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re: new washing machine

I am in the market for a new washing machine.
maybe $600-$1200? range, front loading

I wanted to know if any brands don't eventually have bearing problems over time. My current washer lasted about 30 years. I have high expectations of cycle life.

also, do the electronic lcd screens and other items break often?
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Due to the nature of the beast of F/L, you'll eventualy have bearing problems. these new washers [all] use different technolgy now. due to that, there were/is growing pains. the problem or benefit with the electronics is they don't wear out-they just fail. who knows when! you won't be able to keep your new appl 30 yrs simply because the manf will discontinue replacement parts or your tolerence for pain=$- won't be high enough or it just wouldn't be practical. So welcome to the wallmartazation era..just buy what you like; based on features, estetics, price. when it breaks-fix it or replace it.
 

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after doing alot of reading, and from your advice, it just seems that even though I am all for energy efficiency, I would prefer an older style top loader that lasts, if they are still made.
it seems like these front loaders are money pits.
 

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I have also experience the same thing in past. Paying much will not necessarily give you better options. Your principle needs should be accomplished and your satisfaction is important,, rest of the things include, brand, quality, features.. market value.etc
 

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The only top load washer that is still basicaly the same 'old betsy' is Speed Queen.
After diagnosing a bad agitator seal and bearing in our 25+ year old Maytag washing machine this past winter, and then determining that the parts were going to cost in the vicinity of $100, I decided that it would be better to spend that amount toward a new washer and dryer. So, after a fairly extensive search of independent appliance dealers in our area, I feel pretty confident in agreeing with Jacques; Speed Queen was the only "conventional" washing machine that we could find. So, that is what we bought, "Made in USA" label and all, and it's still only 5 or 6 months old, so hard to say what the long term results of our decision will be, but so far so good.
 

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i'm considering getting an inglis. it is also a subsidiary of whirilpool. made in canada. (my old washer was a 30 yr old inglis). I am wondering if they are also an "old betsy".
It would be interesting if there was a website out on the net that provided that sort of information, of what products are still "old betsy"
 
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