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07 February 2011 @ 03:10 pm
If you need me, I'll be downstairs, with the Shop-Vac...  
Well, that was a mess. Still, this washing machine served us well, especially given that it came with the house when we bought it in 1992 and it was no spring chicken even then. I salute its memory.

So now we are in the market for a new clothes washer. Any recommendations, pro or con, for a brand or type of washer or a place to buy one in the Portland area?
 
 
 
scarlettina: DrWho: End of the Worldscarlettina on February 7th, 2011 11:14 pm (UTC)
Oy. Sympathies. I remember when my water heater went kerblooie. My downstairs neighbor had water coming into his apartment through the light fixture. Talk about a disaster waiting to happen! I know less than nothing about current washing machines so I won't hazard to offer any advice, just offer my best wishes on a new machine.
dd-bdd_b on February 7th, 2011 11:17 pm (UTC)
Our LG front-loader has been with us a few years now, and is pretty good. Are people just assuming front-loaders these days? If not, let me put forward the virtues of front-loaders, which use less water, clean your clothes better.
Azahruazahru on February 7th, 2011 11:46 pm (UTC)
Ditto on the front loader. Your clothes will last longer as well as be cleaner.
dd-bdd_b on February 8th, 2011 02:24 am (UTC)
Ah, yes, gentler on the clothes. I was aiming for three things in that sentence, but I forgot the last; I think my boss interrupted with something work-related.
Timapparentparadox on February 8th, 2011 04:31 pm (UTC)
Also, they do a better job spinning water out of the clothes, so drying often takes less energy.
calendula_witch: C. Housecalendula_witch on February 7th, 2011 11:22 pm (UTC)
I had a fine appliance-buying experience (washer, dryer, stove, range hood) at Standard.
Amylovelyangel on February 8th, 2011 02:01 am (UTC)
I also have had a couple of good experiences with Standard Appliance. Their prices aren't as good as, say, Sears (when you're bargain shopping) - but I don't mind paying a little more to a local establishment.
coreoliscuriositist on February 7th, 2011 11:47 pm (UTC)
Sounds like time to consult Consumer Reports!
David D. Levinedavidlevine on February 7th, 2011 11:49 pm (UTC)
Yep, done that! But a personal recommendation is always welcome.
Lisa Deutsch Harriganlisa_marli on February 8th, 2011 12:50 am (UTC)
Responded to the other half's blog of same washer. So if this sounds familiar, you'll know why.
My daughter, the one with 4 boys (5 because one really should count the hubby), has a Whirlpool Duet which she loves and is holding up with her laundry mountain. She regularly destroys washing machines. It gets reasonable ratings in Consumer Reports. Going on her recommendation, I got one recently and I like it. It is relatively easy to use and the clothes come out clean.
Consumer Reports says that Steam is overrated and adds a lot to the cost of a washer.
Larry Sanderson: Baby Fighterlsanderson on February 8th, 2011 12:55 am (UTC)
Ittsa War Zone
Front Loader or Top Loader? Which fits the space and budget?

The Front Loaders are more efficient and more expensive.

Sears is a good place to start looking. I've got a Kenmore/Whirlpool front loader that I've been happy with.

I've liked http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/ for reviews -- http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/laundry/ for laundry. They range a bit wider than consumer reports, but the basics get covered pretty well.
Oz Whiston writing as Oz Drummondbirdhousefrog on February 8th, 2011 01:28 am (UTC)
I have a Maytag front loader because we have a well. Using less water is crucial. But I love front loaders now, so much more efficient. The new ones are quieter. This Maytag was the first one they made (sold through a high-end Sears called The Great Indoors). At the time we were looking the only other model on the market was Swedish and required serious rewiring not to mention taking out a second mortgage to buy one. They've come down in price and become popular and quiet. The spin is really something, gets the water out. But it has to be balanced just right and some of them don't do small loads well. But I won't ever own a top loader again.

Oz
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Allan: Homeallanh on February 8th, 2011 03:34 am (UTC)
Randy and I have had superb experience (not a single breakdown in 10 years) from our LG front-loaders. We chose ours through Consumer Reports at the time, when the machines were comparatively new to the U.S. market. The current CR shows a very high reliability rating for LG (the highest, if I'm remembering the last issue correctly). Go take a look at the current ratings to see which LG front-loaders they tested.
kathrynmicekathrynmice on February 8th, 2011 05:06 am (UTC)
Ignore the big box stores. I am sure you know they have so much clout with manufacturers that they can make them package anything in their boxes, whether its worthy of their brand name or not.

I bought mine from Jack Roberts Appliances. The purchase itself took twenty minutes and I batted my eyelashes and the nice man had it delivered the same day. They also took my old washer's carcass away without any nonscense. I understand it went to someone who tears them down and rebuilds them for the second hand market and not just to the dump.

I got a whirlpool, it was a good price and works like a trooper.

Be leary of the ultra low water level machines. A friend bought the uber cum spiffy german one and frankly, it doesn't do a very good job of getting the clothes clean. I think that sort of spoils the green aspect of it. having clothes with fusty musty scent right out of the drier.

Kat
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Luke McGuffholyoutlaw on February 8th, 2011 07:33 am (UTC)
I have no advice, just that your post provided a great cheap tawdry excuse to watch my favorite animated typography video. Again.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4sOfO8Ei1g

David D. Levinedavidlevine on February 8th, 2011 03:25 pm (UTC)
It is awesome, isn't it?
Timapparentparadox on February 8th, 2011 04:41 pm (UTC)
That was great!
Deannedeakat on February 9th, 2011 11:57 pm (UTC)
Whoa. Why have I never heard of such things before? I can see that I'll be spending some time on YouTube this weekend.
David D. Levinedavidlevine on February 10th, 2011 12:01 am (UTC)
It's a whole genre, but be aware that you've started at the top. I don't think I've ever seen another kinetic typography video nearly as good as Shop Vac.
Luke McGuffholyoutlaw on February 10th, 2011 12:34 am (UTC)
David's correct. There was a good one for a Cee Lo Green song, but it appears to have been removed.