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Old 01-14-2011, 03:37 PM
 
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Any real difference in these three HE Washers:

Kenmore Elite White 5.0 cu. ft. High Efficiency Top-Load Washer(Model#29002)

Maytag White 5.0 cu. ft. Top-Load Washing Machine (MVWB750W)

Whirlpool White 5.0 cu. ft. Capacity Top-Load Washer Model# WTW7300XW

Also, is it better to get or forgo the extended warranty on these type of washers and matching dryers?
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Old 01-14-2011, 04:23 PM
 
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Default Probably like Pontiac, Olds, Buick and Chevy...

All the same except for the cosmetics.

I have had a Frigidaire front loader for about 10 years and it has had no service calls. Mine has mostly mechanical controls. The magazine that publishes the reliability data is what I used to pick it, public library has copies...
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Old 01-14-2011, 07:33 PM
 
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I would consider a front loaded machine over a top loaded with an agitator. Let gravity do the job for you, instead of having an agitator twisting and tearing your laundry.
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Old 01-15-2011, 06:47 AM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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Any real difference in these three HE Washers:

Kenmore Elite White 5.0 cu. ft. High Efficiency Top-Load Washer(Model#29002)

Maytag White 5.0 cu. ft. Top-Load Washing Machine (MVWB750W)

Whirlpool White 5.0 cu. ft. Capacity Top-Load Washer Model# WTW7300XW

Also, is it better to get or forgo the extended warranty on these type of washers and matching dryers?
I have the Maytag model (minus the see thru lid). It holds the equivalence of 2 loads of clothes (compared to my old Frigidaire gallery front loader). The capicity is 5.7 cu. It is the Bravos series and came highly rated by user reviews.
I love my washer and wish my old dryer would break down so I can get the matching dryer. My old dryer has to dry the washer load in 2 parts because there are so many clothes, my dryer can't get the load fully dry in 1 cycle.

and I would not forgo extended warranty. I did for my refigerator because it was a "Kenmore" I thought that would mean top quality, durability. less than 2 years later, I have a short in my fridge... the lights and the indicator lights for the controls in my fridge has some sort of short in it. I have been without a light in my fridge since just after Thanksgiving. Service is scheduled for Tuesday (because I can't stand not having a light in the fridge any longer). I wish I got the extended warranty. The salesman tried to talk me into it.

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Old 01-15-2011, 06:52 AM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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Oh and my top loader does not have an agitator. It is a high efficency top loader.

I would not buy another front loader. Nice colors and so pretty but after only 5 years of moderate use, my front loader whirlpool gallery started RUINING my white clothes. It turns out there was some gasket that had broken a seal and some black gunk would get all over my clothes leaving greasy looking black dots all over my whites.

When searching for answer about our problem I learned about a lot of other problems people were having with front loaders... black mold from too much suds, black gunky build up from liquid fabric softener, bad smells, clothes smelling moldy AFTER washing...

No thanks!
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Old 01-15-2011, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Brevard, NC
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I have a Maytag HE top loader. It does not have an agitator. I like it. It has a large capacity and really spins the moisture out of the clothes so it reduces the time needed in the dryer. It makes some space-age noises, clicking and whirring, but not noticeable if I close the door to the laundry room.

An article in the dec. 2010 consumer reports calls extended warranties "notoriously bad deals".
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Old 01-15-2011, 11:59 AM
 
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Thanks, going with a HE Top Loader as I had one at my previous home and loved it; works great and no so called "twisting and tearing" as you mention. Usually this occur due to consumer error if they don't read the manual and use the proper settings.


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I would consider a front loaded machine over a top loaded with an agitator. Let gravity do the job for you, instead of having an agitator twisting and tearing your laundry.
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Old 01-15-2011, 12:03 PM
 
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I am with you, not even considering a front loader due to all you mentioned which is why I narrowed it down to the 3 I specified.

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Oh and my top loader does not have an agitator. It is a high efficency top loader.

I would not buy another front loader. Nice colors and so pretty but after only 5 years of moderate use, my front loader whirlpool gallery started RUINING my white clothes. It turns out there was some gasket that had broken a seal and some black gunk would get all over my clothes leaving greasy looking black dots all over my whites.

When searching for answer about our problem I learned about a lot of other problems people were having with front loaders... black mold from too much suds, black gunky build up from liquid fabric softener, bad smells, clothes smelling moldy AFTER washing...

No thanks!
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Old 01-15-2011, 12:04 PM
 
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Wonder why, as I would think they would pay for themself if just one thing went wrong. I cannot begin the labor and parts costs for all the of the electronics involved nowadays.

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An article in the dec. 2010 consumer reports calls extended warranties "notoriously bad deals".
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Old 01-15-2011, 12:08 PM
 
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I would agree, but cannot figure out the reason for the difference in prices:

Kenmore Elite White 5.0 cu. ft. High Efficiency Top-Load Washer(Model#29002)
Reg Price: $924.99
Savings: $277.50
$647.49

Maytag White 5.0 cu. ft. Top-Load Washing Machine (MVWB750W)
Reg Price: $899.99
Savings: $135.00
$764.99

Whirlpool White 5.0 cu. ft. Capacity Top-Load Washer Model# WTW7300XW
Reg Price: $799.99
Savings: $120.00
$679.99

and then there is also this one:

Whirlpool White 5.2 cu. ft. I.E.C. Capacity Top-Load Washer Model# WTW7600XW
Reg Price: $899.99
Savings: $200.00
$699.99





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All the same except for the cosmetics.

I have had a Frigidaire front loader for about 10 years and it has had no service calls. Mine has mostly mechanical controls. The magazine that publishes the reliability data is what I used to pick it, public library has copies...
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