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Question DetailsAsked on 8/25/2013

Need a new top loader washer conflicting reviews. Considering LG or Samsung HE or old agitator for reliability,

Many conflicting reviews on new HE machines, save water don't clean as well etc. expensive to repair computer, Stay with basic agitator machine, for reliability? Use more water, but I'm sure less then 12 year old one I have now,only 2 person household. Want Top loader, what about Bosch? Lg,Samsung, Lowes offers 10% off sale with additional
Military discount, deliver and haul away old machine I just want something quiet and reliable that cleans , no more then $700... Any Advise about best machine and where to buy in San Antonio. Thanks

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    Nightmare stories abound about defects in elecronic controls in dishwashers and clotheswashers (and ranges, reefers, microwaves, etc) - why buy yourself trouble by paying more for a machine that will be less reliable, has a LOT more things to fail in it, and costs a bundle more to fix. After all, we are talking a clothes washer here, not a Mars mission - there is no need or benefit to most of the electronics they put in appliances these days, and their reliability and performance in moist conditions leave an awful lot to regret.

    For my money - Whirlpool or Maytag (including Kenmores made by them) toploader with a mechanical timer and ZERO electronics or digital displays, for somewhere in the $300's to very low $400's, depending on whether you catch as sale and if you subscribe to their daily eMail ads (which will save you 30-50% off list price). Using the SAWS 2013 rate chart for outside the city of San Antonio (the higher rate structure) and assuming normal water use with a normal amount of lawn watering, I get from 10-25 cents per load of wash for the two lowest rate categories, so maybe $4-10/month depending on number of family members, babies, etc. You might save 50% of that with a high efficiency washer - so about $2-5/month or about $24-60/year in water/sewer bills, and about $20/year in electricity - for several hundred $ in additional up-front cost. The economics do not work for a device with a less than 10 year normal life, and the new cycles on electronic washers will drive you crazy - what used to be 15 minute clothes or dishwasher cycles now commonly take an hour, and do a rotten job of cleaning, from what I have seen.

    Personally, we are very happy with our 35 year old dryer and not too unhappy with our 15 year old washer, and disgusted with the electronic controlled 5 year old dishwasher and range. The washer and range were replaced only because a minor sensor failed and a replacement could not be found - the devices worked fine, but they quit making compatible thermostats ! A $10 item, so had to get new appliances. You can checdk on the web for the idiocies with people fighting endlessly over electronic sensors and controls on appliances, which the manufacturers refuse to admit are junk, and which cost hundreds of $ to replace when the entire machine should not cost that much.

    Where to buy - wherever is close by and cheapest - Search the List for appliance dealers in your area - for this type of item, once you select a make and model, where you buy it makes no difference as long as it si new in the box. Most places deliver and setup and take away old one for from free to about $40, so if you don't have a large SUV or pickup or don't want to go to the hassle fo getting rid of the old one you can go that route.

    Answered 6 years ago by LCD




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