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Washing machine (front loading vs top loading)

Mary Wallace
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I am planning to buy a new washing machine. I thinking of buying a front loading machine( maytag neptune|| kenmore) but when i read some reviews its very shocking saying mould problem etc.

I would like to hear ranchers opinion about this. front load washing machine owners opinion and their experience.
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We bought a front-loader a few years ago. my biggest complaint is that when you reach in to pull stuff out, other stuff falls on the floor. it also seems smaller than our old top-loader, but i don't have evidence - just a feeling.


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Barry Gaunt
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Forget the washing machine: just get a cement mixer - a dual purpose approach.


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Mary Wallace
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no wonder why your co workers are saying "barry stinks"

Originally posted by Barry Gaunt:
Forget the washing machine: just get a cement mixer - a dual purpose approach.


Svend Rost
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Washing Machine? nono.. all you need is a washboard and a wife ..

oh, your a woman - sorry


Ok, let me be serious for a second. First of all, im no expert on the "washing stuff area", but I've had a front loader (couldn't find a
wife..) for several years and I've had no problems with it (besides,
as fred mentions, that the stuff falls on the floor).

If floor space is a problem you should consider a top loader as
they (I think) tend to be smaller area wise.

/Svend Rost
[ December 09, 2005: Message edited by: Svend Rost ]
Alan Wanwierd
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Generaly speaking:

1) Frontloaders are more expensive
2) Frontloaders have smaller capacity

BUT

3) Frontloaders are LOTS more efficient (they use about 5% of the water of a top loader)
4) Frontloaders dont destroy delicate clothes so much.

Personally I'm a fan of the front loader - but I guess its down to personal preferences

P.S: Are we related distantly???
[ December 10, 2005: Message edited by: Adrian Wallace ]
Jesus Angeles
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one time, some of my clothes were damaged by a top-loading machine. it never happened, yet, on front-loading machines.
Scott Selikoff
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Originally posted by Svend Rost:
Washing Machine? nono.. all you need is a washboard and a wife ..


Does Maytag carry those? Cuz I was in the store the other day and I couldn't even find the washboard.


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Svend Rost
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Originally posted by Scott Selikoff:

Does Maytag carry those? Cuz I was in the store the other day and I couldn't even find the washboard.


It's all online these days

http://www.columbuswashboard.com/
A family size washboard costs $20, and "cheap" Maytag Washer will cost
you $469. If anyone's interested, they deliver in UK and in US.

/Svend Rost
Stan James
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You can find a washboard at any full service music store. If you know anyone who plays the bass part in a band on a corn liquor jug, ask him where to get one.


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Jesus Angeles
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while youre at the music store, get a disco cd.

do the classic top-loading style.

load the laundry and soap on a shallow wide pail, start the music, and stomp or dance on the laundry.
steno druetta
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i hope you didn't buy it yet, otherwise my suggestions will be ueseless...
well the first thing you have to think about is WHERE you wanna put it and who is gonna use it. the point is not about front or top loading. the point is the EASE OF USE. i'm preparing an exam on design at the university focused on that (of course not just washing machines! ): you know, the problem is that what you should need to is trying them and decide which one "fits" you the best. you should choose the one with the easyest controls (knobs, buttons, lcd touch screen panels...), the easyest way of load concernig to your body (if you are two meters tall you should choose a top load, on the other hand if you are 1.50 meters tall it could be difficult to load it from the top, isn' it?) and the necessities you require in terms of washing qualities, water and soap saving... the list is so long!
that's the same with any everyday object: we use so many stupid objects wich complicate our life instead of making it easier. (an example? phones: who can really use them in toto?) just find that ones you use the most "naturally". yeah, naturally.
check this out: "Psychology of everyday things, Coffeepot for masochists" by Donald A. Norman.
it's gonna make everyone smile...
[ December 11, 2005: Message edited by: steno druetta ]

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Ed Hougardy
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I have a Whirlpool Duet (Front loading) -- It's been great, I have it on a raised platform so adding and removing clothing is not a problem. Also, I have found that I can wash larger loads in the Duet than in the large capacity top-loader I had before the Duet. Finally, I'm able to wash large items such as: quilts, blankets, sleeping bags. (My top-loader could not handle this type of large item.)

-- Ed
[ December 11, 2005: Message edited by: Ed Hougardy ]
Scott Selikoff
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Originally posted by Svend Rost:


It's all online these days

http://www.columbuswashboard.com/
A family size washboard costs $20, and "cheap" Maytag Washer will cost
you $469. If anyone's interested, they deliver in UK and in US.

/Svend Rost


Well actually I was talking about the woman, but I guess 1 out of 2 isn't bad.
Mary Wallace
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well the first thing you have to think about is WHERE you wanna put it and who is gonna use it.

WHERE? Basement.
WHO? Does that matters?
I havent seen a board in laundromat saying this is
for men and this is women .I know for restrooms it matters (who going to use thingy)

Originally posted by steno druetta:
i hope you didn't buy it yet, otherwise my suggestions will be ueseless...
well the first thing you have to think about is WHERE you wanna put it and who is gonna use it. the point is not about front or top loading. the point is the EASE OF USE. i'm preparing an exam on design at the university focused on that (of course not just washing machines! ): you know, the problem is that what you should need to is trying them and decide which one "fits" you the best. you should choose the one with the easyest controls (knobs, buttons, lcd touch screen panels...), the easyest way of load concernig to your body (if you are two meters tall you should choose a top load, on the other hand if you are 1.50 meters tall it could be difficult to load it from the top, isn' it?) and the necessities you require in terms of washing qualities, water and soap saving... the list is so long!
that's the same with any everyday object: we use so many stupid objects wich complicate our life instead of making it easier. (an example? phones: who can really use them in toto?) just find that ones you use the most "naturally". yeah, naturally.
check this out: "Psychology of everyday things, Coffeepot for masochists" by Donald A. Norman.
it's gonna make everyone smile...

[ December 11, 2005: Message edited by: steno druetta ]
Ashok Mash
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I thought front-loading washing machines were not in production any more � I haven�t seen a front-loading model in years!


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Mary Wallace
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Raghav Sam
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Buy a Kenstar Tumbletop. It is a top-loading m/c but rotates on a horizontal axis (just like IFB). It is pretty sleek, occupies very less space and is water effecient. I simply loved it until I had to sell it off since I moved from India to Singapore.


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Axel Janssen
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Expensive.
In Germany you get a Beko (good & turkish) frontloader for 269 Euro. http://www.dooyoo.de/waschmaschine/beko-wa-1060n/Preise/
I am happy user.

Axel
Dave Lenton
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Are top-loading washing machines fairly common then? I don't think I've ever seen one... but then again all the washing machines I've seen have been in kitchens or utility rooms underneath a counter of some kind.

Talking of washing machines, anyone got any idea how I can move one down five flights of stairs when I move house in the spring?! And still have it in working order at the bottom of course


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Rick Beaver
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Originally posted by Dave Lenton:

Talking of washing machines, anyone got any idea how I can move one down five flights of stairs when I move house in the spring?! And still have it in working order at the bottom of course


Make sure you bolt the concrete block in place before you move it.


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Dave Lenton
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Originally posted by Rick Beaver:
Make sure you bolt the concrete block in place before you move it.
Cheers. They really should put that in the manual.

Hmmm, thinking about it, I have the typical programmer's habit of considering reading the manual to be some kind of defeat, so I probably never read it in the first place. Its a bit of a miracle the thing works in that case!
Raghav Sam
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Originally posted by Axel Janssen:
Expensive.


In Indian Rupees it was somewhere in the middle. While top loading m/cs like Whirlpool cost around 8000, front loading m/cs (IFB) start at 14000. I bought Kenstar for 12000.
steno druetta
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Originally posted by Mary Wallace:
well the first thing you have to think about is WHERE you wanna put it and who is gonna use it.

WHERE? Basement.
WHO? Does that matters?
I havent seen a board in laundromat saying this is
for men and this is women .I know for restrooms it matters (who going to use thingy)


well,
i'm not talking about MEN or WOMEN using a washingmachine: as i wrote, if you are 1.50 meters tall, you can't think about handling a top loading machine, which are normally higher than front loading ones. i state i am misoginist but not that way...
if you have a wide space u can choose for a front loading. i saw a whirlpool with an intermediate kind of loading, it has a proper angulation from the floor level. that's not parallel to the floor but it has about 25 degrees of angulation.
good design!
Jesus Angeles
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how many men does it take to do laundry?
Ulf Dittmer
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Top loaders are not suitable for people who keep forgetting things. A guy I know used to have one, and every so often forgot to put the lid on after loading (it came off completely, and the machine didn't warn you that there was no lid when you turned it on). So what happens is, it does half a turn until the hole is at the bottom, all clothes fall down and block any further rotation of the drum. But it keeps on trying to rotate, ripping your clothes in the process. Happened to him more than once, although I think by now he remembers . Maybe these days the lid doesn't come off completely, or there's a sensor to detect the condition.

Oh, and with front loaders stuff does indeed tend to fall to the floor. Very annoying.
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