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    top-load vs front-load

    We are going to replace our 7 year old LG front-load and wondering if anybody has bought a new high-end washer lately. We are looking at LG, Kenmore Elite, made by LG, Whirpool Duet and Samsung. Sears recommends Kenmore, surprise. Lowe's recommends Samsung. I want the best at cleaning work out clothes and won't smell musty when wet, (problem with front-loads of the past)



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    Re: top-load vs front-load

    Quote Originally Posted by stateofmind View Post
    We are going to replace our 7 year old LG front-load and wondering if anybody has bought a new high-end washer lately. We are looking at LG, Kenmore Elite, made by LG, Whirpool Duet and Samsung. Sears recommends Kenmore, surprise. Lowe's recommends Samsung. I want the best at cleaning work out clothes and won't smell musty when wet, (problem with front-loads of the past)
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    Re: top-load vs front-load

    I've heard some bad tings about front loaders.

    I just got a Kenmore Elite HE top loader this fall and so far love it. I am waiting for my dryer to break so I can get the matching drier.

    According to Sears, LG and Kenmore are made by the same people. Reading your post again, I guess you knew this :)

    I ended up going with Kenmore just because I felt like it might be easier to find people to fix it when the time comes. The only cocern I had with it was that it is all 'electric' and those types of things tend to break easier.

    My mom got a new washer a few years ago and she specifically didn't want HE because of farm clothes and a little leary about them not getting clean in a HE. She ended up with a Speed Queen which was an old brand when she was young that they started making again, apparently it is made in the U.S. which was a plus for her. She really likes it as well.


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    Re: top-load vs front-load

    I was hoping this was a Nintendo thread.

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    Re: top-load vs front-load

    Whirlpool is made in Ohio, so that is cool. The one Samsung is $1499 for each piece. A bit crazy to spend almost 3 grand on this.



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    Re: top-load vs front-load

    We're top-loaders. Love our Fischer-Paykel.


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    Re: top-load vs front-load

    I had a top load, got a front load.

    I like about the front load: The dryer doesn't take twice as long as the washer. With a top load, when I was trying to crank out laundry, it ****** me off to have laundry sitting there waiting for the dryer. Now...admittedly, the washer just takes longer, the dryer's not faster, but at least they're matched.

    I don't like about the front load: You know how you inevitably find one more piece of laundry after you think you got everything? With a front load, you can't just throw it in.

    All things being equal (price, etc.), I'd take a top load washer and a kick arse dryer if given the choice again.



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    Re: top-load vs front-load

    The big thing to me is that front-load washers seem prone to mold, so your clothes start stinking sometimes.

    Washer Mold Issues With Front Load Washers


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    Re: top-load vs front-load

    We've had a front load for 13 years. We're on our second set, as theFrigidare dryer gave out after ~10 years. Couldn't buy another that would stack on the pre-existing washer. Because of the arrangement in this house, we had to get another stacked/front load. We went with Maytag this time. Because of size-constraints where the unit sits, it was the only choice.

    I've heard horror stories about the smell - we've never had an issue, with either set. But, we leave the door open when not in use and run one of the washer-tab-things through a couple times a year.

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    My Mom bought a top load about a year ago. She's in her 80's - change is not always welcome... When I'm home and do a load for her I find the clothes to be much, much wetter than the clothes that come out of our front load. The washer has no center spindle (plunger?) and she says that he doesn't think it gets clothes as clean. I'm not there enough, so I have no opinion.


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    Re: top-load vs front-load

    My mom puts newspapers in her front loader when not in use and doesn't have any smell problems. I've had mine for about 5 years and the only problem I had was replacing the door latch because the door eventually begins to sag and with all the slamming it broke.


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    Re: top-load vs front-load

    I switched to front load and love it. No smell issues as posted above you are supposed to leave the door open when t in use. I leave it open about 2-3 inches and nary a problem over the three years I've had it. It cleans clothes better and the most important part...a front load is gentler on clothing than a top load. Doesn't wear your clothes out as fast.



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    Re: top-load vs front-load

    FYI - Electrolux makes the LG and Kenmore.


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    Re: top-load vs front-load

    We went Samsung when we bought our new house this past April, top loader. Had maytags in the old house, top loader as well. Both performed flawlessly thus far.



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    Re: top-load vs front-load

    Quote Originally Posted by yler4cy View Post
    FYI - Electrolux makes the LG and Kenmore.
    I was a production manager once for Electrolux.
    No LG's were made on the dryer line.
    I do know that under my watch we made:
    Electrolux
    Kenmore
    Frigidaire
    Gibson
    White Westinghouse

    edit: A big misconception people also have is that there is a "Kenmore factory." Kenmore is just a farmed out, in house brand for Sears. Kenmore always has a sister appliance that is 95% identical to one you may find at HD, Lowes, etc.


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    Re: top-load vs front-load

    WTF are all you guys talking about?



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