in my honest opinion you would probably be better off with a Cabrio or Kenmore Oasis HE washer...
but you should absolutly use HE detergent... its up to you... how long do you want your machine to last? HE detergent is a completly different chemical makeup.
i dont like the idea of a staber... its a top loading front loader... front loaders are great but im sure the staber has the same bearing issues as all the other ones...
. . . I just realized that I didn't complete my thread by including some of the other models I've looked at. I addressed the (imminent
product-recall) aspects of the CABRIO, and unless and until Scott (or someone else) can provide me with evidence that Whirlpool has corrected this problem, fuggedaboudit.
The OASIS HE is a model I am considering, as a matter of fact; but I also looked at the (smaller) 27?52 OASIS King-Sized, which does not require HE. Both of these issues may be moot, however:
As I'm doing my long-overdue mountain of laundry with this old (Top-Loading) Kenmore I had my maintenance guy pull from one of my rental units, I am alerted to an issue that had completely escaped my attention previously, and it's a big one: CAT HAIR.
My old top-loading GE had a lint tray
that sat atop the agitator. I can't understate the value of a lint dish, particularly for multiple-cat owners who deal with the ongoing issue of cat hair.
Even now I am seriously considering buying a Roomba® (or other more sturdy) robotic vacuum cleaner because I have cat hair absolutely everywhere
in my house — the kitchen, the bathroom, the living room . . . and you'd better believe my king-sized comforters. It's on my clothes, my socks, my pants, my suits, my dresses.
This old Kenmore I'm using as I type has no lint tray; so the first thing I realized upon opening the lid to examine the progress of the wash was a thick film of cat hair
, sitting on top of the suds. I've been putting the loads through twice just to see if perhaps a second rinse can "fling" this stuff out with multiple spin cycles. It does no good.
I always took this for granted, but of course now that I reflect upon how I've been doing laundry all these years I have always grabbed a big wad of cat hair from the lint tray
before subjecting my freshly-washed laundry to the dryer. Then there is gardening debris . . .
This issue is so significant that I don't want to bury it in this thread so I'll start a new one. The absence of a lint tray nixes any interest I might have for a horizontal-axis machine.
The ability to wash my king-sized comforter in one of these units is dwarfed by this one feature, which will be central to every load of wash I do. I can even go so far as to say that it renders moot the capacity of the machine — if I already know I'm going to need a lint tray, this will have to be the primary feature. I'll still look for dials; I'll still try to get the capacity as large as I can; and I'll still hope for stainless-steel construction — but I have to be able to hand-pick out the residue from my loads.