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Old 07-27-2009, 01:40 PM
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the Admiral is looking at Electrolux washer and dryers. Any good? I never touch the things so i was hoping to ad some knowledge from the THT pool of experts on whats good and what is not
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Old 07-27-2009, 03:11 PM
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just about any washer and dryer you buy these days will do a good job. let her or him pick out a color and roll with it.
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Be careful with the color thing. What if your machine takes a big dump down the road and you need to replace it. What, they don't make it in that color any more?
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I just checked Consumer Reports website and the Electrolux WaveTouch washer is rated #2. They're new to the large appliance game so little to no history. As long as they have a decent warranty I'd probably take a chance. They're positioned as higher end so prices are a little steep.
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I just checked Consumer Reports website and the Electrolux WaveTouch washer is rated #2. They're new to the large appliance game so little to no history. As long as they have a decent warranty I'd probably take a chance. They're positioned as higher end so prices are a little steep.
FYI Electrolux "PerfectSteam" gas and elec dryers are much further down the list - maybe 20-25th with 70/100 rating and have the highest retail price.
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The front loaders are damn sure expensive thats about all I can figure out
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This washer is recommended by CR and is much cheaper then the Electrolux. Not sure how the matching dryer measures up.

http://www.ajmadison.com/cgi-bin/ajm...WCVH6800J.html
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just bought brand new front load washer/dryer by BOSCH. so far, so good. very quiet and do not move around
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This is where Consumer Reports really excels -- appliance recommendations.

In a nutshell, buy middle of the road washer and dryer. They offer the best value for the dollar. The high end stuff is a lot more money for a little more machine. The low end stuff is a little less money for a lot less machine.

Also consider warranty repair -- how it is handled, is there a repair dude in your area for the brand you are buying, or will you have to wait a couple of days for someone to come from out of town, then order the parts, then return a week later to make the repairs.
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Originally Posted by Eyeball View Post
This is where Consumer Reports really excels -- appliance recommendations.

In a nutshell, buy middle of the road washer and dryer. They offer the best value for the dollar. The high end stuff is a lot more money for a little more machine. The low end stuff is a little less money for a lot less machine.

Also consider warranty repair -- how it is handled, is there a repair dude in your area for the brand you are buying, or will you have to wait a couple of days for someone to come from out of town, then order the parts, then return a week later to make the repairs.
This is good info...

Stay away from Maytag. Whirlpool made most of the Kenmore appliances that were so good. And Kenmore as well as
Frigidaire have good repair records...
If you live in the South, some front loader washers seem to retain a little water that when in a warm climate will sour..and transfer that smell to the next load.
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Originally Posted by triumphrick View Post
This is good info...

Stay away from Maytag. Whirlpool made most of the Kenmore appliances that were so good. And Kenmore as well as
Frigidaire have good repair records...
If you live in the South, some front loader washers seem to retain a little water that when in a warm climate will sour..and transfer that smell to the next load.
Actually mold growth is a major issue with front loaders - especially around the door gasket/seal. We have one and I need to clean it regularly. Also, ours is a Kenmore and so far I've replaced the shock absorbers (drum rests on them) twice and the drum springs (drum hangs on them) once. Another consideration is where the washer is located in your house. Front loaders really should be on concrete, not on a wooden floor in the main part of the house. I have mine on the second floor of a frame house and it vibrates lights, windows, me, etc.

When I've finally had enough of this one I will be going with a high efficiency top loader - they've come a long, long way. If the wife approves, that is .
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Originally Posted by triumphrick View Post
This is good info...

Stay away from Maytag. Whirlpool made most of the Kenmore appliances that were so good. And Kenmore as well as
Frigidaire have good repair records...
Maytag and most Kenmore machines are made by Whirlpool.
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[quote=triumphrick;2432806]This is good info...

Stay away from Maytag.


I agree. Both their washers and dryers are junk.
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Maytag has been taken over by WHirlpool about 2 years ago, majority of the platforms used are now one and the same. Kenmore partially made by Whirlpool but with unique features.
The color thing is also correct, the real fashion colors are produced for 2 years at best depending on sales. For Whirlpool Duets that means that the Lime green ones are the only color besides white that remained, all others dissapeared after a while. I would look into the Steam machines, they are very nice. Electrolux haas been on the market with there other brands for a long time. Only in Europe the marketted there products under the Electrolux label. Frigidaire, Kelvinator, White Westinghouse, Philco and many more are all Electrolux brands. Several Kenmore products are made by Electrolux as well.
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The Whirlpool Duet Steam machine get high ranks from my appliance repair man.

He owns them and rarely has to service them.
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Originally Posted by Eyeball View Post
This is where Consumer Reports really excels -- appliance recommendations.

In a nutshell, buy middle of the road washer and dryer. They offer the best value for the dollar. The high end stuff is a lot more money for a little more machine. The low end stuff is a little less money for a lot less machine.

Also consider warranty repair -- how it is handled, is there a repair dude in your area for the brand you are buying, or will you have to wait a couple of days for someone to come from out of town, then order the parts, then return a week later to make the repairs.
Excellent advise and I found the same thing to be true. Don't get pulled in by the expensive machines, they aren't worth it in my opinion.
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