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Post# 972469   12/9/2017 at 02:10 (317 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        

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Would anyone want to see wash, rinse, spin lights on domestic washers? I have always been drawn to the concept. Basically something identical to this:

Post# 972533 , Reply# 1   12/9/2017 at 08:42 (317 days old) by DADoES (TX,†U.S. of A.)        

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Got it.

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Post# 972540 , Reply# 2   12/9/2017 at 09:41 (317 days old) by IowaBear (Cedar Rapids, IA)        
The more lights the better

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Mostly I think these were on commercial machines so people unfamiliar with the operation and maybe who weren't paying 100% attention would know when to add the fabric softener!


My FL Neptune has plenty of lights that indicate what options were selected but sadly only a countdown timer.  Of course once familiar with the cycles and machine operation, you only need to glance at the selected options and remaining time to know what it's doing at any given moment. 


Still, if I had designed it, the LED display would have been larger and had enough room to display "Presoak", "Wash", "Rinse #1, etc.  Since the machine has automatic dispensers for bleach and fabric softener, it could be argued that this information isn't needed.  Wouldn't win me over, but...


Here's a picture of mine running this morning...filling for the second to the last rinse.  These options give about a 35 minute wash period (including the presoak) and a "real" warm fill for the first rinse. The fourth and final "warm" rinse just gets a little hot water added to bring it to 80F or so.


Unfortunately the graphics are starting to wear off on the start/pause button!

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Post# 972542 , Reply# 3   12/9/2017 at 09:43 (317 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        

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Oh you lucky... LOL. I envy you. Though they could be larger like on the GEs, and on an electro-mechanical model.

Post# 972558 , Reply# 4   12/9/2017 at 10:42 (317 days old) by Whatsername (Loveland, CO)        

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The LG's full lineup has blinkenlights indicating the current mode and the modes remaining.

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Post# 972562 , Reply# 5   12/9/2017 at 10:49 (317 days old) by DADoES (TX,†U.S. of A.)        

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My F&P Intuitive Eco has animated graphics on the LCD panel for the various cycle phases.

Post# 972653 , Reply# 6   12/9/2017 at 18:32 (316 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, Thereīs a Lady on Stage)        
Been there, and done that!

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Right, got it!

Our AEG Oko-Lavamat

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Post# 972660 , Reply# 7   12/9/2017 at 18:43 (316 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        

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But in so far not one timer model ;)

Post# 972675 , Reply# 8   12/9/2017 at 19:56 (316 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, Thereīs a Lady on Stage)        
Could be wrong, but don't think mechanical

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Or even partially electronically controlled washing machines have count down lights.

I mean long as there is a mechanical timer knob that moves, you don't need lights or whatever as that device serves to indicate what is going on.

Old Wascomat, SQ and other commercial/laundromat washing machines had some sort of dial or whatever that moved to indicate cycles. This of course being that they didn't have timers. The modern fully electronically controlled machines do have lights for cycle indication.

Post# 972686 , Reply# 9   12/9/2017 at 20:50 (316 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        

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As long as the timer dial is visible to my understanding. GE and Whirlpool commercial machines with coin slid activated timers do have indicator lights.

While technically not useful in timer models, something about having such lights appeals to me.

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Post# 972920 , Reply# 10   12/11/2017 at 00:14 (315 days old) by richimaor (Baja California, Mexico)        

Status lights in my Kenmore (frigimore) EcoCare washer

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Post# 972935 , Reply# 11   12/11/2017 at 02:08 (315 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        
Kenmore (frigimore) EcoCare washer

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Now those would have been so nice on a DD! :)

Post# 973008 , Reply# 12   12/11/2017 at 12:57 (315 days old) by richimaor (Baja California, Mexico)        

Absolutely, we used to have a DD before this, it had the super surgilator on it and was an amazing machine, if Iím not wrong it used to be a commercial grade washer; this Kenmore has been amazing for us too, I canít complain at all, itís almost 15 years old and stills going without any signs of bearing or spider failure (known of this washers), it gives a nice cleaning and isnít rough on my clothes. Iím gonna have a hard time getting a new washer when this one dies, but i must say... Iím going for a miele after this one.

Post# 973012 , Reply# 13   12/11/2017 at 13:21 (315 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        

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Kenmore sold only the best machines be it FL or TL. Yes, DD was basically commercial grade stuff, that design would last at least 10- 15 easy. Heck I know folks who still have their early 90s DD Kenmore going strong. If you really want a long life washer, go with Speed Queen :)

Post# 973083 , Reply# 14   12/11/2017 at 19:02 (314 days old) by richimaor (Baja California, Mexico)        

I considered Speed Queen pretty much, but Iím not pretty sure I can bring one to Mexico; otoh with Miele, I can get a used one (because new Miele washers in Mexico are ridiculously expensive, around $50,000 Mexican pesos), and have service from Miele if needed, something Iím not pretty sure I can do with a Speed Queen (unless I have a laundromat, which is not my case). Back in 2003, we got the Kenmore at Sears and they shipped it to Mexico so it wasnít that hard, sadly Iím not pretty sure I can do that kind of stuff with a Speed Queen dealer

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