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Types of washers available in Asia, specifically the Philippines
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Post# 514527   4/29/2011 at 06:52 (4,825 days old) by RevvinKevin (Tinseltown - Shakey Town - La-La Land)        

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Greetings to all! I am currently on vacation in the Philippines and earlier today I was wondering through one of the local "SM" mega-department stores, (which, from what I remember, is the size of the shopping mall in Anchorage, Alaska, except one extra floor, for total of 4!). So, this time I remembered to bring my camera and now I'm going to share my findings with you.

So first off... the single tub washer only. No spinner, no wringer (except your hands), just the tub and agitator/wash plate thingy.

As the Philippines is a poor country and there is NO "middle class", this appears to be the least expensive "assisted" laundering option. Well, that is except for your hands in the bucket with the wash board! (actually they don't even have wash boards)




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Post# 514529 , Reply# 1   4/29/2011 at 06:54 (4,825 days old) by RevvinKevin (Tinseltown - Shakey Town - La-La Land)        
The interior......

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No automated water extraction here!


Post# 514530 , Reply# 2   4/29/2011 at 07:02 (4,825 days old) by RevvinKevin (Tinseltown - Shakey Town - La-La Land)        

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The next option up the ladder is the venerable Twin Tub.. and boy was there a plethora to choose from! I believe choices varied from 6kg up to 10+kg capacity and from Panasonic to Sharp to "American Home" to you name it, there were MANY to choose from!




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Post# 514531 , Reply# 3   4/29/2011 at 07:06 (4,825 days old) by RevvinKevin (Tinseltown - Shakey Town - La-La Land)        

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A few more.......

And with the drain hose running up the side like an old wringer washer, I'm assuming these are gravity drain.


Post# 514532 , Reply# 4   4/29/2011 at 07:11 (4,825 days old) by RevvinKevin (Tinseltown - Shakey Town - La-La Land)        

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The next "option" is the "all in one" unit... stainless steel wash basket, impeller thingy at the bottom, computer controlled and again, capacities up to 10+kg.


Post# 514533 , Reply# 5   4/29/2011 at 07:12 (4,825 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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HELLO KITTY!



Post# 514535 , Reply# 6   4/29/2011 at 07:12 (4,825 days old) by RevvinKevin (Tinseltown - Shakey Town - La-La Land)        

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A few more... including Whirlpool?


Post# 514538 , Reply# 7   4/29/2011 at 07:15 (4,825 days old) by RevvinKevin (Tinseltown - Shakey Town - La-La Land)        
Good morning Greg!

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If I had my own computer with Photoshop I could group these together, but I don't so I can't.

Anywho.... The interiors of these fancy all-in-ones... which range from the flat impeller thingy....


Post# 514540 , Reply# 8   4/29/2011 at 07:16 (4,825 days old) by RevvinKevin (Tinseltown - Shakey Town - La-La Land)        

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... to the impeller with a raised... something...


Post# 514541 , Reply# 9   4/29/2011 at 07:18 (4,825 days old) by danmantn (Tennessee)        

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Cool, thank for posting!


Post# 514543 , Reply# 10   4/29/2011 at 07:20 (4,825 days old) by RevvinKevin (Tinseltown - Shakey Town - La-La Land)        

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... to a regular agitator with the cork-screw auger!




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Post# 514544 , Reply# 11   4/29/2011 at 07:22 (4,825 days old) by RevvinKevin (Tinseltown - Shakey Town - La-La Land)        
Now moving WAY up the option ladder....

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(because they are A LOT more expensive.)

We now have the (more or less) Euro sized FL washers from Electrolux...




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Post# 514546 , Reply# 12   4/29/2011 at 07:23 (4,825 days old) by RevvinKevin (Tinseltown - Shakey Town - La-La Land)        

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... to LG, etc.



Post# 514547 , Reply# 13   4/29/2011 at 07:41 (4,825 days old) by RevvinKevin (Tinseltown - Shakey Town - La-La Land)        

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I was also surprised to see at another store, "our" American sized and built Whirlpool top load washer (with matching dryer) along with this Speed Queen washer labeled as an 'American Home" brand!




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Post# 514548 , Reply# 14   4/29/2011 at 07:42 (4,825 days old) by RevvinKevin (Tinseltown - Shakey Town - La-La Land)        

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Interior...

Yup, definitely a Speed Queen!




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Post# 514549 , Reply# 15   4/29/2011 at 07:47 (4,825 days old) by RevvinKevin (Tinseltown - Shakey Town - La-La Land)        

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But at these prices....
(at the current exchange rate, this is approx $846 & $775 respectively.)

I hope you all have enjoyed my little photo tour of some of the machines I've found here in the Philippines!

Kevin


Post# 514556 , Reply# 16   4/29/2011 at 08:29 (4,825 days old) by matthewza (Cape Town, South Africa)        
all in ones

those samsungs (pics after the twin tubs with 5 year warrantee on motor) are very cool. i have the 13 kg model but here in SA the styling on the cntrols sre different. and about 15/16 years ago we could get the whirlpools (made in brazil). there was the 7.1kg "easy touch" and 9 kg "auto heating".
and yes those speed queens are definatly speed queens. any fool can tell you that


Post# 514566 , Reply# 17   4/29/2011 at 09:06 (4,825 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, Friesland, the Netherlands)        

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Thanks for the pictures. It's nice to have all those styles of washers available. The white toploader sure looks stylish, I think I see that is a Sanyo, is that right?

Post# 514576 , Reply# 18   4/29/2011 at 09:45 (4,825 days old) by RevvinKevin (Tinseltown - Shakey Town - La-La Land)        

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Hi Louis,

Yes that one is a Sanyo. There were many brands and I doubt I can remember them all. But I do remember seeing Sanyo, Samsung, LG, Panasonic, Whirlpool and American Home(Speed Queen). Maybe I'll have to go back again tomorrow and take notes this time... LOL

I also remember seeing an "ELBA" front load washer. I don't know what an Elba is, but then I'm not familiar with all the "Euro brand" washers.

Kevin


Post# 514577 , Reply# 19   4/29/2011 at 09:51 (4,825 days old) by joe_in_philly (Philadelphia, PA, USA)        

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Very cool, Kevin. I was in the Philippines last year and was fascinated by the appliances. My partner's family has all their laundry done by hand by live in "helpers." I am sure they thought I was nuts wanting to see how the laundry was done.

 

Most houses have outdoor areas for doing laundry. Even new, modern condo complexes have roof top areas for doing laundry, with each unit having its own private laundry area.

 

If you get a chance to visit a "dollar" store featuring Japanese products, it is worth it. There were so many interesting gadgets, protectors, and containers for everything imaginable, and then some.


Post# 514582 , Reply# 20   4/29/2011 at 10:07 (4,825 days old) by mixfinder ()        
Asians all Washed Up

I spent 7 weeks in China, Singapore, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taiwan.  Through out China front loaders are the norm for automatics and portable impeller driven top loaders taking a second place.  For those expats or nationals who wanted a larger option, GE's name plate was apparent but the innards appeared to be Haier.  I was very surprised to the quality of appliances offered to Chinese in their own country.  I soon became aware factories manufacture items based on the specs a customers contracts them to build.  Second class products arriving in the US have nothing to do with Chinese quality control and everything to do with US companies making a dollar on our back and allowing the Chinese to take the heat for crap products.  Outside of Mainland China and in Taiwan there was a huge Whirlpool presence and those with kitchens and laundry rooms large enough to hold them had typical US full sized appliances.  Buick co-brands with China to provide cars so I might conjecture if GM still had an interest in Frigidaire we might be seeing the name plate showing up in Chinese homes.


Post# 514590 , Reply# 21   4/29/2011 at 11:14 (4,825 days old) by kic ()        
Thanks

How fascinating especially like the first three pics.

 

Matthew, those Whirlpool's... had it not been for the cheap control board I reckon they would still be going strong. It's the same problem with them all. Lights up light a Xmas tree and all you get are blinking lights.

 


Post# 514603 , Reply# 22   4/29/2011 at 12:41 (4,825 days old) by matthewza (Cape Town, South Africa)        
kic

i have had both the 7.1 kg easy touch and 9 kg auto heating. the only thing i didnt like was the agitation. even on the whites (heavy) cycle the agitation was poor. but maybe i just thought that because i was so used to the agitation of a speed queen and heavy duty whirlpool. and the worst part is that its just about impossible to get spares for them. thats why i stay far away from them. and the 7.1 kg that didnt heat the water also didnt have an extra inlet valve for hot water. eco friendly i suppose.

here is a pic of the 7.1 kg


Post# 514604 , Reply# 23   4/29/2011 at 12:43 (4,825 days old) by matthewza (Cape Town, South Africa)        
money shot

money shot

Post# 514605 , Reply# 24   4/29/2011 at 12:44 (4,825 days old) by matthewza (Cape Town, South Africa)        

will post pics of the 9 kg auto heating tomorrow

Post# 514647 , Reply# 25   4/29/2011 at 18:25 (4,825 days old) by nmassman44 (Brooksville Florida)        

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I went to the Sharp site and was surprised to see that they make a solid tub washer. I downloaded the brochure that I will have to scan to post here. Very interesting to say the least. They are touting that a solid tub washer will save water over a perforated one and clothes are better protected.

Post# 514673 , Reply# 26   4/29/2011 at 21:01 (4,825 days old) by dadoes (TX, U.S. of A.)        
Elba

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Fisher & Paykel sells an Elba line in the U.S. via Sears Outlet.

 

 



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Post# 514704 , Reply# 27   4/30/2011 at 02:02 (4,825 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, Friesland, the Netherlands)        

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Here's a picture of an Elba frontloader. Probably something Chinese.

Post# 514706 , Reply# 28   4/30/2011 at 03:25 (4,825 days old) by dj-gabriele ()        

The ELBA washer looks like one of the Merloni machines of the 90s!

Post# 514717 , Reply# 29   4/30/2011 at 06:12 (4,825 days old) by newwave1 (Lincoln, United Kingdom)        

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This is an interesting thread.

My brothers in laws lived in Hong Kong and he moved there and both machines they had were a merloni made philips whirlpool washer dryer and a uk hoover new wave both were purchased over there. That Elba is 110% A merloni made servis machine over this side of the pond.

The model was out roughly 12 or so years ago.


Omg that electrolux washer is strange having the electrolux styling the cheaper turkish made vestel machine drums! how confusing! Very odd!

Darren


Post# 514814 , Reply# 30   4/30/2011 at 17:03 (4,824 days old) by gorenje (Slovenia)        
Fascinating !!

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Thanks for posting. Very interesting.

Ingemar


Post# 514817 , Reply# 31   4/30/2011 at 17:17 (4,824 days old) by ronhic (Canberra, Australia)        
We now have the (more or less) Euro sized FL washers from El

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The dryer in that shot is actually Australian designed....and they were built here for a nano-second before Electrolux shifted everything to Thailand....

 

Sold here as Electrolux, Westinghouse and Simpson....


Post# 514850 , Reply# 32   5/1/2011 at 00:20 (4,824 days old) by spiralator60 (Los Angeles)        
Question for Kevin

Thanks for posting the pictures Kevin! How does it work with delivering and installing the appliance in the customer's home? Is this the responsibility of the customer, or does the store do it? If the store does, is there a separate charge for this?

 

This might seem silly to ask, but there are stores in the US that offer this service at no cost, while some do apply a separate charge.


Post# 515214 , Reply# 33   5/2/2011 at 13:41 (4,822 days old) by RevvinKevin (Tinseltown - Shakey Town - La-La Land)        

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Hey Darryl,

Honestly I don't know how it works, I didn't ask. But If I make it back to the mall or store I will ask.

One thing I do know is when a washer is purchased, it's brought to the sales floor, un-boxed and plugged in to show the purchaser that is works or how to work it (not sure about that one).

Kevin


Post# 515224 , Reply# 34   5/2/2011 at 14:04 (4,822 days old) by washerlover24 ()        
Elba washer

my mum had one like that here in the uk its was made by servis and was only 600 spin we got it for free but it had really bad bearings its was a good maqchine tho

Post# 515716 , Reply# 35   5/4/2011 at 22:10 (4,820 days old) by DanManTN (Tennessee)        

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Well, since Speed Queen is in the Philippines, I can now retire to Manila.  :)  Some of my friends are doing that - retiring there and living like Kings and Queens.  Of course, I have about 30 years before retirement age.


Post# 515717 , Reply# 36   5/4/2011 at 22:11 (4,820 days old) by DanManTN (Tennessee)        

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God, those old Speed Queen graphics are really terrible...leave the machine, but at least update those control panels!  Such an easy update at that.


Post# 515758 , Reply# 37   5/5/2011 at 01:38 (4,820 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

I think I like the really OLD SQ control panels and logo better than the new ones-the new ones look tacky and cheap.the old had some CLASS-what the SQ machines are about.Guess if I want a SQ washer will have to go all the way to the Phillipines to get one?The energy-water police won't let you get them in the US in the future.

Post# 515942 , Reply# 38   5/6/2011 at 02:22 (4,819 days old) by whirlpolf ()        
want a hello Kitty!

I love those colorful machines. They look like these small table-top machines sold over here on TV shopping. I cannot quite decide what they remind me more of: A Tupperware lunch box? An M&M dispenser? A camping toilet?
But on the other hand the all-in-one machines with impeller are nice, too.
The best for me would be a combination, stainless drum, impeller, fully automatic but the outer body in SCREAMING PÄNK!!! ;-))
So PÄNK it gives you retina cancer 8-)))

And thank God, these machines shown here don't have that dreadful filter-sock like the Japanese machines.
Who wants to swirl his T-shirts along a fungus infested SOCK anyway? I could never understand that.


Post# 515991 , Reply# 39   5/6/2011 at 10:22 (4,818 days old) by revvinkevin (Tinseltown - Shakey Town - La-La Land)        
OMG.... PINK???

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Well all I have to say is... UGH! That is HIDIOUS! (maybe it's ALL those colors together?)

Anywho.... To answer Darryls quesiton about delivery, set-up, etc... I stopped in a store yesterday and asked about cost for delivery, set up, etc. They sais that that you can pick up and take home the same day if you want to and have the means... but there is a fee for delivery. If you buy a fully automatic machine, installation/set-up if free. Of course if one buys a twin tub, there is nothing to set up or connect.

Kevin



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