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davefschmidt

06:55PM | 01/05/07
Member Since: 01/04/07
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My 1983 Maytag washer with removable lint filter in the agitator has recently needed such expensive repairs that I replaced it with a new high end washer. I was startled to find that the new washer does not have a removable lint filter. We have pets, and I cannot imagine washing their bedding without being able to clean the lint filter five or more times during the wash cycle. After much research, I am unable to locate any new washer which has a removable lint filter except portable washers. I would not want the self-cleaning filter in my new machine to send all the dog hair and blanket fuzz down my drain. I have never owned a clothes washer which did not have a removable lint filter. The old Maytag washer did a marvelous job of filtering, so I know what a huge amount of hair and lint would be washing down the drain. Is there any new machine made with a lint filter like the old days? I have a second laundry room and would like to set it up with a washer to handle pet bedding and fuzzy blankets. The only solution I've come up with is a used washer from a second-hand appliance store, but I'm finding these machines are badly dented or unsightly. Thanks for any advice for lint and pet hair removal during the wash cycle.

DanO

10:08PM | 01/05/07
Member Since: 11/11/02
2267 lifetime posts
** Is there any new machine made with a lint filter like the old days? **

Not that I've seen or heard of besides some front-load washer models.

JFYI

Dan O.

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

The Appliance Information Site

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davefschmidt

05:21AM | 01/06/07
Member Since: 01/04/07
2 lifetime posts
Dan O, Do you know which front loaders have lint filters? Thanks.

Janet

DanO

08:47AM | 01/06/07
Member Since: 11/11/02
2267 lifetime posts
I do not know which makes and models have such a feature off hand, most currently available do not. Models that have an easily cleanable filter will have a small square access panel toward the bottom like the Miele and LG washers at the following links:

- Miele Clothes Washers with Filters

LINK > http://www.appliance411.com/data.php?srch=Miele+Touchtronic+porthole

- LG Washing Machines with Filters

LINK > http://tinyurl.com/y2me67

JFYI

Dan O.

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

The Appliance Information Site

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pamspage2000

06:16PM | 10/18/08
Member Since: 10/17/08
1 lifetime posts
I feel your pain... lol. I too can not believe that they have discontinued making a washer with a filter on the agitator. I had a GE with the same feature and it went out and luckily I found another at the second hand store salvage yard and got it for $10 (and it looks decent & works great, thankfully I have a set-up for two washers) although I did buy a Kenmore Elite set but I don't like it as much as I love the other. Also, since the washer doesn't filter the lint, the dryer lint trap gets full quick and I have to empty it 2 to 3 times during a drying cycle.

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Anyway, have you found anything that compares as of yet?

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Thanks

BV008428

03:42AM | 07/23/15
Checking to see if there is maybe now some after-market lint filter I could get to install on my roper washer. I have always used a clothesline exclusively, and without the lint basket like my old washer had, my clothes are always covered with lint. I do separate them carefully and still spend quite a while each time with a lint brush.

BV009688

05:34PM | 12/04/15
I have a Maytag purchased in 1987, and we too need the external lint trap (it's on the agitator) because we are on a septic (field with laterals) and can not afford to have the hair/lint, etc. clogging up the septic tank or septic field. We've been able to keep it running with a new belt needed only one time. But today it has stopped 'agitating', it still spins out the water at the end of the cycle, so hopefully it's just a belt. I went on this forum to see if there are any w. machines with lint filters in case we can't fix ours, and it doesn't look promising!

BV011476

01:52PM | 05/01/16
I wash and reuse many cleaning rags for around the house,, my problem is the same, I save a lot of paper towels but the pet and human hair that I leave behind on otherwise "Clean" surfaces everywhere in the house is driving me crazy,, I sure do miss the old top agitator GE water filters.

BV011622

01:00PM | 05/16/16
I had one and would pay almost anything to get another one. I'm so tired of lint on everything, especially after washing new sweat shirts and pants...pathetic. I thought the technology would improve as time went on but apparently not when it comes to washing machines!

BV011754

10:51AM | 05/29/16
No removable lint filters in clothes washers, tubs won't fill with water, this equals extremely poor washing results. Come on manufacturers you might have made the washers cheaper but you sure messed up the machines. Go back to what was available a few years ago. The first manufacturer to do this will sell millions.

BV011972

08:40PM | 06/16/16
Years ago Consumer Reports listed NO washer acceptable after they fell in line with the federal energy standards and the associated tax incentives for the manufacturers. They now make energy efficient machines that no longer perform their mission -- that is to clean clothes. I long for a new (OLD) GE filter flo washer.

BV012048

11:29PM | 06/24/16
What can people do? I have major problem with lint clogging up my water lines. Cannot find a washer with filter.

BV012092

11:44AM | 06/29/16
We spent 1/2 day unclogging a field line due to lint from the washer. I also have dogs and put their blankets on the furniture to keep fur off. I wish manufacturers would wake up and make filters on the washers again!

BV012922

09:33PM | 09/19/16
I agree..why did they stop including a link catch? I also would buy a machine with lint catch if one was available. The front load machine are to cumbersome. Please go back to what worked, agitator, lint catch and enough water to rinse properly.

BV014999

11:56PM | 10/25/17
I'm pretty sure this is what you're all talking about

BV016272

07:51PM | 04/29/18
We can’t believe they stopped making washers without filters on the agitaters. Please reconsider changing back to the old style. It would make clothes washing a lot easier . Please who line dry are suffering with lint removal . R and D get back to work ! Shame! Shame!

BV017141

01:33PM | 08/15/18
I found this thread searching for the same information on modern washers having lint filters in the washers. The GE XL capacity I purchased in 1992 has that and it's a nice enough feature that it looks like we'll be hauling that half way across the country to our new house just to keep it.

Does anyone know when GE (or anyone else, for that matter) discontinued such a useful feature on their washers?

It appears that we will need to secure a service contact to keep our 26 yr old unit going. :(

BV017291

02:26PM | 09/01/18
I have an old GE washer and the outer tub just rusted out. Any idea where I might find one? As others have said, we use it for animal laundry and the new ones just don't work for that.

BV017317

01:02PM | 09/04/18
I had bought one with the lint tray on top - GE that I LOVED; bought it in 74; it died a few years ago. I got a roper; a piece of trash. I too would pay almost anything for that old GE that worked SO great. They make them cheaper and charge more for crap made in China. What happened to making good products! I don't mind paying more for a good product. I wish they'd bring the filters back too. I do NOT like change and they call this progress!

BV017557

10:27AM | 10/01/18
definitely not a coincidence that they are now finding tons of micro-plastics in our water.

BV018279

08:40PM | 12/27/18
Samsung Front Load VRT with Steam has a lint filter. You access it via door on front bottom panel.

BV018386

03:48PM | 01/09/19
I too long for the days with washing machines with lint traps. We have a front loading machine that has a barrel that tilts back to use less water. My husband adds more water from my teapot and I tell him I think it’s useless as i’m Sure there must be a water sensor somewhere on the machine. But, I feel the entire problem not having a lint trap of some kind now adds to the constant odor you get from most machines! And, of course we now get to purchase a separate cleaner to just clean the washing machine. Do you have this same experience? Just curious. Pat LaPorte

BV018754

09:59AM | 02/23/19
Same issue wth us. got dogs, got dog hair. Our discharge hose goes into my laundry room sink so I have sewn a lint catch bag out of window screen and attach with a plastic tie to the drain hose. It fills up fast and has to be taken off and cleaned but when I see how much stuff would be going into our septic - wow. Now we are moving and that discharge is going straight to a drain pipe. I hope I can invent a long sleeve that can go into it to perform the same. What a &”!#¥%! Hassle!!

BV018954

02:59PM | 03/24/19
They have hair/lint traps that you throw in the washer or dryer. They float and have mesh cone shaped nets attached to them. They're pretty cheap and work quite well. Just google "reusable pet fur catcher for washing machine".

BV020952

07:24AM | 11/24/19
I purchased several of those throw in lint filters and threw all of them in the trash. A waste of money

BV021844

01:10PM | 03/10/20
GE FilterFlo Washer! The greatest washer for pet owners ever! Never a pet hair escaped to torment us. I made the mistake of selling my 1989 GE washer with my house in 2007 as my new condo was already equipped with a new washer dryer pair; and, have regretted it every washer load since. So, for thirteen years I have searched for a washer with a real lint/pet hair filter and found nothing; and, appliance dealers and manufacturers to whom I have "complained" can care less. The online advice from washer manufacturers is to put the dirty, hairy clothes into the dryer first then wash. Really? Dirty clothes in the dryer and then put clean clothes in the dirty dryer? From experience and what I read here, I will have to eternally contend with washers that do not filter lint/pet hair.

BV021964

12:46PM | 03/26/20
Oh, GE Filter Flo, I have mourned your passing for decades! If I could find one, I’d never let it go. That satisfying trap full of fur, lint, hay chaff and forgotten tissues was a thing of beauty! The dryer never gets all the lint, so I’ve given up wearing dark clothes. I also love to hang my linens out on the line and had to buy an antique rug beater to encourage them to be less linty. So much for progress.

BV022309

12:41PM | 05/03/20
BV011622 May 16 2016 | 01:00pm
I had one and would pay almost anything to get another one. I'm so tired of lint on everything, especially after washing new sweat shirts and pants...pathetic. I thought the technology would improve as time went on but apparently not when it comes to washing machines! Help!!!!!

BV023968

06:44PM | 12/06/20
My vintage 1990ish GE with the lint screen on top of the agitator, just bit the dust...leaking heavy gear oil on the laundry floor. The new LG model is due to arrive this week. I gave up looking for a new model with a lint screen. How stupid!

BV025424

08:59PM | 06/16/21
best thing to do is never buy a new washer stick with the older used ones and when sales plummet perhaps they will make something worth buying if they were made in America like they should be they would be decent quailty but because there made in China they will always be junk some of the new washers use less water and more electricity so no benefit to that i will never buy a new washer because of this and suggest that you dont either if at all possible

BV026387

02:36PM | 11/29/21
GE needs to bring them back!

BV026654

04:58PM | 01/29/22
Bring all manufacturing back to America and stope the he, no lint filter, low water dirty close non-Sense idiots eliminated the lint filters. Do not buy High Efficiency Washers you will regret spending your money. Bring American manufacturing back. Today’s manufacturer know very well that these washers are not cleaning the close, leaving lint, and mold problems on our clothes and inside crystallizing mold buildup. We are not saving water, what a lie. Not saving energy or time doing one load thru three cycles to clean. Complete burden on consumers because of their idiocy. Don’t buy washers get a motorized attachable to a tub and do a better job of cleaning your clothes than to waste your money on these HE, No lint filtered washers. Molds in washer build up and break down the parts inside the washer and thus pose hazards to your personal safety and property. Also, mold on the clothes you are wearing causing unsanitary and health issues. The washer designers and manufacturers lie cheat, steal from US. See the recalls on lashers HE no filters, low waterKeep your money and demand better. Recalls, deal with foreign customer service…..horrible…..stop buying, they will get the message. God bless us all.

BV026601

07:41PM | 01/30/22
After buying many different brands of washers, none of them did a good job of washing clothes. Then we bought a speed queen, it's the best washer we have ever had. It came with a 10 year warranty that we haven't had to use yet. We've had it about 4 years now.

BV026702

06:14PM | 02/17/22
yes please bring back the GE washer with the filter basket that fit around the agitator I loved that washer and I need it I have animals and the hair clogs the sewer line to the septic

BV026864

06:52PM | 05/07/22
I too feel your pain! My GE Filter-Flow machine moved with me to N. Carolina, and then to Texas. We had one part replaced in N. Carolina. It lasted us 30 years! In Texas, it needed repairs and we were told that it wouldn’t pay because with its age, eventually the control panel would need replacement. So we bought a new machine, and almost immediately, I desperately tried, in vain, to get my old machine back. I have cats who leave an incredible amount of hair all over the house. With my Filter-flow I’d pick out the lint and hair until I was satisfied I’d gotten most of it. Now, my clothes, blankets, and everything else is covered with hair! I HATE my current GE washer, but the others are no better. In this day and age, why are they taking us backward?! I would pay whatever price they see fit to charge for another Filter-Flow! And all the hair and lint going down the drain certainly isn’t doing our septic system any good!

BV026865

06:54PM | 05/07/22
I too feel your pain! My GE Filter-Flow machine moved with me to N. Carolina, and then to Texas. We had one part replaced in N. Carolina. It lasted us 30 years! In Texas, it needed repairs and we were told that it wouldn’t pay because with its age, eventually the control panel would need replacement. So we bought a new machine, and almost immediately, I desperately tried, in vain, to get my old machine back. I have cats who leave an incredible amount of hair all over the house. With my Filter-flow I’d pick out the lint and hair until I was satisfied I’d gotten most of it. Now, my clothes, blankets, and everything else is covered with hair! I HATE my current GE washer, but the others are no better. In this day and age, why are they taking us backward?! I would pay whatever price they see fit to charge for another Filter-Flow! And all the hair and lint going down the drain certainly isn’t doing our septic system any good!


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