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Post# 1155105   7/24/2022 at 00:26 by GELaundry4ever (Killeen 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 by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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Fanciest machines I’ve 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 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 by GELaundry4ever (Killeen 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 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 by GELaundry4ever (Killeen 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 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 by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        
1982 Limited Edition

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My idea of fancy doesn’t qualify for this forum.

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Post# 1155201 , Reply# 8   7/25/2022 at 16:52 by bradfordwhite (West Coast, 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 by GELaundry4ever (Killeen 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 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 by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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For me, there’s nothing really “fancy” about modern washers and dryers other than their looks. A washer ain’t 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 wouldn’t consider a washer fancy these days unless you can control it with your smartphone, but you’ll be out of luck if the drain it’s plumed into clogs and everything overflows onto the floor and you’ll do thousands in damage if the laundry area is located on a second floor..

Post# 1155231 , Reply# 12   7/26/2022 at 03:00 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 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 by GELaundry4ever (Killeen 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 by bradfordwhite (West Coast, 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 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 by GELaundry4ever (Killeen 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 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 by GELaundry4ever (Killeen 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 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 by GELaundry4ever (Killeen 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 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 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 by GELaundry4ever (Killeen 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 by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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Post# 1155420 , Reply# 26   7/28/2022 at 19:20 by GELaundry4ever (Killeen 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 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 by GELaundry4ever (Killeen 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 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 by lakewebsterkid (Dayton, Ohio)        

My Duet probably was considered fancy for its time. However the Kenmore isn’t 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 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 by GELaundry4ever (Killeen 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.

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