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    Re: top-load vs front-load

    Quote Originally Posted by azepp View Post
    Or you could just do the laundry so your wife with back problems doesn't have to.

    On serious note, we leave our Kenmore front loader open and I try not to let wet clothes sit in it for long periods of time after they're done washing. This seems to have solved the smell problem. The only thing I don't like about is is the vibration when it spins. Sometimes I think there's a helicopter flying over.
    Right, and then she'll want me to make my own sandwich.



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    Re: top-load vs front-load

    Two years ago, got an LG topload HE with the wavesomething agitator.... Best washer ever! I can do a full set of bedding for a California king, at once(sheets, blanket, comforter, mattress pad) with room to spare.... and the matching dryer can handle the same size load(if properly loaded). I can do three times as much laundry, can add clothes in the middle of the wash cycle, and don't have to bend over and crawl in to get stuff stuck to the back. TOP LOAD ALL THE WAY!


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    Re: top-load vs front-load

    We have a front-load and it has flooded the house 3 times. Will definitely go top load next time.



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    Re: top-load vs front-load

    Quote Originally Posted by JWIL4CY View Post
    We have a front-load and it has flooded the house 3 times. Will definitely go top load next time.
    To be safe, I installed one of these in my house. I got it off Ebay for $80.

    Amazon.com: Floodstop Washing Machine Valve Shutoff Kit: Home & Kitchen



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    Re: top-load vs front-load

    Mold problems with front loaders are like rain fade with satellite television. For the most part they just don't happen anymore.

    We went front load with our new washer/dryer in 2011 and would never go back to top load.



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    Re: top-load vs front-load

    Quote Originally Posted by aeroclone View Post
    Since Electrolux makes the LG and the Kenmore, should I expect the same quality from each?
    Don't know where you heard that. Kenmore washers and dryers are made by Whirlpool to Kenmore specs. Electrolux MIGHT make one small european style model for Kenmore but that is all. I also don't think they have anything to do with LG.



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    Re: top-load vs front-load

    Quote Originally Posted by ruxCYtable View Post
    Don't know where you heard that. Kenmore washers and dryers are made by Whirlpool to Kenmore specs. Electrolux MIGHT make one small european style model for Kenmore but that is all. I also don't think they have anything to do with LG.
    Perhaps in this very thread?

    Quote Originally Posted by JP4CY View Post
    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

    Quote Originally Posted by ruxCYtable View Post
    Don't know where you heard that. Kenmore washers and dryers are made by Whirlpool to Kenmore specs. Electrolux MIGHT make one small european style model for Kenmore but that is all. I also don't think they have anything to do with LG.
    You are probably correct. Every 3 to 5 years Kenmore puts all their appliances out for bid to major suppliers. So for a few years they may be made by one manufacturer and then they may change to another manufacturer depending on who receives the new bid.



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    Re: top-load vs front-load

    Are different appliances contracted differently? We'd been looking at fridges, and Kenmore fridges are clones to LG fridges.



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    Re: top-load vs front-load

    Quote Originally Posted by NickTheGreat View Post
    Are different appliances contracted differently? We'd been looking at fridges, and Kenmore fridges are clones to LG fridges.
    Yes. In the past their fridges have been made by different manufacturers from their washers/dryers. I've had Kenmore washers/dryers and dishwashers made by Whirlpool that were fantastic and I currently have a Kenmore fridge that was made by Frigidiare that is a total P.O.S.



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    Re: top-load vs front-load

    Quote Originally Posted by Agclone91 View Post
    Seems to me like you fixed your own problem...use more soap. Hard to get clothes clean and smelling good if they are just rolling around in water.
    Yeah, would make sense. But we have soft water and this HE front load. My wife was using soap like it was a top load and hard water. We found that the original cause of smells in our clothes was that the soap was never getting rinsed completely out because of the low water amount combined with the amount of soap used. Believe me, we have tried every possible combination you can find on front loads.

    Quote Originally Posted by ruxCYtable View Post
    Don't know where you heard that. Kenmore washers and dryers are made by Whirlpool to Kenmore specs. Electrolux MIGHT make one small european style model for Kenmore but that is all. I also don't think they have anything to do with LG.
    Here is a great site to find out who made your appliance, Appliance411 The Purchase: Who makes Sears Kenmore?

    Thanks for all of the suggestions, I knew we wouldn't get a definitive answer on this because everybody has had good and bad experiences. Many people think the front loads clean better because the clothes aren't sitting in their own filthy water. Others say the top loads are better because they use more water.

    I finally took the time to go through the manual and found what to clean and how often. They recommend cleaning out the filter in the front once a month and drain the water, which it has both items easily accessed next to each other. Well, found out my wife has only done this once in the past 7 years. (She's a complete neat freak, so I assumed she was taking care of that.) Can you guess where the smell was coming from? I would post a pic, but I think you get the idea. I've now bleach-soaked the filter, cleaned the rubber ring around the door and drained the old water. I ran it through a sanitize cycle with only bleach in there, and I think we have solved that issue. I couldn't see anything that looked like black mold, which I thought for sure was the issue.

    Anyway, hopefully I've resolved that and I can sell this set with piece of mind and get the top of the line Samsung front load washer with touch screen input, (although my wife isn't sold on the touch screen. I love the ability to run a second cycle from my smartphone, but I like toys.) And then maybe maintain it the way it says to...



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    Re: top-load vs front-load

    Quote Originally Posted by NickTheGreat View Post
    Are different appliances contracted differently? We'd been looking at fridges, and Kenmore fridges are clones to LG fridges.
    Our fridge from April 2012 is an LG from Home Depot and has a Kenmore clone that is pricier.

    Our set of washer and dryers from Oct 2012 are Kenmore from Sears and have a LG clone that is pricier.

    If you look around, you will find out what stores have the Kenmore clones.



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    Re: top-load vs front-load

    Make sure to also keep the energy star rebate in mind when looking. We got a $100 back from MidAmerican.



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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)
    wife and i bought a samsung front loader with pedestals. Have zero complaints about it what so ever. Gets everything clean, doesn't smell at all



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    Re: top-load vs front-load

    Quote Originally Posted by JP4CY View Post
    Make sure to also keep the energy star rebate in mind when looking. We got a $100 back from MidAmerican.
    This.

    Also, I've found Sears pricing to not be that great. We bought from appliancesconnection.com and saved over $800 from Sears on washer/dryer set.



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