Needing Washing Machine Recommendations

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  1. mdk2isu

    mdk2isu Well-Known Member

    Jan 30, 2013
    Not of this World
    +2,924 / 107 / -1
    Ive heard these are effective. Bonus: you get some arm exercise in while you wash clothes!
  2. BillBrasky4Cy

    BillBrasky4Cy Well-Known Member

    Dec 10, 2013
    +11,852 / 399 / -0
    DON'T buy Samsung. We bought a Samsung top load Washer and matching dryer this spring and the washer quit working after 4 weeks. They don't have local technicians (live in DSM Metro) to come out and work on your unit so they wanted to credit me what I paid for the washer and have me go buy a new one. The problem was that I bought the unit at Nebraska Furniture Mart on a ridiculous sale so I wasn't going to be able to replace it at the same cost. Eventually i got Samsung to agree to just replace it but they had to work through NFM to get it replaced. Samsung took their sweet time getting the paperwork to NFM so I called the store and they went ahead and replaced the unit and said they would figure it out with Samsung later. The Samsung customer service was absolutely horrible and long story short we went without a washer for almost a month. Anytime you talked to a customer service rep there was a 48 hr window before they could actually do anything. It was beyond ridiculous.
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  3. EnkAMania

    EnkAMania Active Member
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    Dec 31, 2013
    Test Engineer
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    Our Fisher & Paykel works well
  4. chuckd4735

    chuckd4735 Well-Known Member

    Mar 29, 2006
    DSM IA
    +7,324 / 354 / -0
    Yeah Id avoid Samsung. We have had our washer/dryer for two years. Had the recall for exploding washers on bedding setting taken care of, and it was a giant pain scheduling with the repair company, who was a Dish Network technician. Our dryer started making some odd noises about 8 months ago, so we had it serviced under warranty. About two months later, it quit working so we had it serviced again. Attached is the problem we had. Not sure if it was the first service call who didn't ground the plug properly or it was the original manufacturer, but we are very lucky the house didn't burn. Also, to top it off, the damn warranty covered the labor charges to fix the issue, but would not cover the cost for a new cord. So I had to run to Menards and buy a new one myself (given it was only $6, but really?).

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  5. wxman1

    wxman1 Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2008
    Cedar Rapids
    +6,453 / 161 / -0
    We have had Samsung washer and dryer (washer top load) for over four years now without an issue. Not sure if it matters but we have also moved twice in this time frame as well so it has been moved and jostled a few times.
  6. AgronAlum

    AgronAlum Well-Known Member

    Jul 12, 2014
    +2,800 / 71 / -2
    I bought an Amana top load washer/dryer set 6 or 7 years ago and have had 0 issues with them. I haven't had to service a thing even after moving them 4 times in that period. The real agitator in he middle gets my work clothes and sons clothes (both of which can get very dirty) clean. We bought a house a couple months ago with a whirlpool top load set in it and I actually just changed them out this weekend and started using our Amanas again. I really don't see why I would spend all that money to get one of the expensive sets.
  7. cyhawkdmb

    cyhawkdmb Well-Known Member

    Jul 13, 2010
    +241 / 2 / -0
    I have heard goo things about Speed Queen??

    But I personally, after going through 2 top load HE washing machines in the last 9 years, just purchased the cheapest washing machine I could find. A Kenmore top load no thing in the middle, and my wife loves it. my thought was why spend $1000 every couple years. Instead I will spend $400.
  8. sunset

    sunset Well-Known Member

    Oct 18, 2006
    Corporate Finance
    San Diego, CA
    +337 / 4 / -0
    We just had a horrible experience with Maytag and will never buy another appliance from them. Bought a very expensive washing machine and it quit in month 13 (not sure how you got a five year warranty but ours was only a year). To their credit, and our pleasant surprise, they honored the warranty and sent out their contracted service company. After four visits (with a vacation day required for each), three months, and probably six hours on the phone with the Maytag, they sent out a different service company and we are still waiting for results, hope to have resolution today. What really pisses me off with them is that they wasted more of my time than the machine is even worth and they still refused to just replace the damn thing even though they are spending more on replacement parts and paying the service company (motor, whatever the spinning thing is called, and something else went out) than a new machine would have cost them.

    Long story short, I would have been better off throwing the thing away on the day it quit and buying a new machine (non Maytag of course). Basically it is a disposable product, don't expect it to last any significant amount of time beyond it's warranty. Too bad, they used to be such a good company.
  9. NickTheGreat

    NickTheGreat Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2012
    Central Iowa
    +2,072 / 65 / -3
    I've been very disappointed with all my Whirlpool appliances. Had a very costly ice maker repair on the fridge and the stove/oven acts up a lot when it gets too hot. Which happens in an oven . . .

    We need to replace our washer and dryer this year or next and I've all but decided on the LG. Hadn't heard all that many bad things about them.
  10. CycloneSarah

    CycloneSarah Active Member

    Aug 9, 2016
    +195 / 1 / -0
    Bought a cheap set of Admirals (Whirlpool) about 3 years ago that get the job done. Washer is top load, HE, and agitatorless. Only complaint is that I have to run an extra rinse cycle for dark loads because the combo of HE and no agitator was leaving white soap residue on some items.
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  11. jsb

    jsb Well-Known Member

    Mar 7, 2008
    +12,850 / 960 / -13

    My mom has a speed queen (regular efficiency) and loves it. I believe those are made in the US too.
  12. ArgentCy

    ArgentCy Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2010
    +12,311 / 2,902 / -1,774
    Completely agree but I was able to keep ours going a whole 2 years or so. If you want an old school well built machine we purchased a Speed Queen after our Samsung POS. Built really well but doesn't have the useless "features" of most new machines. It's also louder than many of the others but that is fine with me. Haven't even looked at it much after getting it installed.
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  13. coolerifyoudid

    coolerifyoudid Well-Known Member

    Feb 8, 2013
    +15,251 / 181 / -0
    #33 coolerifyoudid, Sep 22, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2017
    Our Kenmore is about 19 years old and still chugging along. We've looked at newer models anticipating having to replace it soon. Along the way, I've had several salespeople steer me away from the more expensive agitator-less machines (I love it when the sale staff is some older lady that will shoot you straight!).

    The trend is to eliminate the agitator to increase load capacity, but I've been told repeatedly that they don't clean as well. Fortunately, there are only 3 of us and I don't need a washer that can hold half of my wardrobe.

    FWIW, the lady at Home Depot said they had something like 80-90% of their Samsung washers returned or complained about. She seemed to think they hadn't gotten up to speed with the other brands just yet.
  14. dmclone

    dmclone Well-Known Member

    Oct 20, 2006
    +2,393 / 180 / -24
    15 year old top loader from Whirlpool that came with our new house. No issues.
  15. Chitowncy

    Chitowncy Well-Known Member

    Jan 14, 2009
    +449 / 18 / -1
    My two cents: we love our Maytag Bravos washer (top load) and dryer. We bought them at Harris TV and Appliance in Ames in 2013 or 2014. We haven't had any issues with them and they get our clothes very clean. I think it's a good sign that you don't think of your washer and dryer, and we haven't had to think of either for the past 3 or 4 years (knock on wood / famous last words).

    I also second all the positive sentiment about buying a top-loading washer.
  16. Bobber

    Bobber Well-Known Member

    Apr 12, 2006
    Hudson, Iowa
    +535 / 15 / -0
    Our Kenmore is at least 10 years old and working just fine. When it croaks will get a top loader that is HE and will get agitator. Have been impressed with how much drier clothes are coming out of HE machines we have used on trips. Repairman I know well told me to get a top loading machine and to avoid LG and Samsung because it's very hard to find people to work on them.
  17. blizzisu

    blizzisu Active Member

    Nov 4, 2009
    Polk City, IA
    +58 / 3 / -0
    We've had a Whirlpool Cabrio High Efficiency top load for about 10 years. Only one issue I can recall, and that was having the circuit board for the controls replaced under warranty very early on. I'd recommend one.
  18. Cyguy94

    Cyguy94 Active Member

    Mar 18, 2008
    North Central Iowa
    +84 / 4 / -0
    Two words: Speed Queen. No frills, well built washing machine that actually uses a fair amount of water to wash your clothes.

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  19. Three4Cy

    Three4Cy Well-Known Member

    Jan 19, 2010
    West Des Moines
    +404 / 10 / -0
    Very happy with the GE set we have. They are front load and come in "right height" so we didn't have to buy pedestals. I had them at my previous house and left them when I sold it and then bought the same thing at my new house. We bought them from NFM. The salespeople at NFM have told me Samsung and LG are garbage and don't waste your money on them.
  20. hurricane

    hurricane New Member

    Sep 23, 2007
    +6 / 1 / -0
    Much against the advice of some of my friends and family, I bought the cheapest Amana top loader and electric dryer at Menards. It is the ****, I paid $266 a piece for them and I feel they get clothes cleaner than my parents fancy high dollar maytag front loader. It has a one year factory warranty and then American Express doubles that warranty, so hopefully it breaks in that window since dealing with AMEX warranty center is a breeze.
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