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Post# 858691   12/27/2015 at 23:15 (604 days old) by Stricklybojack (San Diego, CA)        

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What are the rules here?
As in, what to you is more important when you can't have everything when trying to pair up a favorite old laundry machine: brand, year, color, condition, place in range BOL/MOL/TOL or sophitication of design?
Like pairing a really well engineered piece of laundry equipment with another, despite brand and color being different, might make more sense to some than both being of the same brand and color but one or other of the pair was a known dud with no redeeming qualities.

No doubt opinions vary depending on the situation, but it seems to me quite possible an unmatched pair in the hand may beat many a matched pair in the bush...ahem, as it were.

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Post# 858729 , Reply# 1   12/28/2015 at 05:02 (603 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        
I've always thought

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people who insist on spending the money for a matched pair have more dollars than sense!  My Asko is perfectly at home beside my GE gas dryer.

Post# 858739 , Reply# 2   12/28/2015 at 07:17 (603 days old) by cleanteamofny ((Monroe, New York)        

In my book, if the units are in view, they should match but if they are hidden (behind doors, garage, basements) it should not matter!

Post# 858745 , Reply# 3   12/28/2015 at 08:17 (603 days old) by Combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Matching appliances is really unimportant

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My refrigerator and stove don't match, my toaster oven doesn't match the KitchenAid mixer on my counter, and even though they always sit next to each other My furnace and water heater don't match.

Appliances like washers and dryers should be chosen for best function and not to satisfy some marketing department at Whirlpool etc.

Post# 858755 , Reply# 4   12/28/2015 at 10:23 (603 days old) by yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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I think its a matter of opinion....

definitely go with all the same color pallet....all white, black, or stainless....but you can mix/match brands

when I bought my house, I did get the full Kenmore kitchen, all Limited Edition, they did seem to be the best of the best for features at the time...

laundry just seems to be more of a preferred match as they sit side by side, like twins, I happen to have several sets of Neptunes, love the washer and the matching wave pattern, but preference would go to any Whirlpool/Kenmore dryer for best drying results....

if by chance you were to have two dishwashers in the same kitchen, would look best to have two of the same....

I have a Pioneer sound system, several components, all matching, one for looks, and two, everything works off one remote...

Post# 858807 , Reply# 5   12/28/2015 at 16:18 (603 days old) by delaneymeegan (Mary Richards lived here)        
What is....

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any given person's definition of "matching" or "matched set"?

Are matched sets REALLY desirable, or perhaps an insidious quest for monotony and institutionalized servitude.

Perhaps an "unmatched" set is more humane, and suggests a person is of a friendlier, more realistic mindset.

OR could it be a sign that they're MAD, and akin to a member aligned with ISIS (or whatever the latest corporate media created hate group is).

Then we have to consider where the line is drawn on "matched" vs. "unmatched".

For example: a white pair of Whirlpool washer and dryer,  made just a few years a part with similar, but slightly different control panels.

Are they a matching pair?   Who can really say?  So MANY questions.

One thing is for sure. Life's GREAT DEBATE's will continue to weigh us down until someone creates a clear decision, and we all agree to adhere to the rules.  

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Post# 858814 , Reply# 6   12/28/2015 at 16:40 (603 days old) by delaneymeegan (Mary Richards lived here)        
An unfortunate victim of appliance matching.

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Have you ever been at a laundry room set up, in a house or apartment building, and the washer and dryer are "matched" but they were not setting next to each other OR the appliances were installed sloppily and were not set up in the same plane?


Do you notice your brain starting to hurt a little bit?  Maybe you start to shake your head in disgust.  "how could this be allowed to happen" you think.  Do you start looking behind the appliances to figure out what happened?  Maybe there's a pipe in the way and the dryer couldn't go back further.


Have you ever been in an apartment building, like a four family, where people could have their own washer dryer, but they all had to be set up in the basement, around a single laundry tub.  So the washers are around the laundry tub, where the plumbing connections are, then the dryer are all against the basement walls, closest to the vents.  

One, including myself, looks at this and just sees so much wrong.

Post# 858849 , Reply# 7   12/28/2015 at 19:44 (603 days old) by Classiccaprice (Hampton, Virginia)        

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My house is like that. I think the dryer was added later and with the back door, house door, hearing system, hot water heater and sink, the closest the dryer could get was about 10 feet away. I don't like it, but I live with it.

Post# 858877 , Reply# 8   12/28/2015 at 23:08 (603 days old) by delaneymeegan (Mary Richards lived here)        
Good Example

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Is this a matched set?

It's from a 1981 Sears ad. Clearly the washer and dryer look very close, but it's not too difficult to see they are not really a matching set............


or, ARE they?

Post# 858880 , Reply# 9   12/28/2015 at 23:37 (603 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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I remember those washers in the catalog...and the water saver water drop logo.


My mom never had a matched pair til I got her the LSG7804 Maytag stacked unit.  I've never had a matched pair myself.  Both of my grandmothers had unmatched pairs too.

My kitchen consists of all black :

(WP)Maytag fridge

Frigidaire gas range

Kitchenaid KDI23 dishwasher

Insinkerator disposal

(WP)Kitchenaid compactor

Black & Decker toaster oven

Sharp convection/microwave


 and white laundry:       

Asko washer

GE gas dryer


Post# 858885 , Reply# 10   12/29/2015 at 01:33 (603 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

We need to stand up for the mis matched refugees from the swap shops!!!My machines don't "match,"either.Same with my mismatched vacuum collection.My kitchen machines aren't matching either,but they work and do the job.

Post# 858956 , Reply# 11   12/29/2015 at 12:39 (602 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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I am crazy about having matched sets, even if that means having a poor performer or a problematic machine as the part of the set! In that case, it's a good reason to have more sets!

I just wish I had infinite space to accommodate them!

Post# 859009 , Reply# 12   12/29/2015 at 19:51 (602 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        

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Chambers range, Hotpoint fridge, KitchenAid dishwasher, but they are all white

Post# 859886 , Reply# 13   1/3/2016 at 21:03 (597 days old) by Xraytech (S.W. Pennsylvania, near Pittsb)        

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I don't have any matched appliances either.
In the kitchen I have a butter yellow GE range, white GE fridge, stainless Miele DW, wood grain Amana Radarange.

The laundry I have a mid 80s GE filter flo and a 2003 Kenmore 30 series washer. Then on other side of the basement is a 2007 Kenmore 300 series dryer and a 1978 JCPenney dryer.

Post# 859889 , Reply# 14   1/3/2016 at 22:16 (597 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        
It's just one of those weird things

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I will never forget the day, in November of 1961, I walked into the bathroom of my parents' first house and saw the matched Filter-Flo set, brand new, waiting to be used for the first time. I was 5 and thought that, for some reason, they had bought 2 washing machines.


One doesn't need matching anything, but those aesthetics had meaning to some people that had nothing to do with practicality or ergonomics. For my Mother, a Depression kid, things that matched meant that she was no longer poor. I don't share her need for it, but I still feel her sense of having made it, not ever having "made it" myself.

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Post# 859895 , Reply# 15   1/3/2016 at 23:47 (597 days old) by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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I suppose there is something nice about matching machines. That said, it's not a huge priority for me. Nor is a recommendation of mine. Performance and durability are far more important considerations.

I don't even care about matching colors. Part of that may be be that I've been in rental hell for so long that the most I can hope for is "it works". And sometimes we don't even get to that giddy height...

Post# 859897 , Reply# 16   1/4/2016 at 00:00 (597 days old) by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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In terms of sophistication and features, I also don't know that I really care much about "matching" appliances. I can get by just fine with a stripped down dryer--the only higher level feature I'd even be interested in is a sensor system to time the dryer cycle based on actual dampness of the load. But I've lived without such a feature my whole life, and have survived to tell the story.

I'm far more interested in having features on the washing machine. Right now, I'm using a stripped down Whirlpool DD, and I wish I had more water levels to choose from. I also miss having a real delicate cycle. I can't imagine making do with a machine that has only a normal cycle, one water temperature, and one water setting.

Post# 859899 , Reply# 17   1/4/2016 at 00:20 (597 days old) by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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>I have a Pioneer sound system, several components, all matching, one for looks, and two, everything works off one remote...

I have mixed equipment both audio and video systems. (Video runs through the audio system.) It can get tiresome juggling remotes, but usually I only need one (typically the one for the DVD player). The more tiresome thing by far is that I don't have a remote to control volume. It's funny, because I honestly didn't care 20-some years ago when I acquired my amplifier. But I now find myself a little tired sometimes of getting up to tweak the volume slightly. Sometimes I think about moving the equipment closer to the listening area (which would make flipping records faster), but I'm too cheap to buy the required speaker cable...

Post# 859958 , Reply# 18   1/4/2016 at 07:47 (596 days old) by joeypete (Concord, NH)        

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I think it's a matter of preference too. A savy laundry-man(woman) would probably buy the best of each...which wouldn't necessarily be the same brand. But in my case, OCD takes control. LOL. I def prefer to have matching everything. In fact I'd rather have all the same brand appliances all throughout the house. But that's just me.

Getting a vintage matching set def has cool factor. I was tickled pink when I found my Filter Flo with matching dryer.

To each his own though.

Post# 859974 , Reply# 19   1/4/2016 at 09:23 (596 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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as John mentioned, he can't imagine of having a one cycle, one water level and one temp machine......

yet oddly enough, this is what I grew up with, my mothers GE V12 had only one cycle, turn to the dot and pull the knob, although there were two wash temps, and two water levels.....and she ran this for 18 or so years until she gave it to my brother in exchange I got her a full featured Whirlpool......but what was the big deal with all the cycles and options, we still only washed in warm water, only full loads, and the Normal cycle for everything....should have stayed with the GE....

but of course, by the way she washed, any repairman said it would run indefinitely because of the minimal of options, and she would let it cool down between loads, and only wash full loads, and they were pretty much correct...

I too relate to Ken with his Mom, mine too grew up in the depression, and there was always the term, of things you needed for a home, a good washer, a good sewing machine, good furniture.....not to mention, when they bought things, they took care of them to make them last....could be part two of why things lasted so long compared to today...

Post# 860072 , Reply# 20   1/4/2016 at 18:56 (596 days old) by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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> when they bought things, they took care of them to make them last

Yes. And once upon a time, people seemed to be more willing to repair something that was broken, which also accounts for things lasting. A lot of times now something breaks, and the immediate reaction is "why bother fixing? Let's just buy new!"

Post# 860152 , Reply# 21   1/4/2016 at 23:34 (596 days old) by delaneymeegan (Mary Richards lived here)        

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" A lot of times now something breaks, and the immediate reaction is "why bother fixing? Let's just buy new!""

So, what came first, I wonder.
The throw away attitude of the consumer,
the manufacturers push to make products that were essentially throw-away.

People change as generations evolve. Even if a product doesn't change. Newer generations tend to take for granted products that their relatives thought were special.

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