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Washing machine help needed

I need to get a new washer and dryer. The washer I have is lousy at getting dog fur out of clothing and the dryer decided to quit tumbling so I guess it's off to the store for us. Sheesh, why can't the cheap things go out?
Anyhow, does anyone have a washing machine that they love? Is there one I should stay away from?

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Earlier this year we bought a Kenmore Elite washer and dryer. I like them because they are front loaders. As for how well they remove pet hair, they seem to do pretty well. I don't end up with Sheltie fur on my black pants! On the small throws, the fur seems to ball up so it's easy to remove.

While we're on the subject of appliances.....anyone have a suggestion as to a good, quiet, dishwasher? Ours now sounds like a jet plane taking off. The motor is shot and since it's 9 years old, we're going to replace it soon.


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Re: Washing Machine

I love my Kenmore washing machine. It does a GREAT job cleaning clothes (even with dog hair) and doesn't seem to need as much laundry soap to get the job done. It is a top loading machine that has seperate places for the laundry soap, liquid fabric softener, and bleach and it individually runs water through each section during the wash cycle. I have a family of six and it really holds up to all the laundry that I do.
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I love my front load LG set. I did a TON of research when we bought our set last summer. The washing machine definitely gets the clothes cleaner, but is more gentle on them. If I wash a kleenex, it will stay intact, but the socks come out SO white and clean! I got the middle of the road set with the sanitary wash, where it has a heater that gets the water hotter than normal tap water. I could have stepped it up and got the steam clean option. It's supposed to get your clothes REALLY clean. It all comes down to your budget, and what features are important to you. But I would DEFINITELY get a front load set....
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Joanna, which Kenmore did you get?

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Renee and Susan, do you have water that's left in the washer after it runs? A few people have told me they're so sorry they got the front loaders because of that and the water gets smelly. Maybe it's just the brand they bought?

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While we're on the subject of appliances.....anyone have a suggestion as to a good, quiet, dishwasher? Ours now sounds like a jet plane taking off. The motor is shot and since it's 9 years old, we're going to replace it soon.

I'd be interested to know this as well in regards to a good dishwasher. Ours is on its last leg, so I've been doing some research in Consumer Reports. So far I'm leaning towards Kitchen Aid. Thoughts, comments??

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Renee and Susan, do you have water that's left in the washer after it runs? A few people have told me they're so sorry they got the front loaders because of that and the water gets smelly. Maybe it's just the brand they bought?
The LG sets have tubs that lean back, so water doesn't sit in them. (I believe they're the only brand with the tilted tubs) I do leave my door open for a day after my last load, because it would get the musty smell, just like a top loader would if you left the lid shut all the time. Not a big deal. I was VERY hesitant about getting a front loader, but I'm SO glad I did.

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I do sometimes have water under the rubber piece on the tub. My sister has a similar washer and told me to simply keep a rag handy and wipe up the bit of water that accumulates under the rubber and wipe off the glass part on the inside of the door. She also recommended keeping the door slightly ajar when not in use so air can circulate. I've done those things (which really only takes a sec after completing all the laundry) and no smell at all. I like that the front loaders are water savers because I think the amount of water that flows into them is dependent upon the weight of the load.
We also bought the 18" stands for the machines and it really alleviates any bending and stooping.
All things considered, I would have LOVED the LG that Renee mentioned but it was a bit too costly for us since there's only two of us and not that much laundry.
The Kenmore Elite is made by Whirlpool so it's basically the same as their model.
One thing I would say is that if your laundry room is near where you spend a lot of your time, the Kenmore Elite has a spin cycle that is kind of noisy. Since my laundry room is at the back of my hallway, I don't hear it when I close the door.

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Are front loaders just for larger families/loads? It's just my husband and myself now so we don't have the need for huge or as many loads as a family would need. Just wondering...


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