What Frontloader Would You Buy?
Posted 24 September 2012 - 12:25 AM
People who fix things get to see their insides where you can tell the difference between cheap crap and well-made machines. I want to get something that (most importantly) won't get the funky smell even if my wife leaves an occasional load in there overnight, and something that's built reasonably well. Here are some that I'm looking at:
LG WM8000HWA: Huge capacity is nice
Whirlpool WFW94HEXW: Appears to have a built-in tub ventilator disguised as a drying feature.
Maytax Maxima MHW6000XW: Same cost as above, good consumer reviews
LG WM3470HWA: Decent capacity, lower cost than WM8000HWA
I'm leaning towards the Whirlpool WFW94HEXW right now due to that "Fan Fresh" feature, plus my old HE3t was a rebranded Whirlpool and the construction on it seemed decent.
What would you buy?
Posted 24 September 2012 - 09:55 PM
LG is a Korean owned company, the machines are made in Korea or Mexico, parts for LGs are hard to get and many servicers won't work on LG products.
Whirlpool is an American owned company, parts for Whirlpool and Maytag brands are available everywhere and all these new Whirlpool and Maytag washers you mentioned above are proudly made in Clyde, Ohio USA.
Whatever you do, be sure to register your new washer once you get it by sending in the warranty registration card or on the manufacturer's website and make sure you buy the extended warranty FROM THE MANUFACTURER, not from the store where you bought it from to protect yourself from control boards going bad, etc.
Posted 24 September 2012 - 10:30 PM
Posted 24 September 2012 - 10:37 PM
you are so correct on not sending in the registration cards i just went on a whirlpool vmw gearcase washer it was bought Aug 28 2011 went on the service call sept 5 2012 the gearcase bearing was out told customer to call customer service for maybe to get parts covered sorry mam cant help you whirlpool sucks so bad so she was 7 days out of warranty and she had to pay me 225 for parts and labor whirlpool sucks
In my honest opinion, those VMW washers are going to hurt Whirlpool's reputation. They could have found a better way to make the tried and trusted direct drive top loader washers more energy efficient. All this "new technology" just to save energy and meet Energy Star standards is going to hurt reliability. Sure, our job is to fix what breaks, but we do get tired of hearing "It's only a couple of years old, why did it break down so soon?" and "I'll never buy this brand again!"
Edited by Scottthewolf, 24 September 2012 - 10:38 PM.
Posted 24 September 2012 - 11:19 PM
... and Kenmore switching from Whirlpools to LGs ...
LG can probably make them cheaper and give Sears a better deal. I also think Sears is bitter now that Electrolux gave A&E Factory Service the boot for doing their warranty repairs and Whirlpool will be giving A&E Factory Service the boot when their contract expires.
One thing is for sure, Sears switching to LG to manufacture their Kenmore branded appliances has already backfired on them. They have the burnt light assemblies/main control board issues with their refrigerators rework and the gas dryer gas valve safety recall to deal with now. Karma's a bitch.
Posted 25 September 2012 - 08:22 AM
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