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Post# 493623   2/3/2011 at 05:37 (4,692 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

Has anyone elese seen their tests-They liked the WP Duet FL as a favorite.They DID NOT LIKE the Speed Queen Top Loader.They liked the LG Dryers-didn't some Applianceville members have troubles with that brand?Their favorite TL machines were the WP Vantage and Cabrio.

Post# 493630 , Reply# 1   2/3/2011 at 06:37 (4,692 days old) by mtn1584 (USA)        
The "USER" reviews are all excellent................

It doesn't matter what CU thinks anyway. I f you look at the user reviews of the SQ AWN542 on line at their website, everyone who responded to their review gave the machine an excellent rating. CU is not going to give a traditional top load washer a decent review anyhow. As for Cabrio, & Vantage, while thery may look like "spaceships" with every bell and whistle imaginable, the question is clothes even get wet in those machines???? Reviews by purchasers have said otherwise. At least with a front load washer the clothes are constantly moving. They most definitely are NOT moving as much with these low water use top loaders. Look at what user reviews say about these "top-rated" washers.

Post# 493686 , Reply# 2   2/3/2011 at 13:22 (4,692 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        
Here's my Dilemma

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I would like to try a Front Loader for my busy Summer schedule. I have 3 Maytags TL (886,606,and 806) so I'm fine with having a back up machine (Plus the Unimatic, the 61 Whirlpool and a Speed Queen) And also the Owner's Shredmore.
During the summer as a Chef, I go through alot of Shorts, Pants, T-shirts and Chef Coats. The owners of the house that I take care of are also here. And we are on a Septic System. So on My Dime, I was thinking in the summer when the Water Consumption is High (Laundry, Showers etc) I am thinking about a Front Load.
But, I really don't want to spend more than $700-$800. I am looking at the Whirlpool Duet Model WFW 9150 WW. It retails out at $649.00 and is 4.0 cu capacity.
Do you think this is a reliable good cleaning machine ? I know that most of the New Machines are a Crap Shoot as far as Dependability and Reliability, but what do you think is the best Bang for the Buck in my price range ? Thanks, Eddie

Post# 493754 , Reply# 3   2/3/2011 at 19:33 (4,691 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Personally, I just odn't like any front loader without a supplemental heater no matter how hot your water heater is set for. 

Post# 493767 , Reply# 4   2/3/2011 at 19:55 (4,691 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        
Hey Bob.

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One of the machines I am looking at has the Whitest Whites setting. It's a WP Duet #WFW9150WW $539.00 with mixed reviews at Lowes and a Maytag MHWE200XW at Sears for $569. The Tag has a Whites Cycle. And also has all Positive reviews.

Whadaya think ?

Post# 493784 , Reply# 5   2/3/2011 at 20:31 (4,691 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Of the two, the Maytag can eek out a head a bit, even though they are both essentially the same machine with slightly different features.  From what I've understood from a couple of people here and on other laundry forumes, Maytag is what KitchenAid laundry products used to be and probably would have been if Maytag hadn't had it's brand name thrown in the mix.  Some of the components are supposedly beefed up over the WP cousin--door hinges, sturdier drive belt, ...  Neitehr one has a supplemental heater.  the Maytag MAY, but I question that.  The Maytag has a PowerWash cycle that's very long and does use hot water, but hot water isn't going to stay hot for an hour or 1.5 hour wash phase.  It has a "stain tret" option which changes any preset wash temp to warm to deal with protein stains.  It adds time, different tumbling patterns.  Who nkows, maybe this is how laundry will be done if, what Malcolm has been told by Speed Queen, all washers with supplemental heaters will be going away in 2-3 years for energy Star purposes and and detergents designed to work with cooler temps.  Of the two, I'd opt. for the Maytag if I had to choose.  I can tell you I definitely lke it's beheamouth big brother Mr. Steam engine and will rpobably spring for that when my Fridgemore gives up the ghost.  It's a different approach to doing laundry, but I still personally am of the opinion front loaders wash much better than top loaders. 

Post# 493786 , Reply# 6   2/3/2011 at 20:39 (4,691 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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Thanks for your opinion.

But who is "Big Brother Mr. Steam Engine" ???

Post# 493817 , Reply# 7   2/3/2011 at 21:49 (4,691 days old) by appnut (TX)        
"Big Brother Mr. Steam Engine"

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The Maytag top of line 5.0 cu. ft. big brother with steam. 

Post# 493818 , Reply# 8   2/3/2011 at 21:56 (4,691 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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Consumer Report came today. I just finished reading the report. This Maytag has almost the same rating as some of the $1400.00 machines. The only "Good" rating on it was is the Noise Level. Everything else is either Excellent or Very Good. Sears has it for $569.00I think I'm going to look at it tomorrow.
What's your opinion on the InteliFill ?

Post# 493821 , Reply# 9   2/3/2011 at 22:27 (4,691 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Eddie, IntelliFill is simply the automatic water sensing feature not any different than any other front loader these days.  I think it will be a good choice for you. 

Post# 493826 , Reply# 10   2/3/2011 at 22:35 (4,691 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        
Thanks Bob

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Thanks for your input.

I appreciate it. Eddie

Post# 493837 , Reply# 11   2/4/2011 at 00:22 (4,691 days old) by rp2813 (Sannazay)        

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Eddie, the Duet we bought a few years back had a "Whitest Whites" cycle.  Although it did have an on-board heater, it was only used on the "Sanitary" cycle.  It seemed that the only thing that the "Whitest Whites" cycle instructions included was the advice to add bleach.  Other than that, it was just another cycle with no on-board heater involvement.



Post# 493853 , Reply# 12   2/4/2011 at 03:14 (4,691 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Whitest Whites has been around for years.  Calypsos have it.  I believe an extra rinse is included compared to Normal, plus the usual Extra Rinse option is available for yet another rinse.  Neppy TL has a Whites cycle, but it's not specifically designated as "Whitest" Whites.

Post# 493860 , Reply# 13   2/4/2011 at 05:44 (4,691 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Ralph, actually cycle schematic called for the supplemental heater to come on for the Whitest Whites as well as the heavy Duty Cycle--that one4 gradually heated the wateer frmo warm to hot.  so there were 3 cycles the heater was used for, on the white the hot water temp had quite a range to go down before the heater kicked in thoutgh.  Probably your hot waterr heater temp was set high enough where it didn't end up needing the heter to come back on.

Post# 493886 , Reply# 14   2/4/2011 at 08:01 (4,691 days old) by Iheartmaytag (Wichita, Kansas)        

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I have the mid line Maytag 5000 series with steam. and it does have an onboard heater, that the manual says is active on all cycles to maintain wash temperatures,and boosts the temps for sani and step cycles (ie steam)

Post# 493894 , Reply# 15   2/4/2011 at 08:24 (4,691 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        
My how times change...

...and how time does change things. In the 50s and early 60s a tumbler washer could not get more than a fair rating in Consumers Reports, yet eveyone who had one loved it, and now it's a traditional agitator washer that gets the messy end of the stick. Front loaders were only found at Philco or Westinghouse dealers and, for a period, at Wards when they had Westinghouse make some machines for them. I remember going to see the first of the new front loaders among the sea of top loaders in 2001 when we "armed" the He4t and now the industry has been stood on its head and largely has seen its manufacturing moved abroad from the US where the automatic washer was invented. Now you go past an appliance store or department and it's almost all front loaders you see. Somewhere in the world to come some old Westinghouse and Bendix personnel must be chuckling and feeling vindicated.

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