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Front Load Washers?

I know this was discussed back in December and I read through the thread, but I'm looking for the updates???

Jan, How is the Bosch working out?

Tom King--You said you had the Whirlpool Duet? How is handling all the dog hair?

Kimberly, you had a Whirlpool that was flooding. Was it the Duet??

I've been researching my hinie off trying to choose wisely and there is so much conflicting advice out there. We are having water rationing here due to a couple really dry years and I'd like to get a front loader since they use much less water.

After checking Consumer Reports, User Ratings and talking with a repair guy I respect, I thought I had settled on the Whirlpool Duet. When I went in to purchase one the salesperson said I could have/would have problems with the pump becomming clogged with dog hair. They are trying to sell me on a GE Profile. It has a door on the bottom where you can clear out the hair so less likely to flood. (could be because they have one on the floor with a couple scratches that they'd like to get rid of?)
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I have the front-loading Whirlpool Duet HT. I love it !!! But as much I hate spending the $$$, I do recommend purchasing the extended warranty. That includes a once-yearly maintenance "check up/tune up". The warranties are a bite ($$$) but after getting burned on a 1-year-old double oven that the manufacturer would not budge on for warranty repair, I find the warranties worth their weight in gold. The pups have only been here 5 months but prior had Himalayans cats with shedding galore. I have not had a "hair" issue yet anyway (and keeping my fingers crossed)...and a warranty if I do. Good luck with our choice. Don't think you could wrong with a Bosch either. Reading the Consumer Report, it is amazing the bad wrap the high-end appliances get. I just went through this with an oven, drove me nuts trying to decide.

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I have the front-loading Whirlpool Duet HT. I love it !!!
Sharlene, Do you wash the dog beds in it too? With your guys being younger they might not be as bad (hair wise) as mine. I have both boys in full coat and two other dogs in the house too. I love hearing your feedback thanks! How long have you had your Duet HT?
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I have the Whirlpool Duet HT and no problems (so far)

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I have the Whirlpool Duet HT and no problems (so far)
How long have you had it for? and do you ever wash dog towels--you use a groomer huh? Do you wash dog beds??

Over exhausted minds are dying to know.... I have pictures I am holding in ransom LOL!
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I have had mine going on 2 years. I do wash the dog beds, blankets, etc. and I did the cats too...and my oh my what hair I found in the lint trap when I dried them (the cats). I can finally wear black again after 18 years....please don't tell me the dogs will shed like that too? I will have to take all my black clothes back that I was finally able to buy!!!

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Jan, How is the Bosch working out?
There's no musty smell in the washer and the tub has a large tilt to it so that the water drains out. Clothing comes out nice and clean. I don't have a clue how it gets clothing clean with so little water in there. If you use the germ killing cycle (xxx sanitary or something like that) you're looking at almost 2 hours for a wash but I use the quick wash most of the time.
So far the only problem I have is this one really really thick comforter that comes out dripping in water unless I run it through another quick cycle. It sure would help if it had just a spin cycle......but it might and I just don't know about it since hubby has the manual to it somewhere. Don't ever give that man something to put away cause you never see it again!
It took a long time to get used to because I kept thinking I put it on delay start and it wasn't running so I'd go check on it and find out that it's just extra quiet and I wasn't hearing it run.
There are no more balls of fur on anything, no snagged clothing, it's quiet...maybe too quiet, and does a good job.
Good luck in your search, I went nuts going through all the reviews of every front loader out there.

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I have the original frontload Samsung and LOVE it. I was worried about the spin cycle since the laundry is upstairs, but the Samsung is SO quiet, and it was the only one the salesman said could handle vibration. My lab sheds like crazy and I just pull out the excess dog hair from the collection area trap near the seal after I wash his bedding. Samsung has a newer model out now that is more $$$, but this first one is still available and less.

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I have the original frontload Samsung and LOVE it. I was worried about the spin cycle since the laundry is upstairs, but the Samsung is SO quiet, and it was the only one the salesman said could handle vibration. My lab sheds like crazy and I just pull out the excess dog hair from the collection area trap near the seal after I wash his bedding. Samsung has a newer model out now that is more $$$, but this first one is still available and less.
Thanks for the info. on the Samsung. I hadn't been considering it, but now that you meniton it has a trap I'll have to take a second look at it!
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and do you ever wash dog towels--you use a groomer huh? Do you wash dog beds??
I don't have the duet, but I clip a standard poodle regularly and do it on the floor with her face in my lap so the fur is all over me (face is done at least once every 2 weeks). Then she gets a full body clipping once a month or every other month depending on my mood and that gets all over me too. By the time I'm done doing a full body clipping, it looks like at least 3 Havs laying on the floor, that's how much fur I clip. So far the washer takes out all the fur. As far as bedding goes, the dogs allow us to borrow their bed but do THEY do the bed clothing? Nope, they leave it to me...but it comes out with no fur on it. I gave up on dog pillows because they'd go out and eat grass and come in and puke on them. ugh

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