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Old 06-09-2011, 07:26 AM
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Default WHo makes a washing machine that will last more then 3 years?

Daughter has a Kenmore HE5T that apparantly has bad tub bearings. No big deal, right? Wrong. The bearing races are part of the tub, so the whole thing needs to be replaced. Service guy quoted her $1500 for the job. She paid his $80 service visit fee, and sent him on his way. Her next call was to me.

I may look for a place to buy the parts at a discount, and fix the thing myself. But if that plan goes south, like the washing machine did, a new one may be the next move.

Who makes a good quality washing machine any more. Geez... I remember when Whirlpool, Maytag, etc. were still running after 20 years. Can you still buy a good one?
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MY last Whirlpool last 20 years and I have a GE top loader that works like a champ.
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Even with just the two of us, washers don't seen to last more than 3-5 years. Shoddy as it sounds, we buy used ones now and consider them throwaways. Lots of people sell almost-new machines either because of transfers (military) or job moves. $400 for a washer/dryer less than two years old is our target price point.

The admiral's laundry room has never been considered to be a focal point in our house.......so long as the machines are white and look new, they're fine with her.
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Old 06-09-2011, 07:38 AM
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If you can find a top loader get it!!!
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Originally Posted by Big Island Lifer View Post
If you can find a top loader get it!!!
I totally agree
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We have an electrolux front loader, been flawless for 4 years
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I have a Samsung front loader and it runs perfectly for 4 years now. Forget Maytag you will need a service contract for those machines. I had a refrig and washer both junk needing repair all the time. I got tired of paying repairs and brought Samsung products with no problems at all. Within the first 2 years the refrig was repaired 3 times.
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As has been suggested multiple times before, BOSCH.

We have a Bosch that is now 8 years of age, gets used on average 2-3 times a day, and has been flawless. It washes better than any other machine we have ever had. My family has had many different type machines in different locations. The Bosch makes the water hotter than many other DW's and reason why it cleans so well. In most cases, you can wash pots and pans without having to pre-wash them and they come out clean. I have read on this site where someone stated these high end machines don't clean as well as the cheap machines. This is NOT true when comparing to a Bosch. I have a cheap GE machine in a townhouse and it is a POS from day one. I have suggested the Bosch to friends and a few of them bought the Bosch and ALL of them are very pleased. One friend bought the entry level Bosch and it appears to clean as well as the more expensive models.
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3 years is sinful. I would bitch.

It should be a 20 year item - any brand - and also - top loader for longevity of machine and clothes - uses more water though I suppose. Right now we have Kenmore washer / Whirlpool dryer - both are the extra large capacity , 20 years old and work like new after raising 3 kids. Plus they brought their wash her for a few years after they moved out and into apartments. Man did our electricity bill go down after that stopped. Probably averaged 2-3 loads a day for maybe 15 years. Now that they are gone my waterfilters last a year! Instead of 2-3 months.

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We bought our Kenmore HE3t washer when we bought our house in Jan 2004.. Not a single issue. And I swear that thing runs almost everyday.
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You may want to consider looking at the Consumers reports frequency of repair reports. It used to be these appliances all lasted 15-18 yrs or so..and the replacements would last just as long..but nowadays, nothing seems to last.
The worst rated are Maytag, GE and Bosch for front loaders. Maytag, Amana and Fisher& Paykel for top loaders.
The lowest repairs are done on LG and Whirlpool for front loaders and Roper & Frigidaire for top loaders.
I own a cheap Frigidaire top loader and it has been good for 5 yrs now...
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the washing machine i have has lasted 12 years and counting...
she does need a little TLC every now and then however
sometimes i even have to take her out to dinner
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Somebody I know will do a wash for a pair of socks

But the last time we got a good washer was probably 20 years ago. Maybe every 3 to 5 years now and I told her to throw them away when somthing goes wrong. The aggravation of the repair man and cost is just not worth the 6 month fix . Front loaders SUCK.
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Originally Posted by lobstercatcher View Post
Front loaders SUCK.
Holy crap lobstercatcher, I AGREE WITH YOU!!!!
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A repairman said $1500 to repair the washing machine??!! Wow!!!

Geez- I bought a GE toploader last year. It was check-rated by Consumer Reports, does a fine job of washing clothes and cost under $500. Better to buy 3 new machines than keep repairing an expensive machine that's going to break anyway.
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Originally Posted by yarcraft91 View Post
A repairman said $1500 to repair the washing machine??!! Wow!!!

Geez- I bought a GE toploader last year. It was check-rated by Consumer Reports, does a fine job of washing clothes and cost under $500. Better to buy 3 new machines than keep repairing an expensive machine that's going to break anyway.

Yes! $1500.00! And get this; the guy showed up in a BMW 'service vehicle'!!!

I don't know what my daughter paid for that thing, but it couldn't have been much more than that.

So, some say Bosch is good, and cosumer reports said they are among the highest frequency of repair.

BTW Profinity: I appreciate your response, but you're talking pots and pans, and we're talking clothes.

Still don't know what to do, but I know it will not be replaced with another Kenmore, and probably not another front loader.
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Do not ever buy a GE Profile washer. It's a top loader that's trying to act like a front loader with an infuser instead of an agitator. Totally ineffective system.

After 19 months of poor performance it has taken a dump and requires repairs costing more than I paid for the piece of crap.
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I had Amana appliances for nearly 20 years until we finally upgraded a few years back. The salesperson was pretty up front the state of the industry and said don't expect much out of what I'm going to sell you...Most are all made under the same roof by the same company then re-branded for sale and most have a 5 year service life.
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we have a Bosch washer and dryer that have been outstanding now for 4 years.

FWIS Siemens and Bosch are the same stuff.
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