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Check out these prices for Electrolux and Frigidaire washers
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Post# 498253   2/21/2011 at 14:13 (4,674 days old) by PassatDoc (Orange County, California)        

First time I've ever seen the BOL Electrolux for under $800:


And check out the TOL Fridigaire prices:


Bear in mind that these are "after rebate" net prices. In my area, the gas company grants a $35 rebate. My local (town) water district grants an $85 rebate, hence $120 total. The water rebate varies by town and city. It's possible that the water rebate could vary and not be available everywhere. To receive the rebates, you fill out a rebate form and mail it off with documentation (copy of most recent utility bill, copy of sales receipt) to the appropriate energy or water authority and typically you receive the check in 2-6 weeks. Howard's Appliances is very good about printing the forms and attaching copies of the receipts for their customers, for those who may not have printer access. I am on paperless billing for all of my utilities, so I would go online and print a recent bill from PDF format (stored online) if needed.


That said, the "actual price"


is $699, so they calculated "$579 after rebate"  based on $120 worth of rebates. For those of your outside the USA, the posted prices do NOT include sales tax or VAT. Sales tax varies by state, county, and city. Where I live, it's 8.75%. When you buy a product that qualifies for rebates, you have to pay sales tax based on the full price, not the price after rebate.  Thus, someone buying the 4474 model would have to pay $760.16 ($699 x 1.0875), but would eventually receive rebate checks for $120, hence a net cost of $640.16 including taxes.


Anyone else seeing price cuts like this where you live?

Post# 498374 , Reply# 1   2/21/2011 at 19:24 (4,673 days old) by pingmeep ()        

I've seen some movement on Frigidare washers but not a ton. $509 before taxes and rebates for a FL non steam 4.2 .Lowes US pricing. I really like their front loaders and want to gift to one of my sisters as a wedding gift in April.

Electrolux on the other hand seems to be getting purged from many canadian stores. No idea why.

Post# 498385 , Reply# 2   2/21/2011 at 19:47 (4,673 days old) by 3beltwesty ()        

Electrolux owns Frigidare. Here at Lowes stores I thought that Frigidare was the value brand and Electrolux the higher priced variant?

Post# 498393 , Reply# 3   2/21/2011 at 20:02 (4,673 days old) by pingmeep ()        

I have no idea but the Affinity line seems to be selling better than both non affinity and electrolux combined here.
Was speaking to a friend who sells appliances and he's stumped too.

He guessed it might be styling and wash cycles labels that are deciding factors but no one seems to know.

We've had really positive reviews here about the affinity line and my mom is thrilled with hers though I think the longevity of the hinge and door lock are suspect.

Post# 498490 , Reply# 4   2/22/2011 at 09:56 (4,673 days old) by 3beltwesty ()        

RE "Electrolux on the other hand seems to be getting purged from many canadian stores. No idea why. "

Maybe it is due to a deep recession. ie folks want just a washer to wash clothes. ie they "tend" to buy the lower cost brand name (Frigidare) since they are on a budget; or are unemployed

Post# 498507 , Reply# 5   2/22/2011 at 10:57 (4,673 days old) by PassatDoc (Orange County, California)        

When Electrolux introduced its washers, they were way "ahead of the curve" in terms of capacity and features. They were the largest capacity sold in the US, plus they had features like a reversible WASHER door. Meanwhile, back at the Frigidaire ranch, the largest machine they sold was 3.5 cu ft. The basic machines (2140 and 2940) had a good (if very basic) reputation for quality, but the Affinity line did not receive good reviews and didn't offer much for the extra price (same capacity, just colors and a few extra features like a heater in some models).

The new Frigidaire models 4471-4474 seem to have incorporated many of the Electrolux features, including high capacity on the 4473-4's, plus markedly reduced water/energy usage in lower profile (36" instead of 39") cabinet. In some ways, they are as advanced (or more so) than the Electrolux line, which hasn't been updated since it was introduced 3+ years ago. The most basic Electrolux washer in white was $1200 for at least two years post-introduction, then eventually price dropped to $1000-1100. Once the new Frigidaire line came out, however, I think it exerted downward pressure on Electrolux. Except for the reversible door, the basic Electrolux's features and capacity are matched by the higher end Frigidaires (4473-4) which offer the same features and capacity for 100s of dollars less.

Post# 498518 , Reply# 6   2/22/2011 at 11:24 (4,673 days old) by Pingmeep ()        

@PassatDoc Thanks very much for that analysis.

It would seem then that maybe the Electrolux line is due for new models. Maybe this summer. Going to be a busy summer with

Maytag/Whirlpool releasing the new additions to the Maxima line
LG with the WIFI washer ;-) (and refresh on the aging all in one and compact lines)
Miele with the hockey washer ;-)

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