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Rant blog: High-efficiency washers aren't

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Finally getting to my rant about front-loading, so-called "high-efficiency" washers. We bought one last fall when the 22-year old top-loading washer finally gave up the ghost. The first thing we noticed was that all those great pictures of the washer on the handy pedestal drawer did not clue anyone in to the fact that the top of the washer would be at about nose level if placed on the pedestal. Our small laundry room will not accommodate a folding table, so we declined the pedestal so we could continue to fold laundry on the washer top. Second, who the heck decided these contraptions were efficient? Yeah, maybe they use less water, but they require special HE detergents, so we are trying to use up the last of our regular detergent. But *efficient*?! Laundry that normally washed in 30 minutes for a regular load and 25 minutes for delicates now takes 58 and 45 minutes, respectively...almost twice as long (and even longer if someone uses too much soap and the washer has to add time to reduce suds). So the "efficient" washer is NOT efficient with my time. And I can't imagine how running the motor for twice as long makes for efficient use of electricity.

Okay, end of rant. Just needed to get that off my chest.
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  • SHARON10002
    Sorry you are experiencing problems . . . they just don't make stuff like they used to!
    2227 days ago
    Well Celia I have to say that I bought a front loader - a really good one of German manufacture. The guy at the store said that they were so much better than anything on the market and went into detail about why - he said he and his wife had one. He was an older man and there was something about the information and the way he gave it to me, the time and patience he took, that had me believing him.

    I was initially aghast at the extra time that the load took though it does have short wash cycles that will do the load if not too badly soiled in 30 minutes. It heats its own water so that seems to be what takes most of the time - what temperature I want to wash the clothes at. I have also been freaked out that I can't stop and open it mid cycle - at one time I had to listen to a crystal bash around in the washer that I'd inadvertantly left in a pocket and washed without checking. What totally astounded me however was the quality of the clean - like WOW! My front loader gets out stains that my top loader never did. On top of that (excuse the pun) it is a lot more gentle on the clothes while getting them clean.

    I believe that the front loader requires different detergent because the action produces more suds (which is part of its efficiency clean) but I guess its all about priorities and for me its clean without shredding my clothes. My front loader is everything I've hoped for in a washing machine so I couldn't be happier and I've had it now for about 5 years. I sing its praises all the time!! emoticon

    Having said that - I'm sorry that yours is causing so much frustration Celia - maybe some time to get used to it?
    2230 days ago
    I've also heard nothing but bad things about these so called high efficiency appliances.I've had my Whirlpool washer/Dryer for over 23 yrs and they are still working perfectly.If they ever break down I will replace it with the same brand.
    2230 days ago
    They look cool but I've only heard bad things about them. Sorry!
    2230 days ago
    Seems to be the way of all newer appliances. My energy-efficient dishwasher is pathetic. None of these things are meant to last like the old ones either.
    2230 days ago
  • 3016DEBRA
    I've had my doubts about them too. Too bad you're having to find out the hard way emoticon emoticon
    Hope you have a good day!
    2230 days ago
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