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Looking for a front or top load washing machine

5 10 May 5, 2019 at 01:56 PM
I'm aware of the other thread from a different user a day ago looking for a front loader. I will be more specific:

I am interested in a deal on a front or top loader. Hoping for a price under $600.

Our Samsung died after 6 years (replacing the control board costs more than some washers).

Based on our experience with Samsung appliances in general, no Samsung recommendations please. Never again.

I can't wait until July or Thanksgiving because of the above.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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I'm aware of the other thread from a different user a day ago looking for a front loader. I will be more specific:

I am interested in a deal on a front or top loader. Hoping for a price under $600.

Our Samsung died after 6 years (replacing the control board costs more than some washers).

Based on our experience with Samsung appliances in general, no Samsung recommendations please. Never again.

I can't wait until July or Thanksgiving because of the above.

Thanks in advance for your help.
What places have you checked? Are there any special features you need? Can you bundle in anticipation of your dryer giving out? Manufacturers are big on bundling right now. Your price is quite reasonable. You may want to give Sears Outlet a try.
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What places have you checked? Are there any special features you need? Can you bundle in anticipation of your dryer giving out? Manufacturers are big on bundling right now. Your price is quite reasonable. You may want to give Sears Outlet a try.
Thanks for replying! I've looked at Home Depot, Lowe's, Best Buy and Sears Outlet. I'm leaning towards a more basic machine as the ones with additional features beyond the norm tend to be mediocre jacks of all trades, masters of none. Manufacturers these days seem to want to cram in lots of features that haven't been fully vetted for reliability (or simply designed for earlier disrepair/poor serviceability).

I've seen a Maytag, model MHW5630HW (and similar GE) front loader that might fit the bill but am scared off from a few bad reviews mentioning the control board going out. Maybe the "domestic" manufacturers are also borrowing those components from the Korean brands.

Bundling with a dryer may be a good option. The belt on our matching Samsung dryer went out last year also and the replacement is already squeaking.
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Thanks for replying! I've looked at Home Depot, Lowe's, Best Buy and Sears Outlet. I'm leaning towards a more basic machine as the ones with additional features beyond the norm tend to be mediocre jacks of all trades, masters of none. Manufacturers these days seem to want to cram in lots of features that haven't been fully vetted for reliability (or simply designed for earlier disrepair/poor serviceability).

I've seen a Maytag, model MHW5630HW (and similar GE) front loader that might fit the bill but am scared off from a few bad reviews mentioning the control board going out. Maybe the "domestic" manufacturers are also borrowing those components from the Korean brands.

Bundling with a dryer may be a good option. The belt on our matching Samsung dryer went out last year also and the replacement is already squeaking.
Could just be a few bad apples. I'd look at the return window, the warranty, and an extended warranty. Normally, purchasing extended protection is a waste of money, but here it could provide you peace of mind and cover you in an emergency.

I took a leap of faith on a mid-size fridge last year with mixed reviews. Like many complained, it arrived slightly dented but it's Energy Star compliant and actually freezes things in the large freezer compartment.

If cost becomes a real issue, look into a bank that gives you money for opening an account and keeping it open for the 90 day minimum then closing it. The $300 offer from one paid for my AC unit. The money saved from the Energy Star fridge paid the extra electrical cost. nod
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I bought a basic GE profile top loader 10+ years ago and it is still going strong. You can usually get them for $550 or less after rebates using Lowes 10% off coupons.

Imo, paying for all the options on washers is just a waste of money. Front loaders, water saving models, all the different modes, etc. are usually useless. Water is cheap so who cares if you waste an few extra gallons a month? And all the extra features are rarely if ever needed or used by most. Get a basic, reliable, energy star certified top loader imo.

As to reliability, it is always a crap shoot like with any other appliance you buy. All you can do is go by reputation and the reviews. Buy with a CC that doubles the warranty to give yourself an extra bit of insurance.
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