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Post# 1155105   7/24/2022 at 00:26 (628 days old) by GELaundry4ever (Nacogdoches, TX, USA)        

Hey guys, have any of you had or have used a fancy washer and dryer? I have. My mom had gotten an lg back in 2007 with steam. It looked super fancy to me due to that chrome trim and sleek design. I've used it before when she got used to using it. Needless to say,it wasn't as complicated as it appeared. I mainly used the normal cycle. It just goes to show that super fancy machines can take care of you when you take care of them. They have cycles and options you will need and others you can test out.
What are your experiences? I've had good luck with mine.
P.S. it's a matching set. I believe they're still working.

Post# 1155125 , Reply# 1   7/24/2022 at 13:14 (628 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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Fanciest machines Iíve owned are my 1963 RCA Whirlpool Imperial Mark XII and my soon to be Maytag A806 set (hopefully).

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Post# 1155142 , Reply# 2   7/24/2022 at 18:51 (628 days old) by DADoES (TX,†U.S. of A.)        

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Most "fancy" I have, regards to controls, are the IWL12, WL26CW1, and WL37T26CW2.

Post# 1155167 , Reply# 3   7/25/2022 at 06:27 (627 days old) by GELaundry4ever (Nacogdoches, TX, USA)        
cleaning power

Most, if not all of the modern fancy machines claim to have exceptional cleaning power. I don't believe that. What is wrong with today's gullible consumers? Most people don't give a damn about their laundry. All they see is style and no substance.

Post# 1155168 , Reply# 4   7/25/2022 at 07:36 (627 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, Friesland, the Netherlands)        

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Well, you can believe what you want, but my modern Siemens frontloader is the best cleaning washing machine I ever had.

Post# 1155187 , Reply# 5   7/25/2022 at 14:32 (627 days old) by GELaundry4ever (Nacogdoches, TX, USA)        
best fancy washer and dryer

Granted, I've yet to have any issues with my fancy lg and Kenmore elite laundry pairs, also made by lg. They cover the basics you need while providing fancy features than be tested out. My mom's lg washer can steam refresh or enhance the cleaning power with steam. I did it on a load of whites before. My dad's can soak clothes in the washer. I've used this fancy feature several times before on clothes. The last time I used it was on a load of blue clothes when I had a blood stain in my jeans.

Post# 1155191 , Reply# 6   7/25/2022 at 15:10 (627 days old) by DADoES (TX,†U.S. of A.)        

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What exactly constitutes a "fancy" machine?

Post# 1155199 , Reply# 7   7/25/2022 at 16:46 (627 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        
1982 Limited Edition

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My idea of fancy doesnít qualify for this forum.

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Post# 1155201 , Reply# 8   7/25/2022 at 16:52 (627 days old) by bradfordwhite (central U.S.)        

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Yep, I'd have to agree only it would be a Black new (floor model) 1986 model I got for $499 at the Sears warehouse.
The smell of newness.
The sleek black paint.
The blooping sound when making a selection.
The click as the water valve opened and diverted water into the triple dispenser.
The clean sound of the motor quietly causing the agitation during wash.
The lighted console.
The red indicator lights on the panel.

Very fancy.

Post# 1155220 , Reply# 9   7/25/2022 at 21:56 (626 days old) by GELaundry4ever (Nacogdoches, TX, USA)        
Constituting a fancy machine

A fancy machine can have very nice electronic controls that look and sound futuristic, doors that have chrome on them, different styles of wash actions etc.
Some people have had good luck with them for years, while others disdain them. Why is that? Other fancy units can have different stain menus and auto-dose dispensing capabilities. Some fancy features can be beneficial like auto-dose. It would be nice to have so I don't have to worry about measuring laundry detergent and fabric softener again.

Post# 1155224 , Reply# 10   7/25/2022 at 23:43 (626 days old) by qsd-dan (West)        

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To me, a "Fancy" modern washer would be a high end Miele.

Post# 1155227 , Reply# 11   7/26/2022 at 01:38 (626 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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For me, thereís nothing really ďfancyĒ about modern washers and dryers other than their looks. A washer ainít fancy for me unless I can select the wash and or spin speeds along with the rinse temperatures like I can with my Maytag A806. A lot of people wouldnít consider a washer fancy these days unless you can control it with your smartphone, but youíll be out of luck if the drain itís plumed into clogs and everything overflows onto the floor and youíll do thousands in damage if the laundry area is located on a second floor..

Post# 1155231 , Reply# 12   7/26/2022 at 03:00 (626 days old) by qsd-dan (West)        

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Not sure the 806 would be considered fancy by today's standards. Most definitely flexible, and the warm spray rinse/deep rinse option is certainly welcomed. Modern day front loaders do have the handy option of a heater. The "fancier" ones allow for various temperatures and cycle lengths to combat a variety of stains. It would be fun project to install a calrod in the outer tub of a Maytag with a variably adjustable thermostat, especially if powered through solar panels.

Post# 1155249 , Reply# 13   7/26/2022 at 11:30 (626 days old) by Pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        
curent daily drivers

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to me the washer dryer set i have as daily driver might not be fsncy as the thread say but they do the job

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Post# 1155261 , Reply# 14   7/26/2022 at 14:51 (626 days old) by GELaundry4ever (Nacogdoches, TX, USA)        
Washers and dryers

I used to look forwerd to the days when luxury laundry equipment would perform better and last longer, but here we are today and they're only proving to be built flimsy thanks to the Chinese. In the words of Spatsbear and Harley badger, China Pride!

Post# 1155291 , Reply# 15   7/27/2022 at 00:20 (625 days old) by bradfordwhite (central U.S.)        

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"The Chinese" are most likely not the creator of planned obsolescence. See GM in the 50s for that.

"The Chinese" are leading in technological advancements. In today's rather borderless economy it's more difficult to place fault, or credit for that matter, on a product creations on any one group.

It's not unusual to have a company owned by several countries, the manufacture in yet another country, get resources from another, have their company based in yet another, and sell the product in yet OTHER countries.

Again, look at GM today. The majority of it's vehicles sell in China. Yet we most likely see GM as a U.S. company.

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Post# 1155316 , Reply# 16   7/27/2022 at 11:22 (625 days old) by CleanteamofNY ((Monroe, New York)        

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The fanciest washer I ever owned was my 1995/6 Kenmore Electronic washer and the Electrolux Wave-touch.

This Kenmore top loader can do 1-9 hours delayed wash or overnight delayed soak/prewash that goes into the main wash with 2 rinses.

The options were extremely flexible though the agitation and spin speed was built into the timer.

This ole girl is out of commission yet in storage at this time, I'm waiting for a donor to repair her.

The Electrolux was a workhorse but bearings and outer tub problems developed 9 years in and decommissioned to storage also.


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Post# 1155339 , Reply# 17   7/27/2022 at 17:25 (625 days old) by GELaundry4ever (Nacogdoches, TX, USA)        
fancy laundry equipment

My lg washer could wash about anything under the sun, from delicate sweaters to smelly sweaty cottons and denims. It was in 2008 when my mom did a big load of dirty laundry. It was a load of darks with some dirty jeans. Let me tell you, with the amount of water it had, it did a great job cleaning, thanks to the fancy roller jets and recirculation pump. It was on the normal cycle set for cold wash. I've had no mold issues in mine. But then again, we did take care of it despite how many loads went through it.

Post# 1155365 , Reply# 18   7/28/2022 at 00:26 (624 days old) by littlegreeny (Milwaukee, WI)        
Miele WXR Series

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I guess this would qualify as a "fancy" set. Flexibility and number of options is awesome. The automatic detergent/oxygen bleach dispensing is a dream and it can be easily turned off if I want to use a special detergent for a particular load. Wash and rinse levels are fantastic. And I love getting a notification on my phone when the cycle is done.

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Post# 1155379 , Reply# 19   7/28/2022 at 07:31 (624 days old) by GELaundry4ever (Nacogdoches, TX, USA)        
to littlegreeny

What cycles do you use most often? I mostly use the normal and whitest whites cycles on mine depending on what I'm washing. Availability is also a factor.

Post# 1155384 , Reply# 20   7/28/2022 at 09:02 (624 days old) by littlegreeny (Milwaukee, WI)        

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I use my custom cycles most often. Several are based off the normal cycle. One is Bath Towels, which is a 120F wash and the other is Sheets, which is a 140F wash with a one hour soak. I like that the normal cycle has long intermediate spins so extraction and rinsing are excellent and the final spin is a long 1600 rpm spin which cuts drying time in the heat pump dryer.

I also use the Napkin cycle which is based off the table linen cycle at 120F with 4 rinses and 1200 rpm final spin. I have my Cleaning Cloth cycle which is a 170F sanitize cycle with prewash and extra rinse for a total of 4 rinses and 1600 rpm spin.

Post# 1155387 , Reply# 21   7/28/2022 at 10:03 (624 days old) by GELaundry4ever (Nacogdoches, TX, USA)        

If I was at your house, I'd gladly like to test the machine. I'd use the normal cycle with the cold temp for my darks. What's the default setting for the standard normal cycle?

Post# 1155398 , Reply# 22   7/28/2022 at 13:49 (624 days old) by littlegreeny (Milwaukee, WI)        

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Default temp for normal is 105F. It has a dark cycle with a default temp of 105F. Same for the denim cycle, 105F.

Lowest default temp is 85F on the express, woolens, silks, sneakers, and curtains cycles.

I've never washed a single load in this washer on cold...

Post# 1155415 , Reply# 23   7/28/2022 at 18:38 (624 days old) by electronicontrl (Grand Rapids, MI)        

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@Repairguy - I sure like that 1982 Limited Edition!! Fancy and a workhorse!

Post# 1155418 , Reply# 24   7/28/2022 at 19:18 (624 days old) by GELaundry4ever (Nacogdoches, TX, USA)        
default normal cycle

I'd use the default normal cycle for light colored clothes. Hopefully darks stay dark.

Post# 1155419 , Reply# 25   7/28/2022 at 19:18 (624 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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Post# 1155420 , Reply# 26   7/28/2022 at 19:20 (624 days old) by GELaundry4ever (Nacogdoches, TX, USA)        
To repairguy

You're welcome. It would be nice if fancy washers and dryers had speech output for the blind.

Post# 1155504 , Reply# 27   7/29/2022 at 14:53 (623 days old) by Pierreandreply4 (St-Bruno de montarville (province of quebec) canada)        
call it planing but 1 thing for sure is this

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If for x reason because of high prices i had to go refurbish i would go for a direct drive like this with matching dryer washer inglis royal100

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Post# 1155538 , Reply# 28   7/30/2022 at 00:06 (622 days old) by GELaundry4ever (Nacogdoches, TX, USA)        
my dad's kenmore

I was speaking to my dad about how the people before him liked the kenmore matching set he acquired. He told me that they really liked it. It turned out their misfortune became his fortune to own one, which he always wanted. The couple got it brand new. I love the recirculation and freshwater rinse jet.

Post# 1155723 , Reply# 29   8/1/2022 at 15:19 (620 days old) by lakewebsterkid (Dayton, Ohio)        

Is your machine set to hot and cold fill, or cold fill only?

Post# 1155725 , Reply# 30   8/1/2022 at 15:39 (620 days old) by lakewebsterkid (Dayton, Ohio)        

My Duet probably was considered fancy for its time. However the Kenmore isnít considered fancy now. The Duet had very useful features that were big selling points at that time, and the Kenmore just had options and cycles I preferred. I think the features and innovations are what I would consider fancy. FanFresh, Steam for Stains, Sanitize, 1400 rpm spin, and 4 rinse options all come to mind. It lasted 10 years with a lot of use as well.
The Electronic Kenmore DD? Very fancy.

Post# 1155735 , Reply# 31   8/1/2022 at 17:43 (620 days old) by littlegreeny (Milwaukee, WI)        

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My machine is set to hot and cold fill.

Post# 1155746 , Reply# 32   8/1/2022 at 20:27 (619 days old) by GELaundry4ever (Nacogdoches, TX, USA)        
auto soak and steam

The auto soak on my dad's kenmore elite is a fancy feature for a front loader. his matching dryer has the steam feature which is good. I hate ironing and besides I'm not good at it. It has a steam feeder. He got the pair for #800 when the couple before him moved out.

Post# 1172354 , Reply# 33   2/15/2023 at 17:58 (422 days old) by GELaundry4ever (Nacogdoches, TX, USA)        

I believe my parents still have their sets. I've tested the steam feature on a load of whites several times at my mom's using the normal/cotton cycle. I've noticed my clothes came out much softer and smelled fresher when my mom got hers. The dryer did leave the clothes slightly damp but we got used to it. I believe it was to leave life in the clothes to avoid overdrying. I've noticed that the dryer had higher sounding airflow while using lower temps to compensate.
An example would be the normal cycle at medium heat. My dad's kenmore elite which is also lg-based does the same thing.

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