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Date: 10/8/13 11:36 PM

I'm moving next week, 1600 miles, and need to select a washer and dryer for my new house. I know I want a top loader, high efficiency machine. Can anyone share their experience with the new ones that don't have an agitator? I like the space in the tub but wonder how well it can move the load around to get clothes clean.

There's only two of us but I like to be able to wash king size comforters so I want at least a 3.5 cf tub. Are there bells and whistles you bought but now know you could do without? Any feature you really regret not getting?

This is as hard a deciding on a new sewing machine...

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Date: 10/9/13 2:10 AM

My washer brand/model is several years old,I bought my dryer in 1975,I can't recommend a new washer/dryer brand/model.If you want to wash king size comforters,a front loader is better,I heard the other day.New FL and TL washer and dryer brand/model ratings are listed in Consumer Reports magazine August 2013 issue on pages 44-45.You may find the magazine at your local library,if you don't have a magazine or online subscription.

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Date: 10/9/13 7:21 AM

I have a Maytag Atlantis which I've been running well water (as in HARD) through for the last 12 years. Never been a problem. However, when I looked at the reviews, it was a nasty machine--go figure. I got mine due to a move-in (it was in the house and five months old), and had to get rid of my FL Kenmore.

I have a friend, an Internet junkie, who bought a Samsung after much, much research. And within 3 months, it was gone.

I've heard that the non-agitator ones are the most problematic as trying to get them balanced is a bear.

I wish I could help more, but as you can see, the reviews are varied and I've not been very helpful.

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Date: 10/9/13 7:33 AM

I'm not certain why you specify a top-loading machine. I have a front-loader. There are disadvantages (namely, after the load has started you can't add that sock that fell on the floor). But this is my second front loader, and I really like it. (Ive had it maybe a year and a half.)

It is an LG steam model. That steam feature is a huge benefit for getting cotton fabrics clean. I would never have thought it, but it works. It also has a 'bulky item' setting.

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Date: 10/9/13 8:37 AM

My last machine is a maytag front loader. It saves so much water - my little itty bit to try to save the world's resources. You do have to be careful to leave door open when not in use so as not to get mold. I do think it cleans better than my previous top loader.

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Date: 10/9/13 8:58 AM

Our Fisher Pakel high efficiency top loader died this week. This would have been our 5th repair or replacement of the computer/display. 1 service call to pull a penny from the outlet valve. It was 4 yrs old.

I gave up.

I bought a Speed Queen all metal commercial behemoth. Only thing missing is the coin box! Not "high efficiency", or " high styling" but comes with a stunning warranty, all metal parts, stainless ginormous tub with king size comforter capacity. These monsters last upwards of 30 yrs. Quiet with simple analog dials, so even the men in my house can use it it without fear of yet another pricey repair. Simple directions and stain removal tips painted inside the lid! Even the drum stabilizer ( insert used for moving it) is super heavy engineered industrial plastic vs. the goofy flappy cardboard Fisher Paykel one.

Per my repair man, " Once we install Speed Queens, we never take 'em out, 'coz they never die and people love 'em!"

Both front load and top load models from which to choose. Our Speed Queen dryer (bought with the insidious Fisher Paykel washer), has been amazing and trouble free. Gigantic capacity. Super fast, even with towels and sleeping bags.

Consider Speed Queen the Bernina 1230 or Singer 201 of laundry equipment.

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Date: 10/9/13 9:34 AM

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...I know I want a top loader, high efficiency machine.

There's only two of us but I like to be able to wash king size comforters so I want at least a 3.5 cf tub. ...

I am not sure that is do-able. HE top load machines only fill up partially with water. I think it is less than half full, maybe as small as 25% full with water. You could try it, but you may not be happy with the results.

You really need a front load washer for a king size comforter. Even then, if it is a fluffy comforter, you might be better off at a laundromat or taking it to the laundry/dry cleaners.

We have two twin comforters in our guest room. I take it to the laundry/dry cleaners every few years for a wash, just to freshen them up. I won't even try to wash them in our front load wsher which is approx. 3+ cu. ft.
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Date: 10/9/13 9:48 AM

Maytag Bravos. Handles entire king size set (sheets and pillowcases).

You will have to take your comforter to the laundromat and use the super large machines. I do not know of any home machine that will handle this item.


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Date: 10/9/13 9:51 AM

where can one buy speed queen? I am soon in the market and these sound very good to me.

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Date: 10/9/13 10:05 AM

Never mind bessiemae, I found a distributor that serves the area. Thanks for the suggestion. I am dreading the day the maytag set finally dies and will look into the speed queens. I always sort of thought why not just get a commercial set.

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