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Old 03-23-2014, 08:51 PM
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Default High Efficiency Clothes Washers

I need to buy a new washer and dryer in a couple months for the new house and before I do any research I figured I'd ask my brethren in laundry.

Do any of you have a high efficiency washer? My main concern is how well they do with really dirty clothes, such as after the kids have been out playing in the mud, sports, etc.

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Old 03-23-2014, 09:06 PM
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We have one, works great. The reason I like it is that they're simpler mechanically than traditional ones, less to break. They do a fine job cleaning as well.

Ours are Electrolux.
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Old 03-24-2014, 12:21 AM
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We bought a Samsung washer in 2011, I believe. Works great. Quiet. Little to no vibration. We can actually put the detergent and fabric softener bottles on the washer with no worry of them falling off. It is supposed to be a direct-drive to the motor, no transmission.

As far as cleaning goes, I have no complaints. We used cloth diapers with the twins for about 14 months and the machine cleaned them well. It takes about an hour a load and spins the clothes really dry, so the dryer doesn't take as long as it used to.

I threw my sneakers in it back in November, and they looked shiny and brand new after washing. I will definitely have a front loader from now on. It also handles our king-size quilts and comforters.

No opinions on a dryer, except that I will be getting an NG one if we have service at the next house.
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We love ours, have for years and we'll never go back.

One of the complaints I've heard about them is they start to stink, I suspect those folks keep the door closed. When the load is done leave it open so it can dry out and not mildew.
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Old 03-24-2014, 11:32 AM
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I have Maytag Duets (washer/dryer) bought in 2005 and have had no problems.
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I'll add to the mix of 'they work'.

Ours came with the house when we bought it in '09. We wash all our kids sports clothes (football, soccer, lacrosse uniforms) in them, no problems. The spin cycle is really good too as it decreases the amount of time the clothes have to be in the dryer. Some clothes (fleece pullovers and whatnot) don't even need to go in the dryer.
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Thanks guys! That's what I needed to hear. The only one I've used was at my parents' house on vacation and it was only small loads and wondered if so little water could handle flushing out lots of dirt. Won't mind saving some money on the water bill!

Now I have to start looking at those, a new fridge, lawnmower, snow blower, etc. Fuck. $$$
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We has to replace both washer And dryer in 2013. The He washer is amazing at cleaning clothes. I override the default water temps to warm or cold and length ten the wash time. The smart dryer is well, ok. Clothes a little damp after the energy miser cycle. Usually end up running on high temp after timer goes off. We got may tags.
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Our washer and dryer are in the utility room, unfinished walls and ceiling, so there is no point in getting the matched pair. I've been keeping the dryer going for way longer and the washer we got at a scratch and dent place.
Like I said before though, we love it!
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I would advise you that if you end up going with a front load HE model that you keep the washer door cracked open when not in use for a couple of days or more. I have noticed a musty odor when not done that way.....AKA, when the wife closes the washer door. Please don't tell her.
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