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Post# 191599   2/16/2007 at 16:11 (4,479 days old) by partscounterman (Cortez, Colorado)        

I see washers sitting out on the curb all the time around here and I can usually resisted the temptation to pick up all that junk. This Kenmore caught my eye and it may be fun to play with one of the more unusual machines of the past few years.

Post# 191600 , Reply# 1   2/16/2007 at 16:12 (4,479 days old) by partscounterman (Cortez, Colorado)        
The Calypso wash plate


Post# 191601 , Reply# 2   2/16/2007 at 16:13 (4,479 days old) by partscounterman (Cortez, Colorado)        

I have not even tried this machine yet but I have a houseguest coming who may enjoy helping me do that.

Post# 191617 , Reply# 3   2/16/2007 at 17:21 (4,479 days old) by retromom ()        
Ooh, a Collapse-o!!

Nice find David! I got a chance to see Glenn's WP in action. They are fun!

Houseguest....anyone we know? Do tell!

Post# 191624 , Reply# 4   2/16/2007 at 17:52 (4,479 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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Scary to see something that new and that expensive as roadkill....

Post# 191669 , Reply# 5   2/16/2007 at 20:20 (4,479 days old) by partscounterman (Cortez, Colorado)        

Yes, you do...and it's a surprise until tomorrow!

Hint-Ho, ho, ho!

Post# 191758 , Reply# 6   2/16/2007 at 23:28 (4,479 days old) by wannapinkset ()        

Theres a class action lawsuit about these washers. check out for info on the calypso washer by kenmore or whirlpool. Also check out for an engineers thourough explanation of why they are so so bad.

A salesman almost had me talked into it, but I wanted to do some research first, thank goodness. My take is that they were trying to copy the old GM jet cone machines but added water savings (bad, very bad!) and stinted on the agitator. Those old machines had a filter flow system, this new washer just uses the clothes to do it, so they have lots of lint and dirt when "done" and they are never turned so they just lay there getting a little wet, torn and filter the water.

Be prepared to read........alot. Free is maybe the only way to try one of these out.

Post# 192403 , Reply# 7   2/20/2007 at 10:14 (4,475 days old) by harvestgold ()        
Calypso washer

I bought a Calypso washer brand new to the tune of $1100.00 what a heap !! i have never been happy with the way it cleans i have it shoved in the corner of my garage and use my 60`s vintage maytag instead which cleans 10 times better than that piece of junk. Good luck with that machine don`t put any money into repair as they are not worth it. I see them on craigs list for a $100.00 dollars or so and they always need a repair They will be in all the landfill Dumps around the country real soon

Post# 192418 , Reply# 8   2/20/2007 at 11:43 (4,475 days old) by whirlcool (Just North Of Houston, Texas)        

I have heard of people saying that their clothes come out of a Calypso dirtier than they were when they went in.
If you put a folded t-shirt in the load before you turn it on, I have heard that it will still be folded when it's done washing only to have piles of dirt in the folds.
Then let's not forget the Calypsos that dump water on the floor every three loads or so.
From what I understand, all these machines did was bounce your clothes up and down rather than washing them. Kinda like a ride in an amusement park for clothing.

Post# 192440 , Reply# 9   2/20/2007 at 14:12 (4,475 days old) by dadoes (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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I've used my Calypso several times. Some things it does well, others not so well. A load of 8 or 9 pairs of jeans (run on the Jeans/Darks cycle, which has slower nutation anyway), it did OK but had trouble bouncing/rolling that large load. It would have done better on Heavy Duty (faster/longer nutation). Interestingly, a pair of underwear ended up stuffed completely inside the front pocket of a pair of jeans, so clearly there is some action happening.

Couple weeks ago a friend brought her queen size goose-down comforter, which had been puked-upon by her cats (more than once). After pretreating the stains, I ran it through a couple rinse/drains to get it thoroughly wet/saturated, then ran a Bulky cycle. She was pleased with the results, although I think it could have used another run-through.

Last Friday I ran a load of sheets in the Calypso, so I could do shirts/casuals in the F&P at the same time. Dried the sheets in the DE906. They were fine.

Post# 192485 , Reply# 10   2/20/2007 at 19:08 (4,475 days old) by alr2903 (TN)        
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Whats all that inset part of the lid that fits into the opening with a rubber gasket, it must be really splashy. Is it?

Post# 192503 , Reply# 11   2/20/2007 at 20:16 (4,475 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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I had one of these for about 6 months and liked it well enough - I thought it did a fine job on regular laundry but wasn't as impressed with bulky items.

The lid with the formed "Dome of Silence" is for splashing and noise reduction ;-)

Post# 192538 , Reply# 12   2/20/2007 at 21:48 (4,475 days old) by alr2903 (TN)        
Thanks Greg

That gasket made me think of those splashy kelvinator videos's

Post# 192562 , Reply# 13   2/20/2007 at 23:24 (4,475 days old) by whirlcool (Just North Of Houston, Texas)        

I got my contribution to this thread from the user reviews on This machine really stuck a chord with some of the users!

Post# 192588 , Reply# 14   2/21/2007 at 04:57 (4,475 days old) by askomiele (belgium)        

Maybe it's time to videotape some action... and then we can tell our opinions about it... or am I silly now...

Post# 192592 , Reply# 15   2/21/2007 at 06:08 (4,474 days old) by tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

You like it or you hate it. Anyway it is discontinued so you have something you can't buy new. To me, they looked like they would be hard on the clothes. In 2001, we were in Florida for the Kitchen & Bath show. Our friend Donald had bought one. John had found a high quality, very heavy white terry cloth bath robe at a thrift store, but it had belonged to someone who did not know it could be cleaned and maybe did not such a great job cleaning himself. It was all yellow around the collar, wrists and underarms and dirty gray most other places, especially the elbows. I would not have touched it without gloves. Donald fired up the Calypso for that bath robe and it came out looking like it was brand new. But that was one item and no dog hair was involved. It absolutely does nothing to remove dog hair. I personally find dog hair in bedding gross, but if you need to wash dirty, greasy rags and stuff like from cleaning with debris shaken out, it is a good cleaner. After long use, the flange gasket around the wash plate will wear and the plate has to be replaced, but it is not a big deal to do. It does recirculate water over the clothes as they alternately get jostled around and turned over and then slowly spun around under the water stream. Free is the best way to try one and definitely with an HE detergent.

Post# 192742 , Reply# 16   2/21/2007 at 21:03 (4,474 days old) by llmaytag (Southern California)        

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I'd love to see video of this machine. I cannot even imagine bouncing clothes around with water sprinkled on top. Hard to imagine.

Post# 192748 , Reply# 17   2/21/2007 at 21:23 (4,474 days old) by brettsomers ()        

i watched this style of machine do a coupla loads, heavy ones. what i saw was articles that didnt turnover after five minutes of agitation! with all the good front-loaders out there, this machine does not have any advantages.

Post# 193022 , Reply# 18   2/23/2007 at 03:44 (4,473 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

I have read about these machines from Epinions and Consumer Reports-Both point out that clothes can get caught under the "agitator" disc and jam up the works.If the machine was found on the curb-you should look under its agitator and make sure nothing is caught in the works underneath.that could be why it was dumpted.I remember a video shot of one of these awhile ago on TV-A report from CU on the late night TV news.the agitator disc works sort of like a "tilt-O-whirl" at the amusement park-It bounces the clothes around under a spray of water from the top.CU said the machine worked well-but folks on Epinions didn't like the machine and commented on frequent repairs-removing of clothes under the agitator and transmission repairs.

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