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In the market for new washer/dryer and wanted to try to leverage someone else's experience/research.

Looking for high efficient with wifi connection to be able to schedule/control everything from my phone. No idea what other kind of specs I should be paying attention to in a washer/dryer. Want it to be stackable if desired to do so.
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Miele.
We love ours.
https://www.mieleusa.com/e/w1-front-loa ... 11614130-p
TwinDos detergent dispensing is wonderful.

https://www.mieleusa.com/e/t1-heat-pump ... 11619650-p
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Just bought a highly rated LG washer and dryer with WiFi and all the bells and whistles. The washer would not drain completely because the drain pipe outlet was apparently too high. Despite it being within the parameters of the manual, the service tech said it was a known issue. Had to send them back. Major hassle. Replaced them with GEs from Lowe’s. No bells and whistles, but they work.
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I am curious about having WIFI capability for a washer and dryer. How would one make use such capability?
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sport wrote: Fri Jul 16, 2021 4:28 pm I am curious about having WIFI capability for a washer and dryer. How would one make use such capability?
Controlling it from your phone and/or being able to schedule start/end times from your phone. Or, if you're upstairs, checking the status and if the load is done.

Basically, for people too lazy to walk downstairs/upstairs to check if the washer/dryer is done :happy
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We've had LGs for about 2 years and love them. Reading the manual and experimenting a bit is a must, especially if this is the first HE washer. Wifi is a bonus.

https://www.lg.com/us/washers/lg-WT7800 ... oad-washer

https://www.lg.com/us/dryers/lg-DLE7300 ... tric-dryer
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We bought a set of LG front loaders early in the rollout of the front loaders. Expensive being an early adaptor, prices had come down, though with production issues in some areas of the economy, prices might be trending higher again. I haven't priced them recently.

After several years of doing laundry 6 days a week, we have had one issue: Rollers for dryer, one was bad, but since the unit was apart we just replaced all of them proactively. Added very little to the overall repair bill.

We haven't had issues with the smell as some earlier front loader owners experienced.

When the current set wears out, I wouldn't hesitate buying another LG set, based on our experience, barring a major decline of LG.

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Not Samsung. Many reports of quality and service issues.

I like our current LG. Our previous Kenmore/Whirlpool HE3T twins were great.
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Just replaced 10 year old Samsung washer dryer set with an LG top loading set (wife prefers top load). Has wifi although we haven’t setup yet. Good price and delivery through Costco.

Wouldn’t recommend Samsung for poor reliability, although I did get quite adept at making repairs and they are relatively easy to repair.
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socialforums2019 wrote: Fri Jul 16, 2021 4:38 pm
sport wrote: Fri Jul 16, 2021 4:28 pm I am curious about having WIFI capability for a washer and dryer. How would one make use such capability?
Controlling it from your phone and/or being able to schedule start/end times from your phone. Or, if you're upstairs, checking the status and if the load is done.

Basically, for people too lazy to walk downstairs/upstairs to check if the washer/dryer is done :happy
Some manufacturers use it for remote diagnostics, retrieving error codes, logs, etc.
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Bogle7 wrote: Fri Jul 16, 2021 3:29 pm Miele.
We love ours.
https://www.mieleusa.com/e/w1-front-loa ... 11614130-p
TwinDos detergent dispensing is wonderful.

https://www.mieleusa.com/e/t1-heat-pump ... 11619650-p
ventless
I second the Miele recommendation but with a few caveats. I have an older set that's no longer being sold that I have been very pleased with. I run it 4-5 times a week and it has been going strong for 5.5 years so far.
- These are smaller than your average W/D, but you can pack them tight and still get excellent results.
- There will probably be a learning curve (amount of detergent, water softener, picking the right cycle, number of rinses, etc.). I imagine some of this is made easier by using their TwinDos detergents.
- There have been some people reporting problems with the W1/T1 in the forums on Houzz. These are typically about a specific cycle.
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The less bells and whistles, the better. Our dryer is from 1996. Our washer before that I believe.

Want to know if wash is done? Set timer for 50 minutes. Dryer? Set buzzer.
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Be sure to check Costco to see if they have a model that would work for you.

If you buy it with a Costco credit card you will get a four year warranty which is hard to beat.

If I remember right the Costco delivery and installation also included things like the electric dryer plug which many other places charge extra for.
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Watty wrote: Fri Jul 16, 2021 6:12 pm Be sure to check Costco to see if they have a model that would work for you.

If you buy it with a Costco credit card you will get a four year warranty which is hard to beat.
Costco gives you an extra 2 years and if you use a Citi card (purchasing online) you get another 2 years. It doesn't have to be a Costco credit card as long as it's a Citi card.
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socialforums2019 wrote: Fri Jul 16, 2021 3:18 pm In the market for new washer/dryer and wanted to try to leverage someone else's experience/research.

Looking for high efficient with wifi connection to be able to schedule/control everything from my phone. No idea what other kind of specs I should be paying attention to in a washer/dryer. Want it to be stackable if desired to do so.
I highly recommend Speed Queen washers/dryers.
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mkc wrote: Fri Jul 16, 2021 7:26 pm
Watty wrote: Fri Jul 16, 2021 6:12 pm Be sure to check Costco to see if they have a model that would work for you.

If you buy it with a Costco credit card you will get a four year warranty which is hard to beat.
Costco gives you an extra 2 years and if you use a Citi card (purchasing online) you get another 2 years. It doesn't have to be a Costco credit card as long as it's a Citi card.
If you use a Costco card, you will get a 2% rebate. If you are an Executive Member, you will get an additional 2% rebate.
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If your washer still works, I encourage you to think long and hard before replacing it with a so-called High Efficiency model. My experience is that HE washers use little water, but they also remove little dirt. I sometimes have to rewash the clothes. Real efficient.

Also, mine has to run with a completely full load. If I try to do a small load, it constantly stops because of a balance error and has to have the clothes redistributed. I’m talking 10 times per wash (or until I give up and just put the soapy wet clothes in the dryer).

If I could buy a low efficiency model that actually uses some water to get clothes clean, I would joyfully take a sledgehammer to my HE washer.
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For all of the HE naysayers, again I say, read the manual and experiment. We have never experienced cleaning issues and me, in particular, puts sweaty, sometimes greasy, dirty clothes in without issue.

Now, if your water supply is hard, with iron or have other issues then, YMMV!
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bob60014 wrote: Fri Jul 16, 2021 7:53 pm For all of the HE naysayers, again I say, read the manual and experiment. We have never experienced cleaning issues and me, in particular, puts sweaty, sometimes greasy, dirty clothes in without issue.

Now, if your water supply is hard, with iron or have other issues then, YMMV!
Agree. Front loaders are fine. HE top loaders, not so much. Science.
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CoralReef wrote: Fri Jul 16, 2021 7:37 pm If your washer still works, I encourage you to think long and hard before replacing it with a so-called High Efficiency model. My experience is that HE washers use little water, but they also remove little dirt. I sometimes have to rewash the clothes. Real efficient.

Also, mine has to run with a completely full load. If I try to do a small load, it constantly stops because of a balance error and has to have the clothes redistributed. I’m talking 10 times per wash (or until I give up and just put the soapy wet clothes in the dryer).

If I could buy a low efficiency model that actually uses some water to get clothes clean, I would joyfully take a sledgehammer to my HE washer.
Try another model for better results: My LG high efficiency washer does a fantastic job at cleaning and delicate/expensive clothes last a lot longer (indefinitely so far) than with the ol' agitated design that beat against fabric causing wear and premature fading. Repeated balance errors mean something is wrong with the unit. What model is it?
The new HE cleaning performance is far better than the old designs as well. We put really dirty stuff in there and the whites come out white and fabrics are clean as new. I don't even bother taking dress shirts to the dry cleaner anymore.

Use a good detergent (such as Persil, Kirkland) and use the setting that meets your needs. Use much less detergent than you think you do---HE washers need less detergent since they use less water and today's detergents are super concentrated. Clean the filter every now and then, plus follow use & care instructions.
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After some research I am going to go with either of the following GE models/combos:

Combo #1 - $1,790
https://www.geappliances.com/appliance/ ... FW550SSNWW
https://www.geappliances.com/appliance/ ... FD55ESSNWW

Combo #2 - $1,979
https://www.geappliances.com/appliance/ ... FW650SSNWW
https://www.geappliances.com/appliance/ ... FD65ESSNWW

Combo #3 - $2,159
https://www.geappliances.com/appliance/ ... FW850SSNWW
https://www.geappliances.com/appliance/ ... FD85ESSNWW

I'm pretty sure this is the only differences between the Combos:
Combo 2 has steam wash feature over Combo 1 and is around an additional $200 more for that
Combo 3 is the same as Combo too, but just a larger capacity (from 4.8 cu ft to 5.0 cu ft) and is around another $200 more than Combo 2 for the extra space

So it really comes down to:

1. Is the steam wash feature worth $200 more?
2. Is the extra .2 cu ft capacity worth $200 more?
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socialforums2019 wrote: Sat Jul 17, 2021 7:50 am After some research I am going to go with either of the following GE models/combos:

Combo #1 - $1,790
https://www.geappliances.com/appliance/ ... FW550SSNWW
https://www.geappliances.com/appliance/ ... FD55ESSNWW

Combo #2 - $1,979
https://www.geappliances.com/appliance/ ... FW650SSNWW
https://www.geappliances.com/appliance/ ... FD65ESSNWW

Combo #3 - $2,159
https://www.geappliances.com/appliance/ ... FW850SSNWW
https://www.geappliances.com/appliance/ ... FD85ESSNWW

I'm pretty sure this is the only differences between the Combos:
Combo 2 has steam wash feature over Combo 1 and is around an additional $200 more for that
Combo 3 is the same as Combo too, but just a larger capacity (from 4.8 cu ft to 5.0 cu ft) and is around another $200 more than Combo 2 for the extra space

So it really comes down to:

1. Is the steam wash feature worth $200 more?
2. Is the extra .2 cu ft capacity worth $200 more?
1. No
2. No
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socialforums2019 wrote: Sat Jul 17, 2021 7:50 am After some research I am going to go with either of the following GE models/combos:
Are the pedestals included?
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Bogle7 wrote: Sat Jul 17, 2021 1:21 pm
socialforums2019 wrote: Sat Jul 17, 2021 7:50 am After some research I am going to go with either of the following GE models/combos:
Are the pedestals included?
No, not going to be ordering the pedestals. Any reason why I should?
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socialforums2019 wrote: Sat Jul 17, 2021 1:32 pmNo, not going to be ordering the pedestals. Any reason why I should?
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If you don't want the annoying and terrible front loader type, luckily there's still a company that makes a washing machine that actually cleans clothes, this would be Speed Queen. It requires some mods to allow the tub to fill up and bring it back to it's former glory. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziW0p4FsDvs
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Just finished repairing my 20 year old Maytag dryer with the help of my neighbor.

When the time comes, Speed Queen is at the top of the list...maybe Maytag Commercial or other heavy duty line.
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RickBoglehead wrote: Fri Jul 16, 2021 5:58 pm The less bells and whistles, the better. Our dryer is from 1996. Our washer before that I believe.

Want to know if wash is done? Set timer for 50 minutes. Dryer? Set buzzer.
Yeah, I'm still trying to figure out why my LG washer in a previous home gave you 5 different chimes to select from. A simple on/off buzzer works fine.

I'm a techie but it needs to make sense.
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Bogle7 wrote: Fri Jul 16, 2021 3:29 pm Miele.
We love ours.
https://www.mieleusa.com/e/w1-front-loa ... 11614130-p
TwinDos detergent dispensing is wonderful.

https://www.mieleusa.com/e/t1-heat-pump ... 11619650-p
ventless
We also have a Miele. Great appliances! Only gripe is the constant beeping. Do you know how to turn off the beeping? We get the beeping when the timer goes off or when you get F66 code.
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Kagord wrote: Sat Jul 17, 2021 3:29 pm If you don't want the annoying and terrible front loader type, luckily there's still a company that makes a washing machine that actually cleans clothes, this would be Speed Queen. It requires some mods to allow the tub to fill up and bring it back to it's former glory. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziW0p4FsDvs
The link you provided is from 2015 and most likely does not apply to the newest SQ washers.
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Visit local appliance stores (not just online).

Replaced washer yesterday because our previous one died. We first shopped online to get ideas on prices. All different vendors advertised the same discounted price online. But when we visited the store, to our surprise, they had prices that they couldn't advertise online. We paid 220 less than its/Best Buy/Lowes/HD online offer. (It wasn't a display model price.)

If you want durability, avoid fancy models with lots of features. The salesman told me that I'd be lucky, if they last 5 years.
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abner kravitz wrote: Fri Jul 16, 2021 3:49 pm Just bought a highly rated LG washer and dryer with WiFi and all the bells and whistles. The washer would not drain completely because the drain pipe outlet was apparently too high. Despite it being within the parameters of the manual, the service tech said it was a known issue. Had to send them back. Major hassle. Replaced them with GEs from Lowe’s. No bells and whistles, but they work.
Same issue with our new LG the washer and our “high” hook up.

It was a major PIA, but we were able to eventually negotiate a freebie pedestal with a drawer. It lifted the washer up 14” and took care of the problem. Hopefully this can save others some headache.
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Maytags have served us well over 40 year of marriage.

Would look hard at Speed Queen also.
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Be wary of new Speed Queens. Two appliance guys I know dropped them from their stores because they said they’re now inferior to LG and Maytag despite being much more expensive.

2-3 years ago they changed and not for the better.
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canderson wrote: Sun Jul 18, 2021 10:07 pm Be wary of new Speed Queens. Two appliance guys I know dropped them from their stores because they said they’re now inferior to LG and Maytag despite being much more expensive.

2-3 years ago they changed and not for the better.
Folks on Houzz's Appliances and Laundry forums have been reporting the same ever since the 2018-ish changes in Speed Queens.
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Bogle7 wrote: Fri Jul 16, 2021 3:29 pm Miele.
We love ours.
https://www.mieleusa.com/e/w1-front-loa ... 11614130-p
TwinDos detergent dispensing is wonderful.

https://www.mieleusa.com/e/t1-heat-pump ... 11619650-p
ventless
I've always liked Miele appliances, but am reading that while the washing machine has excellent performance and durability, since it is compact, its capacity is about 50% of that of some of the competing models. Specifically, it looks like the W1 Miele washer's capacity is 2.3 cubic feet, which is quite small, as a standard front loader or HE top loader capacity is 3.6+ cu. ft. Likewise, the Miele ventless dryer takes about twice as long to dry clothes (because it is ventless).

Does the performance justify these downsides? Have people paired their Miele washing machine with a vented dryer of a different brand without making the appliances look totally silly?
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We have a top load LG HE machine and I'm good with it. No agitator and uses very little water. I think it does require more attention than a conventional top loader, meaning load like items together to avoid imbalances (which I always did anyway) and most importantly use a high quality detergent. I learned after the fact that a lot of the cleaning ability of old style machines that use a lot of water comes from the water itself and the agitator, not the detergent. So you could get away with using low quality detergent because an agitator and water did the job. A top load HE machine can work well with good detergent. Mine has a function to add lots of water if you want to.

I won't go back to an agitator top loader because they are noticeably hard on clothes. We moved from a place that had a front loader to a place that had an agitator machine, and within a year we were noticing holes and fraying. I'd have a front loader if I had the space for the door to open all the way.
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UALflyer wrote: Mon Jul 19, 2021 9:47 am I've always liked Miele appliances, but am reading that while the washing machine has excellent performance and durability, since it is compact, its capacity is about 50% of that of some of the competing models....
Does the performance justify these downsides?
1. Our Miele washer has a capacity of 8kg which is equal to 11 large bath towels. (https://www.thespruce.com/formula-to-ca ... ty-2145871)
2. My wife (I am not allowed to do the laundry—pink underwear) never fills it because she groups laundry into about 6 different flavors.
3. The drying time is not that long because of the washer's 1400 rpm spin speed.

We do not see any downsides.
And, the upside of the TwinDos system is great.
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Don’t get a front loader washer

They break and smell

WiFi features very over rated. Only really useful if you want to remove from dryer the second it is done
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"Be wary of new Speed Queens."

I was told they fired the engineers who redesigned the washers 4 years ago. :) I don't know a thing about their front loaders except that they have a lot of buttons from what I saw on the showroom floor.

In any case, if you want a top loader with a transmission-driven agitator you want the TC5 model, not any of the TR models.

We've been very happy with our 2021 TC5 washer and matching dryer.
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I was hesitant to replace our 15 year old washer and dryer after hearing about all the horror stories oh HE. We replaced ours about 3 months ago and here is what I'll tell you.

We bought LG HE top load washer and LG HE dryer

It cleans clothes just as good as any other washer/dryer I've ever used
It uses less water
It doesn't stink
It is quieter but the noises are kind of weird and random. Our old washer would be noisy from start to finish. This one will stop/start frequently.
We have it connected to the wifi but don't do much with it. I could tell our speaker to turn it on but I don't. It does alert on my TV when a cycle is done or started, which is nice.

Overall after 3 months, my wife gave them the thumbs up.
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Rex66 wrote: Mon Jul 19, 2021 1:01 pmDon’t get a front loader washer. They break and smell
This is false.
15+ years with front loaders in 2 different houses. No smells.
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I bought these for the rental and have been pleased--they are undoubtedly beat on by rentals with heavy loads of pool towels and the cleaning crew uses them do do laundry--usually weekly.

Two years into it, no worries at all.

https://www.costco.com/samsung-5.0cuft- ... 01500.html

Costco was excellent as was their subordinate vendor.
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socialforums2019 wrote: Fri Jul 16, 2021 3:18 pm In the market for new washer/dryer and wanted to try to leverage someone else's experience/research.
I would hazard a guess, there are a dozen threads asking the same question. And on probably all of those threads, I have said pretty much the same thing. As a former engineer who designed washers and dryers for part of my career, do your research. By that I mean, ask the company whom you will be calling when the things stops working and see how easy it is to get parts, how plentiful parts are, which brands do they work on the most so you can steer clear of them. For example LG, though they make some good appliances, has very few parts in the pipeline and any part you need will take months to order and receive. Because of this huge inconvenience, I would steer clear of them. There are only a few major players in the US that sell a dozen differently badged machines and they all use parts from the same suppliers. The pressure switch we put in our washer was made by the same company that made every other U.S. made washing machine, just a different part number and different settings. European washers do the same thing though favor European supplier of parts. Since one company can make many different brands, often they stand them apart by the finished features on the outside of the machine and the options.

Which leads me to my final point. Generally the more options you get in a washing/drying machine, the more parts there will be that could one day break and go wrong. Speed Queen (base model for Alliance Laundry Systems) made their name by being the simplest machine out there and thus very reliable. My recommendation would be to get a basic top loader washer with twist dials from whomever is easily (and quickly) serviced by your local repairman and you will probably end up with the longest lasting machine possible and the best bang for your buck. If you absolutely need to know when the machine is done, install a cheap wifi camera.
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Re: Washer/Dryer Recommendations

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socialforums2019 wrote: Sat Jul 17, 2021 7:50 am After some research I am going to go with either of the following GE models/combos:

Combo #1 - $1,790
https://www.geappliances.com/appliance/ ... FW550SSNWW
https://www.geappliances.com/appliance/ ... FD55ESSNWW

Combo #2 - $1,979
https://www.geappliances.com/appliance/ ... FW650SSNWW
https://www.geappliances.com/appliance/ ... FD65ESSNWW

Combo #3 - $2,159
https://www.geappliances.com/appliance/ ... FW850SSNWW
https://www.geappliances.com/appliance/ ... FD85ESSNWW

I'm pretty sure this is the only differences between the Combos:
Combo 2 has steam wash feature over Combo 1 and is around an additional $200 more for that
Combo 3 is the same as Combo too, but just a larger capacity (from 4.8 cu ft to 5.0 cu ft) and is around another $200 more than Combo 2 for the extra space

So it really comes down to:

1. Is the steam wash feature worth $200 more?
2. Is the extra .2 cu ft capacity worth $200 more?
I just bought the 4.8 cu ft models though not at Costco, one at Home Depot and One at Lowes using some discounts based upon the store credit cards. While I have no opinion on the steam wash feature one thing to watch out for is these models and many of the newer washer/dryers ar emuch deeper than older models.

I did not buy the pedestals but built a platform that works well for two reasons, I needed to run the venting under the washer and so I needed to create clearance. Even then, the washer dryer/comes out so far that I had to remove the laundry closet doors doors and install a curtain. DW and I are happy with how it worked out but when they delivered the washer I had to scramble to figure out a solution.
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Re: Washer/Dryer Recommendations

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LG Turbowash

Saves time and water. Read some reviews - seems like a quite useful feature. We got a nice Memorial Day deal on a washer - I wanted the Turbowash feature, DW wanted wifi - got both for a good price.

I'd wait for Labor Day sales, if you can.
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Re: Washer/Dryer Recommendations

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lthenderson wrote: Mon Jul 19, 2021 3:17 pm
socialforums2019 wrote: Fri Jul 16, 2021 3:18 pm In the market for new washer/dryer and wanted to try to leverage someone else's experience/research.
My recommendation would be to get a basic top loader washer with twist dials from whomever is easily (and quickly) serviced by your local repairman and you will probably end up with the longest lasting machine possible and the best bang for your buck. If you absolutely need to know when the machine is done, install a cheap wifi camera.
Although the payoff in water cost savings is 8-10 years, estimated - we just got rid of one of those top loaders you love. Living in SoCal we just couldn't justify keeping such a water wasting appliance. If we were able to easily do a laundry-to-landscape setup, I would have and been fine with keeping the machine. Not easily doable with location.

Our new LG frontloader is great. Clothes spin dryer = quicker hang dry time and less time in dryer = more energy savings.
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Re: Washer/Dryer Recommendations

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surfstar wrote: Mon Jul 19, 2021 3:40 pm LG Turbowash

Saves time and water. Read some reviews - seems like a quite useful feature. We got a nice Memorial Day deal on a washer - I wanted the Turbowash feature, DW wanted wifi - got both for a good price.

I'd wait for Labor Day sales, if you can.
I had our local highly regarded appliance store match Best Buy's Memorial Day sale on an LG front-load washer and dryer. Got over 25% off.

Turbowash is awesome. 30-40 mins for a load, where my previous front-load washer took 50 mins - 1 hr 10 mins for the same load.

Not sure why the hate for front loaders. They get our clothes very clean with little wear and they don't need much time in the dryer. Modern ones have features that prevent odor, though just leaving the door open has always done the trick for us.
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Re: Washer/Dryer Recommendations

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bluebolt wrote: Mon Jul 19, 2021 5:55 pm
surfstar wrote: Mon Jul 19, 2021 3:40 pm LG Turbowash

Saves time and water. Read some reviews - seems like a quite useful feature. We got a nice Memorial Day deal on a washer - I wanted the Turbowash feature, DW wanted wifi - got both for a good price.

I'd wait for Labor Day sales, if you can.
I had our local highly regarded appliance store match Best Buy's Memorial Day sale on an LG front-load washer and dryer. Got over 25% off.

Turbowash is awesome. 30-40 mins for a load, where my previous front-load washer took 50 mins - 1 hr 10 mins for the same load.

Not sure why the hate for front loaders. They get our clothes very clean with little wear and they don't need much time in the dryer. Modern ones have features that prevent odor, though just leaving the door open has always done the trick for us.
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HomeDepot had a similar sale (DIY installed, which I prefer), plus I had a 10% off coupon from their CC that I have. Plus $150 water rebate. Also to partially offset not having the extended warranty that you get from Costco, we were able to get an extra year by installing the LG app.
https://www.lg.com/us/promotions/proact ... tomer-care
Last discount was calling LG due to discovering a ding/dent on one side after unpacking. $120 to keep! Sure. Installed and worked fine, so no need to return it for cosmetic issue we can't even see.
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Re: Washer/Dryer Recommendations

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bluebolt wrote: Mon Jul 19, 2021 5:55 pm Not sure why the hate for front loaders. They get our clothes very clean with little wear and they don't need much time in the dryer. Modern ones have features that prevent odor, though just leaving the door open has always done the trick for us.
We also love our front loaders, a stacked LG set. I'm wondering if the people who hate front loaders have bad models, bad instances of models, or dramatically dirtier clothes (perhaps crawling around stable floors or searching for wedding rings in septic tanks or some other filthogenic activity). We got ours through Costco 4 years ago but never needed the warranty. Our clothes and linens last a lot longer without an agitator, and have come out clean every load. We follow the simple instructions to clean the tub every month or two, and have never had any problem with smell or mold. We also noticed our water and electric bills dropped noticeably.

We understand we took a gamble because LG parts are hard to get, but Consumer Reports said we were much more likely to need parts if we got certain popular other brands, which considerably mitigated that gamble.

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