New washer and dryer reccomendations?

Posted by: terzaghi

New washer and dryer reccomendations? - 07/15/12 05:36 PM

We are in need of a new washer and dryer. Anyone have any suggestions on a good brand or model?
Posted by: dakkon

Re: New washer and dryer reccomendations? - 07/15/12 05:47 PM

David, LG is suppose to be a pretty good brand.

If you get a GE or something domestic it will e able to be serviced easier in the future.

If you go with electrolux, or one of the other european brands getting them serviced in Tulsa may be a problematic. I have a buddy who is an appliance repair guy, that said the european brands are a better machines. But, getting them serviced can be Problematik even in the Dallas area...
Posted by: Joe_in_SC

Re: New washer and dryer reccomendations? - 07/15/12 05:51 PM

We just bought an LG set for around $1400 at Best Buy. They are very good quality and do their jobs excellently. I'm more than happy with the purchase. Consumer Reports lists them as their top pick, too.
Posted by: terzaghi

Re: New washer and dryer reccomendations? - 07/15/12 07:42 PM

Joe, what is the model number? A buddy from work is bringing the latest consumer reports in with washer/dryer recommendations.

The wife has wanted a new set for a long time now, but our washer finally started making some really odd noise so figured we'd speed up the process.

I'm debating between a front or top loading washer. My wife has her eyes set on a red electrolux washer and dryer she saw at lowes for $1000 each, hoping to spend less than that though.. we'll see.
Posted by: terzaghi

Re: New washer and dryer reccomendations? - 07/15/12 07:45 PM

I want something quite as well.
Posted by: Joe_in_SC

Re: New washer and dryer reccomendations? - 07/15/12 10:24 PM

The washer is LG WT4801 and the dryer is DLE4801. They were just under $700 each. They're really quiet, especially compared to our 20 year old equipment. It seems like the top loading washers are a lot cheaper than the front loaders. I understand the front loaders are more energy efficient, but it will take a long time to make up the price difference.
Posted by: Ken.C

Re: New washer and dryer reccomendations? - 07/15/12 10:58 PM

Aren't front loaders usually lower capacity as well?
Posted by: terzaghi

Re: New washer and dryer reccomendations? - 07/15/12 11:16 PM

Quiet*
Posted by: terzaghi

Re: New washer and dryer reccomendations? - 07/15/12 11:18 PM

Well good news is the washer stopped making that loud annoying racket. I don't think I'll need to rush into a purchase so will spend some time looking around unless my washer goes bonkers again.
Posted by: terzaghi

Re: New washer and dryer reccomendations? - 07/15/12 11:21 PM

I've read some people have had problems with the high efficiency top loaders not getting the clothes very clean... Something to do with the low water quantity.

The front loaders supposedly do a better job of cleaning with the lower water quantities. Who knows though...
Posted by: JohnK

Re: New washer and dryer reccomendations? - 07/15/12 11:21 PM

David, the August issue of Consumer Reports has their latest washer and dryer tests. As Joe mentioned, the LG4801 washer was top rated. The LG dryers were also well-rated, although the DLE4801 was not mentioned in the latest report and may have been from an earlier test.
Posted by: Kruncher

Re: New washer and dryer reccomendations? - 07/15/12 11:26 PM

We have a Maytag HE front loader. Amazingly huge capacity and quiet, but it does tend to vibrate the second floor a bit when spinning at high speed with a heavy load, but that squeezes out practically every last drop of water, making it easy work for the dryer.

It was here when we bought the place, but we were glad to see it as we left a similar Maytag at our old place for the buyers.

No problems whatsoever. Runs practically daily.
Posted by: Adrian

Re: New washer and dryer reccomendations? - 07/16/12 11:13 AM

You'll find that many of the washer/dryers are actually made by the same manufacturers with certain brand names being the entry level machines for the others.
Posted by: bridgman

Re: New washer and dryer reccomendations? - 07/16/12 02:03 PM

I have LG/Tromm washer and driver from ~7 years ago, still happy with them. If you go with a front loader you're going to want them on a pedestal of some sort, and my two bits of advice are (a) the pedestal needs to be *really* solid (whatever you had in mind x 2) and the pedestal always needs to be taller than you thought (whatever you had in mind x 1.5).

Oh, and don't spin the drum on older LG front load washers.. the voltage generated by the motor locks up something on the controller board and you get "$500 repair" error codes until you yank the power and let everything drain down.
Posted by: Gary Vose Sr

Re: New washer and dryer reccomendations? - 07/16/12 04:47 PM

Originally Posted By: terzaghi
I've read some people have had problems with the high efficiency top loaders not getting the clothes very clean... Something to do with the low water quantity.

The front loaders supposedly do a better job of cleaning with the lower water quantities. Who knows though...


I agree with your statement here. Also when you're ready to purchase check on line it will be a little less and you will save the tax as well. Most places will ship for free if you're spending that amount of money.
Posted by: real80sman

Re: New washer and dryer reccomendations? - 07/16/12 09:00 PM

We bought a Kenmore front load set just a little over a year ago. If I'm not mistaken, they are made by Samsung. Very happy with them - much larger, and higher quality than the 7 year old Frigidaire set they replaced.

We ended up moving about a month ago, and they went with the house. Fortunately, the new house came with an LG steam set that is only a year old. The LG's are definitely quieter. My wife and I are split. She liked the Kenmore set better, and I like the LG.

John is absolutely right about the pedestals. They are a must, even for a short guy like me.
Posted by: MarkSJohnson

Re: New washer and dryer reccomendations? - 07/16/12 11:08 PM

Joyce and I have wondered how long our current setup will last, so I've been keeping an eye on Samsung, LG and Kenmore as well.

I figured I'd build my own pedestals so I can save a few hundred bucks and so I could add more stuff to my list of things to do....like it's not long enough already!

These would go in the basement, so the pedestals would have to be more functional than pretty.

Posted by: bridgman

Re: New washer and dryer reccomendations? - 07/16/12 11:44 PM

>>We bought a Kenmore front load set just a little over a year ago. If I'm not mistaken, they are made by Samsung.

Whoa, that's scary. When Kenmore products are made in South Korea (by no means a low wage country) and shipped to NA you *know* container shipping is getting too cheap.

Given all the restrictions on tariffs and trade regulations maybe it's time for the US Navy to reconsider piracy on the high seas.
Posted by: bridgman

Re: New washer and dryer reccomendations? - 07/16/12 11:46 PM

Originally Posted By: MarkSJohnson
These would go in the basement, so the pedestals would have to be more functional than pretty.


Think about either 2 layers of 3/4" ply on top or about twice as much bracing as anyone in their right mind would consider.
Posted by: MarkSJohnson

Re: New washer and dryer reccomendations? - 07/17/12 12:07 AM

Yeah, that's what I was thinking. And putting two drawers side-by-side in each platform allows for a center "divider" to strengthen the center and hold drawer slides.