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Torn on Front Loaders..
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Post# 980863   2/1/2018 at 13:39 by buzzneon (Chicago)        

Good afternoon,

I've been a big fan of automatic washers since I was a little kid, having grown-up in Australia in a household with an early-70s Simpson, fully-automatic, solid tub beauty - the one with the timeline. Been lurking here for a while but now I'm in the market for a front loader, and I'm really torn on which to pick-up.

LG WM4370: In the past I had an LG (the generation before the current) for 7 years, and it was fantastic! Cleaned well, and ran like a champ. Of course 7 years is not a long time for a washer, so I wouldn't really expect any problems. Pretty much the only thing I disliked about it was the annoying water stop/start it does when starting the cycle - but it appears the new ones still do that anyway.

Electrolux EFLS617: I love the look of these, and the feature-set, and the reviews are great (better than LG). Interesting to see some of their design choices like the extra pump to pre-mix detergent, and applying steam for the bottom of the tub, etc. I know this model has only been out for like 2 years (and there's a refresh coming in the Spring), but can anyone gauge the reliability? I assume it'll be similar to the LG, but maybe not (I honestly don't know much about Electrolux). It bothers me that there's no user-access to the "button catcher" - since my machines will be stacked, it'll be extremely difficult to just "pop off the back panel and...".

Maytag (MHW8000) - Like the Electrolux, this one looks great; and it's a Maytag! I know the LG and Electrolux both have issues with the Spider corroding in (probably) under a decade - does the Maytag too? There also doesn't seem to be an easy way to clean the button-catcher while it's stacked and against the wall.

GE (GFW480) - I know very little about these guys as far as reliability goes (reviews seem good), but it does have an access panel on the front for the button-catcher...

Am I too concerned about having access to the button catcher? It just seems to me a silly thing to bury deep within the guts of the machine considering it will get clogged with lint and other stuff over time. To be fair, I only had to clean it once on my LG, but I'm glad I didn't have to call someone. Does any manufacturer make non-commercial machines where the spider doesn't corrode from chemical reactions?

Is reliability of the smaller units (close to 3cuft) any better than the big ones?

SpeedQueen has the all-in-one stacked units, but they're missing Steam and Sanitize which are important.


Post# 980867 , Reply# 1   2/1/2018 at 14:06 by nmassman44 (Boston North Shore Massachusetts)        

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Here is my 3 cents....If you liked the LG's that you had in the past, then I would stick with that brand. LG is the most reliablle brand of front loaders. The way you can get around the pulsing fill of the washer is to put water hammer arrestors on the back of the washer. It connects directly to the washer then you connect the hoses to it.
Maytag is really just a Whirlpool washer in disguise. Electrolux washers have issues and yes they do look nice, but thats where it ends. Some have had good luck with them , others not so much.
GE front loaders according to CU dont perform all that well. I dont take what CU says to heart since they recommended a Whirlpool fridge that I bought that is nothing but a nightmare.

Post# 984135 , Reply# 2   2/24/2018 at 10:31 by Laundromat (Hilo, Hawaii)        

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Never had any problems with my many LGs. Great machines.

Post# 984464 , Reply# 3   2/26/2018 at 17:34 by Imperial70 (******)        

I have a GE and it is a great performer.

Post# 984528 , Reply# 4   2/27/2018 at 01:07 by MattL (Flushing, MI)        

LG hands down....

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