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Post# 1084484   8/9/2020 at 15:07 (954 days old) by mrsalvo (New Braunfels Texas)        

Of all the washers shown in the pic of the day, which one would you pick for your daily driver?
Think I'd either pick the Norge or Whirlpool.

Oh, those were the days of American designed and built machines.


Post# 1084487 , Reply# 1   8/9/2020 at 16:11 (954 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
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I will take the WP with Suds-Miser, the Kenmore would be a close 2nd.


As well as the Norge washed, its capacity was smaller, it left too much lint, sand and did not rinse as well as the WP built machines.


John L.

Post# 1084489 , Reply# 2   8/9/2020 at 16:22 (954 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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I’d take a Whirlpool or Kenmore belt drive since those machines are simpler compared to most other designs of the era. I believe Maytag still had AMP style of machines in 1956 and 1957 and 1958 is when they came up with the design they kept in their short tub washers all the way up until the early 2000’s with a couple of variations in the design.

Post# 1084526 , Reply# 3   8/9/2020 at 23:59 (953 days old) by gregingotham (New York)        

interesting that frigidaire is noticeably absent from the list of machines. I wonder why? Too many suds with Tide and the frigidaire up and down action? LOL

Post# 1084528 , Reply# 4   8/10/2020 at 00:41 (953 days old) by RP2813 (Sannazay)        
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Did GE not include a box of detergent at all or did they provide a competing brand?

Post# 1084561 , Reply# 5   8/10/2020 at 07:52 (953 days old) by chaskelljr2 (Washington, D. C.)        

My pick would be either the RCA-Whirlpool (love that control panel — so stylish and elegant) or the Sears Kenmore (the year before the first every Lady Kenmore was introduced, with the SAME machine).

And the Norge Time-Line gets honorable mention as well.


Post# 1084564 , Reply# 6   8/10/2020 at 08:40 (953 days old) by Unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        

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interesting that frigidaire is noticeably absent from the list of machines. I wonder why? Too many suds with Tide and the frigidaire up and down action? LOL

No Frigidaire washers at that time handled huge amounts of suds with little to no issues so more likely it is that General Motors had no desire to partner with P&G for advertising.

Post# 1084583 , Reply# 7   8/10/2020 at 11:14 (953 days old) by jamiel (Detroit, Michigan)        

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Yeah, if you think about it Frigidaire as a division of GM had the benefit of being the largest advertiser in the US; so the co-op feature offered by P&G was much less valuable.

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