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Post# 264327   2/10/2008 at 19:39 (3,536 days old) by laundromat (Hilo, Hawaii)        

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Am I alone here or are there other members who do not like the current top loading agitator washers?I had one of the new Maypool/Whirltags I got at The Great Outdoors for $329 It had 2 speeds,porcelain top ,lid and tub and dispensers for bleach and fabric softner.The first load I washed was towels.The got clean but took longer to dry than I was used to.I had replaced a set of KitchenAids(Ensemble)that was too deep for my space.The next load was permanant press slacks,shorts shirts and some dress socks.When they had finished and I went to put them in the dryer,two of the shirts were fraid and the cuff on the right pant of one of my dress slacks was torn.Not one of my front loaders nor any of the older top loaders(Frigidaire,Westinghouse and Whirlpool belt driven machines)I owned ever tore or fraid any of my wash.I took it back to Sears and got a refund then found my L.G at a flee market for $200.It works perfectly.I want to find its match but for now,I got a Whirlpool Supreme super capacity electric dryer.It has the hamper door,senser drying and interior light.also has three temps plus air fluff.I see GE's new hydros have slown down their agitation speeds drasticly.Maybe they've set the pace for everybody else to follow.No agitators for me anymore.

Post# 264329 , Reply# 1   2/10/2008 at 19:44 (3,536 days old) by tuthill ()        

imo the only advantage to agitator washers is that they are funner to watch

Post# 264338 , Reply# 2   2/10/2008 at 19:54 (3,536 days old) by laundromat (Hilo, Hawaii)        
watching top loaders

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that's only if you're able to fool the door switch.They're getting harder and harder to fool.

Post# 264339 , Reply# 3   2/10/2008 at 19:56 (3,536 days old) by laundryshark (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)        
Agitator Types

Give me a nice long stroke or surgilator type agitator model and I am one happy camper. After all, these agitator types do not have to work so fast in getting the job done.--Laundry Shark

Post# 264347 , Reply# 4   2/10/2008 at 20:33 (3,536 days old) by launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Central post washing machines need water, often quite allot to launder properly, otherwise one is merely beating/grinding laundry against itself and the post. The result is much like rubbing laundry hard against a washboard or rock, do that often and or long enough, and one ends up with tattered laundry.

Post# 264465 , Reply# 5   2/11/2008 at 13:13 (3,535 days old) by unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        
Hmmph, don't ever let the safety lid switch god win!

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that's only if you're able to fool the door switch.They're getting harder and harder to fool.

Nonsense, we just have to be more creative than the old clothespin in the switch routine. Besides if they ever get that smart just take a f^&*ing jigsaw to the majority of the center of the lid (just leaving the edges) and if you wish paste a piece of glass or Plexiglas over the top. We must see the washing action (or lack of there)!!!

Post# 264509 , Reply# 6   2/11/2008 at 18:35 (3,535 days old) by funguy10 ()        

Or, buy a washer with a glass lid like the Kenmore Elite Oasis.

Post# 264512 , Reply# 7   2/11/2008 at 19:20 (3,535 days old) by frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Although it's fun to watch the indexing tub/uneven agitator stroke of my top-loading Frigidaire, I think a good front-loader takes the checkered flag. They are quite gentle on clothing, more water/energy efficient than even the new impeller-based top-loaders, and have a time-tested wash mechanism. Full disclosure: My FL'er is not one of the new, ultra-low water level machines.

My top-loader has a slow (70 o.p.m.) agitator stroke, so I haven't had buttons pulled off shirts as I did when I had a fast-stroke KitchenAid; but I have noticed that hem areas on towels tend to wear faster than when I washed them exclusively in a FL'er.

I tend to use my TL'er a lot right now, as I'm trying to make my FL'er last longer. It was used for four years before I added the TL to the lineup, so I'm using the TL'er more to "even out the lifespan" of the two machines.

I find a FL'er tackles large loads of jeans/dress slacks and bulky items with more finesse than a TL'er.

Although a considerable list of criticisms can be leveled against my Frigidaire TL'er, I have to say it handles severely unbalanced loads better than any TL'er I've encountered. I've had it for two years and it has never failed to spin at top speed. It sits on a cement floor and has never walked or vibrated. The tub has never hit the cabinet.

Whenever I have a single pair of jeans, or a rug to wash, I use the TL'er. No balancing problems whatsoever. The FL'er would probably not spin such a load at all.

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