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Old 02-16-2010, 03:42 PM
 
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Hey everyone, I did a search and found threads that were 1-2 years old. Now that steam washer and dryers are more commonplace, I want your opinion.

Ultimate Electronics is selling a GE Steam Washer and Dryer. It claims it saves energy and the dryer supposedly dries in 1/5th the time. It sounds too good to be true. I own two front loaders and I don't like them. I feel like it takes longer to wash clothes and certainly longer to dry clothes.

It costs significantly more money for the steam cleaner and dryer. Does the technology really improve speed in terms of cleaning and drying like it advertises or is it a bunch of b.s.

I would like to hear from everyone including people who chose not to buy them.
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Old 02-16-2010, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan and Sometimes Orange County CA
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Supposedly, they are hard on your clothing. Conceptually they should clean better than hot water. It makes sense that they might dry faster, but if they do not saturate your cloting, then I am nto sure how well they will wash away dirt, germs viruses, and the stuff that makes you stink after a long day.

You can get commercial grade washing machines with a very high spin cycle speed. They remove more water and make your clothing dry much faster in the dryer. Some of the front loaders have slightly higher spin speeds, but the commercial ones are really high speed. They cost a lot, but work great.
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Old 02-16-2010, 05:31 PM
 
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Supposedly, they are hard on your clothing. Conceptually they should clean better than hot water. It makes sense that they might dry faster, but if they do not saturate your cloting, then I am nto sure how well they will wash away dirt, germs viruses, and the stuff that makes you stink after a long day.

You can get commercial grade washing machines with a very high spin cycle speed. They remove more water and make your clothing dry much faster in the dryer. Some of the front loaders have slightly higher spin speeds, but the commercial ones are really high speed. They cost a lot, but work great.
That is my concern. I have a pair of Kenmore Elite front loader washer/dryer(5 years old) and I don't feel like my clothes come out as clean as they did with an old fashioned top loader because they use less water. I think there is a significant difference. Whites done come out as white, towels don't smell as fresh. I will probably pass up these steamers because they supposedly use even less water.

Do you know of any commercial grade washing machines off the top of your head. Because I have a feeling if I walk into Sears and ask about them, the sales clerk will lie and just say all the washing machines in the store have commercial grade spinning. I don't mind paying more because I'm sick of my Kenmore Elite
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Old 02-16-2010, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Inman Park (Atlanta, GA)
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I just purchased a Samsung steam dryer and love it! I still have my 5 year old Siemens front loading washing machine. It is very energy efficient.

I did some research on steam dryers before purchasing this one. First, the water source is directly from the faucet. They installed a "y" connection. I did not want a unit that had a water reservoir. What if I didn't have enough water in the tank or if the water became stale?

I wanted the dryer specifically for refreshing clothes via the steam function. I took a silk shirt that was very wrinkled from my closet and threw it in the dryer on steam mode/refresh mode. I even stopped the dryer in mid cycle and sure enough, my shirt was wet At the end of the cycle, about 90% of the wrinkles were gone I was very happy

Hope that helps.
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Old 02-16-2010, 09:37 PM
 
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I just purchased a Samsung steam dryer and love it! I still have my 5 year old Siemens front loading washing machine. It is very energy efficient.

I did some research on steam dryers before purchasing this one. First, the water source is directly from the faucet. They installed a "y" connection. I did not want a unit that had a water reservoir. What if I didn't have enough water in the tank or if the water became stale?

I wanted the dryer specifically for refreshing clothes via the steam function. I took a silk shirt that was very wrinkled from my closet and threw it in the dryer on steam mode/refresh mode. I even stopped the dryer in mid cycle and sure enough, my shirt was wet At the end of the cycle, about 90% of the wrinkles were gone I was very happy

Hope that helps.
If I understand you correctly, some of these steam dryers have a reservoir and others don't and it's better to buy the ones that don't have a "y" connection installed? So when I go shopping for these, make sure to ask if these dryer has the reservoir or if it connects directly to the water source.
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Old 02-17-2010, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Inman Park (Atlanta, GA)
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If I understand you correctly, some of these steam dryers have a reservoir and others don't and it's better to buy the ones that don't have a "y" connection installed? So when I go shopping for these, make sure to ask if these dryer has the reservoir or if it connects directly to the water source.
Yes - some models only have a reservoir tank. They seemed very small to me. The model that I purchased has a hose that directly connects to the faucet.

The "y" connection does not require a plumber as the installer just attaches the y connection and it splits the water supply from the main feed of water and splits one line to the dryer and the other line to the washing machine.

I have also used the steam refresh mode on a load of laundry that has dried and has just sat there to knock out the wrinkles.
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Old 02-22-2010, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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You'll probably spend more time researching these fancy washers and dryers than all the time combined they save you by speeding up the process. Also, your cost per wash will probably be two or three times higher with a more expensive, delux machine. Does anybody really need 802.11g connectivity with machines that demagnetize their underwear?

Buy one of the cheapest name brand washers and dryers that meets your size requirements: Sears, Costco, Best Buy, Frys, etc. Get as few bells and whistles as possible: Basically: Size, temp, and the basic washing processes. Same for dryer. Ninety five percent of the time you just need a basic wash. Your clothes won't be any cleaner with the $1000 washers and the machines won't last any longer if the same line - in fact, there's more to break so you may need service more often.
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Old 02-22-2010, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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You'll probably spend more time researching these fancy washers and dryers than all the time combined they save you by speeding up the process. Also, your cost per wash will probably be two or three times higher with a more expensive, delux machine. Does anybody really need 802.11g connectivity with machines that demagnetize their underwear?

Buy one of the cheapest name brand washers and dryers that meets your size requirements: Sears, Costco, Best Buy, Frys, etc. Get as few bells and whistles as possible: Basically: Size, temp, and the basic washing processes. Same for dryer. Ninety five percent of the time you just need a basic wash. Your clothes won't be any cleaner with the $1000 washers and the machines won't last any longer if the same line - in fact, there's more to break so you may need service more often.
This is good advice. I will, however, defend the honor of the "steam refresh" function on my LG Tromm series. That's a great bell/whistle and means that my clothes spend a lot less time at the dry-cleaners. Unless the clothes have been soiled by paw-prints, spills, etc. etc. I put them in the washer after I get home from the office, run the steam-fresh cycle and hang-them up. Pretty, pretty, pretty good.
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