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Marjorie
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Marjorie

LOL! Yeah, I guess i did go into the vaults :-)

Sounds like you all went all out for your units. How do you like the front loader now that you've used it for a while? Do you find it gets the clothes as clean as the top loaders?

I know what you mean about the lights - mine's pretty much the same, and when it winds up for the high spin, it sounds like a little jet engine in there! :-D
It does a great job, though. Only little problem I've found is with the towels.... definitely gotta use far less soap than recommended, and manually set the water level for high.

The Fisher&Paykel has vibration at the high spin speed (1,000 rpm), and they recommend putting it on a concrete floor. No problem here, since my house is a slab. For anyone thinking about the F&P machine, they do tell how to set it up on a first floor, too.

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce

The girlfriend wanted as large a machine as she could get so that she could do comforters and sleeping bags. Front loaders are supposed to be more gentle on clothing and get it cleaner and that seems to bear true in our experience. We have far less lint in the dryer trap than when we had a top loader and the clothing is definitely cleaner.

Our machines are pretty darned quiet, you can hear them whispering in the back of the house and beep when the cycle is done. Our old top load machine I could hear clear at the other end of the house, which sounded like a noisy car idling next to my desk. When it spun it shook the whole house. Because this is a manufactured home, I equated it more to the design and support of the house than the machine, but these new machines you don't even know they're running. ME LIKEY THAT A BUNCH!!!

Yes, you use considerably less soap, mostly because you're using considerably less water in the machine. These machines seem to run much longer than the old set, which I don't know if that's good or bad.

Our machines spins at either 1200 or 1400 rpm, I don't remember which and we get no vibration from them at all. You can see the machine shake a little, and if something is sitting on top of them it will rattle a little, but there's no discernible vibration transmitted through the floor. We stayed away from the pedestals because that tends to be where it comes from, particularly in our case where the house/floor isn't all that stable.

What did you pay for your set?

Marjorie
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Marjorie

That's definitely the plus with front loaders, is the 'stuff' you can wash in it. I didn't give 'em a fair chance because I based my idea of clean washing on the ones I used in the laundromat (yes, i had to go to the good ol' laundromat while i shopped for a new machine... sunday mornings is an interesting time there).
I couldn't figure out how to make a front loader 'hold' and soak, no salesperson could tell me, either, and I have to be able to do bleach soak for my big ol' dog's bedding (she has a seeping mammary cyst, so everyplace she lays, i have layers of sheets. Me and Goodwill, we're tight- I buy all my doggie sheets there!).
I didn't get the set - got only the washing machine since my dryer's still working just fine and being the tightwad I am, couldn't justify it the expenditure for a new one.
Sears had the basic Fisher&Paykel on sale, a really good sale, for $485.00 (I think), plus $75.00 delivery and haul away. They're supposed to refund the delivery & haul away, but I don't have it yet and it's been almost 2 months.

Your front loader spins much faster than the top loader i have, and the F&P spins faster than most top loaders. Other companies are getting into the faster spins, trying to compete with the front-loaders, I think.

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce

We too spent many an hour at the laundromat while we found the machines we would buy.

They've been trying to make top loaders more like front loaders, in that they don't have an agitator anymore. They're supposed to use less water than a standard TL, though still more than a basic FL. The thing with an FL is that as it rotates it automatically brings the bottom clothes to the top, which is why an agitator is needed in a TL, this same action also requires much less water than your basic TL. FLs can also spin faster without becoming out of balance, whereas a TL can't take much side load before it is either walking itself out the door or shutting down. Spin speed is the key factor in wringing the clothing dry so that they spend less time in the energy consuming dryer.

So far we've been pretty happy with ours, even though they were expensive.

Marjorie
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Marjorie

What kind of prefab do you and your lady have? My aunt & uncle had one in KY, actually, they said it was a modular... maybe not the same... they had it fixed up so nice that the manufacturer came out to take pics to show what could be done, haha! They'd added a large front porch, landscaped all around, added an oversize 2-car garage with a breezeway or 'Florida Room' joining the house to the garage, and added a very large, covered deck. It was impressive. Everything they saved by buying a modular, they put into the other stuff and were just as happy as clams. :-)

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce

"Manufactured home" is the politically correct term for piece of sh ... trailer. A few years back the industry thought they needed a spiffy new name to take the stigma away from the garbage they pander to the unsuspecting public.

But that is a rant for another day ... :D:D:D

Marjorie
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Marjorie

You're right there, buddy-ro! Some things it's just worth it to not cut corners if you can help it. Appliances are one of 'em. I'd done some web research before buying, as well as actual store-shopping. I was surprised to find a machine that spins as fast as this one does, 1,000 rpm, and for a top loader that's supposed to be good. It doesn't walk around, my old one did. I'd have to stand and hold it in place in the spin cycle. I guess losing it's fluids or something had something to do with that, because one of its big features was that it stayed balanced and it did for many, many years.

Well, Sprucey - I went and dredged out the paperwork. I did pay $485.00 for it, and it was normally 600 at other places (ok, they said $599.00 but what's a penny!?). It's called the EcoSmart. I like it that it's an energy-star and uses far less water than a normal top loader, but not as saving as your front loader. (with a septic system, every little bit helps, you know?). It holds quite a bit, but if i wanted to to a very large comforter or a big rug, I'd be off to the laundromat. You get to stay in the comfort of your own home, haha!

It sure is better than going down to the creek or lake with a bar of lye soap and a washboard, isn't it?! :D

Marjorie
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Marjorie

Save the rant and let fly another day..... my pillow is calling me..... :-)

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce
Marjorie wrote:

It sure is better than going down to the creek or lake with a bar of lye soap and a washboard, isn't it?! :D

I don't do the laundry, and it's worth every penny spent to ensure that I don't have to! ;):D

Marjorie
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Marjorie

What!!?? You mean your girlfriend has to do all the laundry!??!
You're very, very nice to her, right? And buy her pretty presents? Sparkly and gleamy? :p

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