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Jeep
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10-17-2001

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 5:45 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Jeep a private message Print Post    
My washer bit the dust this week. Since it's been about 20 years since I had to buy one, my head is spinning with all the different models.

I am not a tall person, so I can barely get the bottom items out of the big top loading washers with no agitator. Can't believe they don't have that anymore! I tried on my brother's washer.

So, looking for opinions on the washers you love. Anyone like the front loading ones?

Thanks in advance!

Lakecat
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10-01-2006

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 6:00 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Lakecat a private message Print Post    
I hate my front load washer. Smells of mildew all the time, as do my clothes. All the pet hair collects in the rubber seal around door and hard to clean.

Dogdoc
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09-29-2001

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 6:03 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Dogdoc a private message Print Post    
The front loading machines use less water. That is why I got one. There is no problem loading them either if you are short.

The agitator machine wore clothes out while cleaning them.

Scooterrific
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07-08-2005

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 7:00 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Scooterrific a private message Print Post    
I have heard nothing but bad things from people that have front loading washer. We just replaced our washer and dryer a month ago, and I love them!

Grooch
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06-16-2006

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 7:04 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Grooch a private message Print Post    
My aunt had a front loader and she hated it, too. When it died she went back to the top loaders. They use hardly any water now, too. I can't understand how they get clothes clean. A friend has a front loader and I make him leave the door ajar so it will dry out and not get that mildewy smell. But it's in the basement so it's not an inconvenience.

And another complaint. Our new top loader, since it uses so little water, it takes like an hour to wash a load. So I'm conserving water but wasting electricity. I want a machine like my old one but they don't make them anymore.

Sorry that I'm no help.

Jeep
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10-17-2001

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 8:16 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Jeep a private message Print Post    
Yeah, I hear everybody. The repairman told me they don't make them like they used to and that was not a compliment.

Scooterrific, what did you buy?

Dogdoc
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09-29-2001

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 8:34 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Dogdoc a private message Print Post    
Jeep, my front loader takes over an hour/per load

I leave the door and soap compartments open all the time or I get the mildew smell.

I like the fact that the dog hair gets caught in the rubber ring. It is easy to pull out.

My repairman said that the new plastic agitators in the top loads don't last very long. I had the old ceramic type and it never wore out. Other parts did though.

Dogdoc
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09-29-2001

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 8:35 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Dogdoc a private message Print Post    
Scooter, I wasn't sure what kind you have that you love.

Mack
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07-22-2002

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 9:57 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Mack a private message Print Post    
We have a matched pair of Samsung washer and dryer. The washer is a front load and I admit once we’re done with our typical Sunday laundry routine we leave the washer door open usually overnight, We have a separate dedicated laundry room that’s not a pathway to say a garage or other room so leaving the door open is not an issue. We’ve had this pair for almost ten years so they’ve held up well. Of course with just the two of us we typically only do four or five loads a week and rarely six loads. The washer really has made a difference in our in-house water consumption. Based on the computer on our water softner I’d say we’re saving 20-25% from our top load washer days.

Roxip
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01-29-2004

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 10:37 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Roxip a private message Print Post    
Ugg. I had a front loader and I fought mold and mildew all the time - but my washer and dryer are out in the garage so I should have known better. I now have a top loader with no agitator and I love it (but I agree - I have to really stretch to reach down to the bottom to get clothes out). Perhaps a stool would help...I'm going to find the one I have and use it.

You might check and see if the water it turned up as high as it can go. My front loader took forever to load until finally somebody turned the spigots attached to the hoses and amazingly it started filling faster. I felt so stupid. Apparently when it was installed the water was turned down pretty low. It never occurred to me to check and see if I could turn it up higher.

Kookliebird
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08-04-2005

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 11:02 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Kookliebird a private message Print Post    
I wipe all the moisture out my front loader after every wash (keep a small wash cloth hanging on the door). Periodically, I run an empty wash with some white vinegar through it to kill the smells if they start coming on. But, that does not happen too much if I wipe it down. I also leave it slightly open when finished using.

Dogdoc
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09-29-2001

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 11:14 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Dogdoc a private message Print Post    
I leave the door way open, but mine is down in the basement, out of the way.

Teachmichigan
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07-22-2001

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 5:05 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Teachmichigan a private message Print Post    
I have had a front loader for 14 years, and I love it. I'm short, so we don't have them on a pedastal. :-) We leave the door open and I rinse every load with vinegar, so we rarely have any mildew smell.

Pamy
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01-01-2002

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 6:33 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Pamy a private message Print Post    
Roxip, they have a little grabber thing that they were selling at Lowes by the washers. it is a long stick with grabber at the end :-)

Snoopsmom
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02-19-2003

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 7:17 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Snoopsmom a private message Print Post    
After my second front loader broke down and was going to cost more to fix than it cost to buy new I went back to a top loader. The repairman we had at the time was great and gave us lots of helpful information.
Told us about 90% of people he saw did not stay with front loaders and went back to top loaders. Suggested we stay away from the top loaders without agitators as they were just front loaders flipped vertically and that the bearings wore out faster due to working harder to balance loads. Said they didn't clean as well either.
We opted for a less expensive top loader with an agitator and I am very happy with it. I would never go back to a front loader again.

Zeyna
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07-15-2001

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 7:21 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Zeyna a private message Print Post    
I have a front loader and really like it. I do keep the washer door open when not in use to avoid the mildew. The only thing I wish it had was a time delay to start a wash/dry during off peak hours

Mack
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07-22-2002

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 7:51 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Mack a private message Print Post    
The new Samsung washers, and probably other major brands, now have wi-fi and an app that allows you to control the washer. That includes scheduling time.

Jeep
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10-17-2001

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 5:55 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Jeep a private message Print Post    
I'll be shopping this weekend and will keep all this in mind. Top loaders don't get many good reviews and that disappoints me. There is only one family owned store here that still does repairs on their products. They sell Maytag products. Then I'll go to Lowe's etc. Wish me luck!!

Mack
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07-22-2002

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 6:49 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Mack a private message Print Post    
Good luck Jeep. It does appear that the days of a really good top loader are fast disappearing. It’s like the pressure, either real or manufactured, is leaning toward supposedly more efficient, both energy and water wise, machines and more and more of those are front loaders.

Grooch
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06-16-2006

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 7:45 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Grooch a private message Print Post    
Jeep, just be careful with the salesmen. I've come to believe that they will lie and push on you the machines they can't get rid of.

Good luck!

Roxip
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01-29-2004

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 7:57 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Roxip a private message Print Post    
I would wipe out the seal every time I used my front loader...but I had a teenager that wasn't as good at it (she sucked quite honestly), which didn't help...LOL!

Grooch
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06-16-2006

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 8:08 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Grooch a private message Print Post    
Personally, I think it's ridiculous that anybody has to do extra work and have to wipe out the seal on a washing machine. You would think the companies would come up with a solution for it. I bet if it was mostly men that did laundry, the companies would find a way pretty darn quick.

Also, most laundry mats have the front loaders and their machines don't stink. Why is that?

Dogdoc
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09-29-2001

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 8:21 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Dogdoc a private message Print Post    
Roxip, I don't mind cleaning out the dog hair from the rubber rim.

At least I know where the hair landed.

Kookliebird
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08-04-2005

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 8:52 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Kookliebird a private message Print Post    
Grooch, if machines are used continuously like at a Laundromat, then the water isn't standing for periods of time to grow the smelly bacteria. My machine's issue was when I first bought the condo. It had not had anyone living there for 8 months and the washer was shut tight. Boy, did it smell.... google and vinegar was my savior.

Dogdoc
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09-29-2001

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 10:17 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Dogdoc a private message Print Post    
I know that I am the only person that this happened to or will happen to, but I will mention it anyhow.

I washed my first "My Pillow" in my top loading machine and it came out fine.

The next time I did it in the new front loader. I washed it by itself. Big mistake. It soaked up a lot of water and then just lay in the machine.

I didn't notice the warning on the pillow instructions that says not to put the pillow in alone in a front loader. You must add other items.

I am not into homemaking!

Roxip
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01-29-2004

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 10:31 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Roxip a private message Print Post    
I've been tempted by "My Pillow" - and thought about buying one for my 91-year old father. What are your thoughts on My Pillow Dogdoc?

Snoopsmom
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02-19-2003

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 11:30 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Snoopsmom a private message Print Post    
Roxip, I'm on my second set of "My Pillow" and love them. Very comfortable. Had the first set for about 10 years and only upgraded because they are now available in a variety of firmness.
Between the My Pillow and Sleep Number bed I sleep well, though not long enough.

Dogdoc
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09-29-2001

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 1:12 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Dogdoc a private message Print Post    
I used my first "My Pillow" all the time. It wore out before 10 years.

I am on my second one. It does retain its shape as you sleep.

I will get another one when this one wears out.

Kitkat
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08-23-2008

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 10:45 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Kitkat a private message Print Post    
I will gladly give away "My pillow", after developing a very stiff neck. Have gone back to my old pillow for side sleepers.

Dogdoc
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09-29-2001

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 11:18 am   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Dogdoc a private message Print Post    
Sometimes a stiff neck is not caused by a pillow.

I have found that when I start to fall asleep, I want to make sure my whole body is relaxed, especially the neck and shoulders.

If your body is tense, no kind of pillow can help.

Jeep
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10-17-2001

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 12:32 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Jeep a private message Print Post    
Found a top load washer I like! It's a Speed Queen. Remember that name? I haven't heard it in years. Still made in the US. A bit pricey but comes with a 3,5 or 7 year warranty depending upon the model you purchase. And still has the agitator I love and not so deep I can't reach the bottom!

Still looking, but keeping my eye on this one.

Scooterrific
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07-08-2005

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 2:13 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Scooterrific a private message Print Post    
Sorry Jeep... I was on vacation....we got Kenmore Elite....Love it....I no longer have to take the comforters to the laundromat!!!

Snoopsmom
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02-19-2003

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 2:44 pm   Edit Post Move Post Delete Post View Post Send Snoopsmom a private message Print Post    
Speed Queen is a great washer! That's what most commercial laundromats use.
When the front loader I mentioned above started acting up, before we had it looked at my husband picked up an ancient Speed Queen at a used appliance store for $40. We ended up getting over 2 years out of that old machine. When we finally decided on a new top loader I went and looked at Speed Queens, but they didn't make a machine big enough for a king sized comforter. Had they made one big enough, that's what I would have ended up with.

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