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Unread 11-19-2012, 10:10 AM
 
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Default High Efficiency Washers....read before you buy

For those in the market for a new washer, a word or two of caution. After going through the process six months ago of reading online reviews and about all of the supposed perks of high efficiency washing machines I landed on the Whirlpool Cabrio top load as I figured it at least didn't have the well publicized mold issues of the front loaders. Everything seemed okay through the summer and on into fall except for dry itchy skin which I attributed to various factors until it dawned on me when witnessing the wash process step-by-step one day that my machine wasn't getting all of the clothes wet enough to even get all of the detergent out. In fact most times whatever went in on top, stayed on top throughout the entire "wash" process. I often wondered how my wash still smelled like the detergent after rinsing and drying and now know why...it wasn't removed during the wash/rinse cycle, so how could my things be getting "clean"??? I went online and read many similar testimonials and was relieved to see I wasn't in fact losing my mind. I replaced the Cabrio washer (and sold the dryer to a neighbor) and purchased a new Roper "old school" washer and dryer from Lowe's (retail $299 each) and have spent the past couple of days rewashing my "clean" laundry. The difference is quite noticeable as not only does the fabric seem lighter and less stiff, but also no fragrance residue from the detergent. Don't fall for the high tech bells and whistles, and the HE/low water usage failure. I wish I hadn't.
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Unread 11-19-2012, 10:14 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA... where the nest is now empty!
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Meh...
I have had a front loader for years.
And with two people in the house with sensitive skin, they never had your problems.

Sounds like you were using too much detergent. A front loader needs just a tiny amount.
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Unread 11-19-2012, 10:19 AM
 
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Sounds like you were using too much detergent. A front loader needs just a tiny amount.
Nope, I was using the minimum fill line on the detergent cap with a full load. Also think about it, when the wash water drains and there's no rinsing involved other than a feeble spray of water how exactly are your clothes getting clean and rinsed out????
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Unread 11-19-2012, 10:21 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA... where the nest is now empty!
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I use WAY less than a line on a cap.
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Unread 11-19-2012, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Palm Coast FL
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The op wasn't using a front loader. It was a top loader. I've read such good things about the Cabrio, but I always wondered how they could rinse well with less water. I guess they don't.
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Unread 11-19-2012, 10:31 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA... where the nest is now empty!
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OOPS! My bad. Thanks for pointing that out!
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Unread 11-19-2012, 12:32 PM
 
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Also, the OP may be overfilling the machine?
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Unread 11-19-2012, 02:41 PM
 
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Could it be the washer didn't fill with water to the top like the old top loaders did? When I was going to the laundry mat during my house remodel, I noticed the top loaders only filled with water to about the half and this is AFTER my clothes were in it. It forced a person to do only small loads.
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Unread 11-19-2012, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Lexington, SC
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Water efficient washing machines are like low water usage toilets. They just do not get the job done properly but itching aside, your are being green....or is is red from scratching.......LOL
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Unread 11-19-2012, 03:43 PM
 
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Water efficient washing machines are like low water usage toilets. They just do not get the job done properly but itching aside, your are being green....or is is red from scratching.......LOL
I can see where this would be the case with a top loader, I'm not even sure how they could make a water efficient top loader. By it's very nature it needs a lot of water. With the front loader you just don't need much water, less detergent etc.

......and yes I do wash clothes, I use about tablespoon of detergent in each wash. Things get clean and they don't smell like detergent at all.
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