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New WP and GE stackable washer line up
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Post# 983353   2/19/2018 at 07:06 (244 days old) by joeypete (Concord, NH)        

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I was browsing through my local appliance site and happen to see that GE and WP have updated their laundry centers to include their current top load washer setups.

The WP variants still have 2 sizes. The smaller 1.6 cu ft is now based on their "imported" impeller design, like most portable washers...but combined with a dryer:

The larger 3.5 model is based on their regular 3.5 top load models. The cycle selection is similar to the new Maytag commercial machine where the load size is cycle dependent now:

GE also has 2 sizes. The smaller one is 2.3 cu ft and looks like it has the agitator that was in their previous 3.2 model...but now with a stainless basket. It says wifi connected? Interesting:

The larger one is 3.8 cu ft and looks to be identical to the low end GE and Hotpoint models, with the Heavy Duty agitator *Looks like the pictures show the older version's washer cycles, the manual is different*:

Overall looks to be a decent improvement over the previous models, in terms of capacity.

Just thought everyone would be interested in seeing. :-)

Post# 983355 , Reply# 1   2/19/2018 at 07:57 (244 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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those do look interesting....

the smaller Whirlpool is limited on options, but it will give a full tub fill of water...Normal is probably an Eco rinse cycle, Heavy Duty probably a deep fill rinse....

don't underestimate those impellor machines....built in lint filter, fabric softener dispenser, and a high speed 850rpm spin

1.6 is equivalent to a 12lb load....queen size sheet set will wash with ease....

Post# 983356 , Reply# 2   2/19/2018 at 08:26 (244 days old) by joeypete (Concord, NH)        

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I agree! My portable is pretty small at .9 cu ft so it's limited on capacity but it does a good job.

I had really wanted a stackable top loader as opposed to a front load stackable and these new options are more intriguing. The older ones just weren't appealing to me at all lol.

Post# 983363 , Reply# 3   2/19/2018 at 09:30 (244 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

The sacrifices people will make to avoid using a front loader.

Post# 983369 , Reply# 4   2/19/2018 at 09:39 (244 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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I AGREE TOM!!!! Avoid front loader disease.

Post# 983377 , Reply# 5   2/19/2018 at 10:14 (244 days old) by joeypete (Concord, NH)        

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LOL. I much prefer a top loader. But I wouldn't rule out a front load for sure. I have just been saying for a couple years now "Why don't they update these things to match their other machines", and they finally did! :-)

Post# 983386 , Reply# 6   2/19/2018 at 11:29 (244 days old) by johnb300m (Chicago)        

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Interesting stuff Joey!

IDK if it's really "avoid front loader" disease as much as it's ..... for some reason, apartment and condo companies love to buy these single units, opposed to buying two, stackable FL units...I imagine it's based on price. The uni-centers are cheaper than a stacked FL set....

Post# 983390 , Reply# 7   2/19/2018 at 11:42 (244 days old) by joeypete (Concord, NH)        

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Yeah i think so too...they are very popular in those scenarios. My neighbor just bought the small GE stackable (not these new ones). I asked her why she didn't get a front loader and she said it was because of her closet size. Granted she could have gotten a 24" front load, but she didn't care for them.

Post# 983391 , Reply# 8   2/19/2018 at 11:44 (244 days old) by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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Most of the newer FLís are too deep to fit into the laundry closet areas of many older homes, apts, and condos, unless you want to get compact units that have a smaller capacity. This may be the reason that a lot of people that have these more shallow laundry areas opt for the stacked or side by sideTL units.

You would think that the designers of washers and dryers would take this into consideration when they are designing new FL units. If they could pair down the depth of these machines and also make them a little less tempremental balancing to spin there might be a whole lot more buyers that would be interested in a new FL again, myself included. There is no reason this canít happen because they used to make FLís that met these requirements. Not everyone lives in a McMansion, and I donít want to have to remove the doors from my laundry area in order to accomodate an FL that is too deep to fit in the space, and then hang a tacky curtain to conceal the washer and dryer when not in use.

Thatís my two cents worth.

Post# 983393 , Reply# 9   2/19/2018 at 11:48 (244 days old) by joeypete (Concord, NH)        

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Good points neighbor actually commented too that she can't bend down that far LOL. Where they are, she can't have pedestals so that ruled it out.

Post# 983396 , Reply# 10   2/19/2018 at 11:57 (244 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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another problem with some installs in tight areas, is gaining access to water/electric/venting easily....

where as the all-in-one unit usually has access panels to reach through for installations.....

a down side to these units, is when one section goes bad, you have to replace the whole thing....not just the washer or dryer....

Post# 983403 , Reply# 11   2/19/2018 at 12:38 (244 days old) by speedqueen (Harrison Twp, Michigan)        

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They still sell the old DD based Thin-Twin.

Post# 983409 , Reply# 12   2/19/2018 at 13:00 (244 days old) by mrsalvo (New Braunfels Texas)        

I think housing designs do limit the use of front loaders, esp. older homes. I'll have to get a pedestal for the washer when I buy a new one, arthritis in the back ya know!!

Post# 983413 , Reply# 13   2/19/2018 at 13:30 (244 days old) by johnb300m (Chicago)        

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Older housing design is very much a barrier.
For instance, my townhouse has a utility/laundry room that barely fits a traditional washer/dryer.
With the limited space by the furnace and water softener, a front load pair would never fit in the traditional layout.
But I WANTED a FL pair, and had enough room to stack a Maxima set in there on an angle.
With that setup, I have just enough usable space.

Post# 983460 , Reply# 14   2/19/2018 at 18:35 (244 days old) by cuffs054 (MONTICELLO, GA)        

The fact that you can select your own water level in the GE is the biggest selling point to me.

Post# 983481 , Reply# 15   2/19/2018 at 19:32 (244 days old) by Joeypete (Concord, NH)        

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Yes, agreed!

Post# 983524 , Reply# 16   2/20/2018 at 00:36 (243 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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I see these on CL all the time around here.  But these are not stackable.....they are stacked...

ducks and runs

Post# 983542 , Reply# 17   2/20/2018 at 06:30 (243 days old) by joeypete (Concord, NH)        

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Yeah yeah you know what I mean lol

Post# 983766 , Reply# 18   2/21/2018 at 20:09 (242 days old) by cuffs054 (MONTICELLO, GA)        

Checked out the specs owners manual on the Homo D site. Not sure what to make of the WP 'Deep Water' wash cycles. It seems that it still 'senses' the load and water level. Also, I think to get 'wrinkle guard' and real sensor drying you need to purchase the 'long vent model'.

Post# 983809 , Reply# 19   2/22/2018 at 06:31 (241 days old) by joeypete (Concord, NH)        

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Yeah I noticed that. I'd probably go for the GE model if I were to get something like this. Seems they have more user friendly options lol.

Post# 987514 , Reply# 20   3/21/2018 at 08:10 (214 days old) by runematic (southcentral pa)        

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We just had service training on these new WP stackers. The dumbest thing on the 27" stacker is that you need to remove the dryer to even change a lid switch on the washer. That makes no sense to me, but I am not an engineer. So a lid sw job will now be a 2 person job!

Post# 987820 , Reply# 21   3/23/2018 at 19:27 (212 days old) by cuffs054 (MONTICELLO, GA)        

Rune, is the "deep wash" timer cycle on the WP really a deep wash or does the machine limit the fill to what it senses?

Post# 988515 , Reply# 22   3/27/2018 at 18:16 (208 days old) by cuffs054 (MONTICELLO, GA)        

Rune, any update on the WP fill issue?

Post# 988613 , Reply# 23   3/28/2018 at 17:41 (207 days old) by cuffs054 (MONTICELLO, GA)        

Per WP, Brookelyn says:" It still uses sensing. It uses a little more water then a normal cycle. However the ultimate amount will depend on the load size." I guess GE is the only choice.

Post# 988694 , Reply# 24   3/29/2018 at 08:37 (206 days old) by runematic (southcentral pa)        

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oops sorry, Cuffs. I've been super busy lately and haven't been following the site. I missed your question. In service school it was more on repair and not really on operation. I'll check into it

Post# 988719 , Reply# 25   3/29/2018 at 14:18 (206 days old) by runematic (southcentral pa)        

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From what I can gather, the deep water cycles are not true deep fill. It looks like the washer will fill to about 3/4 full. The use and care guide says it is a "reduced water washer." The other cycles will sense and adapt the fill level accordingly.

Post# 988756 , Reply# 26   3/29/2018 at 18:40 (206 days old) by cuffs054 (MONTICELLO, GA)        

Thanks Rune, looks like WP is still not going to give us the water we need! (or is it want?)

Post# 991265 , Reply# 27   4/18/2018 at 15:58 (186 days old) by wft2800 (Leatherhead, Surrey)        

Whatever happened to FL stackers like the big Neptune stack, or indeed the 24" FridGEmore? Far better idea than these hopelessly compromised FLers.

Post# 991268 , Reply# 28   4/18/2018 at 16:01 (186 days old) by wft2800 (Leatherhead, Surrey)        

*TLers! Whoops...

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