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Post# 883082   5/31/2016 at 20:46 (266 days old) by chaskelljr2 (Washington, D. C.)        

So..... who cares to run a "Marathon" (LOL)??

A new and innovative Washer/Dryer combo unlike any other. Marathon is trying to become to laundry machinery is what Tesla is already becoming to automobiles.


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Post# 883094 , Reply# 1   5/31/2016 at 21:45 (266 days old) by washman (Butler, PA)        

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where made and by whom?

Post# 883106 , Reply# 2   5/31/2016 at 22:55 (266 days old) by chaskelljr2 (Washington, D. C.)        

Looks like the body (and probably the mechanics too) are made/sourced by GE.

Otherwise, the operating system and software is made/sourced by Glenn Reid (who used to work for Apple Computer).

So I guess now, not only we iMac, iPod, iPad, iPhoto (in your iPhone or iPod Touch), Apple Watch, Apple TV and so forth, it looks we may have iLaundry or iWashnDry as well.

And the dryer is VENTED, not ventless like a traditional Washer/Dryer Combo tends to be.

Interesting Indeed...


Post# 883107 , Reply# 3   5/31/2016 at 22:58 (266 days old) by chaskelljr2 (Washington, D. C.)        

Company is located in St. Carlos, California, assumingly not far from Apple Computer and Silicon Valley.


Post# 883120 , Reply# 4   6/1/2016 at 04:45 (266 days old) by henene4 (Germany)        

We had a discussion about that when CES was. Quite vividly, actually.

Nice concept, would be cool to have.
But we saw problems in term of reliability (GE sourced, lots of HighTech) and usefullness (3.7 ft³, meaning 2 ft³ usable space as a combo; and if its 120V it will take long to dry, and not everybody has 240V).

Post# 883161 , Reply# 5   6/1/2016 at 11:58 (266 days old) by Combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
New? Combo

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These were disscussed here recenty

Yes it was announced that they would be vented and 240 volts.

Vented dryers are the norm in the US and every home in the US has 240 volt power available.

Personally I don't think this product will ever make it to market

Post# 883162 , Reply# 6   6/1/2016 at 12:48 (266 days old) by henene4 (Germany)        

Hmmm... I think that especially small flats or apartments may not have 240V service, especially in citys. But who knows. Or previous gas dryer situations may not have 240V avaible at the setup location, which would add to the cost.

I just feel that the focus of their web and media representation is just on the UI experience and not at all about the actual thing (washing and drying).

Post# 883166 , Reply# 7   6/1/2016 at 13:08 (266 days old) by RevvinKevin (Between Mickey Mouse & the Queen Mary (So. Cal.)        
every home in the US has 240 volt power available.

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Every single family home has "the ability" to have 240V, but not every single family home has been wired for it.  This would require adding the proper breakers / wiring / outlets etc for it.   Those in apartments / condos / town homes don't usually have 240V unless it's an "all electric" building.



Post# 883188 , Reply# 8   6/1/2016 at 15:33 (265 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

First foreign 240 volt 30 amp combo I can remember.

Post# 883190 , Reply# 9   6/1/2016 at 16:11 (265 days old) by murando531 (Huntsville, AL)        

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That seems to be the trend nowadays, Henrik. Just the same way most people could care less about the drivetrain, suspension, quality of parts, etc. in a car they're buying. They are only concerned with whether or not it has Bluetooth and "apps". While those things are nice, and I certainly enjoy having a nice UI in my car, my priority is in the engine and the qualities that matter in a vehicle.

While this Marathon idea seems to be a nice "spin" (excuse my pun :P) on an old idea, I don't think it will catch on any more quickly now than it did the last several times combination units have tried to gain traction. Like Henrik said, their marketing has no regard whatsoever to how the machine performs or what makes it work differently than any other frontloading washer/dryer, and on top of that, I can't believe such a futuristic and forward thinking group of people like this would even -remotely- consider vented drying as opposed to condensing. It's like they sat around the table and said "people want their washing machine to have a big touchscreen with giant pictures and as few words as possible, but who cares if it uses the same wasteful heating elements and throws all the hot air outside".

Another point is one that has been brought up before about a single combo unit: you can only have one load going at any one time, where with an individual washer/dryer, you have much more flexibility if you plan appropriately when sorting loads. I also found the comparison to a "dish washer and dish dryer" a bit odd; dishware doesn't absorb or hold water the way fabric does. You don't need any outside process to quickly dry dishes, they simply sit and nature does the work.

Post# 883222 , Reply# 10   6/1/2016 at 22:08 (265 days old) by rapunzel (Sydney)        

And it is all fantastic until there is a glitch and then it goes from laundry miracle to being a bitch.

Post# 883223 , Reply# 11   6/1/2016 at 23:15 (265 days old) by warmsecondrinse (Fort Lee, NJ)        

I've skimmed the brochure and the features/specs pdf's.....


Is it me, or is there a staggeringly small amount of actual information given all the verbiage? 


My inner English teacher teamed up with my inner washer geek-in-training and the 2 of them found problems with almost every sentence. Have I missed something?


It seems like the whole thing was written by a person who never actually did any laundry......


My head hurts...



Post# 883233 , Reply# 12   6/2/2016 at 00:42 (265 days old) by washer111 ()        

Electronic controls don't really bug me, but this sort of nonsense does. Since when did you need the latest consumer electronics to wash some *censored* clothes?

As others have said - I care more about the ability to do the required job than all the "bling" thats supposed to do it for you, or something like that. One of the reasons why I elected to keep a 23 y/o car as my daily-driver, rather than "upgrade" to modern crap, with zero character and too much electronics.

On that note; I wonder what's involved in getting that crap removed from new cars? If the "Exclusive Brethren" can do it, then so can I(!)

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Post# 883252 , Reply# 13   6/2/2016 at 10:21 (265 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Vented drying CAN be much faster than condenser drying.

Post# 883427 , Reply# 14   6/3/2016 at 18:42 (263 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        
Washer/Dryer Combo!!

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I feel all these new FL washers should have a drying option even if it is a 110 volt!
we have had this technology from so many years ago and I think the companies dont want to address it because they would loose money on the dryers. I have been selling appliances for 5 years now and still have many requests for one unit availability! But when I explain how slow the drying process is most will shy away! Going back to my 1st point their are many people that dont remove their clothes from the washer as soon as it is done and some dont even unload the same day, the clothes can be dry even if only using 110volt! whirlpool has a option to keep tumbling the clothes up to 12 hours - so why cant they just dry them in 2 or less! I asked the sales reps a few times about this and I get the same BS that it is not feasible to make these units and I still think it is about the corporations loosing money on dryers. I think these units should have the option to purchase as 220 volt as well as 110 volt for people that dont have the power. I bet if they didnt stop making these units years ago and continued they would have become more of the Norm today!! Also their are people that are in the market for a ventless full size dryer, so I cant understand why that technology hasent been expanded??

Post# 909513 , Reply# 15   12/3/2016 at 20:25 by peteski50 (New York)        
Marathon Washer/Dryer Combo!!

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Has anyone heard anything else about this since the last updates earlier this year. Is it possible they abandoned the idea and are not going to produce these units??

Post# 909516 , Reply# 16   12/3/2016 at 20:58 by rapunzel (Sydney)        

Maybe there was a glitch.

Post# 909565 , Reply# 17   12/4/2016 at 08:49 by Washerman250 (BLACKPOOL united kingdom)        

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