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  • #1784546
    Lightbrite
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    Can you please recommend what you think is the best or one of the best top loading washing machines?

    Price is not an issue (no budget).

    Thank you 🙂

    #1784725
    Gadolhadorah
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    Samsung units seem to be highest rated…..a bit pricier since the import tariffs were added in 2018 but still very good. LGs have some additional bells and whistles but not reall necessary for 99 percent of users. Sadly, the ole standard Whirlpools and Maytags don’t measure up although they are American assembled (of imported components).

    #1784737
    Gadolhadorah
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    P.S If cost is not a primary concern, than you may want to consider that front-loading washers are typically more expensive, but justifiably so. Front-loading washers consistently have been shown to result in cleaner clothes, are less damaging and for those concerned with tikun olam, are more energy and water efficient than top loaders. Even average, front-loading washing machines use 40-50% less water than the average top-loading washing machine.

    #1784741
    Lightbrite
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    So, are you saying that it’s not worth it to buy a Maytag or Whirlpool nowadays (both owned by Whirlpool)?

    What about GE?

    … I’ve heard that electronic panels are more expensive to fix. Also, LG parts supposedly discontinue, so fixing them is more expensive?

    Have you ever seen/used a Speed Queen?

    Thank you 🙂

    #1784740
    Lightbrite
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    Gadolhadorah: Thank you for your info!

    About Front-Loaders: One major downside (dealbreaker) of front loaders is that they get stinky/moldy and need to be cleaned monthly. In South Florida, it seems like everyone who has a front-loader not only needs to keep the lid open after each use, but tackle any mold issues monthly.

    #1784779
    justme22
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    I’m sure consumer reviews has a list of the top ones , you can get the reports by paying for a one month subscription ( like you said budget not an issue).

    #1784771
    Uncle Ben
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    Ah: Tikun Olam! The only “mitzvah” of the Reform and Secular Humanist Jews. Why am I not surprised to hear it regurgitated by KatanHadorah?

    #1784754
    🍫Syag Lchochma
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    We bought Samsung front loading washing machine (Black Friday and floor model deal). It works well but computerized means I have less flexibility to rush the cycle by spinning forward, or reversing a bit to add clothes ( not common issues in most homes, I’m sure) the mold problem is huge. We use the machine daily and run it through self clean cycles and cannot get rid of the awful smell. The clothes smell fine but the machine and draining water are disgusting.

    #1784811
    Takes2-2tango
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    Try the bosch or simply go back to a Top loader

    #1784824
    Lightbrite
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    🍫Syag Lchochma: Thanks for being honest about the mold issue with front loaders.

    #1784823
    Lightbrite
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    Uncle Ben: Are you in the right thread?

    #1784949
    Uncle Ben
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    LightBrite; Yes. See KH’s comment at 9:17 am

    #1784965
    Gadolhadorah
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    Benny……your usual tone deafness is humorous…..if you cannot handle satire about the Big Mitzvah No., 614 (the only one taken seriously by the conservative/reform gadolim), than perhaps go on Amazon and buy a sense of humor., If you are a Prime Member, they can deliver it to you tomorrow.

    LB: The issue of keeping the door open on front loaders to avoid the odor of dampness is true but its no big deal and not a problem except if you live in a very high humidity area.

    #1784968
    🍫Syag Lchochma
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    GH- it is extremely dry where i live for much of the year and the mold is always a problem

    #1784969
    Lightbrite
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    Okie dokie, thank you Gadolhadorah 🙂

    Uncle Ben, got it! Sorry for skipping over that part of your post

    #1784970
    Thank Hashem
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    Is mold a problem only in America??? Because, over the 17 years I lived in Israel and the UK (before moving back to America), I only saw front loader washing machines and never did I have any mold problems. Yes, the door should be left open constantly as is with any wet item, in order for it to dry properly. Now regarding quality, I can testify that my clothes in the UK came out from the wash machine spotless and brightly white – without adding bleach (a major american custom) or having to presoak or spray on dirt spots etc. etc. And the reason is very simple, those machines take almost 2 hours a regular cotton hot cycle as opposed to the 20 minutes the top loader machines take. Simple.

    #1784988
    Gadolhadorah
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    Syag: I’ve used front-loaders for 15 years in a moderately wet climate and never had a problem with the door open after each use and a monthly “cleaning” cycle. I won’t inquire what you are putting into the washer or whether it was installed correctly so no water remains in the drain line below the tub.

    #1784994
    🍫Syag Lchochma
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    Okay, so we have different experiences. It happens.

    #1785253
    Gadolhadorah
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    Syag: For me, the biggest kvetch regarding front-loaders is having to bend down every time to load/unload. Half the time, there is always one sock left in the washer that was stuck on the top of the tub/drum (whatever it is called) and difficult to see unless you were lying down on the floor looking up. We didn’t have room for those “stands” which raise the height of the washer/dryer closer to eye level.

    #1785359
    🍫Syag Lchochma
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    I totally agree, very annoying. Insread of climbing in, i have learned to reach in and spon the drum one spin around to check for those socks.

    #1785366
    Nechomah
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    TH, just a point about why washing machines in Israel take 2 hours whereas the machines in US take 15-20 minutes for a load.

    In US you hook your washing machine up to the cold AND hot water spouts, so you automatically get hot water to your desire. The machines in Israel have to heat up their water. They are only hooked to one spout.

    I have also found that the newer machines in the past several years are having short cycles. Not everybody wants to wash things for so long, as it can wear out the fabric too quickly. Also if i realize that I need something quickly for the next morning or later in the afternoon, I can pop it in for a short cycle and it’s clean! I don’t recommend these quick cycles for really dirty clothes, but for many things it’s great when you’re in a rush, which many Jewish mothers seem to have a problem with.

    I am actually wondering if I have a mold problem in my water drainage pipe. I brought my washing machine to my new apartment several years back and always noticed a smell. I can’t remember if the clothes also smelled, but that is a distinct possibility. About two years ago I had to buy a new machine and I STILL smell that smell, now not so much on the clothes, but the smell is still there. It can’t be mold in the machine because it was there straight away after I bought the machine.

    Any ideas? I would love to get rid of that smell.

    BTW, as far as bleach into washing machines, I was told by the technician who came to hook up my new machine that the newer machines are built less strong than they used to be built and there is a risk to damaging the pipes/tubes when putting bleach in the machine.

    #1785536

    My wife finds top loading machines easier on he back. She just takes the laundry basket and dumps it in. Cant do that with a front loading machine.

    #1785674
    Lightbrite
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    lowerourtuition11210: You don’t own a leaf blower?

    #1785675
    Lightbrite
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    What about a Speed Queen?

    #1785673
    yehudayona
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    Lower, it may be easier to put the laundry in a top loader than a front loader, but it’s harder to take it out. And when you’re taking it out, it’s wet and therefore heavier.

    #1785690
    Gadolhadorah
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    LB: You’ll see Speed Queen commercial washers and dryers in laundromats. Their residential lines are priced at the high end (upwards of $1500 each for a washer and dryer. They also offer a longer warranty than most other manufacturers. While we considered them, the units we saw had considerably small capacity than the Samsung and LG units. If you don’t have large loads and price is not a concern, they are probably the best units on the market. I’m fairly certain they are made in the U.S.

    #1785793

    YY: true but my wife has never complained about that.

    LB: What does a leafblower have to do with my response?

    #1785993
    Lightbrite
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    Lowerourtuition11210: For anyone with a front loader, if you make a little ramp on the floor in front of it, you can hypothetically blow your dirty clothes into the front loader with a leaf blower. Getting the clothes out would still require bending though.

    #1786145

    LB: I dont own a leaf blower nor would I even think to use it the way you described. My wife prefers the top loader as does my mother and mother-in-law.

    #1786203
    Lightbrite
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    That’s good news lowerourtuition11210! 🙂

    Best to not involve leaf blowers in laundry

    .

    #1786422
    Gadolhadorah
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    You can dry your laundry with a leaf blower but it generally takes more time, its much less energy efficient, your laundry room may smell from gasoline and set off the CO alarm, and your arm will feel like a lead pipe after about 10 or 15 minutes….Otherwise, great idea and saves at least $1,000 for a dryer.

    #1787994
    Lightbrite
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    Thank you Gadolhadorah! After reading your post about Speed Queen’s having small capacities, the brand was removed from the list of options. I didn’t realize how small the washers were. You just saved my friend a trip to the premium appliance store that isn’t open on Sundays (and probably $1-grand to boot!).

    Thanks everyone!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    #1788011
    rational
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    I am far from an expert on these matters, but I want to bring up the water issue.
    Washers are often designed for different mineral contents in the water, depending on the specific climate.
    That is one of the reasons that in Israel the old American Maytags did not clean clothes nearly as well as the European models that all Israelis buy.
    When after 30 years the Maytag (to p load) finally finished its journey, we bought a relatively simple, inexpensive and popular European-type washer (front load). The clothes come out much cleaner.

    #1788015
    Rif
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    I live in Europe, MIELE is the best machine ever! A hot cycle (ranging from 60 to 90 degrees Celsius) can take up to 3 hours. In US the machines don’t have hot water cycles, the highest temperature is 110 Fahrenheit, no wonder your clothes don’t come out clean.

    #1789495
    Rif
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    So has anyone heard of MIELE? I highly recommend it, it’s the top machine in Europe, it has a cooking program 90° C. No American machine has a cooking program.

    #1789675
    Nechomah
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    Miele is an extremely expensive brand. Even if it is super special, not many yeshivish people I know in Yerushalayim area can afford such a machine – it is twice the price of the Bosch machine that I bought a couple of years ago. But seriously, who wants to cook their clothes? I can wash at 90 degrees in my machine also.

    #1789736
    Rif
    Participant

    The author of this thread wrote that price is not an issue. This discussion is about good machines, not about who can afford them. Some people don’t even own a washing machine, they go to a launderette.
    Some people wash all their white underwear at 90° Celsius. When you say you can wash at 90°, do you mean Celsius or Fahrenheit? American machines do not have a program of 194° Fahrenheit (90° Celsius).
    So whether you can afford it or not, MIELE is the top of the line.

    #1789772
    Lightbrite
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    I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a Miele in real life.

    All of their US stock looks like they only sell front-loading machines for consumers here, according to Miele’s website.

    #1789802
    Nechomah
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    Just to answer Rif, I live in EY, so my 90 is Celsius not Farenheit.

    But as Lightbrite points out, in the OP it says a top-loading machine, not front-loading.

    #1791908
    KOLTUV
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    The best machine today is speed queen. Don’t buy samsung or lg. The whirlpool duet is a good unit

    #1807276
    Uncle Ben
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    Saw this on Gizmodo:
    The design of front-loading washing machines can leave a laundry room smelling awful if you’re not vigilant about keeping it clean and dry when not in use. But who has time to regularly wash their washing machine? No one. So GE Appliances redesigned its UltraFresh Front Load washers with some clever upgrades that prevent odor-causing bacteria from thriving.

    #1807278
    Uncle Ben
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    Part 2: GE Appliance’s new UltraFresh Front Load washers take a three-pronged approach to the war on stink. The rubber gasket that creates a tight seal between the spinning drum and the washer’s door now features a wider design with a steeper angle that should ensure water completely drains away after a load, instead of hanging around causing trouble.

    #1807287
    Uncle Ben
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    Part 3: When a load is complete users should not only be able to leave the washer’s door closed, they can also activate a new feature called the UltraFresh Vent System that spins the drum at low speeds to draw in and circulate fresh air throughout the machine, sporadically throughout the day, to hopefully dry out any remaining moisture. The final line of defense is that GE Appliances has added Microban’s antimicrobial additives to the washer’s gasket, soap dispenser, drainage tube, and water pump in order to further discourage bacteria growth throughout the machine.
    When the UltraFresh Front Load washers go on sale sometime in January of next year they’ll range in price from $899 to $1,199 depending on the size and optional features included.

    #1808538
    Lightbrite
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    Thank you Uncle Ben!

    Good to know 🙂

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