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Washing machine is dying, recommendations?

Our 16-year old KitchenAid washing machine died yesterday, started spewing fiberglass all over our clothing. The bearing is worn out, and only can efficiently run on quick wash mode. Any of y’all recommend a decent washer/dryer pair that isn’t ridiculously expensive?

by Anonymousreply 25Last Wednesday at 5:52 AM

Buy a house by a running stream. Find a big rock.

by Anonymousreply 1Last Tuesday at 9:54 AM

The dishwasher will work in a pinch.

by Anonymousreply 2Last Tuesday at 10:38 AM

Stay away from Samsung appliances. My next washing machine, I’m going back to a top load. I hate front load.

by Anonymousreply 3Last Tuesday at 10:43 AM

R3, we are actually looking at a Samsung combo. What were your issues? Thanx

by Anonymousreply 4Last Tuesday at 10:44 AM

I looked at Consumer Reports and it seemed LG was pretty good. I bought this one and I love the mini-washer at the bottom.

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by Anonymousreply 5Last Tuesday at 10:45 AM

Whirlpool. LG is trouble prone based on my experience.

by Anonymousreply 6Last Tuesday at 10:47 AM

Don't get a high-efficiency washer.

by Anonymousreply 7Last Tuesday at 10:49 AM

Get a front loader or a top loaded WITHOUT the agitator in the middle

by Anonymousreply 8Last Tuesday at 11:06 AM

R3 Love my new Samsung W/D pair, no agitator and absurdly massive capacity for blankets, duvets, etc. Consistently amongst the best-rated models, and competively priced.

by Anonymousreply 9Last Tuesday at 11:11 AM

Cremation is better than burial.

by Anonymousreply 10Last Tuesday at 11:12 AM

On my Samsung TL I have to use DEEP FILL every time since normal wont even wet the load. There is no agitator it uses a "pulse" system that basically sucks unless you do fill with LOTS of water

by Anonymousreply 11Last Tuesday at 11:19 AM

Hold a wake, maybe?

by Anonymousreply 12Last Tuesday at 11:33 AM

Consumer Reports might be rigged or whatever, OP, but here's January washer results. Front load washers.

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by Anonymousreply 13Last Tuesday at 11:40 AM

If the old one is this model (with a direct drive motor), I would have it repaired. These fall into the "they don't make 'em like they used to" category.

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by Anonymousreply 14Last Tuesday at 11:41 AM

FWIW, OP. My next door neighbor sells appliances for a living. I’ve bought all of mine through him. For washers and dryers, He recommends Whirlpool (which also includes Maytag and KitchenAid). They are mid priced. If you want to spend more (e.g. around $2k) he says a Speed Queen is a permanent work horse. He doesn’t favor Samsung or LG because both are loaded with computer chips and are difficult/impossible to repair - you can’t get parts.

by Anonymousreply 15Last Tuesday at 11:49 AM

Consumer Reports 2021 top-load washers. For what it's worth.

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by Anonymousreply 16Last Tuesday at 11:52 AM

Speed queen makes the most durable models. Top loaders from Speed Queen go for decades. Samsung is a good machine as long as you don't have problems. Getting parts is extremely difficult and have been since day 1. Kitchen Aid, Amana, and Maytag are all owned by Whirlpool now so, there isn't much difference. Some of the brands have different features is all. All under the Whirlpool brand are pretty solid and easy to fix. Avoid front loaders if longevity is what you're looking for. Roper is actually pretty solid if cheap is the way you want to go. I have never taken a Roper back in 13 years, I sell all of the above.

by Anonymousreply 17Last Tuesday at 11:58 AM

Washing machines have really changed in the last 16 years, very few of them even have agitators any more OP. Some of them have a bad smell problem if you don't leave the door open and let it dry out.

by Anonymousreply 18Last Tuesday at 1:02 PM

R14 --- I wish I had one like that, that's the reason I've been egging my family to get a Speed Queen or a Maytag/Whirlpool commercial. We have the Superba Ensemble combo. Basically a dressed up version of the Whirlpool Duet. Washing machines definitely have changed. We're interested in the LG WM3600, which seems to be a lot of bang for the buck. So many washers are currently out of stock, I believe that has a lot to do with the stimulus. 2020 tore up our home appliances, using them many times more than in a usual year.

R15 --We looked at Whirlpool again, but a family member told us their Whirlpool front loader only lasted four years. We'd like to get at least ten out of our next machine, I know for sure we aren't going to get 16 again, the golden age of appliance reliability are pretty much done for. Outside of analog washers like the Speed Queen.

by Anonymousreply 19Last Tuesday at 1:40 PM

Your housekeeper doesn’t do your laundry? Poor, sad OP.

by Anonymousreply 20Last Tuesday at 1:47 PM

What R15 said - parts for Samsungs aren’t easy to get, and I’ve had repairmen say they won’t touch Samsung appliances. I’ve actually had a Whirlpool laundry pair for 10 years with no issues. My kitchen appliances are Samsung, and I’ve had multiple issues, particularly with the dishwasher. I’ve just had multiple people say the same thing about Samsung - they make good phones and TVs.

by Anonymousreply 21Last Tuesday at 3:17 PM

I bought a "top loading, high efficiency" Maytag at Home Depot in Fall 2019. Once the lid locks, you can't open it until it's done with the cycle. It takes FOREVER to do a load of clothes; I hate it.

by Anonymousreply 22Last Tuesday at 3:32 PM

I bought the least expensive Samsung front load machines at Best Buy a year ago and they've been great. I think I got 18 months no interest financing on their card and I got a free gift card that I used towards an extended warranty. They weren't that expensive and I ended up paying them off early. So far, no problems and I'd buy again.

by Anonymousreply 23Last Tuesday at 3:47 PM

Wondering why some folks prefer a top loader to a front loader? I had a Whirlpool front loader washer for about 20 years and the quality of the wash cycle was superb. Moved to a new home with a new LG top loader already installed. It has tons of bells and whistles, but the quality of the wash is so-so. Often, I need to repeat the entire cycle to get stuff clean, especially whites. Can't wait until this unit dies to go back to a front loader. Am I missing something here?

by Anonymousreply 24Last Tuesday at 3:47 PM

R24, maybe check out the manual and/or call the support line. They're very responsive (I called about instructions about what to do when I cleaned my vacuum filter incorrectly, running the water the wrong way. They explained that it was fine and that I should just do it the right way for a minute.

by Anonymousreply 25Last Wednesday at 5:52 AM
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