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Old 02-04-2013, 12:52 PM   #1
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We are in the market for a new washer and dryer. We have two 23 year old Kenmore's. We are empty nester's that don't do much laundry any more. Just looking for reliable brands.

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Hello,
We are in the market for a new washer and dryer. We have two 23 year old Kenmore's. We are empty nester's that don't do much laundry any more. Just looking for reliable brands.
I think you answered your own question.

23 years is 8,401 days(including leap years)

What do you consider reliable?

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Ha ha....good one...I have heard that front loaders are not as reliable as top loaders etc. I do want to stick with Kenmore or Whirlpool...just looking for any advice from all you experienced owners!!
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We are in the market for a new washer and dryer.
We are empty nester's that don't do much laundry any more.
just looking for any advice from all you experienced owners!!
Front loaders have a lot more whiz bang stuff to go bad on them.
Front loaders cost more up front.
That's really the end of the front/top discussion for me.

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I do want to stick with Kenmore or Whirlpool...
That's the same brand. Just different labels.
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I have the Kenmore High Efficency top loader. Some will argue that its impossible to have a HE top loader, but I've had no issues with mine. Holds a ton of stuff without the extra hefty pricetag

Kenmore (Sears) usually gives a better warranty than the competitiors
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My only advice is to buy from a reliable (read: been in business for a long time) appliance store and not a big box retailer. These people are still in business for a reason...they provide good service and know what is a good appliance and what is not.
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I bought a whirlpool washer and dryer from local appliance store. Didn't spend big money. They work great. Wash machine is top loader. I can't remember how much i'm thinking 6-700 for both. If its just you and wife you don't need a whole lot.
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My only advice is to buy from a reliable (read: been in business for a long time) appliance store and not a big box retailer. These people are still in business for a reason...they provide good service and know what is a good appliance and what is not.
Agreed. We recently decided to start getting all our apliances from the mom and pop place down the street, we've only gotten 2 from them so far, but the prices are pretty comparable and the service is awesome.
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Ha ha....good one...I have heard that front loaders are not as reliable as top loaders etc. I do want to stick with Kenmore or Whirlpool...just looking for any advice from all you experienced owners!!
Back around 2005 the transmission on my Whirlpool top load washer gave up the ghost. I went to Sears to pick up a new one and for some reason decided to replace my three year old gas dryer too, so that both washer and dryer matched. (smacks self in head)
Looking back, that was a waste of money and a lesson learned. Anyway, I ended up buying a Kenmore Elite front load washer and matching dryer along with the pedestals for both. Set me back around $2500 or so. My wife hates the front load washer and keeps saying that she is going to get rid of it. The reason for her hate is that the thing doesn't seem to clean as thoroughly as the old top loader did. One of the "features" of the front loaders is energy efficiency, which includes little water used. I am now of the firm belief that you have to have lots of water to clean clothes. Towels washed in this thing come out smelling funny unless you double rinse, which seems to negate the higher efficiency. Not a fan of front loaders. My next washer is going to be a top loader that uses as much water as possible.
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I have had a front loading he efficiency Samsung machine I got from one of the big box stores about three and half years ago. It's been pretty good for me.

I have a water softener, too, which in my opinion makes a huge difference. I use very little soap but my clothes come out very clean. I think a lot of people make the mistake of using too much soap. Since the phosphates have been removed from detergents, you have to be more careful about that.
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We are in the market for a new washer and dryer. We have two 23 year old Kenmore's. We are empty nester's that don't do much laundry any more. Just looking for reliable brands.
23 years, you are just finally getting them broken in. Most stuff lasts maybe five years tops these days.
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My only advice is to buy from a reliable (read: been in business for a long time) appliance store and not a big box retailer. These people are still in business for a reason...they provide good service and know what is a good appliance and what is not.
Also to add to danpik, watch the Scratch & dents at even places like Lowe's, or local mom & pop shop. You can usually pick up a good machine for way less than a new one from the factory, that will have a dent or two in it within a year. Just call them instantly antiqued, and think of the money you saved, just because of some cosmetic scar on the side or back.
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I agree Greg. I've picked up some great deals on the scratch and dent
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I bought an lp top load. 900$. Has the see through lid, bunch of fancy options. I really like it. Does not use very much water. My clothes are all work clothes so I can not speak of this clean clothes concept. Avoid those dreaded front load washers. Buy from a Mom and Pop. Expect only five years out of anything these days.
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Our washer and dryer are the Maytag Centennial series, bought about four years ago. No problems at all with either. Lots of settings available. I like the fact that I don't have to select a water level - the washer senses how big the load is and adjusts accordingly. Our daughter has a fancy front loader that has had nothing but problems. Don't recall the brand, but it was seriously expensive.

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