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Indiarod

05:29AM | 02/13/06
Member Since: 02/12/06
4 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
Hello,

About three years ago we bought the stackable set washer/drier with the front loader washer. Recently the cp in the washer went up and will cost $300.+ labor to replace. This washer was too small for our 8-person household.

In the mean time I have been using a top loader from a friend, I was amazed at how much cleaner my clothes were. This difference has been consistent.

The repairman said that on the average the parts are more expensive for the front loading machines than the top loading ones, and the front loading ones tend to have more problems.

I need to get something bigger, Which style would you reccomend?

Thank you!

India R.

pugsathome

10:29AM | 02/13/06
Member Since: 01/22/04
46 lifetime posts
You might consider the ergonomics & personal preference - do you prefer loading the top loader washer or the dryer ( I assume the dryer is front loader)?

Otherwise, there are some state of the art top-loaders and nice front loaders. Just avoid 1 brand: the one with the supposedly lonely and overweight repairmen - they are now retired from all the riches of the past few years and in great shape from burning calories from all the work, as well. Many a trash heap is being littered with their replaced and moldy washer door gaskets(though not free or warranteed).

Those folks, and almost everyone knows who they are, will not stand behind their products and your money will be poorly spent on that brand.

DanO

12:45PM | 02/13/06
Member Since: 11/11/02
2274 lifetime posts
** Which type of washer is better? **

... better for YOU, you mean? There are no absolutes that I'm aware of. You will have to decide which features you are most likely to benefit from.

Front load washers usually clean better (when used properly), cause less wear on clothing, use considerably less water and often less electricity as well. Users often find it easier to move clothes from the washer to a dryer and such models can usually also be placed on a pedestal to make loading easier. Some front-load washer models incorporate a water heater so you can keep your main water heater cooler (to save energy) but still get the best wash possible.

Front-load washer are however usually more complicated machines, incorporating electronic controls (and not just on digital display models either) which can make them more difficult to diagnose when they break down and more expensive to replace when such components do fail. An extended warranty (see the following link) might be a good option to consider for this type of washer IMO.

- The Appliance Purchase: Extended Warranties

LINK > http://www.appliance411.com/purchase/extended.shtml

Top load washers are harder on clothing, use considerably more water and often more power. Many newer models are incorporating some electronic controls to help achieve energy and water usage mandated standards which can sometimes make diagnosis more difficult. North American users are often more comfortable using a top-load washer design.

JMO

Dan O.

www.Appliance411.com/?ref411=Clothes+Washer

The Appliance Information Site

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Indiarod

04:12PM | 02/13/06
Member Since: 02/12/06
4 lifetime posts
Thank you for the feedback. I will most likely get another front loader, just a larger capacity model.

Thanks again for the insight.

India R.
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