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poopiekat

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09-05-2013 09:40 PM

Okay… the wife informed me she wants a new washer and dryer, and a new freezer.

I’m okay with that! The ones we have are THIRTY FIVE years old! Still running, but….

I know new replacements will not last as long; but I still wish to purchase new items that will NOT give me trouble. I’ve ruled out front-loaders for that reason.

Did you get a good deal in, say, the last five years on a Washer, Dryer, or Deep Freeze? Or did you get a lemon?

I need to know, any exceptionally good or bad experiences with your purchase of major appliances... What to buy, what to avoid….Thank You!!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!


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natenaaron

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#1 posted 09-05-2013 09:46 PM

Avoid Kenmore like the plague. They are no where near the quality they were. We have had three kenmore washers. One lasted 7 years. The next two lasted less than a year. Each supposedly “high end”. Three kenmore dryers could not dry two towels in less than 70 minutes on high. They were returned. I think we have a maytag dryer and an LG washer.

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crank49

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#2 posted 09-05-2013 09:49 PM

I was unaware that front loaders give trouble.
Our dryer has always been front loading, but the washer we got 4 years ago was our first front load washer and we absolutely love it. No transmission to screw up, quiet, uses almost no water and only a tiny bit of detergent.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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Howie

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#3 posted 09-05-2013 09:56 PM

When my wife replaced her washer and dryer she bought Bosch front loaders. 5 years and no problems.

BTW. Instead of buying the platforms for them at 275.00 each I bought 2×10 x 8 and 3/4 PW. Looks fine in the laundry room and was a whole whoopy cheaper.

-- Life is good.

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Don W

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#4 posted 09-05-2013 10:04 PM

I’ve had some friend with front load washers and I guess they are notorious for leaking. It seem they are now back to top load, but the higher end top load washer don’t have an agitator, use less water, and spin out better so cloths dry faster. Its all hear-say so take it for what its worth.

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7Footer

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#5 posted 09-05-2013 10:19 PM

I disagree with Nate, although I can’t speak for all Kenmore’s (I had an old 80’s set that were awesome), however now we have a the Kenmore Elite set top loader, you can put and entire set of king sheets in it, including a comforter, they are HUGE. The dryer is a steam dryer and its awesome (although I don’t use the steam a whole lot, I’d use it a ton more if I had to dress up for work everyday). Maybe the Kenmore brand isn’t what it used to be, but most brands aren’t what they used to be these days. Kenmore Elite however imo are great machines.

My suggestion would be – if you can, hold out until Black Friday, I got my Kenmore Elite set which was $2700 regularly for $1200. Today they still cost more than what I paid for them, one of the best deals I’ve ever made. I got such a good deal that I even bought Sears little protection plan (and I basically never buy those stupid protection plans, but I figured that all of the new machines with their electric digital displays is going to go bad eventually, and we got such a good deal that I just went for it).

I’m super happy with ours, I did hear a few concerns about the front loaders, I have a friend who has had bad luck 2x with his front loaders, but both times they were warrantied. The capacity on these Kenmore Elite’s that I got though is incredible, and they dry excellent, mine will dry 18 towels in about 45 minutes.

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natenaaron

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#6 posted 09-05-2013 10:34 PM

Front loaders leak when something gets between the door gasket and the body. In our house dog hair is usually the culprit. I scratched my head for a good two days on this one. Easily fixed and avoided by keeping the gasket clean.

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Wildwood

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#7 posted 09-05-2013 10:37 PM

I am not sure where you live but suggest looking at your local Lowes or Home Depot, and read appliance owner reviews for models you and wife interested in.

Not saying should buy at those places but owner reviews current and up-to-date for what is selling in your area.

We replace a twenty five year old 21 cu.ft. Kenmore refrigerator with size Whirlpool bottom freezer model from Lowes. Free shipping & took old refrigerator away made it best deal in my town.

-- Bill

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exelectrician

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#8 posted 09-05-2013 10:52 PM

Check out Consumer Reports

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dpwalker

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#9 posted 09-05-2013 11:09 PM

+1 on avoiding Kenmore. They barely outlast their factory standard warranty. That being said we have had good luck with kitchen aid appliances.

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crank49

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#10 posted 09-06-2013 12:23 AM

I’ve had very good luck with several Kenmore appliances. I even have a Kelvinator freezer I got from Sears back in 1975.
Some Kenmore appliances are highly rated in consumer reports.
I’d just as soon have a Kenmore as anything else out there, except I have a B2B relationship with a dealer who will cut me a deal on GE, Kitchen Aid or Whirlpool..

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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poopiekat

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#11 posted 09-06-2013 12:35 AM

As you can see from the age of our current units, I’ve been out of the loop for appliance shopping for quite a while, and I’m aware though, that things change. Kenmore used to be high on my list, but I’m hearing mostly bad things these days. Crank: what brand name is your front loader? Howie: I’m with ya on Bosch, I’m mostly impressed with their dishwashers, which are well-made and really clean, could be our next one! DonW: Despite the simpler design, I keep hearing of mechanical/electrical failures with top loaders, but I guess I should be paying more attention to the specific brands people are complaining about. 7Footer: I’d like to wait for Black Friday, but it’s going to happen sooner. We get a puddle under the washer with each load…natenaaron: Reliable sealing being so paramount, you’d think they could engineer a gasket that could seal around a bit of dog hair… not good! Exelectrician: I posed my query here to get grassroots opinions from actual users, which I value over lab testing. I’ll trust the word of my fellow LJs over nerds in lab coats in a testing laboratory any day! dpwalker: Yep, my last two dishwashers were Kitchenaid, including the present one, and it’s been all I can ever expect of a nice reliable machine. I’ll see what else by them is sold in Canada. Thanks, everyone for your input, which I value highly!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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derrickparks57

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#12 posted 09-06-2013 01:38 AM

I’ve been an appliance repairman for about 4 years now. Avoid Kenmore simply because they don’t make anything anymore, they contract out to other major brands to make the appliances then they put their name on them. Unless you know how to decipher the model number to know what company made it I would avoid them altogether. I absolutely hate LG and Samsung, they are not repair friendly and they break a lot. GE is okay, but when they break be prepared to shell out big bucks because they think they’re parts are made of gold and are super pricey. The more fancy features and gizmos it has just means the more stuff to break later on. My suggestion for a washer and dryer would be a standard Whirlpool made top load style with the full size agitator in the washer, with the matching dryer. The ones with the stupid nubby looking agitators are plagued with issues, mostly tub bearings going out within the first 5 years and that costs about $400 to repair. I’m guessing your just looking for a freezer and not a fridge, in that case a decent upright Frigidaire is the best way to go.

-- Derrick

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poopiekat

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#13 posted 09-06-2013 01:53 AM

@Derrick: Thanks for your excellent input!! I was hoping that someone would be able to to give a qualified technicians’ opinion, and I am forever grateful for that! Yes, I’ll never buy another thing made by LG; I had a very bad experience with their product, (electronics). Same for any products that are not service-friendly. I am leaning toward a conventional W/D set, and agree with your suggestion about the Whirlpool. Yup, an upright freezer is what we want, to replace a 40 yr old RCA chest freezer!!! Yes, RCA!! Thanks again to all for kindly sharing your thoughts, I think it won’t be that hard to make the right selection and find the right deal after all, with all this excellent feedback!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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derrickparks57

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#14 posted 09-06-2013 02:03 AM

No problem, happy to help. Feel free to pm me if you have any questions about a certain model or whatever. I work 6 days a week and run an average of 15-20 calls a day so there isn’t much I haven’t seen or worked on.

-- Derrick

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Jimbo4

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#15 posted 09-06-2013 02:41 AM

We have had a Kenmore front load HT3 for 10 years – absolutely NO problems ! As long as you keep the input drawer clean – which is real easy to do – and CLEAN the door seals at least once a month you will probably not have any problems. By the way, ours does not leak either, because I maintain it, just like the warranty book tells me to. Does anybody ever read the warranty book on anything they buy?

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