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Post# 508604   4/1/2011 at 14:22 (4,635 days old) by thomasortega (El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles de Porciúncula)        

You have a new house, you don't have a washing machine and you're out of money to buy an expensive TOL model but you also don't want to do laundry by hand.

What would you find in your local market to solve this issue? What are the cheapest models available?

Post# 508607 , Reply# 1   4/1/2011 at 14:40 (4,635 days old) by thomasortega (El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles de Porciúncula)        

Here in Brazil, mostof the familyes that don't have or don't want to spend too much money, can find many "semi automatic" models.

They are all made of plastic. Few models have a metal or wooden cabinet and plastic tub.

The functions can vary from a simple "kitchen timer" that shuts it off after some minutes or more advanced controls that include automatic fill (with or withour water level selector), drain pumps or drain valves, and automatic soak and rinse cycles.

They can be with horizontal impeller, vertical impeller or agitator type. the impeller models are very agressive to the clothes, but everybody say no other machine can beat them about cleaning results.

It's not dificult to see families (even richer ones) that have a standard automatic washer and one of those, to wash dirtier clothes or even to save water, washing in the semi automatic saving the soapy water to the next loads and puting the load in the automatic to rinse and spin.

Of course or "Towering inferno" weather helps drying the loads when they are hung squeezed or one could also buy one of the many cheap and reliable brands of spin dryers.

There are many brands in Brazil, but i'm going to talk about Mueller because it's considered one of the best brands and they also have many different models and videos on youtube with english subtitles.

Mueller superpop is the BOL model. It has no drain pump or water inlet solenoid. vertical impeller type. The superpop also had the Superpop Glass version. It's the same machine, but transparent.

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Post# 508610 , Reply# 2   4/1/2011 at 14:44 (4,635 days old) by thomasortega (El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles de Porciúncula)        

This is the Acqua Vision. It's the TOL of the MOL family.
it's bigger than Superpop and had two versions.

Acqua: no water inlet valve and no drain pump
Acqua vision: Fully automatic. It has two water levels, 5 different cycles and drain pump.

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Post# 508611 , Reply# 3   4/1/2011 at 14:47 (4,635 days old) by 3beltwesty ()        

Here many just buy a brand new Top Load for 220 to 320 dollars at a store when sale. ie the lowest cost washer here where I am was only 208 dollars last summer on a super sale. Most here will buy a new low end model than mess with a used one. The stores often offer free delivery and hookup too.

Post# 508612 , Reply# 4   4/1/2011 at 14:50 (4,635 days old) by thomasortega (El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles de Porciúncula)        

BOL and the most famous model.

The has an horizontal impeller, no drain pump and no fill valve.

There's also the "PopStock" version, which is exactly the same machine but with a small compartment to store cleanng and laundry products.

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Post# 508613 , Reply# 5   4/1/2011 at 14:55 (4,635 days old) by thomasortega (El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles de Porciúncula)        


This machine is the same Acqua, but with an agitator instead of the impeller.
It also had the Belissima vision version, with automatic cycles, water inlet valve and drain pump.
This is the TOL model of these cheap machines.

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Post# 508614 , Reply# 6   4/1/2011 at 14:56 (4,635 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, Friesland, the Netherlands)        

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The cheapest frontloader I could find available on Dutch websites is a Techwood WM1042CB1 for 199 euros. Second is an Indesit IWC 5125 for 221 euros. Third is a Samsung WF 0602 for 227 euros. I would probably buy the Samsung. Here's a picture of the Techwood.

Post# 508615 , Reply# 7   4/1/2011 at 14:58 (4,635 days old) by thomasortega (El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles de Porciúncula)        

If one wants to spin dry the load, a spin dryer can be an excellent option.
those machines are really cheap and great even for those who have a standard automatic washer. as it spins much faster than standard washing machines, they can remove much more water from the loads, saving drying time.

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Post# 508616 , Reply# 8   4/1/2011 at 15:07 (4,635 days old) by thomasortega (El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles de Porciúncula)        

And finally, the dryer.

Here in Brazil dryers aren't so famous. We have a few tumble dryer models, but as almost nobody uses them, the static dryer is a great option when we need to dry one or two garments in a hurry. these machines are hanged on the wall and can be folded when not in use, saving space.

With only 7 hangers, those dryers aren't energy efficient if used for full loads (it would need 4 or 5 cycles to dry a full load from a washing machine) and the clothes would be hard as sand paper if overdried.

I have mine and I used it sometimes when I want to dry one or two pants or shirts. I never let it finish the drying and iron immediatelly after the cycle is done.
Drying one or two small garments in it is much more energy efficient than using the tumble dryer.

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Post# 508618 , Reply# 9   4/1/2011 at 15:19 (4,635 days old) by ronhic (Canberra, Australia)        

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...the cheapest options would be either:


- a twin-tub for $367


- a small style impeller top loader for about $398 or, if you have the budget,


- Euromaid 5kg washer for $419...or the 7kg model for $539


Once you hit $550 ish, there is much more choice from Fisher and Paykel, Simpson and Whirlpool...


Personally, I'd take the small Euromaid for $419.....

Post# 508620 , Reply# 10   4/1/2011 at 15:24 (4,635 days old) by logixx (Germany)        

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Pretty much anything from Haier, I guess....

Post# 508631 , Reply# 11   4/1/2011 at 16:18 (4,635 days old) by nrones ()        
gorenje, or Vox

Here they are for Serbia:

VOX - 185euros, 500rpm machine, 3 years guarantee (people buy that only if they are really out of money, and it is so urgent to have a washer)

GORENJE - WA60065 - people mostly buy that one. Cheap and 5 years guarantee. 220e

Well, after them there are going 300-350 Bosch (Clasixx)(5 years gtee, 350e), and Candy Optima (5yrs gtee, 300e).. but they arent the cheapest!

**When I say number of years guarantee, it is FULL PARTS AND LABOUR, there is no separate in here ;)

Post# 508634 , Reply# 12   4/1/2011 at 16:52 (4,635 days old) by aegokocarat (United Kingdom)        

beko hits the £200 line
haier £100 line
haer are not good i would go for beko

Post# 508637 , Reply# 13   4/1/2011 at 17:32 (4,635 days old) by dj-gabriele ()        

In Italy the cheapest you can find is Comfee (Midea) Chinese washing machine at 149 €

with a 5 kg capacity, 800 rpm spin and no option available other than no spin.
the programmes are fixed and you can only select the cycle.

The first machine "worth" buying is the Bosch WAA-12161II
at 600 rpm spin and 5 kg of capacity for 206 €

Then come Indesit and Beko at around 210 and more

Post# 508689 , Reply# 14   4/2/2011 at 03:22 (4,634 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

I would do as I do now-go to the thrift stores or swap shops in the area-and look for BD KN,WP,older GE-hotpoint Filter flo,and Speed Queens.I haven't bought nor do intend to buy a new washer.Just don't like what customers are being forced to buy.

Post# 508693 , Reply# 15   4/2/2011 at 05:20 (4,634 days old) by Haxisfan (Europe - UK / Italy)        
We're all talking about FL washers right?

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In the UK you can get a Swan 1000rpm front loader through popular catalogue department stores for £179.00. It looks like the Techwood in the pic Foraloysius posted. I attached a scan below.

Post# 508703 , Reply# 16   4/2/2011 at 06:35 (4,634 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

In my post-TL washers.Can get those in area for the lowest cost.the swap shops here don't have any FL machines.

Post# 508735 , Reply# 17   4/2/2011 at 10:56 (4,634 days old) by mrx ()        
Ireland €199 for an unheard of Finnlux

I had a quick look around the websites and the best I could come up were:

The only types of machine available here are front-loading automatics. You can get US-style top-loaders, but they're quite pricy and special order, a bit like trying to buy a Miele or Asko in the US.

At Harvey Norman - A Finnlux 1000 rpm model for €199 ! It's a rebadged something ... not sure what.

5Kg Washing Capacity
1000RPM Spin Cycle
13 Wash & Tempratures including
Quick Wash
ECO Wash
Seperate Rinse, Spin& Drain Options
AAC Rated

Zanussi (Electrolux) 1000 RPM model
5kg Load
15 Wash Programmes & Features including;
Quick 30 min Wash
Delicate Wash
Variable Spin
AAC Rated


Post# 508737 , Reply# 18   4/2/2011 at 10:57 (4,634 days old) by mrx ()        
More from Ireland

Another retailer, DID Electrical doing a Thor for €199. I suspect this is a Haier rebadge.


Post# 508738 , Reply# 19   4/2/2011 at 10:58 (4,634 days old) by mrx ()        
Curry's Ireland

Another €199 re-bradge "Curry's Essentials' is the cheapest here.


Post# 508768 , Reply# 20   4/2/2011 at 14:04 (4,634 days old) by thomasortega (El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles de Porciúncula)        


No, we're not talking about FL washers only, but the cheapest NEW washers, no matter if they are FL, TL, automatic or not. at all, the cheapest thing you can by to do your laundry. ;-)

Post# 508771 , Reply# 21   4/2/2011 at 14:05 (4,634 days old) by thomasortega (El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles de Porciúncula)        

By the way, I'm sorry guys, i forgot to put the prices on the machines I showed on the first posts.

I'll do that later, today.

Post# 508774 , Reply# 22   4/2/2011 at 14:16 (4,634 days old) by pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        

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cheapest toploading washer sold in store cost 400.00$ canadian dollars at sears

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Post# 508779 , Reply# 23   4/2/2011 at 14:37 (4,634 days old) by Haxisfan (Europe - UK / Italy)        

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OK, thanks... what I said would still stand regardless of the loading type anyway... as the European market as you propably know is mostly dominitated by FLs.

Unless of course one decides to buy one of those portable washing machines for the caravan... they can still be used at home. I saw a model in a catalogue the other day and if I'm not wrong it'd cost about £85.00 and can wash up to 1kg (2.2lb) of laundry: well, I guess... at least one can have clean underwear and socks with one of those ;-)

Post# 508795 , Reply# 24   4/2/2011 at 15:40 (4,634 days old) by 3beltwesty ()        

In the US with sale flyers from Home Building stores and other big retailers, one can find a new washer and dryer set for 450 to 499 dollars. This can take a few months waiting and hunting until the super sales are "happening".

With a Haier, the lowest here is a HLP21N or HLP23E; but these are super pulsating washers that are in the 220 dollar range for the lowest ones. The buyers of these are more often a dorm, condo or apartment user than a home owner.

Thus most will buy a new full 27" wide 3 cubic foot washer for 250 to 300 dollars; than buy a 220 dollar 1 cubic foot 18" pulsating machine.

Some local newspapers have regular adverts where a local repair type guy sells used washer and dryers in the 100 to 150 dollar range for each with delivery too. This gives the buyer a better "feel" since the seller is not just some single seller; its is a installer reselling the trade-in's that still have some life left in them.

Many folks like me value the cost too of having somebody home delivering the product, ie we do not have to mess with the whole hossing around and back break of buying and removing anothers washer.

Dryers here often rarely fail, folks will replace the old dryer so they have a "matched set of washers and dryers".

Post# 508800 , Reply# 25   4/2/2011 at 15:46 (4,634 days old) by 3beltwesty ()        

Here on a lark I actually bought a Haier HLP21N last fall on ebay for 5 dollars, shipping was 39 thus total 43 dollars.

The machine was a as is junker, ie ruined in shipping.

All I had to do was bend the sheetmetal and vacuum out all the broken pieces of styrofoam, and the machine works fine.

I would have bought this machine back when I was in an apartment.

There are niche markets for small washers here for stealth usage in apartments, where one is really not suppose to have a washer. THere is also small washers for boating and camping usage too.

A typical store here has about all 27" frame washers and dryers, not smaller stuff

Post# 508807 , Reply# 26   4/2/2011 at 16:02 (4,634 days old) by thomasortega (El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles de Porciúncula)        

LOL yes, the EU market is full of FLs.

Yes, those caravan models can be considered too.. I have a tiny caravan twin tub that I bought in China. It's really fun to use it and it's a very good machine for the price I payed for it (actually, if i consider only the price i payed, it's the best washing machine in the world LOL.)

Of course those aren't too practical for everyday laundry because it's too small.

Post# 508812 , Reply# 27   4/2/2011 at 16:15 (4,634 days old) by thomasortega (El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles de Porciúncula)        

I wish I could have those Haier washers in Brazil.
Of course they aren't as good as standard machines, but they are very cute.

There's a video on youtube showing a Haier baby washer in Europe, maybe from a member IDK. I think that's the cutest ones because of the size, mechanical dial and internal heater.

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Post# 508815 , Reply# 28   4/2/2011 at 16:39 (4,634 days old) by pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        

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me i remember when i replace my 93 topload washer dryer for the duet set i have today both washer and dryer where replace at the sametime even do the dryer was still working and if you look at the following pic when in 2009 my grandmother replace her belt drive kenmore washer for her direct drive whirlpool washer she keep her vintage dryer for half of 2010 until she replace it for the matching dryer that go with her 2009 washer. And sadly today rather than move good working appliance pepole moving today prefer to sell there old appliance with there house or condo and buy a new set. And can anyone tell me when whirlpool started using bigger lids on there direct drive wahser and do any one have any brochures scans of this 2009 whirlpool dd washer. Thank you.

Post# 508820 , Reply# 29   4/2/2011 at 16:59 (4,634 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, Friesland, the Netherlands)        

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IIRC Finlux originally was a quality brand for color TV's. I think there was a connection somehow to Salora too. Lately these quality brand names are slapped on cheap products to help sell them.

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