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Old 04-07-2016, 12:27 PM
 
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Old 04-08-2016, 05:19 AM
 
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We bought a front loader because we have a septic system and needed to significantly reduce the amount of water being used by the washer. I had heard bad things about the top loaders that use less water. I was very skeptical but I must say I am really impressed with my Whirlpool front loaders. No issues getting the clothes clean and it holds a lot of clothes.

If I didn't have to worry about the water usage, I'd probably buy the Speed Queen top loader though.
The Speed Queens also use less water than they used to thanks to the new regulations, buts it's easy to override.
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Old 04-08-2016, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Fargo ND
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The Speed Queens also use less water than they used to thanks to the new regulations, buts it's easy to override.
How?
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Old 04-08-2016, 01:21 PM
 
Location: The analog world
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this is very true, we purchased a new front loading set, a consumer reports recommended set, was very expensive

the cloths came out with dry spots on them (some parts of the clothes never even got wet)

we tried:

increasing the amount of soap
decreasing the amount of soap
different soaps
using the "heavy soil" extra water mode
running each load twice

nothing helped

we had the service techs out twice, nothing wrong, "this is the way the new front-loaders are" is what both techs said

we kept the dryer, but returned the washer and bought an "old school" top loader that fills completely with water and have been happy ever since
Huh. That's interesting. I've been using a Maytag Neptune for seventeen years, as I posted earlier. I've never had that problem. When I washed a queen size quilt yesterday, it came out clean and wet throughout. The dryer is still going strong, too, although I line dry about 50% of the time...one of the benefits of living in the very dry environment of Colorado.
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Old 04-08-2016, 05:06 PM
 
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How?
You can manually override it by turning the fill knob to the right and it will continue to fill up until you let go of the knob. Only problem with this, is that the rinse cycle won't fill as high unless you manually fill that too. I believe mine stops filling 4" below the top of the drum on the largest setting.

To make it a more permanent setting, there is a ********* can turn under a panel at the back of the machine. This changes all the fill settings, so small will be a little more water too. There are YouTube videos demonstrating this.
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Old 04-10-2016, 01:16 AM
 
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Huh. That's interesting. I've been using a Maytag Neptune for seventeen years, as I posted earlier. I've never had that problem. When I washed a queen size quilt yesterday, it came out clean and wet throughout. The dryer is still going strong, too, although I line dry about 50% of the time...one of the benefits of living in the very dry environment of Colorado.
The only time I've heard of dry spots in laundry is from a very overstuffed washer.
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Old 04-15-2016, 03:18 AM
 
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Front loaders tend to use less water and energy, are gentler on clothes, and take longer to finish.

Conventional top loader, that is those with tall agitators in the center, can be the most reliable (Whirlpool-made direct drive with mechanical controls, like a Roper) but also use the most water.

Top loaders with the very small agitator at the bottom that looks like a juicer and rides on a swash plate vary in quality and washing ability.

Washers made by LG and Whirlpool are probably the most reliable and are sold under several brand names. Try to avoid anything made by Haier or Samsung. Parts tend to be the most widely available and cheapest for Whirlpool and Frigidaire. Consumer Reports evaluates washers and dryers annually but rarely lists anything below $600-700.

Consumer Reports magazine is often available free through local libraries' EBSCO MasterFile, but many libraries now also provide free access to all of ConsumerReports.org.
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Old 04-15-2016, 03:52 AM
 
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I prefer the ones with NO agitator. They say the agitator gets clothes cleaner. I really don't care. The machine sounds like it's suffering when the weight isn't distributed evenly.
Your right, agitators wear your clothes or damage them prematurely.
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Old 04-19-2016, 09:07 AM
 
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I have a 1989 Maytag A284 that I purchased new.

Foreseeing that one day parts would be unavailable, I set out to acquire at least one of every wear part in it....motors, switches, relays, timers, belts, transmission, pumps...everything.

Every year or so, I disassemble it for cleaning and inspection. I even wax the painted parts. The thing looks like new. I know, I'm crazy!

I don't give a hoot how much water or current it uses. I'm in my sixties and I don't plan on ever replacing it with a modern POS.
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Old 04-22-2016, 02:10 PM
 
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...Personally, I prefer top loaders for a number of reasons, including that I can open it after it starts.

I have an LG front loader (will never have another LG anything) and I can open the door anytime after it starts.
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