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Old 09-16-2014, 06:16 AM
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Going to have to buy a new washing machine here shortly. Went to Lowes and was told that the government has made a law that says you can only use a much smaller amount of water to wash clothes. As a result the design of the top loader has changed. The person that worked there pretty much frowned on these newer top loaders without the agitator in the middle. She actually said that in some cases some of the clothes don't even get wet.

Does anybody here have one of these new top loaders? How has it worked for you?
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I've got a samsung top load without an agitator. It works like a washing machine...
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Have had one for years. It does tend to twist pant legs, but works fine.
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We have one of the new LG toploads..

Make sure you have a stool handy if your wife is short!

I think it cleans just fine....
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We have a new LG top load as well. I have heard some people say that the ones without the agitator just doesn't clean as good and you have to wash clothes on the HD setting. With the new top loads I don't think that is an issue, ours cleans just fine.
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Samsung 5.0 cu ft washer. No problems. Most is not all new HE top loaders will not fill like a "old school" washing machine.
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We bought a top load/no agitator Maytag from a true appliance store...with a friend that does a lot of business with them. The long-time owner was our salesperson.

It was the model he recommended as the best washer for the best value...he knew the cost wasn't a huge factor.

I'm not sure you are necessarily getting the best advice from a Lowe's salesperson.

This is what we ended up with:
http://www.maytag.com/-%5bMVWC200XW%...ued/MVWC200XW/
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New (2 yo) Maytag, no agitator, cleans just OK. Twists EVERYTHING, and even manages to turn everything inside out.
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Have been using a Kenmore Elite for a few years now. The only downside I see is it doesnt do as good a job on small loads as it does larger ones.
That and if you dont tend to the bed sheets they have a tendency to knot-up and some of the fabric may not get as washed as it should (I simply pull sheets out half way through cycle and unfurl em).
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Maybe you should gander at a Speed Queen. Simple old American Made washers that still do their job well.
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I'm going to be in the market soon too. Ours are about 20 years old now! I was thinking about finding out what the hotel chains use, or maybe the laundry service industry and looking into buying a used one. Must be a market out there for that stuff.

I know nothing about the agitator-less machines, but they just look wrong to me!
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When the hell did they do away with agitators????

The government's gone to far this time !!!!

I'm very agitated to learn they've done away with agitators.
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Originally Posted by Brad1 View Post
When the hell did they do away with agitators????

The government's gone to far this time !!!!

I'm very agitated to learn they've done away with agitators.
They just moved them to DC
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I think theses manuf. still offer agitators
Speed Queen
Amana 3.4 cu. ft. Top-Load Washer with Dual Action Agitator
Maytag Brovos
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LG top load. It has an agitator but it's built into the floor. Direct drive, motor inverter. 10 yr warranty. So far so good. Because of the design the cycles are about 15-20% longer than what you are used to but it doesn't beat up your clothes either.
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I will keep fixing our old Kenmore forever. Parts are cheap and you tube vids make repairs easy. The new appliances are all controlled by electronic modules that are prone to failure and expensive to replace.
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Not really related to the agitator, but I have a high efficiency maytag topload without agitator. Works ok if you only run it on fluff cycle, which adds more water, and use double rinse, which also adds more water. Problem is the thing needs more water to wash clothes effectively. Also have to run it through a self clean cycle every two weeks to keep the odor down. Can't wait a month like manual says.

Previous washer was a Paykel Fisher. It was one step lower ranking in water efficiency but cleaned much better.

I would avoid the very high efficiency washers
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Get a front loader. They use less water and can spin the clothes drier than uprights, thus saving on dyer time.

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