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Old 08-05-2013, 11:33 AM
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There seem to be two choices kinda
using costco as an example:
1. whirlpool old style dryer like we have all used for years for $430 or so, has moisture sensor.

2. New style (matches the $1000 front loaders)- about $750 also has a moisture sensor I think. might be a little larger but also has a lot of electronics.

what am I missing ? they both heat with a coil resistance wire, then shut off- no efficiency difference

Why the huge price difference????
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Old 08-05-2013, 12:12 PM
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Old 08-05-2013, 12:21 PM
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higher efficiency rating
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Old 08-05-2013, 02:37 PM
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Get the old school. And avoid LG, both our washer and dryer from them are JUNK. Avoid the "trendy" front loader, POS.
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Originally Posted by creekman View Post
higher efficiency rating
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High-efficiency dryers don't actually exist yet, at least not in American appliance stores. The fact of the matter is that all dryers on the U.S. market today use about the same amount of energy. Energy Star doesn't even rate clothes dryers for this reason. And Energy Star won't even consider rating dryers until a cost-effective model that is at least 20 percent more efficient than standard models is available [source: Taddonio].

So what's with those alluring high-efficiency washer/dryer sets being sold by appliance companies like GE, Maytag, Kenmore and Whirlpool? If you look closely, you'll find that it's the washer that earns the high-efficiency rating. The dryer is just riding on the washer's coattails. The term "high-efficiency washer and dryer" is a marketing tactic that leads us to believe that both appliances are energy-efficient when, in fact, they aren't. Yes, the dryers have some energy-saving functions (more about these on the next page), but they are not using fewer kWh to dry the same amount of clothes.
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My old school white Whirlpool cost just $460 eight years ago.....and hasn't missed a beat. It ain't fancy...but neither are we...

It used to be you could buy a Kenmore or Whirlpool and keep it going for 15 years. Those days are way behind us due to planned obsolescence....
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The only really different unit is from Fisher&Paykel - it is a top-loading dryer. If you are fairly tall, it is fabulous. My wife has already let it be known that when it dies, we're getting another one!
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My old school white Whirlpool cost just $460 eight years ago.....and hasn't missed a beat. It ain't fancy...but neither are we...

It used to be you could buy a Kenmore or Whirlpool and keep it going for 15 years. Those days are way behind us due to planned obsolescence....
anyone else bought an electric dryer in the last few years?
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