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Old 08-25-2010, 04:01 PM
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Replacing Washer

My washer mechanically works fine; my water is rusting out the cabinet to the point I am going to have to replace it very soon. I have always had top loaders, but am considering the new front loaders because we are on a septic and they only use 15 gallons of water vs. the top loader of 35 gallons or more. I'm not real sure which brand to go with. Do you have a top loader and would you recommend it or not and why?
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Old 08-28-2010, 10:00 AM
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Cat Lover, I had a GE top loader that lasted over 20 years. I liked the fact that it had a tub I could use in the middle for delicates but on regular washes sometimes the clothes would get caught under the agitator. I replaced that washer with a top loading Admiral and am very happy with it as things don't get caught and I can wash blankets in it. No tub but I just put my delicates in a mesh bag now. I've never had a front loader but steered clear of them because at the time I was replacing they required special detergent that cost more.
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Old 08-28-2010, 10:19 AM
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Cat Lover, I had a GE top loader that lasted over 20 years. I liked the fact that it had a tub I could use in the middle for delicates but on regular washes sometimes the clothes would get caught under the agitator. I replaced that washer with a top loading Admiral and am very happy with it as things don't get caught and I can wash blankets in it. No tub but I just put my delicates in a mesh bag now. I've never had a front loader but steered clear of them because at the time I was replacing they required special detergent that cost more.
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Old 08-28-2010, 06:01 PM
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They still require the HE detergent, but after talking with a couple of repair people the one I homemake will work! They said the important thing is it has to be almost NO SUDS! Mine is!
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Old 08-28-2010, 06:12 PM
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That's great if you choose to go with a front loader. I don't like bending over to take things out of the dryer, so know I wouldn't want to do it with the washer too but my laundry room is very small.
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Old 08-28-2010, 10:10 PM
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I have an LG front loader and it cut my water bill down 1/3. It took a while to get used to the fact that once you'd turned it on that you couldn't open the door and add extras but I love it!

Front loaders you can get a plinth or buy a set of specially made drawers to go under to bring it up off the floor, we have the drawers, so now all I do in but the basket in front of the door and scoop out the clothes, I don't have to lean down/into the machine.

I use the same powder for the front as the top but only put in 1/4 the amount for the lower suds
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Old 08-29-2010, 10:25 AM
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I'm going to forgo the step up for it; they want almost $300 just for it! If I decide it is too much bending one of my DS said they could make one out of treated lumber for me and I will just paint it white!
Bilby do you add your detergent to a little drawer in the front of the machine towards the side? Just wondered how the powder works as far as dispensing it? I use the liquid homemade soap in it, but occasionally do use clorox 2 but the powdered one. Was wondering if I would need to use the liquid instead?
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Old 08-29-2010, 01:15 PM
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I have used both liquid and powder in the machine (vinegar for the softener cycle) in that little drawer, you'll need to read the book on the machine to determine with divided is for what soaps.
I honestly have no problems with it but it I did have to get used to it and I love it now.
On mine you can control the heat or lack of and the spin much better that my top loader ever did.

I use 1 table spoon of soap powder and 1 tablespoon of bleach powder and that washes a full load nicely.
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Old 08-29-2010, 02:38 PM
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The salesperson I was talking to told me one tablespoon of soap and I just couldn't imagine that; so I am very glad to hear you say you use one tablespoon! I was wondering on the powder stuff though if it flows through the door well without clogging it up? The drawer on the one I'm looking at does come out to be cleaned so could do that I guess if needed.
They also told me to leave the detergent/bleach drawer open and the door to the washer itself after use to let it all air dry very good.
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Old 08-29-2010, 06:28 PM
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I leave the door and drawer open when not in use (the drawer for detergent in
mine comes out to scrub.
Powder stuff flowing through door? Not sure what you mean in clogging it up.
You do have to get a cloth and your finger and clean the door seal as that is
where the dirt/sludge collects and that is fairly easy to do.
Surprisingly you can fit a fair bit in the machine as the agitator is not taking up room.
I was sceptical giving up my top loader but now so glad I did.
Can't comment on brands as what is for sale over there is not the same as here.
Google the name and serial number of the machine you're looking at and see if there
are any write up on good and bad things
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