance.
Thanks to all the responses I really appreciated them! emoticon to all !

JOYFUL452003 SparkPoints: (64,779)
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3/5/13 9:38 A


JOYCECAIN SparkPoints: (137,463)
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3/5/13 7:28 A

My sisters Neptunes ONLY lasted 7 yrs each. But her daughter was stuffing it with clothes daily.

It was a quiet machine, front loader,really great---BUTto repair problems, it cost a fortune, and NO ONE wkants to pull everything out to just fix a bearing or a rubber belt.

Great machines, over $1,000 ea. and it is a shame they didn't last. Now, in the old days, I had Maytrag. Washer lasted 14 yrs. Dryer lasted 15. They do not make things to last anymore.

STEELER71 Posts: 8,048
3/5/13 7:27 A


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3/5/13 7:21 A

We bought the top of the line front loading by LG and I guess its OK. Had to replace the drum last month and the machine was bought in 2008. Both the washer and dryer have a major design fault in my opinion. All of the printing on the face of the machines is wearing off. I would think that when one pays the money that these cost, the nomenclature would be engraved.

FENWAYGIRL18 Posts: 5,868
3/5/13 7:16 A

hmmmm now I'm not sure I saw the Kenmore elite yesterday and that looks nice and is rated number 2 washer behind LG.....

FENWAYGIRL18 Posts: 5,868
3/4/13 2:22 P

hmmm i'm starting to think that i might go with the speed queen unless i find a great deal on a kenmore i've heard from several repairmen that it's tough to kill a speed queen they aren't energy efficient but they say you'll get a good 10 yrs out of them or more

THROOPER62 Posts: 34,318
3/1/13 5:33 A

Had a GE lasted about 20 years, then got a Maytag only lasted five, now I have a Speed Queen

JOYCECAIN SparkPoints: (137,463)
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3/1/13 5:00 A

Kenmore or Maytag. Do NOT buy a Neptune.

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (565,062)
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2/28/13 8:18 P


KRISEDMONDSON SparkPoints: (92,051)
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2/28/13 7:30 P


DACHI9 SparkPoints: (7,051)
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2/28/13 7:06 P

A Kenmore is a really good product.

MOM2ACAT SparkPoints: (190,535)
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2/28/13 4:11 P

I have a Whirlpool that is about 20 years old and I've never had any problems with it; it doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles on it, but it gets the job done.

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2/28/13 3:57 P


LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 4,690
2/28/13 3:51 P

I have a Maytag toploader that's about 16 years old and I love it. I am not looking forward to the day where I have to buy a new one because I'm afraid that it won't last as long and that it won't get my clothes as clean.

Both of my sisters have frontloaders (different brands, one Whirlpool and one LG, I think) and both of their machines take forever and a day to wash a load of laundry and they definitely don't get the whites white. My sisters' whites are dingy/grey to light brown, not white. One of my sisters (the one with the LG) has her dishtowels come out light brown and semi-greasy-feeling (and she's not doing anything unusual with her dish towels, either, just normal counter cleaning with a normal amount of stuff being cleaned off of her counters after she cooks). Yuck. This makes me wonder how clean their colored laundry actually gets. Both of their frontloaders have a moldy smell to them and both have had to have the repairman come out a couple of times. One of them had eaten a few socks, a few coins and a paperclip and all of this ended up stuck in the pump (my toploader never eats anything). Their frontloaders are also fussy machines that are always throwing fits if you add a little too much laundry detergent (sud errors). You also cannot control how much water they use (e.g. with my old toploader, I can wash a few extra dirty items with extra water just by choosing the large load option) because they weigh the laundry and add however much water the machine is set to add. I have real doubts that these front loaders rinse the laundry well because: 1) they use minimal water and 2) one of my sisters stayed with me for a few weeks and the first time she washed her laundry in my old toploader she noted that there was a ton of detergent in the wash water before she added any.

My feeling is that, if you want clean laundry and white whites, avoid a frontloader and don't buy a toploader that's water-saving either (because I've heard that these HE toploaders don't wash any better than the frontloaders). Honestly, if my old toploader were to give out today, I'd probably be on Craigslist looking for someone's old toploader that they were getting rid of because they thought it would be cool to have a newer/fancy looking frontloader. If I couldn't find one, I'd go out and buy the biggest, most energy and water INefficient toploader that I could find.


NORWOODGIRL SparkPoints: (204,154)
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2/28/13 3:33 P

I have a 5 year old front loading LG. I love it. The one thing I do miss is the pre-soak ability of a top loader.

FENWAYGIRL18 Posts: 5,868
2/28/13 3:30 P

Thanks for all the responses wow I remember when things did last for 25 yrs but now they don't make them to last. The repair man said that the washers are so bad now because the government got involved and you always need to buy a extended warranty, but u don't really need the warranty on the dryers.
I think I'm going to look into the kenmore seems like a lot of you are having good luck with it, ya whirlpool I was told isn't good and maytag one bought the other out.

DMJAKES Posts: 1,635
2/28/13 12:15 P

After you decide which features mean the most to you, I'd go to the library and check out the annual Consumer Reports buying guide. They rank all the major brands and make recommendations for the best buys. If you combine that with word of mouth recommendations and watching the sales, you should get the best deal and the best product possible.

I have a Whirlpool washer and dryer. My dryer is over 25 years old, but it's probably on its last legs. My husband replaced a belt at one point, but it's never been repaired. The auto dry feature doesn't work anymore, and it's too old to have the tumble feature that keeps your clothes from wrinkling if you don't pull them out right away. That's one thing I really want on the next one.

My washer is a Whirlpool, and it's about 7 years old. I got a top loader because I was shopping at a place that had a lot of scratch and dent and floor models, so the selection wasn't huge. It's pretty basic, but it's held up well so far, even with one adult child who insists on overloading it from time to time.

I've heard about the smell factor in front loaders.....ewww. I keep a small plastic cup near my washer and put it under the lid so it can't close all the way. Every once in a while I wipe down the inside and out with a mild cleaner, but I don't buy that special washer stuff--too expensive.

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,267
2/28/13 9:58 A

Sears Kenmore line is made by Whirlpool except the top-of-the-line stuff is made by LG. I had an "old fashioned" Kenmore for years and really liked it. When we bought our new house I had to buy a new washer and dryer. Decided to go with an LG top-load HE washer. (Would've gone with Kenmore but the LG was on sale.) I've used a front-load HE and unless you can leave the door open to dry everything out between loads, you can get a musty smell and some mold growing around the seals. I am not going to buy some special product to run through my washer to keep it smelling good.

I leave my top load open between loads (no room where my laundry is, to do that with a front-load). And I got a fairly cheap Kenmore dryer to go with it. Yes they are the same color, but not "matching" brands. I don't use the dryer so much; I like to hang stuff to dry when the weather's good enough. So I got a fairly basic, no fancy bells and whistles dryer.

Love my washer! It uses so much less water and detergent. And because there's no agitator, it doesn't beat the clothes up so much. Even my new dryer, being a cheaper one, works a lot better than my old one did.

One thing to note-- measure your space and be sure whatever you get is going to fit front to back and also side to side. You'd think they'd all be some standard size, but that's not necessarily true. I have a "laundry closet" rather than a "laundry room" and I neglected to measure front to back. DH had to take the doors off the closet and reposition them so they'd close with the new washer in there.

JANCARD SparkPoints: (118,214)
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2/28/13 9:33 A

I just got a LG frontloader washer & dryer in early Dec. Funny but I had a Maytag Neptune (for about 11 years I think) but unlike you, I got a decent one until it needed several service calls toward 'the end'. In fact, when I started looking, I checked into Maytag, but they've been bought out by Whirlpool so heard they're not the same now.

Loving the LG for the same reasons (not using much water or detergents), but also because it has the steam /sani washcycle, and the steam-fresh dryer cycle option. Don't use them all the time, but they do a good job when needed.

ZENANDNOW SparkPoints: (68,476)
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2/28/13 9:31 A

I like my Kenmore HE front-loading washer and dryer. I bought them Christmas of 2009, and have never had a problem with them. emoticon

Edited by: ZENANDNOW at: 2/28/2013 (09:31)
HONEYFLOWER43 Posts: 1,420
2/28/13 9:29 A

I have a brand new GE washer I love it!

KCLEVELAND5678 SparkPoints: (13,628)
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2/28/13 9:18 A

Sears Kenmore.

LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,334
2/28/13 8:59 A

I also have a Kenmore washing machine. I've had it about 8 years now and I inherited it from my parents who had it for many years.

KKKAREN Posts: 12,754
2/28/13 8:52 A

I have had a Sears Kenmore for over 25 years. It works great.

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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2/28/13 7:45 A

I have a top loader washer and front loader dryer but I can see through the top of the washer which is great....Maytag always dependable. Now I tried the front loader but it never seemed to get the clothes as clean and the same comment was made by numerous friends and family when they had their front load washers but they had the first generation models.

Now I do recommend the High Efficiency washers as they use much less detergent etc.

Good luck

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
2/28/13 7:03 A

Firstly, I'd go for a front loader.
I didn't know it, but my sister had researched it because she has water issues, and apparently front loaders take less water (so if you're paying for water consumption, that's a plus).

Take into account how frequently you use a washer, and for what, to consider whether heavy duty or regular is your best option.

I believe mine is LG, and it's done well for over five years. I had to replace the rubber around the door - but that was my fault, not the washer's.

UMBILICAL Posts: 12,786
2/27/13 11:28 P

Any heavy duty model

QUADCMOM SparkPoints: (107,720)
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2/27/13 11:27 P

I have a Sears Kenmore. I have had it for years. If I ever have to replace it, I'll get another Sears Kenmore.

FENWAYGIRL18 Posts: 5,868
2/27/13 11:13 P

my washer went to appliance heaven and now I need a new one and god I don't want a lemon like I had before it was a maytag neptune. Any suggestions? and how long has your washer lasted so far? I hear speed queen is a good one but it's not energy efficient...

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