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2021 washer quiz
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Post# 1100017   12/9/2020 at 21:12 (1,095 days old) by Pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        

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hello to all aw members here is a fun little quiz if you had a choice in 2021 between a modern day atc topload washer or vintage with true washer rinse temp what would be your choices

a)a modern day he ge or a filter flo washer (general electric brand)

b)a modern day whirlpool or a vintage direct drive whirlpool or classic belt drive whirlpool (includes the kenmore brand) and vintage front load washers as well as top load washer

c)a whirlpool made maytag or a genuine made maytag before they where purchuse by whirlpool

d) any brands you know including speed queen have fun and all answers are good this quiz is for all members no matter witch country we come from

Post# 1100020 , Reply# 1   12/9/2020 at 21:45 (1,095 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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I would go with a vintage Frigidaire--preferably a TOL 1958 Unimatic--but anything from 1957-1979 in any color would be welcomed into my laundry space with open arms.

Post# 1100022 , Reply# 2   12/9/2020 at 21:56 (1,095 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor, Maine)        

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If by any chance, I had to replace my 1984 Maytag 511, I would want the same one. Otherwise a last generation Speed Queen. No electronic controls or energy saving crap.

Post# 1100025 , Reply# 3   12/9/2020 at 22:05 (1,095 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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Kenmore or KitchenAid direct drive before 1997 or Kenmore or whirlpool belt drive before 1982.

Post# 1100028 , Reply# 4   12/9/2020 at 22:08 (1,095 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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I pretty much have found one of the machines that’s on my bucket list and that is my 1963 RCA Whirlpool Imperial Mark XII set in turquoise, the other is a early 70’s Maytag A806 set in white and hopefully one pops up for a reasonable price and is a reasonable distance from where I live.

Post# 1100050 , Reply# 5   12/10/2020 at 03:57 (1,095 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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I don't do top loaders.....

Post# 1100053 , Reply# 6   12/10/2020 at 04:30 (1,095 days old) by Easyspindry (Winston-Salem, NC)        
I had a 1973 or 4 Maytag . . .

. . . that worked flawlessly for many years.  I now have a SpeedQueen front load which is 4 or 5 years old, and it works well.  There are only a couple of complaints about the front load, one of which is once it starts, you can't add anything to the load because it will always drain before the door can be opened.


If I had to get a different one, it would be another Maytag or a Frigidaire from the '60's or '70's.


Jerry Gay

Post# 1100068 , Reply# 7   12/10/2020 at 08:29 (1,094 days old) by panthera (Rocky Mountains)        
Good questions!

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A) Filter-Flo. One with the copper pan and in PANK! or turquoise.

B) No American front-loads. A vintage Miele, sure. A vintage Whirlpool or Kenmore without the thrash-o-matic? In PANK or turquoise? You betcha.

C) Real Maytag, preferably center dial and any color but Avocado or Harvest Gold.

Some of the ladies around here who rejected the Chinese offer to keep workers in Newton because 'Whirlpool' was gen-u-whine 'murikan got a taste of the 21st century's attitude toward US workers early on. I still won't buy modern Whirlpool because of it.

D)Speed Queen before 2018, though I've never been as big a fan of them as some.


Basically, though, I want more thumpers. In PANK! 

Post# 1100126 , Reply# 8   12/10/2020 at 17:56 (1,094 days old) by Washerlover (The Big Island, Hawai’i)        

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I’m with Frigilux on this...since vintage machines are becoming so hard to find, I’d go as far to say I’d take anything between 1955 and 1985!

Post# 1100135 , Reply# 9   12/10/2020 at 19:11 (1,094 days old) by Unimatic1140 (Minneapolis)        

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Yes I agree if I could only have one (ugh) it would be my '58 Unimatic washer.

Post# 1100136 , Reply# 10   12/10/2020 at 19:16 (1,094 days old) by Kenmoreguy89 (Valenza Piemonte, Italy- Soon to be US immigrant.)        

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I don't fully understand your question.

I would not buy anything atc but I will go vintage and agitator top loader.
I have many vintage frontloader from all European makers but nothing I ever used outperformed vintage-older agitator washers.
Some went very close in terms of performance but still too much time to wait for my standards.
In the time they do one load I do three in a agitator top loader.

Post# 1100138 , Reply# 11   12/10/2020 at 19:28 (1,094 days old) by Kenmoreguy89 (Valenza Piemonte, Italy- Soon to be US immigrant.)        

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Oh and the new front loaders, I would never get one even if they paid me to, talking about 3hrs waterless cycles and no actual temperatures reached
I seriously would rather use one of those plastic Chinese twin tubs and that says enough (which BTW I ended up doing in my summer house since my aunt as she was using the house replaced the machine I had there with a Hotpoint since the other one broke, and that without telling me a thing)...I would have brought up one of my vintage Miele's! Probably the w427...
Damn that Hotpoint won't even remove sand from a load of 2 beach towels!

Even my sister next door comes to my house doing her laundry in the speed queen as she can't stand her aqualtis...

Post# 1100140 , Reply# 12   12/10/2020 at 19:35 (1,094 days old) by MaytagNeptune (FireAlarmTechGuy4444 on YouTube. Interlochen MI)        
My list

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a)a modern day LG Front load or Whirlpool Calypso washer.

b)a vintage direct drive whirlpool or classic belt drive whirlpool (includes the Kenmore brand) and vintage front load washers as well as top load washer

c)a genuine made Maytag before they where purchased by whirlpool

d)Maytag Neptune TL or FL, Bauknecht big/Whirlpool Duet

Post# 1100141 , Reply# 13   12/10/2020 at 19:55 (1,094 days old) by warmsecondrinse (Fort Lee, NJ)        

Dream machine is a Neptune stacked unit......

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Post# 1100299 , Reply# 14   12/12/2020 at 00:11 (1,093 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

Somehow my earlier entry got messed up I would choose A,B,or C.NO modern machines except Speed Queen that are not of the Agitub kind-and mechanical timers.

Post# 1100340 , Reply# 15   12/12/2020 at 11:44 (1,092 days old) by Golittlesport (California)        

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I didn't know Speed Queen FL's don't allow you to pause and add an item to the machine once it has started (without draining all the wash water out.) That seems stupid, especially because I believe all other brands do allow you to add an item on most cycles. (There are a few cycle on my LG that won't let you open the door after start because of higher water levels or water temperature.)

When Samsung came out with the mini port on the door of its washer I thought it was a silly gimmick since I believed you could pause any FL and open the door to add items. So I guess that mini port was a response to a Speed Queen deficiency. That and no heater. (Although a SQ will probably last two to three times longer than the Samsung.)

Post# 1106420 , Reply# 16   1/31/2021 at 23:53 (1,042 days old) by GELaundry4ever (Nacogdoches, TX, USA)        
If I had to choose...

I'd go for the GE filter-flo or the Maytag centennial direct drive washer.

Post# 1106421 , Reply# 17   1/31/2021 at 23:54 (1,042 days old) by GELaundry4ever (Nacogdoches, TX, USA)        
If I had to choose...

I'd go for the GE filter-flo with ramped activator or the Maytag Centennial direct drive washer - each with their matching dryers.

Post# 1106424 , Reply# 18   2/1/2021 at 02:14 (1,042 days old) by chaskelljr2 (Washington, D. C.)        
My Dream Machines

Dream Machines:


(01). Lady Kenmore — Keyboard Model (1966-75) (including a Garage Door model — 1969-75)
(02). Frigidaire Unimatic, Multimatic, or Rollermatic — (1957-69)
(03). Speed Queen Solid Tub (1960-1970)
(04). Whirlpool (or Sears Kenmore) Direct-Drive (1986-1998)
* = All Included Matching Dryers


(01). LG Wash Tower (2020)


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Post# 1106435 , Reply# 19   2/1/2021 at 10:29 (1,041 days old) by Brib68 (Central Connecticut)        
My dream machines

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I love my LG pair with the controls at the rear of the top and a detergent flap on top (no flimsy drawer!)...knock on wood, going strong since 2009. But...iI’ve wanted a Frigidaire Jet-Cone since the first time I saw one. Also a ‘66 RCA-Whirlpool like my grandmother had, and a slant-controll Whirlpool (avocado preferably), and I wouldn’t say no to a center dial Maytag. And for sure, a Hoover Twin Tub—little me was always utterly fascinated by the one on display at the local hardware store!

Post# 1106437 , Reply# 20   2/1/2021 at 11:20 (1,041 days old) by warmsecondrinse (Fort Lee, NJ)        

Dream Machine:

Unitized Neptune with water heater.

Most likely, given the limitations of my building:

LG 2.7 cu. ft. combo.

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Post# 1106464 , Reply# 21   2/1/2021 at 17:59 (1,041 days old) by Pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        
one of my dream washers with matching dryer

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1 of my dream washers with matching dryer set number 2 set number 3 number 4 number 5 and number 6 even do i could only select 1

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Post# 1106469 , Reply# 22   2/1/2021 at 18:32 (1,041 days old) by whirlykenmore78 (Prior Lake MN (GMT-0500 CDT.))        
First I would keep my 1986 KM LTD DD set:

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Then I would want my 1996 WP DD back.(Best performing TL I've ever used)
1976 KLM set with DAA.

That being said my daily drivers will always be my 2016 Speed Queen Front Load set. They will likely outlive me anyway LOL.

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