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Recommendations: Washer and Dryer?

Carey and I are looking for a good washer and dryer. Something that will last awhile. Front-loaders (for the washer and dryer) were recommended by the lady at Lowe's, and they range anywhere from $500 to $1500. We've got some good coupons, and we like to invest in quality stuff, so don't hesitate to list some more expensive washers and dryers. So long as the total ain't above $2500, that is. 🙂

7 Responses to "Recommendations: Washer and Dryer?"

  1. My parents just bought a new washer and dryer. They checked out Consumer Reports and ended up with a Calypso set. BAD IDEA! They have had nothing but problems. The washer has stopped draining several times, and they actually went out and bought a wet vac because it was becoming so common. It also started leaking and flooded their brand new kitchen floor. To make matters worse, even when it is working it eats clothes. My brothers have lost countless shirts because it spins so fast they are just ripped apart. The dryer is better but still not what they were expecting. It gets extremely hot at times. So, in short, I would highly suggest you NOT get a Calypso. That is all. 🙂

  2. Thanks. There are some by Bosch that look good, and the dishwasher in the new house is Bosch, and Carey's heard good things about their dishwashers. Let's see if these links work: 1 2 3 and 4.

  3. Gotta love Quicken: On 10/1/96 I bought a Maytag washer/dryer set for $959.50. They have served me well ever since - no problems. But since quality changes over time, I definitely recommend using Consumer Reports to check the quality of current units.

  4. I spent a good amount of money on the Duet washer/dryers and couldn't be happier. These things use very little water/energy and wash better than any other washer I've seen. Clothes seem to have less wear on them too.

  5. My wife and I are using an LG combo unit. Love it. It's front loading, uses very little power and water and very gentle on the clothes. It spins at up to 1400 rpm so clothes come out nearly dry. So close to dry that we rarely use the dryer anymore. A couple hours on a rack and the clothes are ready to put away. Much nicer than cooking them in a dryer. Our model is 'smallish' (2 cu. ft.) but the Trom version is more household sized. I cannot remember the model but it's something like RD-3475 or similar. Wonderful machine. Other excellent brands; the Bosch front loaders and Miele. These are pricey machines but they take excellent care of your clothes, are easy on power and detergents and last a long time.

  6. We bought a set of Bosch front-loaders about 18 months ago (after lots of research) and they do a great job.

  7. We bought a set of Admiral (by Maytag) about a year ago and have had no problems. The pair was just over $500. For the most part, the more expensive models offer more knobs (which just confuse me) and das blinken lights (which look really cool).

    They also come with an auto-dry sensor, which is a feature that I highly recommend.


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