Thread Number: 741
Todays POD-Frigidaire Ultra-Clean
[Down to Last]'s exclusive eBay Watch:
scroll >>> for more items --- [As an eBay Partner, eBay may compensate if you make a purchase using any link to eBay on this page]
Post# 50970   12/14/2004 at 07:52 (7,063 days old) by Gyrafoam (Wytheville, VA)        

Oh how awesome it would be if only we could go right down to the local appliance dealer and purchase a set of these TODAY! I think I would get a set in yellow! I wonder how much they would cost by todays standards? I wonder how well they would sell with such a small capacity? I wonder how many people (those with closet's full of Permanent Press items) would be turned off by a lack of a "delicate" speed setting? NONE of that would matter to me at all!

Post# 50980 , Reply# 1   12/14/2004 at 10:54 (7,063 days old) by scott55405 ()        

I think lack of a second speed was part of what brought the Unimatic's demise (since that was the up and coming feature and what everyone wanted or thought they needed or should have), but IMO it's really not necessary with a Frigidaire. Just wash your delicate items for a reduced time at the right temp, and you should be fine.

Post# 50987 , Reply# 2   12/14/2004 at 11:22 (7,063 days old) by drmitch ()        

Is the washer in this ad blue or aqua. I know some of the appliances came in a blue (probably Philco or GE) but I thought it was darker. Does anyone have any clolor charts on appliances. I used to mix Dupont paint for bodyshops and I had several older color catalogs that listed the app colors. I think I still have one but I dont know where I have it stored . Duh!

Post# 50991 , Reply# 3   12/14/2004 at 12:19 (7,063 days old) by Unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        

unimatic1140's profile picture
Don, that was turquoise, the color of the ad is off a bit. Frigidaire didn't ever produce a blue color machine, like Whirlpool did in the 60's.

Post# 50993 , Reply# 4   12/14/2004 at 12:31 (7,063 days old) by partscounterman (Cortez, Colorado)        
I have seen Frigidaire Blue

In the graveyard when I was at Plaza TV&A, We hade a 60's Frigidaire range in a french blue, sorta the color of blue jeans. I've never seen this color advertised. It may have been a custom redo, though this is not real likely in East St. Paul (working class folks)

Post# 51008 , Reply# 5   12/14/2004 at 15:55 (7,063 days old) by jaxsunst ()        

Was this the last home Unimatic?

Post# 51026 , Reply# 6   12/14/2004 at 18:52 (7,063 days old) by Gyrafoam (Wytheville, VA)        

I believe 1958 was the last year for the "Uni".

Post# 51049 , Reply# 7   12/14/2004 at 19:51 (7,063 days old) by appnut (TX)        

appnut's profile picture
Yes, this was the last year of the Unimatic and the most flexible one ever offered. If I could have any Unimatic, this was the model I'd have. Suitable for all modern fabrics. (Robert correct me if I"m wrong), it had 5 wash temps & 3 rinse temps. Unimatic has this very same washer in his collection and I got to do my laundry in it at the Minnie convention :-) :-) :-) YEE HAW!!!!!!!!

Post# 51062 , Reply# 8   12/14/2004 at 21:04 (7,063 days old) by westytoploader ()        

If I could have any Frigidaire washer, it would be this one. The ultimate in options, plus it's a Unimatic of course! The WCI-58 videos sold me, now I'm ready to see it in action live! BTW it is to my understanding that coin-operated Unimatics were made into the early 1960's. Unlike the home version, they paused before spin...strange if you ask me.

IMHO, vintage automatic washers have appearances similar to automobiles of the era. Frigidaire's a good example, and who can forget Robert's '57 LK???


Post# 51074 , Reply# 9   12/14/2004 at 22:22 (7,063 days old) by david (CA)        

This 58' unimatic in turquoise; such beauty! One of 2 brands in58'; the other being a GE, that stand out in my memory more than any of the rest. I enjoy the "see it wash" video of the 58 and 65 Frigidaires. These machines do some amazing things. C'mon ,somebody if you're reading this out there-if you have the ability, bring back these machines!

Post# 51076 , Reply# 10   12/14/2004 at 22:27 (7,063 days old) by alr2903 (TN)        
David in Bossier

David your so right but classics in plastic and from south of the border. LOL I think they are long gone except for here in members collections. Happy Holidays alr2903

Post# 51094 , Reply# 11   12/15/2004 at 05:02 (7,062 days old) by Gyrafoam (Wytheville, VA)        

The '58 did have a nice option----the available "cold" rinse! I have never understood why the manufacturers were so slow to offer that option. Now, I DO understand that below a certain temperature, water is unable to properly rinse out the detergents----AND back in the old days I would imagine that would be critical with rinsing out SOAP powders. (I think I just answered my own question!) Anyway, I like a cold rinse to cut down on wrinkles---which, come to think of it, may have been a moot point on a "Unimatic" anyway!

Post# 51109 , Reply# 12   12/15/2004 at 09:19 (7,062 days old) by Unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        

unimatic1140's profile picture
Steve the '58 TOL Unimatic washer offers both "cool" and "cold" rinse settings. The '56 Unimatic I believe was the first to offer a cold rinse selection.

As for wrinkles, I don't seem to have a wrinkle problem and I don't even own an iron. I find wrinkles are only a problem if you don't use a dryer or overload the dryer.

I spin most everything out at 1140rpm no matter what machine its washed in and I'm not wrinkled, at least my clothes :) Slow spins and Perm Press cycles I beleive were really targeted at people without a dryer. Now that most everyone has a dryer, they designed the new Harmony to spin at 1000 rpm in the final spin for all but the most delicate cycles.

Post# 51113 , Reply# 13   12/15/2004 at 10:33 (7,062 days old) by Gyrafoam (Wytheville, VA)        
Reply to Unimatic1140

Thanks Robert, for the information! The '56 I use does not offer that capability---not as high up in the model line I guess. I typically do not have a problem with wrinlkles either, and I have a feeling that has a lot to do with how long people leave them sitting in the washer before drying them. Interesting about the new Harmony---I had not heard of the 1000 RPM spin available on that---are they already on the market?

Post# 51115 , Reply# 14   12/15/2004 at 11:05 (7,062 days old) by Unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        

unimatic1140's profile picture
Hi Steve, no you're correct about the '56, now that I think about it, the '56 was the first year to have a water saver control and '57 was the first year to offer a cold water rinse, in '58 they expanded it to "cool" or "cold" rinse.

The Harmony has been out for about two years now. Check the archives in the Deluxe forum as there have been some discussions relating to that machine.

Post# 51145 , Reply# 15   12/15/2004 at 20:17 (7,062 days old) by david (CA)        
alr2903 you are quite right!

Yes, it's only a dream. But a nice one. We may all be digging around for old machines if the modern ones get too crappy-they are already getting too expensive for what you get in return. Kinda like that GE Harmony, tho'! But it's wonderful to see these old beauties. Keep up the good work ladies and fellas, this site never gets dull. Happy holidays to all of you from me-David in Bossier

Forum Index:       Other Forums:                      

Comes to the Rescue!

The Discuss-o-Mat has stopped, buzzer is sounding!!!
If you would like to reply to this thread please log-in...

Discuss-O-MAT Log-In

New Members
Click Here To Sign Up.

Discuss-o-Mat Forums
Vintage Brochures, Service and Owners Manuals
Fun Vintage Washer Ephemera
See It Wash!
Video Downloads
Audio Downloads
Picture of the Day
Patent of the Day
Photos of our Collections
The Old Aberdeen Farm
Vintage Service Manuals
Vintage washer/dryer/dishwasher to sell?
Technical/service questions?
Looking for Parts?
Website related questions?
Digital Millennium Copyright Act Policy
Our Privacy Policy