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Does your washer match your dryer?
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Post# 970623   11/29/2017 at 14:11 by chetlaham (United States)        

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This is meant for both Imperial and Deluxe memebers: does your washer match your dryer? If not, why?

In all these years I have only had four matching pairs and for a short time: First set was a 1992 MOL Kenmore washer and dryer my parents bought from Sears as a discounted set. Technically speaking the dryer may not have been an exact match since it was more TOL then MOL having a moisture sensor, drum light, front lint screen, infinite temperature selection, lint filter whistle, ect- but then again I know little of how Kenmore paired models of that era. When we moved this set went into the basement as the home already had a much earlier BD washer and a GE dryer.

The second set was a BOL 1997 GE washer and dryer. I will spare you your innocence, but after I destroyed the washer washing pillows, I was celebrating. Kenmore took its place, followed by a variety of washers thereafter as that was the peak of my restoration of, and interest in appliances.

Third set was an Estate pair that came with the condo, 2005 ish?- history unknown. The washer crapped (stopped spinning and the tub somehow dropped several inches) in 2010 and was replaced with a new 2010 Maytag Center dial. I choose that washer somewhat by desperation- somewhat by wanting a center dial. I needed a washer fast and my go to local appliance store had one in back they could deliver that same day. I originally wanted a TOL center dial- but the one speed was all they had at that moment in time.

Which brings us to my forth set. When the dryer started making god awful noise, I decided on replacing the whole thing with a 2011 Maytag central dial. PC Richards had some really nice black Friday sales going on. 40% of on various models including several Whirlpool dryers. Seeing the center dial was one of them, I said why not? It had the drum light I so desperately wanted and would match the washer.

That all ended in 2013 When I decided to get serious and get a Speed Queen. For a while I have mulled a matching Speed Queen dryer, but the Maytag dryer is doing a stellar job and I see it lasting at least a few more years. As is from what I have read the SQ may not dry as fast.

All in all I rarely having matching sets because I find the best dryers and best washers are often separate brands and separate models. If I had to buy a new set today, I would probably pick a Speed Queen front load a Commercial Whirlpool such as this:

Similar for the Kitchen: GE stove and Micro, Kitchenaid Dishwasher, LG Fridge, ect.

Post# 970627 , Reply# 1   11/29/2017 at 14:21 by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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Matching 1984 Maytag LA511 washer and DE410 dryer in lovely almond. They are running right now as I type this. Still run smooth and quiet with only one repair to the washer since new.

Post# 970628 , Reply# 2   11/29/2017 at 14:23 by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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I have used both matched and unmatched and variations in between (say, same brand, but different levels in the line or vastly different years of manufacture).


Since I rent the place I live, and I don't have my own equipment, I pretty much am stuck with what is provided for me. My one hope is that the equipment at least gets the job done...and sometimes even that seems like an impossible dream...


If ever own my own washer and dryer, I probably wouldn't worry about matching the set. By having different washer/dryer, one can get the ideal match for one's needs.

Post# 970637 , Reply# 3   11/29/2017 at 15:03 by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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No machines prior to 1992, without a house.

1992 KitchenAid matched pair (760Ws).

1999 Fisher & Paykel matched pair (GWL08, DE04).

2004 Fisher & Paykel mostly-matched pair (IWL12, DEGX1 which matches better to GWL11).

2008 went askew when the Neptune TL came in mid-year.  Then the Calypso in November.

So currently, Calypso washer & F&P DEGX1 dryer in the laundry room.

Post# 970644 , Reply# 4   11/29/2017 at 15:47 by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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I think there are three reasons the store I worked at while in school accumulated so many trade-ins so quickly, and I mean there were a lot. This was no Home Depot or Lowe's. The three reasons were Harvest Gold, Avocado and shaded Coppertone. Those white appliances in customers' homes were passe'. I think this is the reason I saw so much used laundry and kitchen stuff come it that had nothing wrong with them. On this topic, a lot of perfectly fine dryers showed up where the matching washer needed something minor...a new pump on a lot of Whirlpools and Kenmores or a poly pump on a Maytag. A white, yellow or turquoise appliance would be gosh in the same vicinity as one of the new fashion colors. It really was the "golden age" of used appliances...and great fun too.


excuse me..."Golden Harvest"

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Post# 970671 , Reply# 5   11/29/2017 at 18:19 by cfz2882 (Belle Fourche,SD)        
3 matched sets and 2 more close...

`1980 hotpoint
2001 KM he3-washer German,dryer US.
2012 24"GE-washer-China,dryer-Korea(condenser dryer)
Close matches:
HG 1981 KM/white 1981 KM
1975 Maytag/ 1977 Maytag.

Post# 970685 , Reply# 6   11/29/2017 at 18:52 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Alas no. But I plan to remedy that when I hop on the 806 bandwagon.

Post# 970691 , Reply# 7   11/29/2017 at 19:14 by appnut (TX)        

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I've had two matched sets.


April, 1978 GE FFlo next to TOL washer and dig load dryer with electronic sensor.  Speed clutch failed on washer and gave the pair to homeless shelter.


October 1986 Lady Shredmore pair in almond.  Dryer motor froze up December 7, 1994 and got the TOL mechanical control Maytag Dependable care dryer in white.  The dryer will be here 23 years next week. 


2006 Steve 1-18 brought me a Frigidaire Gallery front loader that he had refurbed.  In late summer 2011 it began making the dreaded bearing rumble.  I replaced it December 2, 2011 with the WP Duet WFF97HEX.   


When the LK dryer died, I decided I no longer needed to keep up with the Jones with matched sets. 


My 2 houses in Houston hd all almond appliances with black glass looing oven doors on both stoves.  My current kitchen only had all black glass/chome appliances that all looked coordinated from May 2007 when the 1980 Almond Kenmore fridge died.  I'd had black paneled dishwashers from 1986 until (thus all chrome/black coordinated look after 5/2007) until the new SS Kenmore Elite arrived late October/early November 2015. 

Post# 970697 , Reply# 8   11/29/2017 at 20:00 by washman (Butler, PA)        

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Post# 970700 , Reply# 9   11/29/2017 at 20:24 by moparwash (Pittsburgh,PA -Next Wash-In...June 2018!)        
They almost do....

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1960 Westinghouse Dryer 'Christopher' and 1961 Laundromat 'Christina'...not a matched pair, sometimes ungrateful, but they get 'Mommie' a little extra publicity!!

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Post# 970703 , Reply# 10   11/29/2017 at 20:57 by henene4 (Germany)        
Actually never had

Our first dryer was a Miele, but it was a white facia model. Our washers at that time were brown facia models (both same model, 4 buttons on the left side of the control panel next to the soap drawer, 3 dials: cycle, temp, timer, in that order).
The dryer actually came a few years after the washers (one or two years I think).

The following washers were a Miele W961 and a Priveleg Sensation 9415 (basicly ELux). With these running, the dryer was replaced by a Miele T7644C.

Then washers cycled (Miele W3241, Panasonic NA148VG4, AEG L71670FL, Bauknecht Super Eco 6414).
The Miele's all were different series (the T7xx being a match to the W1xxx series, and the W961 is far older).
Then we got the Bauknecht TK Super Eco 72A++ which runs till today. While our washer is a Bauknecht as well, they are different series/levels of salesprice.

Other washer then got swapped for another AEG (L61670FL).

Here while studying we have a Gorenje Slimline SensoCare washer with 1400rpm and a Bosch heatpump dryer of the earlier generation.

Post# 970707 , Reply# 11   11/29/2017 at 21:26 by fan-of-fans (Florida)        

My parents currently have a matching set, the washer is a 1999 Kenmore by Whirlpool, the dryer is a 2004 Kenmore by Whirlpool. They had an early 80s Kenmore dryer before, and they got the new dryer just before the consoles were changed around 2005, so they match despite being about 5 years apart.

I don't think my parents ever had matching sets before. At their old house they had a Montgomery Ward by Norge from sometime in the 80s, and a 60s or early 70s Kenmore dryer. When they moved, the new house had a late 80s GE Filter Flo washer but no dryer, so they used it and brought the old Kenmore dryer over. The washer started leaking so was replaced with the 99 Kenmore and the dryer was replaced with the 80s Kenmore. Both of those dryers were still working fine when they were replaced and the Montgomery Ward washer was fine when they left it with the old house.

Post# 970739 , Reply# 12   11/30/2017 at 06:52 by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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I like matched sets so much that this was once my laundry equipment.

The front-loader and dryer were purchased in 2002 when I bought a house. The top-loading Frigidaire was added in 2005.

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Post# 970740 , Reply# 13   11/30/2017 at 07:21 by chetlaham (United States)        

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Great replies- keep em coming. Its comforting to know I am not the only one that does not have a matching pair. But I do understand the temptation looks wise.

Post# 970749 , Reply# 14   11/30/2017 at 08:57 by Iheartmaytag (Wichita, Kansas)        
We were talking about this at work the othere day

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Co-worker said that she has only had one matching set in her life. That was the set she got when she was first married. After that the machines have been replaced as they broke down, about two washers for every dryer.

I on the other hand, am too anal, they have to match. So I'm not realistic, I'm frivolous with my money, I will never have a nest egg to leave my heirs--good! At least the washer and dryer match.

Post# 970754 , Reply# 15   11/30/2017 at 10:00 by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Harley-- LOL, same with me. It would make sense, logically, to replace a single appliance as needed or to purchase the top-rated washer and pair it with the top-rated dryer...but that will probably never happen with me, either.

For instance, I know that if I plan to switch to a Speed Queen front-loader, I'll have to do it before the new console color-scheme changes. And since I'm becoming fond of the top-loader--this surprises no one more than me--it may be here for the duration.

Post# 970785 , Reply# 16   11/30/2017 at 13:21 by RevvinKevin (Between Mickey Mouse & the Queen Mary (So. Cal.)        

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Growing up: a PINK 1963-64 Maytag A700 and a clothes line out back... does that count? tongue-out tongue-out tongue-out


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Currently, while I have a number of matching W/D pairs, there are only 3 sets that get used with any regularity:


1997 Frigidaire Gallery FL set (stacked)


2003 Kenmore He3 washer & gas dryer 


1999-2000 Miele W1929 washer & T1526 dryer


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I also have mis-matched washers & dryers that get used regularly.


2009 Kenmore He5t washer

2006 WP Cabrio gas dryer

2004 WP Calypso washer (or a 2005 LG-FL, or a Maysung MAH9700 washer, or a 2000 KM Catalyst washer)

1980 Maytag DG808 dryer (or a 1999? Maytag 9000 gas dryer, or a 2004 F&P topload gas dryer)

Post# 970790 , Reply# 17   11/30/2017 at 13:37 by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Oh, well, yeah ... I currently have three other non-matching washers other than the Calypso that I can use at any time (not in the laundry room) -- F&P IWL12, Maytag Neptune TL, Whirlpool "Gold" DD.  And a GE portable.

Post# 970795 , Reply# 18   11/30/2017 at 14:05 by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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I’ve owned several matching washer and dryer sets over the past 43 years.

1973 Whirlpool Convertible Portable Washer and Dryer
1985 Magic Chef Washer and Dryer
1987 Westinghouse FL Washer and Dryer
1997 Frigidaire FL Washer and Dryer
2000 Kenmore TL Washer and Dryer
2006 Fisher Paykel TL Washer and TL Dryer
2010 Frigidaire FL Washer and Dryer (returned 60 days latter)
2010 Whirlpool Cabrio Washer and Dryer
2012 GE TL Washer and Dryer
2015 LG FL Washer and Dryer
2016 Maytag Centennial Washer and Dryer

Out of these 11 sets my favorites, in order were the 87’ Westinghouse set, 16’ Maytag Cenntenial set, 97’ Frigidaire FL set, Magic Chef TL set and the 12’ GE TL set. The rest of them were either so-so, or just not good for one reason or another.

I know, I have a sickness for laundry appliances. My addiction eventually lead me to this website of kindred spirits.

Post# 970832 , Reply# 19   11/30/2017 at 18:57 by lakewebsterkid (Dayton, Ohio)        
Yes and No

The picture speaks for itself. We, too, don't feel anything needs to be replaced until it NEEDS to be replaced. Hence, the 6 year age difference.

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Post# 970838 , Reply# 20   11/30/2017 at 19:13 by iej (Ireland)        
Miele pair

I’ve a matching Miele W1 with TwinDos and it’s glass door T1 dryer on top.

Post# 970858 , Reply# 21   11/30/2017 at 21:43 by cornutt (Huntsville, AL USA)        

Growing up, we never had a matched pair. In fact, for a while, we didn't have a dryer at all -- wash was either hung on the line, or, if the weather was bad, everything went to the laundromat.

Bought my first set in 1992, a Whirlpool set. The dryer was actually one model level up from the washer, but visually they matched. When my wife and I got married, we sold her mis-matched Norge pair (the washer was on its last legs), and kept the Whirlpools. But she never liked the DD washer much. In 2006, we got a GE Harmony pair, in charcoal, and we still have them.

Post# 970865 , Reply# 22   11/30/2017 at 22:29 by seedub (South Texas Hill Country)        

Everything I've bought and owned has been matched. As another poster on this thread; I'm anal about it.

My family, on the other hand:
1969: Mother bought a TOL Speed Queen dryer, but a MOL washer. She had looked at a TOL washer in Avocado - was leaning heavily toward purchasing it - but there was no Avocado dryer to match the washer. The dryer she got was white. There was no white TOL washer to match the dryer. Thus, she got the MOL washer so that the colors would match (The venue was a local furniture store that had a limited stock of appliances on the side. My surmise is that some customer bought an Avocado TOL dryer, and another bought a TOL white washer on the same day we came in). All my begging to get her to purchase the perfectly matched Coppertone MOL Maytag pair at the same store fell on deaf ears.

1984: While I lived with my Grandfather, a new Shredmore Design 2000 24" unit was picked out by me and purchased by the family to replace my Grandfather's 1964 Westinghouse stacked Laundromat, and that broke up *that* set, since a new Westy was deemed too expensive. And so, the remaining 1981 Spacemates dryer stayed around until 1999 and was replaced by a BOL Hotpoint. That deed was done before I could intervene and purchase a used KM dryer to match the washer which was still going strong.

Post# 970868 , Reply# 23   11/30/2017 at 22:43 by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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I think my mom got a good deal on a fuller-featured Maytag dryer, which could have even been a floor sample or a display model (a later-purchased Tappan range with microwave clearly stated it was & had quite the wear 'n' tear to show, right-down to stickers and signage, stating "Hi, I am/may be", w/ the anthamoprophic appliance, bruised, banged and bandaged introducing the bargain-bought-stove as such)...

So the Maytag washer bought months earlier, was clearly a BOL, though mostly on the basis that it was only available in White, seeing as how it boasted in-demand features like the 3 water levels and 3 temperatures...

Needless to say, the washer had a white timer dial and blue backguard, while that fancier dryer, was a chrome dial model with gold backguard...

Grandma's White-Westinghouse dryer had only one temperature, no air-fluff, and manual timer, vs. the Kelvinator dryer, owned before, which had a probably never-used heat-off on, while each washer mated with was a K-Mart/GE Filter-Flo (well, left-opening lid and Hotpoint-styled knobs, vs. standard rear-opening lid and toggle switches--maybe bought there at not her nearby one, but one that sold appliances, if not some bargain-basement type outlet) then a WCI Frigidaire, boasting water levels and temperatures, 3-each with the latter actually featuring a warm rinse with its hot wash...

I guess I can go on with a lot of mis-matched laundry brides and grooms, differing in brands and offered features, right down to a BOL Kenmore white-backguard washer, next to a more upgraded black-backguard Kenmore dryer, sitting on a lawn, for sale...

-- Dave

Post# 970869 , Reply# 24   11/30/2017 at 22:45 by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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I think the reason I’ve been so intent on having matched sets is because we never had a matched set at home. My parents always bought MOL, sometimes BOL appliances, and never a matched set or color, just white, unless they were built ins already in the home when they bought it.

My Mom only had two dryers between 1955 and 2004 when she passed away. The first was a 55’ Norge Timeline and in 62’ it was replaced by a almost BOL Whirlpool, and that dryer sat on an open porch, exposed to the elements all but the first year she owned it. I think my stepfather replaced the element at least 3 times and the belt probably about that many times too. The washing machines we had when I was a teen and doing laundry were a 63’ MOL Whirlpool, 69’ Maytag Wringer E model with a pump. Then in 72’ she went back to an automatic, Kenmore MOL and her last machine was a new Maytag MOL in 98’. But she never had a matched set.

Made me just have to have matched sets, most of the time.

Post# 970877 , Reply# 25   12/1/2017 at 02:27 by thomasortega (Los Angeles - CA)        

Magic chef 1.6 cu ft washer x magic chef 2.26 cu ft dryer (Match)

The Laundry Alternative SCAW2GEN washer
The Laundry Alternative SCAW1GEN washer
The Laundry Alternative EZ-rinse (washer only)
The Laundry Alternative Superpop x Nina soft spin dryer x Solaris Dryer (Match)

Comming soon: The Laundry Alternative no model name yet (largest household washer in the world, 32kg capacity) matching a The Laundry Alternative Mega spin dryer.
The Laundry Alternative Lazarus (Washer only, fully auto, full size, old school)
The Laundry Alternative Morph (Washer-dryer all in one FL combo)

Post# 970893 , Reply# 26   12/1/2017 at 06:20 by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
Taut (Mistake)

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Oops, I meant FORMER, as in the GE had the Warm Rinse w/ its Hot Wash, while the remaining temps' rinses were Cold, while the later-Frigidaire had all cold rinses with its washes, and to clear up about the old Kelvinator dryer, the Heat Off toggle switch (right out o fa parts bin) was its only luxury feature--the dial otherwise gave 120-minutes of heated drying, while the later White-Westinghouse only gave (forgot how many minutes) heated dry...

-- Dave

Post# 970923 , Reply# 27   12/1/2017 at 09:52 by PassatDoc (Orange County, California)        
yes, but....

my current (Elux) and previous (Frig 2140) were both of necessity in a stacked configuration, so more or less one is confined to machines of similar make, so that the stacking kit works. The Frig pair will be twelve years old in a few months and has never had a service call. I gave the pair to my neighbor when his old Kenmore TL broke and could not be repaired. I bought the Elux pair in Nov 2014, so far three years of flawless service.

My laundry area is in the garage, along the rear wall in an alcove, with water heater and furnace adjacent to the laundry machines. To comply with city ordinance, there is a bollard (concrete-filled steel pipe) embedded in the floor slab, to protect the appliances from a car in the wrong gear. A runaway car could sever three gas lines (furnace, dryer, water heater). The builder situated the pipe directly in front of---and in the middle of--the washer space, so that it would block any FL door from opening, even on a pedestal.

The only solution---while remaining compliant with city building codes---was to stack a pair in the dryer space. I used the washer space to place a small table (holds laundry baskets, etc), and used the wall space above the faucets/standpipe drain to mount a small storage cabinet to hold supplies.

My first machines were a horrid WCI set from Costco in 1998. Dryer ok, but the infinite water level setting on the washer broke half a dozen times. I bought a new GE pair in 1997, and donated the surviving WCI dryer to a homeless shelter that needed a spare dryer---at that point I could have purchased only the washer and kept the dryer, and was the only time when I could have had a mismatched set. In 2006, the GE washer broke beyond repair and I bought the Frig 2140 set, which had to be a set due to stacking issue above. I gave the GE gas dryer to my neighbor, who was using an electric Kenmore dryer and who wanted to switch to gas to save $$$, as electric rates here are high and gas is cheap. In 2014, his Kenmore washer broke, I gave him the Frig pair (no service issues) and bought the Elux (60 series pair) for myself. One nice feature is that the Elux can wash all of my (queen) comforters, which didn't quite fit in the Frig. No more laundromat trips!

Post# 971079 , Reply# 28   12/2/2017 at 05:58 by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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I've always said that people who insist on buying matched sets have more dollars than sense.  I have an Asko and Miele washers, and GE and Frigidaire gas dryers.

Post# 971084 , Reply# 29   12/2/2017 at 06:27 by tolivac (greenville nc)        

Currently have a BOL Hotpoint washer and a GE dryer.Works for me!Guess they are related,but not "matched".The GE washer went for the DD Kenmore-wished I had kept the GE washer-like the Hotpoint had the rim-flo filter and was dual speed.

Post# 971114 , Reply# 30   12/2/2017 at 10:00 by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        

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I can see the point of a matching dryer, especially if it is to be stacked on top by using the manufacturer's dedicated stacking kit.

While it may look nice and tidy, the awful truth with some manufacturers is that they might make a reasonably reliable tumble dryer but produce an awful washing machine - or vice versa.

When the Hoover 'New Wave' and 'Classica' models came out at first (1993-ish), I remember reading newspaper articles about customers complaining about the lack of a suitable stacking kit, at that particular time.

Post# 971116 , Reply# 31   12/2/2017 at 10:11 by PassatDoc (Orange County, California)        

Exactly. Stacking my machines was the only legal work=around for the bollard. I have neighbors who cut down the bollard, and installed a FL pair side by side, but the modification is not likely to pass inspection if/when the home is sold. And the last thing you want to do is drill into a concrete foundation slab riddled with pre-tensioner steel cables.

The downside of my solution is that it more or less forces me into matched sets, using the OEM stacking kit (well, if the washer died, the existing stacking bracket and dryer might fit atop a current model Elux washer, I would be ok with that)

Post# 971120 , Reply# 32   12/2/2017 at 10:25 by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        
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“I've always said that people who insist on buying matched sets have more dollars than sense.”

I suppose the same thing could be said about having one than one washer and dryer at the same time too, when you really only need one of each. But if folks didn’t have the compulsion to collect washers and dryers, this website likely wouldn’t even exist.

Some people like to spend their dollars on luxury cars, others on matching appliances.

This doesn’t indicate a lack of “sense”, just a personal preference on what they like to own. And I agree, it isn’t necessary to have a matched set, but it isn’t neccesary to own a luxury automobile either.

Different stroke for different folks.

It would seem that on a website dedicated to appliances I would think that buying a matched washer and dryer set would be something that wouldn’t be looked at a frivolous.

Post# 971121 , Reply# 33   12/2/2017 at 10:30 by ryanm (New York)        

I'm going through this decision right now since my washer is no good but my dryer is fine. Our laundry is visible in the place we live so it looks much nicer with a matching set. What I discovered now unlike years past, if you buy a washer that is not the same brand as your dryer, the 'height' of the machines do not match in many cases. We never before had a 'matching' pair, although once we did buy a pair but the washer had issues and after 6 months they replaced it with a new one but by that time the models had changed so we once again had an unmatched pair. I have decided to sell the dryer I have on craigslist and go ahead with the extra expense of getting the matching pair again since it is very visible in our condo unit.

Post# 971130 , Reply# 34   12/2/2017 at 11:27 by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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I *rarely* close the door to my laundry room and it's directly visible to anyone coming in from the patio/back door.  Doesn't matter to me.  I'm more concerned about being happy with the individual machines than whether they match.  As my dad would say about those kinds of things ... "Anyone who sees that (makes a remark about the machines not matching) is looking too closely."  :-)

Just my opinion.

Post# 971136 , Reply# 35   12/2/2017 at 12:17 by appnut (TX)        

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Growing up, only once did we have matching appliances.  when the new house was bought 9/61, my dad spray painted the 1948 Kelvinator fridge to resemble the coppertone built ins (including sink).  I'm not sure why he did it, given we ended up switching out the O&M dual drench dishwasher (sent back to our old house) with the Waste King.  He never did paint or replace the white front of the Waste King.  My grandmother's 1957 Frigidaire replaced the Kelvy in 1965.   That house never had complete matching kitchen appliances (even with color) in all the 41 years they lived there.  They got a BOL Norge Timeline dryer (all Houston dryers were gas) around the time I was born and the bendix was replaced with MOL GE probably in 1956.  That GE was replaced with the Norge DispensoMat washer in December 1963 or 1964 and the matching dryer was brought home the following February.  So we had that maching pair until the washer crapped out for the 2nd time by 1970 and replaced with the Kenmore 800.  Those two were given to coworker & his girlfriend when they bought a house (replaced with GE FFlo pair the fall after I got my GE pair).  That pair stayed there for 17 years until my mom had to have a Maytag Dependable Care pair to match my 12/94 dryer.  When the lake house was built and the kitchen completed in probably 1971 or 1972, then we actually had matching harvest gold appliances.  (Frigidaire Deluxe cooktop and wasll wouble ovens along with a Kenmore fridge and model under LK rotorack along with color-coordinated vent hood and sink).  Around fall of 1975 or spring 1976, a Kenmore 70 series pair was put in the laundry area. 

Post# 971212 , Reply# 36   12/3/2017 at 00:49 by mjg0619 (Scranton, Pennsylvania)        

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Mismatched Maytags in the laundry room, though both are almond colored. 1993 LAT7793 (Two speed, large capacity) and a late 90s near TOL Neptune electric dryer. Same family, just distant cousins LOL

Post# 971215 , Reply# 37   12/3/2017 at 01:12 by iheartmaytag (Wichita, Kansas)        

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Perfecto Eddie.

Like I have said before, a friend of my mother, her son asked me. "You have 36 vacuum cleaners.". " how many vacuums do you need?"
"Well" I answered, " you collect gas pumps, do you need a gas pump?"

Comes down to preference, and what you want and like."

Post# 971226 , Reply# 38   12/3/2017 at 05:40 by chetlaham (United States)        
Matching set

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Sometimes one is forced a buy a matching set- when both old machines are beyond reasonable repair and the store is offering the set at a discounted price.

Even then- having a set match might be as important as the look or functionality of any machine. You could say I have some type of OCD- I like things to match. I remember when my set matched, visually I liked it a lot more and it kind of gave me a mild euphoria. It felt like both appliances had their campaign.

Post# 971253 , Reply# 39   12/3/2017 at 09:54 by logixx (Germany)        
Do they match?

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Well, no because the matching dryer never made to our shores.

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Post# 971284 , Reply# 40   12/3/2017 at 13:03 by Pulsator (Saint Joseph, MI)        

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Even though I've owned matched sets in the past, I've never had a daily driver set that perfectly matched until recently.

With unmatched sets, it was easier for me to deal with them not being the same height, but now that I have a matched set, my OCD tendencies kicked in and they had to be exactly the same height! I spent longer leveling these puppies than I usually do. :P

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Post# 971287 , Reply# 41   12/3/2017 at 13:44 by chetlaham (United States)        
Looks good from here :)

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Are these the prototypes of the recently released commercial Maytags?

Post# 971290 , Reply# 42   12/3/2017 at 13:54 by speedqueen (Harrison Twp, Michigan)        

That is the new Maytag everyone is talking about! How do you like it?

Post# 971291 , Reply# 43   12/3/2017 at 13:57 by speedqueen (Harrison Twp, Michigan)        

Sorry for the redundancy, chetlaham beat me to it!

Post# 971292 , Reply# 44   12/3/2017 at 14:01 by PassatDoc (Orange County, California)        

here is a 2008 photo of the laundry area in the garage, showing the 2006 Frigidaire 2140 with matching dryer stacked on top. To left of dryer is a sliver of the hot water heater. Not visible on right is the forced air furnace. Former washer space hosts folding tray tables for baskets. White cabinet added for storage. Directly in front of the left edge of the red basket is the bollard, steel pipe filled with concrete, which protects three gas appliances (furnace, dryer, water heater) from a direct hit from a car. This is required when the appliances are located along the rear wall of the garage. Some of the different home models in my neighborhood have the appliances elsewhere (e.g. washer/dryer along a side wall of the garage, with water heater and furnace placed elsewhere), and such homes do not require the bollard. I prefer to have water heater and washer in the garage, where the floor is 6 inches/15 below the level of the interior house floor. Any leaks/floods flow out of the garage and into the street.

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Post# 971309 , Reply# 45   12/3/2017 at 15:42 by appnut (TX)        

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Jamie, you may have caused a few people on here to have a stroke!!!  Does Heavy Duty/bulky have hot waater tank temp fill or it's dumbed down?  Does it bother you the machine basically ohnly has two water levels?  Does the dryer have a buzzer or end of cycle signal? 


What happened to the boy I met at the 2002 wash-in?  He grew up!!  Do you realize just how old you make me feel?  How's your mom? 

Post# 971315 , Reply# 46   12/3/2017 at 16:13 by Pulsator (Saint Joseph, MI)        

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I am an employee of Whirlpool Corporation and this is my personal opinion.

They are the new Maytags! They are fantastic!

The Deep Water cycles (Bulky/Towels, Powerwash, Delicates, Mixed) do have true temps. If I put it on hot, my wash is 130F (that's what my water heater is set to) and warm is around 95F.

The lack of water level switch doesn't bother me at all. I pretty much only do full loads anyway.

The cycles are quick and the machine is quite gentle. Very little lint in my dryer's lint filter on loads coming from this machine.

The dryer does have an end of cycle buzzer.

Bob, the boy you met at the 2002 wash-in grew up! I got a bachelor's degree in product design engineering technology and now I work for Whirlpool in vertical axis laundry engineering.

My mom is doing great! She's taken to flipping houses in recent years and is getting ready to retire after selling a couple more. It's fun to help her buy whole kitchens and laundries for the houses she remodels! :)

Post# 971326 , Reply# 47   12/3/2017 at 17:31 by speedqueen (Harrison Twp, Michigan)        

Being from WP, did you have much input on this product? Also, what do you think the durability and reliability of this machine will be?

Post# 971332 , Reply# 48   12/3/2017 at 18:20 by appnut (TX)        

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Jamie, I've not forgotten you got your degree.  I was excited when you let it be known you were heading to college.  I've watched you grow up to so to speak and am very proud of you.  It's good to hear the update about your mom.  A perfect fit of you helping her with the kitchen and laundry appliances.  Does you dad still have the 1st generation direct drive Duet (when production was moved to the U.S.) like I do, or has he gotten updated laundry.  I love my Duet by the way.  And I honestly think about you every once in a while when I'm doing laundry. 

Post# 971340 , Reply# 49   12/3/2017 at 19:09 by Pulsator (Saint Joseph, MI)        

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It's not everyday that someone gets the opportunity to do exactly what they want for a living! I consider myself very fortunate in that regard that my hard work paid off and my knowledge (thanks in large part to this forum) has made me a valuable asset at Whirlpool.

My dad does still have his first generation DD Duet! (Or as I know them, his first generation Alpha.)

My mom's Fisher & Paykel is nearing expiration and she has decided to upgrade to the same Maytag Commercial set that I have sometime in the next few months. She visited me for a week to help me with some around the house projects and did some laundry for herself while she was here. She was very impressed and couldn't say enough good things about them. After hearing her comments, it was fun to go talk to the commercial laundry team and pass on her compliments! :)

Anyway, sorry to sort of hijack the thread!

P.S. Bob, I think of you whenever I pack a dishwasher to the brim or load a washer to the edge of being overloaded :P

Post# 971380 , Reply# 50   12/3/2017 at 23:16 by mrsalvo (New Braunfels Texas)        

My washer and dryer do not match. Replaced machines as needed. The Whirlpool dryer is really good, think one of the best made, but we use clotheslines most of the time.

Post# 971468 , Reply# 51   12/4/2017 at 11:24 by chetlaham (United States)        

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Who said anything about hijacking or sort of hijacking a thread? Jamie, say what you need too! Its always a pleasure to hear from you and IMO I don't think we hear enough from you especially now a days. I have been following your threads like many others on here for some times- even before registering- and I have always learned something from them.

Being one of the lucky few is an understatement. Its not always we see talent put to its intended use- or a person scoring their dream job- so I think I can say you are truly one of the lucky few- or rather that Whirlpool is one of the lucky few who scored some seriously talent. Still then, you have passion and take pride in your work- something not everyone has. All in all you are the perfect example of why society needs to stop labeling and rather invest and nurture talent in children, no matter how odd it may seem to others.

I hope you share more product updates on Whirlpool's new stuff. We are all having a stroke lol! :)

Post# 971471 , Reply# 52   12/4/2017 at 11:37 by mayken4now (Panama City, Florida)        

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Mine Do.

Post# 971838 , Reply# 53   12/6/2017 at 00:43 by dartman (Portland Oregon)        

My first set at my rental were cast-offs, a beat Whirlpool and some kind of antique dryer that eventually tried to catch fire, then we got a matched set of BOL buider grade Hot Points. They managed to last 10 years by luck and then I got a rebuilt DD Whirlpool and a Kenmore Dryer eventually when the Hot Point dryer finally died a year later. I used those with repairs for about 15 years and still had them when we bought this house in 2012.
Upgraded to a Kenmore 28102 TL he washer in 14 and got the next generation dryer a year later as it was on sale and huge. So nope, they technically don't match yet again but don't care, they just have to work and be easy enough to service and get parts for myself. I guess only pair that matched was the Hot Points I got dirt cheap new. I don't think we ever had a matching set as a family either. We almost always got something used and kept jury rigging it till a better one came up.

Post# 972007 , Reply# 54   12/6/2017 at 18:22 by washabear (Maryland)        
Yes and no

I have a matching Whirlpool DD top loader and dryer, but then I got a Frigemore front loader because, well, I wanted it. I currently use that washer but have the Whirlpool on the side as a backup should the Frigemore conk out someday.

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