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Old 05-03-2015, 10:40 PM
 
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I'm in the market for a top loading washing machine I have had an old fashion type with the good old agitator that worked for years. I'm temped to buy one of these new machines with no agitator because they seem to be able to put larger loads in them. I have been to Home depot a few times spoke and reading reviews the common theme I'm reading is they seem to have a problem with getting out of balance easily and throw error codes if you run a small load like 4-5 shirts. Also bad reviews are talking about cloths not getting clean because without the agitator and much less water they don't work well. A co-worker at work said his HE top loader works well, but he admitted that his wife and his cloths are really not that dirty just some body he said all they do is sit in a AC office all day. Our Laundry is a different story we have 4 dogs and they make a mess plus I work on cars, and in the yard so our cloths are dirty. Any feedback on what you have would be nice. I have tried a front loader we don't like it was given to us by someone a year ago after our old Maytag rusted out. This front loader that was a an older Kenmore the cloths smell never seems to get clean water in it.
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Old 05-04-2015, 12:05 AM
 
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My wife loves her top-loader Kenmore but it’s very complicated to use. It is supposed to save water however she has to do a “clean washer” every week to help prevent the mold odors for occurring which wastes any water that is saved. The mold odor is a BIG problem with most all of the top loaders and less water isn’t being saved with all of the “extra” washings with Afresh to reduce the odor. Even if she does all of these things it continues to occur and there are multiple “clean washings” that have to be run. Also the washer uses too little water and thus she “adds” an extra bucket of water for each load to help clean the clothing.
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Old 05-04-2015, 12:27 AM
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Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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I have top loader and never had any problems with mold odor. The #1 cause of odor is from using the wrong detergent or too much detergent. HE machines require a very small amount of detergent, when using the correct detergent. This goes for anything you are putting into the machine: fabric softener, color safe bleach, etc.
Also check the machine level. If the machine isn't level, it may not be draining completely.

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Old 05-09-2015, 11:48 AM
 
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One has to read carefully instruction on just now HE machines clean with HE detergent. The main advantage of top loader is you can leave top open after wash as always to let it air out with moisture inside. No different than ever.We have found stains come out that didn't with old detergent and no odor problem. With newer HE machine even ours with a agitator the first thing it does in cycle is go thru balance load phase. I notice water and sewer bill dropped and then noticed the difference in water usage. We save about 10 dollars a month from what I have seen.

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Old 05-12-2015, 12:26 PM
 
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I just got a new HE machine with that tiny agitator and it seems to be working fine, my thing with it is it makes all kinds of different noises that I'm not used to. With the old agitator washer, you heard a lot of water running and stuff. This one makes all kinds of mechanical noises. Kind of annoying, but probably just because I'm not used to it.

It also takes forever to do a load, though most of mine have been on the "heavy duty" setting since I'm washing towels, so maybe heavy duty takes longer.
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Old 05-16-2015, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Venus
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Last year since we were moving, I thought about getting a new HE washer but after reading all the reviews, I was not impressed. The main complaint that turned me off was the fact that a lot of them didn't clean very well. My step-daughter has one and I did a load or two in hers and yeah, it didn't clean very well. I decided to stick with my old, one with an agitator that I bought in the last century. I hope it will hold up for a few more years.



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Old 05-25-2015, 09:41 PM
 
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Last year since we were moving, I thought about getting a new HE washer but after reading all the reviews, I was not impressed. The main complaint that turned me off was the fact that a lot of them didn't clean very well. My step-daughter has one and I did a load or two in hers and yeah, it didn't clean very well. I decided to stick with my old, one with an agitator that I bought in the last century. I hope it will hold up for a few more years.



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FWIW, I have been told to buy a commercial washing machine - parts are made of metal, they are not the HE washing machines, and they supposedly clean better. Obviously more expensive.
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Old 05-25-2015, 11:05 PM
 
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We bought a HE top loader last year; like it very well tho kind of skeptical at first. Our water bill dropped 10 dollars a month so in 5 years its paid for itself. It cleans light stains on clothes much better also we found.
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Old 12-10-2015, 09:36 PM
 
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I bought a new water-sensing non-agitate top load washer and should have instead replaced my old one with the traditional water hungry top load model that takes regular detergent and has a lid that does not lock. My clothes would get cleaner and you can throw in a piece of laundry you forgot earlier without having to wait for the lid to finally unlock. The new style machine has to be set for "heavy wash" and "bulky" load if you want enough water to cover what should only be a regular load in the old-style model.
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Old 12-11-2015, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I am like you, OP. My tried and true washer died, and my dryer was old, so I bought a matching pair. I was not interested in a bunch of fancy features. I just wanted a reliable, quality brand that was inexpensive.

I bought a Maytag pair, and the washer has no center agitator. I think Maytag and Whirlpool are the same company now. I believe that if you can hang on to the old fashioned kind of washer and drier, you are better off.

I like the no center thingy in my washer, but you must clean it with special stuff, and use special detergent, and you can't open the washer after you start it. I feel like the dryer is not as good as the old one I had, either.

Bottom line. The new washers and dryers suck.
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