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Slow agitation, fast spin
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Post# 503568   3/12/2011 at 16:51 (4,844 days old) by Maytagbear (N.E. Ohio)        

Does your machine offer such a setting? If so, do you use it?

I'm washing a load of mixed red cottons....some heavy, some lighter, but all cotton, and all (varying) values of red....from just over pink to deep blood.


Post# 503569 , Reply# 1   3/12/2011 at 16:54 (4,844 days old) by laundromat (Hilo, Hawaii)        

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I had to use it on my Kenmore direct drive otherwise,its "Crewel Action Agravator"would tare up my shirts and towels.

Post# 503570 , Reply# 2   3/12/2011 at 17:02 (4,844 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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If my Lady Shredmore had had that option, it would have been used as much as possible.  when Sears eventually offered a fabric selector knob on their panels (speed switch), "normal" fabrics had this wash/spin speed combination.  Heavy Duty was normal/normal.  Even for the fast-stroke Maytag like you have, I'd probably use it, but not as much as a DD WP product. 

Post# 503574 , Reply# 3   3/12/2011 at 17:23 (4,844 days old) by pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        

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me my 1993 inglis whirlpool superb2 had this setting by default it would wash on high agitation for about 10 minutes on the 14 minutes wash setting on the timer but to have that 10 minute i pout the timaer on the 6 minute super wash and that includes an auto soak then it would fill for normal wash but when 6 minutes would be remaining it would change to the gentle agitation it was the washer model on the following picture

Post# 503602 , Reply# 4   3/12/2011 at 19:33 (4,844 days old) by yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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On any machine I prefer it as an option.........usually this is for a Knit cycle

so far every GE FF I have offers it the other way around, Normal agitation, and Slow spin.......

I rather have high speed spin, always, and just the agitation adjustable!....some clothing may wrinkle during the higher spin, but a few minutes in the dryer gets rid of all that, and ready to hang!

Post# 503603 , Reply# 5   3/12/2011 at 19:40 (4,844 days old) by qsd-dan (West)        
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That's the selection I always use on the Maytags for delicate items. I don't ever remember using the slow spin other than making sure it works right after acquiring the machine.

Post# 503604 , Reply# 6   3/12/2011 at 19:44 (4,844 days old) by appnut (TX)        
every GE FF I have offers it the other way around, Normal ag

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Actually Martin, back in the day of REAL Permanent Press, that was the very PROPER setting for washing said items.  Whirlpool devised the first wash'n'wear cycle with proper speed combinations as well as the cooldown process.  It was intended for people who didn't have clothes dryers, just a washer.  That's pretty much how I washed all wrinkle-free/perm pressitems until I got Tomturboized at the 2001 convention.  Actually with the Lady Shredmore that stuff was washed on delicate cycle period.  After being "ized", I simply turned the finished load onto end of normal cycle and spin the load at normal for about 2 minutes.  Slow wash/fast spin speed was viewed only for woolens, blankets, specials, and certain types of sweaters back in the day.  

Post# 503606 , Reply# 7   3/12/2011 at 19:54 (4,844 days old) by PeterH770 (Marietta, GA)        

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I used it on my 1-18 for small to medium loads all the time. It actually worked better than fast agitation with less wear on the mechanism.

Post# 503610 , Reply# 8   3/12/2011 at 20:08 (4,844 days old) by pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        
my duet waher as no perm press cycle

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i can say that my duet washer as no perm press cycle and i think that my top loader was gentler on my clothe as well as i use the perm press cycle always for shirts that are 100% cotton on my old 93 tl as well as using the gentle cycle but i think that newer washers there might be lest and lest washers with a perm press cycle as they are combining it with the normal cycle

Post# 503620 , Reply# 9   3/12/2011 at 20:54 (4,844 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Pierre, your duet washer should have a cycle called Normal/Casual.  That is intended for permanent press and wrinkle-free clothing. 

Post# 503645 , Reply# 10   3/12/2011 at 21:42 (4,844 days old) by pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        

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it do have this cycle but call me old fashion here but i am use to having cycle seperate even do i prefer top load to my duet washer i am going to tough my duet washer until it breaks and then it back to top load for me

Post# 503695 , Reply# 11   3/12/2011 at 23:36 (4,844 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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My Calypso and Neptune TL also don't have a labeled "Perm Press" cycle.


Calypso has Delicate/Casual.


Neptune TL has Normal, which is also labeled Wrinkle Control in small text ... but I suppose that depends on manually selecting the slowest spin speed.


My F&P Intuitive Eco has a Creasables option which serves the same function as Perm Press ... increases the water level so the load has more room to float/billow, adds a pre-spin cool-down rinse, and reduces the final spin to the slowest speed (300 RPM).

Post# 503700 , Reply# 12   3/13/2011 at 00:36 (4,844 days old) by gr81nknox ()        

My Kenmore Elite has just this setting(normal)among the six different wash/rinse speed selections. I use this one on just about everything other than towels(heavy which is fast/fast) and items which specifically need a delicate or hand wash cycle.

Post# 503728 , Reply# 13   3/13/2011 at 03:26 (4,844 days old) by StrongEnough78 (California)        

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I use that setting on clothes that aren't heavily stained or soiled and of course on delicates. Although with the straight vane agitators on the Whirlpools, the turnover isn't all that great, so I always keep an eye on it to make sure they're circulating. I try to save Fast/fast for towels, whites, and jeans if they're pretty dirty. I hardly ever use a slow spin for anything.

Post# 503745 , Reply# 14   3/13/2011 at 04:13 (4,844 days old) by kenmoreguy64 (Charlotte, NC)        

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In my 1993 Kenmore Direct Drive, it offers a Normal cycle with slow agitation and fast spin, and a Heavy Duty cycle with fast/fast. This machine has not seen a lot of use, but after I learned to use it for what if offers and not expect it to be like a belt-drive, I came to like the Normal cycle for any load that wasn't completely full. A 3/4 full load of whites for example would circulate perfectly on Normal. Full loads don't turn over on slow agitation, so I came to use Heavy Duty when using the highest water level.

It became fun to use two different cycles for everyday laundry vs. just the Normal/Cotton Sturdy that I always use on the belt-drives.

Post# 503768 , Reply# 15   3/13/2011 at 05:23 (4,844 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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I put the Slow/Fast combination to good use when I had a toploader ('06 Frigidaire), especially if it was a small-to-medium sized load. However...for best fabric care, I suggest a front-loader!

Post# 503831 , Reply# 16   3/13/2011 at 12:28 (4,843 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Starting with the programmed TOL washers in 1958, slow/normal was the speed combination for the specials/woolens cycle on GE washers. The "G" program on our 58 LK was for woolens and blankets and started at the last 4 minutes of WASH in the Orange or Normal cycle because, while the selector knob allowed selection of agitation speeds, the spin speed was set by the cycle. Woolens need the fast spin to remove all of the water the wool holds. The cycles provided warm water wash and rinse because a temperature change could make the wool fibers contract & shrink.

An early glimpse into the weight of wet wool is found in the 23rd Psalm, "He leadeth me beside the still waters." Sheep will not drink from rapidly moving water because if they get wet or fall in, their fleece absorbs so much water that they are powerless to fight a current and would be swept away and drown.

Post# 503834 , Reply# 17   3/13/2011 at 12:40 (4,843 days old) by spookiness (Alexandria VA)        

My 94/95-ish PAV series Performa had it and it was one of the features that I really miss.

Post# 504292 , Reply# 18   3/15/2011 at 14:48 (4,841 days old) by gmmcnair (Portland, OR)        
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My old TOL Whirlpool had it marked as "quick wash" on the speed selector. I used it fairly often for my polos and my office attire.

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