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Post# 970926   12/1/2017 at 10:03 (352 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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I have a friend in Florida whose front load GE has quit.

He has a issue that years ago when the machine was installed, he had cabinets and a counter top installed around the machine.

That said, he is limited to a 36.5" height restriction.

I Googled "36.5 inch front load washer and found one at Sears.

Who is making this machine these days, and would it be OK ? He lives alone but has house guests frequently. So, for about 3 months the machine will get some good/fairly heavy use for sheets and towels. Some of his laundry is done professionally but under garments etc will be laundered at the house.

I will continue my search. I suggested Miele, Speed Queen, and Maytag but the height is what is preventing these machines from being considered. He really does not want to have to re do the laundry.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Post# 970934 , Reply# 1   12/1/2017 at 11:34 (352 days old) by golittlesport (California)        

That particular Kenmore front-load washer is made by Frigidaire/Electrolux. They are a decent machine for the money. If it is not abused it should perform well. I had a 2006 Frigidaire Gallery model that I was very pleased with. Passed it along to my son and daughter in law and it is still going strong 11 years later.

Post# 970935 , Reply# 2   12/1/2017 at 11:34 (352 days old) by coldspot66 (Plymouth, Mass)        

Frigidaire made.

Post# 970942 , Reply# 3   12/1/2017 at 12:03 (352 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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Thank You... What about these ???

I was chatting on line with a Sears Rep. He told me all FL washers are made by Whirlpool. I told him I beg to differ and then told him about

Post# 970957 , Reply# 4   12/1/2017 at 13:04 (352 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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Another salesman who knows nothing about the products he sells.

I'd stay away from the Maytag and the Whirlpool, both are European cheap stuff. I don't know much about the LG.

Post# 970959 , Reply# 5   12/1/2017 at 13:10 (352 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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Hi Louis,

Thanks. Mr. Eugene (Lorainefurniture) had high regards for LG in thread #73396 Whirlpool vs. Samsung...

"Lg really slapped most American appliance companies in the face. They make a superior product, that lasts longer, AND itís cheaper. Letís put aside for a moment the currency difference and labor.

Whirlpool has been riding on its own coat tails for years now. Their technology is behind lg by at least 5 years.

Lg came out with a dual evap fridge with a linear compressor and took the market by storm. Whirlpool slaps some pos version together and itís like they forgot how to braze back at the factory. Ge just said f it and slaps their badge on a Samsung unit. Frigidaire is such a disaster on so many levels that I can only hope they go out of business.

Anybody ever try and get warranty service on one of the 3 American companies? Ge is 3 weeks out.

I had a power surge at my house and it blew the board on my lg fridge. I called at 8 am Friday, the guy was out by Noon THAT DAY. It was fixed by noon Saturday. Thatís Service.

Instead of tariffs whirlpool should devote more of their resources to engineering and build a better product."

I will keep that in mind about what he said as Eugene does impeccable restorations.

Post# 970966 , Reply# 6   12/1/2017 at 13:44 (352 days old) by coldspot66 (Plymouth, Mass)        

Hey Eddie...

The LG washers seems to be the best of the lot. The WP and Maytag are foreign sourced...can't remember the company....we saw these at the last WP seminar. Is the Frigidaire/Kenmore too tall? For the money it's decent.

Post# 970969 , Reply# 7   12/1/2017 at 13:54 (352 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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The Whirlpool is made by Whirlpool in Italy. The Maytag is an Antonio Merloni design, probably now owned by Vestel in Turkey.

Post# 970971 , Reply# 8   12/1/2017 at 13:56 (352 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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Here's another compact, an Electrolux.

Post# 970972 , Reply# 9   12/1/2017 at 14:00 (352 days old) by RevvinKevin (So. Cal.)        

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I think that LG would be a good way to go.

Post# 970973 , Reply# 10   12/1/2017 at 14:10 (352 days old) by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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If they get an LG make sure to tell them to get one with Turbo Wash. I made the mistake of buying the BOL LG a few years ago, without Turbo Wash and I felt the loads didnít get properly saturated many times, because it was so parsimonious with water. Turbo Wash would assure complete saturation.

Post# 970976 , Reply# 11   12/1/2017 at 14:45 (352 days old) by wft2800 (Leatherhead, Surrey)        

No reason why Miele shouldn't fit, 36.5" is 92.7cm, most Mieles are 85cm tall, although the Octoplus machines are 1020mm tall, pretty much the same size as the FL Speed Queens.

Post# 971015 , Reply# 12   12/1/2017 at 19:48 (351 days old) by Lorainfurniture (Cleveland )        

I just ordered the wm1388 for a customer. Iím pretty sure the washer has a water plus option too, which dramatically improves the already good performance of that washer.

I own the larger version of this, the wm3770hwa. I also have the accompanying sidekick washer.

Post# 971152 , Reply# 13   12/2/2017 at 14:52 (351 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Eddie, even I will admit the LG is the best.  The other two don't even have an onboard heater to maintain or heat wash water when needed on certain cycles.  An onboard heater is essential in front loaders. 

Post# 971153 , Reply# 14   12/2/2017 at 15:00 (351 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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The Whirlpool has a heater too, see the specifications.

There are indeed more compacts, like Miele and Bosch. Kenmore has a model too, which is a rebadged Electrolux.

Post# 971154 , Reply# 15   12/2/2017 at 15:20 (351 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Louis, thank you.  I didn't see anything about Sanitary or steam clean option.  Thus, assume no heater.  Didn't see anything else that would indicate a heater. 

Post# 971158 , Reply# 16   12/2/2017 at 15:35 (351 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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Here's a detailed picture of the control panel for you. There is an X-hot setting on the control panel. Also in the specifications it says there is a heater.

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Post# 971159 , Reply# 17   12/2/2017 at 15:37 (351 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Thank you.  I hope the next generation of WP front loaders has this type of "guided" control panel. 

Post# 971160 , Reply# 18   12/2/2017 at 15:43 (351 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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Re-edit: I thought there was an Italian plug on the washer, but there isn't. It's odd though that the hot water connection is covered.

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Post# 971173 , Reply# 19   12/2/2017 at 18:21 (350 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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Thank you all...

Everyone has had great info.

My Miele 4842 has been great as of the replacement 6 years ago. ( I probably gave myself the kiss of death) LOL...

I have not heard yet from my friend his decision.

Post# 971272 , Reply# 20   12/3/2017 at 11:56 (350 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)        

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Alright, sometimes I am a bit slow... lol

I read the manual of the compact Whirlpool. It appears that machine only has a cold water connection. I guess it must be a rare machine on the American market because of that.

Post# 971298 , Reply# 21   12/3/2017 at 14:53 (350 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        

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Indeed rare for the US.

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