S/O Washing Machines, Front Loaders
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Posted: 12/28/2012 1:16:19 PM
I went to Lowe's to look at washers and the appliance guy really pushed front loaders, what he uses. He knew we wouldn't be buying from him as we are not home. Do you love yours? Do you have the pedestal?

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Posted: 12/28/2012 1:21:42 PM
I do like mine, I don't have the pedastal. I wish we did, but just couldn't afford it at the time.
If I had to do it over again, I'd seriously consider gtting the top loading washer that my mom bought, she bought it after I bought my front loader. Her washer is awesom. It's huge and so much easier to unload.
If you can afford the pedastal, get it. I really wish we could have. they are crazy expensive


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Posted: 12/28/2012 1:24:31 PM
I've got the LG front loaders, both with the pedestals. I love them!

Yes, the pedestals are a complete rip off, but make both units the perfect height for loading/unloading without breaking your back.

I forget the models offhand, but they are both steam and the largest capacity available. With 4 kids and the amount of laundry I have, I wouldn't own anything else.

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Posted: 12/28/2012 1:54:29 PM
I like ours well enough, though we have had both the washer and dryer serviced a few times in the three years we've owned them. Ours are from Samsung.

My husband built pedestals for ours. It was much cheaper and we could customize them. He made cubbies in them that are big enough to fit our laundry baskets.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 1:57:21 PM
We have Samsung's and love them. My DH built pedestals just for me. I can reach right in and not have to bend or stretch. and we have storage underneath for baskets.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 7:24:29 PM
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Posted: 12/28/2012 7:31:21 PM
LOVE my samsung front-loaders. love love love. I don't have pedestals, but I'm short so its no big deal - I also wanted a big folding surface above the w/d and thats just not possible with the risers (unless you're much much taller than me).

In our next house I'll have a bigger laundry room where I can have them raised up (custom made risers not the samsung ones) AND have a separate folding area.

I'd definitely buy them again if given the chance and I'll never get a top loading (such a pain if you have short arms).



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Posted: 12/28/2012 7:38:18 PM
We have a top loading HE washer that we LOVE! It seems like the best of both worlds to me.





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Posted: 12/28/2012 7:38:29 PM
Both my DDs have front loading machines and I don't like either of them so I bought a top loader when I bought mine. Love it!


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Posted: 12/28/2012 7:42:56 PM
I bought a set (washer/dryer) Front Loaders from Sears in Mid-2011. They are the large capacity Sears Elite with steam in both the washer & dryer. They were actually Sears brand in partnership with LG.

I did buy the pedestals after having owned a pair of Maytag Neptune front loaders for 12 years with no pedestals and said "never again"! LOL

I love my Sears Elite. Absolutely no problems so far and I love how the model I have can be stopped to add more clothes, while many models can not.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 7:47:26 PM
I liked me Whirlpool Duet set (on pedestals) but I am switching to a large capacity top loaders.

The one thing that I disliked about the front loaders is that while I could open the door after a load started to toss something in (I had to press the stop button, wait for it to stop and drain a little, and then wait for the door to unlock), when I opened the door, it dripped on the floor.

You also have to - HAVE TO - leave the door of the front loading washer open for ventilation when you aren't using it or you will have mold and mildew smell.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 7:52:03 PM
ONLY complaint that I have is that unlike European models, those sold in the USA DO NOT have an easily accessible filter. The one I had in Germany, lift the latch, open, twist the knob and remove the filter to rinse it out. You do it correctly, no water spills and it takes less than a 1 minute.

Number 1 reason you have to call for service on a front washer, because it will not drain because the filter is full. PITA to get to it! 13, I counted them, 13 screws to remove the lower face of the washer and then 4 more to get to the filter. PLUS water everywhere if the basket was full!

We had 4 dogs, all shedders and this is almost an annual thing to rinse out the dog fur collected in the filter.

ETA: I do like them and not only do I keep the door open, but I also wipe the inside of the seal edge with one of those clean-up cloths after most loads.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 8:04:30 PM
I like mine, no pedastals, but wish we did have them. When I first got mine (at least 10 years ago) it was a pain sometimes to find the HE detergent to use in it, but now you can find it anywhere.

Mine is an LG, and the filter on mine is on the front behind a little door, you just have to let the water drain out before removing the filter.

It gets the clothes clean, and it spins so much water out of things that they dry very quickly

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Posted: 12/28/2012 8:07:49 PM
If you can afford a new front loading washing machine on a pedestal then maybe you can take your dog to the vet, no?

You keep posting for advice on how to clear your maltese's eyestains and in your latest post reveal she is dragging her face on the carpet because her tear ducts are clogged. She must be very uncomfortable to do that.

You ask peas for help and then walk away from your posts like they never happened.

Please take care of your poor dog. Thank you..

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Posted: 12/28/2012 8:07:53 PM

Number 1 reason you have to call for service on a front washer, because it will not drain because the filter is full.


Agreed! I would be there are people that don't even realize that there is a filter there that needs to be cleaned.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 8:08:20 PM
Love my Samsung set- no pedistals becausewe arr building our own.
Filter is on the front and easy to remove.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 8:11:08 PM

You also have to - HAVE TO - leave the door of the front loading washer open for ventilation when you aren't using it or you will have mold and mildew smell.


I've never left mine open (had it for 18+ months) even when we went out of town for 5 weeks I left it shut the whole time. I do NOT have any mold or mildew smell and never have. Maybe some brands are more prone to it than others?



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Posted: 12/28/2012 8:14:33 PM
We've had ours for 6 or 7 years. LOVE IT. We did buy the pedestals and used them for the first couple of years. When we moved, I (yes I) built cupboards above and a counter for folding, so we haven't used the pedestals since.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 8:24:36 PM


Filter is on the front and easy to remove.



Is that the filter to the washer or the dryer?


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Posted: 12/28/2012 8:29:15 PM
we have a samsung as well. We've had it for almost 4 years now. The filter is on the front behind a small door, it just twists out after draining the water a little bit. There was a big sticker on the machine that said to clean the filter out every 2 months or so.

We also keep the door closed due to positioning and it doesn't smell - I have read the smell comes from built up detergent and fabric softener (mildew and mold are apparently very comfortable in this buildup). We don't use fabric softener and use only about 2 tbsp of detergent per load, so we don't have this problem.

We don't have the pedestals and I prefer that because I'm short and I like to fold the clothes and set them on top of the machines as I'm taking them out of the dryer.

ETA: We have owned normal top loaders, HE top loaders, and this set (HE front loaders) and these are my favorite.

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Posted: 12/28/2012 8:29:28 PM

He knew we wouldn't be buying from him as we are not home.


Are you on vacation? Visiting family? I can't imagine washer shopping if I wasn't in my hometown...unless my town didn't have a Sears, Lowes, or Home Depot...

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Posted: 12/28/2012 8:46:38 PM
We are at our mountain home. We were in Lowe's and decided to look!

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Posted: 12/28/2012 8:52:18 PM
To an earlier Pea, I take great care of my dog, thank you! She does not rub her eyes, she rubs her face to dry it. We wipe it whenever we can, it stays wet a lot. Her vet is well aware of her situation. She's asleep by me right now. I love her dearly!!!

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Posted: 12/28/2012 8:54:17 PM

I've never left mine open (had it for 18+ months) even when we went out of town for 5 weeks I left it shut the whole time. I do NOT have any mold or mildew smell and never have. Maybe some brands are more prone to it than others?

We have the same brand (Samsung) and I have to leave the door open or it gets stinky. If I forget a load and leave it overnight, I'll have to wash it again in the morning after just 8 hours of sitting. I only use about 1tbsp of detergent and no fabric softener. I sometimes add vinegar to the fabric softener cup. I clean the filter at least once a month and run an empty sanitizing cycle every other month. I wonder what the difference is?


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Posted: 12/28/2012 9:07:53 PM
Filter is on the front of the washer behind a little door (Samsung).

I do leave the washer door open after a load. Then shut the door the next time
I am in the basememt. Stuff wil get stinky if it sits for too long... but it did in my front loader, too.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 10:38:59 PM

If you can afford a new front loading washing machine on a pedestal then maybe you can take your dog to the vet, no?


Her dog needs surgery to unclog a tear duct. I'm not sure why the OP won't take her to have the surgery. She can afford it so I'm assuming there's more to this than what she has told us. Perhaps there's another condition the dog has and surgery is a huge risk.

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Posted: 12/28/2012 10:46:40 PM
My next door neighbor had a front loader and left the house after starting a load one day. She came home to destroyed flooring and bottom 8 inches of drywall that they had to cut out. Also the furniture was ruined.

We are waiting for our 14yo Kenmore set to die so we can get new ones (but can't complain that they have lasted this long with only one service!)...but we will be getting a top loader again.

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Posted: 12/28/2012 11:08:04 PM
We are constrained by space unless we move our washer dryer but were able to fit a front loader pair by Frigidaire. We have never had any trouble. I do leave the washer door open between loads. I wish we had gotten pedestals for less bending over. Front loader was recommended by our sceptic guy and our well maintenance person. It definitely conserves water!


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Posted: 12/29/2012 12:00:23 AM
"My next door neighbor had a front loader and left the house after starting a load one day. She came home to destroyed flooring and bottom 8 inches of drywall that they had to cut out. Also the furniture was ruined."

That has to have been a plumbing issue more than a machine issue? Front loaders don't use enough water to flood a room... Definitely follow directions and use the correct fittings when hooking everything up - front or top loading...

I love front loaders (less water, so much more gentle on my clothes, and having extra counter space on top)... I also love the pedestals - they hold so much, and loading/unloading is so easy with those sliding shelves in them...


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Posted: 12/29/2012 12:07:03 AM
To anyone with front loaders and having odour problems, easy first thing to check is that the machine is level... If it's off, or gets that way, it can slow how well it drains... The other thing is to make sure you follow the directions for height/width/angle if the connections... Any dip or too long a stretch in the hoses and water can collect there a funk up


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"My next door neighbor had a front loader and left the house after starting a load one day. She came home to destroyed flooring and bottom 8 inches of drywall that they had to cut out. Also the furniture was ruined."

That has to have been a plumbing issue more than a machine issue? Front loaders don't use enough water to flood a room... Definitely follow directions and use the correct fittings when hooking everything up - front or top loading...


This actually happened to us too, the day before Hurricane Sandy. The sensor that shuts off the water stopped working. The water kept running until the machine was so full the door was forced open. It was like a waterfall. Very impressive. I had a good 2 inches of water in my laundry room. Thankfully we were home and own a shop vac because it was one heck of a mess.


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Posted: 12/29/2012 12:14:18 AM

To anyone with front loaders and having odour problems, easy first thing to check is that the machine is level... If it's off, or gets that way, it can slow how well it drains... The other thing is to make sure you follow the directions for height/width/angle if the connections... Any dip or too long a stretch in the hoses and water can collect there a funk up

I'll look into all that. Thanks! The repair guy told me to dry off the door and seal after each load, clean the filter, and leave the door open. He said they just get stinky, but y'all are proving that's not always the case. Good info!


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Posted: 12/29/2012 12:23:28 AM
If you buy a front loader, buy the extended warranty. Ours are 3 years old and I've already had to have both the washer and dryer repaired. I love both machines dearly, but what a pain!




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Posted: 12/29/2012 6:03:53 AM
We have a set of LG front loaders with a custom built riser. Much more sturdy than the ones we could have purchased with the w/d and so much nicer looking.

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Posted: 12/29/2012 7:20:45 AM
My mother owns the LG set with the pedestals. She has had them for several years now, and recently had to have the washer serviced yet again (front door leaking). It took Sears about 2 1/2 weeks to get a repair man out there, and that was just to take a look. Luckily, her laundry room is under the carport and not inside her house, and the laundry room floor is stained and sealed concrete.

I ordered a top load set to put in my new home a few months ago. I love them. I am able to wash the same size loads as she does. My laundry room is inside my house, and I would be too nervous to have front load in here I think. I know odds are that nothing would happen, and I understand that sometimes top loader leak too, but still...


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Posted: 12/29/2012 2:46:11 PM
About my dog (sigh), she has seen a surgeon and he said the surgery may be successful but may not. It would be a lot for my 7 pounder to go though and not work. He did not push it at all! So please, earlier Pea, stick to the subject! May God bless you and help you put aside criticism!

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About my dog (sigh), she has seen a surgeon and he said the surgery may be successful but may not. It would be a lot for my 7 pounder to go though and not work. He did not push it at all! So please, earlier Pea, stick to the subject! May God bless you and help you put aside criticism!


What other solutions did your Vet recommend?

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Posted: 12/29/2012 3:00:18 PM
The pedestals are an extra 200 apiece for washer and dryer. GET THE PEDESTALS! When you have the pedestals you are unloading at standing or close to it height.

You can also get HE top loaders. I have a front loader and I like it. We debated a lot whether to get a front or top. The front ended up winning because it was bigger. If we would have got a top loader it would have been a fisher and pykel

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Posted: 12/29/2012 3:05:19 PM
child of grace, you have put it out there so many times about your maltese eye stains, not once, not twice, not three times....many more. Then you ignore advice and post the same question again.

I had a yorkie years ago who had blocked tear ducts (both) and she was 6 pounds and had the surgery and her problem was solved.

Your dog has a medical condition that is uncomfortable and can be corrected by surgery. Any surgery has risks and its ultimately your decision. May God bless you and help you with the decision.

But please stop whining about the tear stains. Btw, I post what ever I want to any thread.

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Posted: 12/29/2012 3:17:16 PM
I have the Whirlpool Duets; we've had them almost 18 months and I'm happy with them. My one gripe (and I think this applies to all front loaders) is that you have to be careful about putting in heavy items or things will come out soaking wet. If I wash a heavy blanket or rug, I have to wash several of them at one time to even out the balance. And my washer doesn't have a quick spin cycle, only a rinse/spin cycle (which just adds more water).

Dh built these and spent a fraction of what we would have paid for pedestals. We keep the baskets underneath as well, which is where I store all of my clean/dirty rags and towels.


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Posted: 12/29/2012 3:17:49 PM
We have an LG front load set. They are around 3 years old, now. Haven't had any problems except for the odor and I figured out how to take care of that.

If anyone is curious, run the clean cycle, twice, using Lime Away liquid. It takes the crud of the interior. Then, another clean cycle using bleach.

Liquid detergents seem to be the problem. We don't use softener. Only vinegar. But, dh uses a liquid detergent for his running clothes.

Twice a year, I run a clean cycle with the Lime Away to keep on top of any build up that his detergent may create.

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Posted: 12/29/2012 3:56:22 PM
All respect intended but why do people purchase front loaders that seem to require extra care re: the cleaning and odor problem?

Why pay a premium for higher maintenance?

What are the pros of front loaders that make this worth it?

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Posted: 12/29/2012 6:55:33 PM

What are the pros of front loaders that make this worth it?


I can wash more clothes in one load.

Washing machine uses less water.

Clothes are cleaner. I can tell a huge difference.

I can still add items to the wash cycle after it starts.


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Posted: 12/29/2012 7:52:09 PM
"All respect intended but why do people purchase front loaders that seem to require extra care re: the cleaning and odor problem?

Why pay a premium for higher maintenance?

What are the pros of front loaders that make this worth it? "

The cleaning/odour thing isn't always a problem... I'm sure some people have had bad luck, but all the people I know IRL haven't had those problems so it's not the big problem it may seem... Proper installation (and that's not tricky/expensive) prevents the problem most of the time... There's not really a lot to the maintenance either - leave the washer door open so it can dry (for an hour/while the dryer's running) which is something my mom used to do after using her top loader, and once every three months run a hot water cycle with a splash of bleach (they have a little section for the bleach in the detergent tray and there's a button for the cleaning cycle)... That's it as far as special treatment/maintenance... In return, my clothes look new for so much longer... It's is so gentle on them - the regular, everyday cycle I mean, that the clothes don't look worn or faded or fuzzy... It uses very little water, good for the environment and water bill... I can wash the largest loads - like two king size winter blankets, a king size comforter or duvet, pillows, slip covers - just everything, and it all gets insanely clean... No agitator means nothing gets tangled - around be agitator or with other items, and it's really easy to reach into the drum - no stretching/straining to grab stuff at the bottom... Plus I like having the washer and dryer doors close to each other - really easy to load, unload, transfer stuff, and I like having an extra 2-1/2 feet of counter too...

I'm crazy - I know, my Mom tells me, but I love doing laundry and was like a kid waiting to finally get my front loader so I'm easily excited by any talk of it


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Posted: 12/29/2012 8:08:52 PM
Going to mention one last thing before banning myself from blabbing on more about my laundry obsession Especially with front loaders, don't overdo it on the detergent... The lids of the liquid stuff have those lines on it and unless you're putting mud in there, there's no need for more detergent than up to the first line... It looks like such a piddly amount, but it's really concentrated... Both detergents I use don't even recommend using up to the third line... Too much soap can gum up in the machine - the filter for example... Less soap is better for the machine, better for your clothes, and you get the actual number of loads they advertise on the bottle And now I'm going to go do a load and stop bugging all you nice people


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Posted: 12/29/2012 8:11:36 PM
FFS, you've been talking about your poor dog's tear ducts for two years now. TWO YEARS. Get her the damn surgery already.



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Posted: 12/29/2012 8:21:36 PM

we have a samsung as well. We've had it for almost 4 years now. The filter is on the front behind a small door, it just twists out after draining the water a little bit. There was a big sticker on the machine that said to clean the filter out every 2 months or so.

i have LG. The filter is in the same spot as yours. Purchased in Utah.


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Posted: 12/29/2012 8:24:41 PM
Thanks for clarifying the pros. I appreciate it!



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Posted: 12/29/2012 8:30:21 PM
We have the pedestal, but at 5' 10ish I am the shortest person by half a foot in my house. If I were short, I would not have them. And pedestal height varies by brand, too.

I have front loader at one house, top loader at the other. I loved the front loaders and could not imagine not having them when we got them 8 years ago, but the other house came with the top loader and it sure is nice to quickly/easily add a few items or lift the lid to soak for whatever time I like.

You can get an agitator free top loader, which I think is the best of both worlds.



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Posted: 12/29/2012 8:38:44 PM
soooo. I'm on pinterest right now and came across this about filters, lol

http://www.homesavvyatoz.com/washer-drain-pump-filter/


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