Rated 1 out of 5 by Goodrich33 Wasteful with design problems
The good part. I'm thankful I did not get the super expensive "Gee Whiz" version as it has even more problems and is harder to use.
That said, the problem here is that the machine will drain itself at the slightest provocation. If you dare to open top while filling to put in your soap or clothes the machine may drain. If top is open while filling adding laundry can confuse it (machine supposedly knows weight and volume of load) and drains. If when washing you hit pause-unlock and lift lid you have between zero seconds and four minutes to close lid and press resume--or it will drain. No consistency- best not to consider adding anything once the cycle starts. This wastes lots of water and you have to re-add your soap and bleach.
Because this machine (is supposed to) use less water, you will need to select "two rinses" to get the soap out. The fact there is such a setting means manufacturer is aware of this. Of course this problem and the ridiculous locking system are due to federal (safety?) laws..
The self drain feature wastes water and I cannot figure any safety benefit .....drowning prevention?
Cleaning. Something that wasn't necessary on old school washers. This uses hot water and no load. Wasteful.
January 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 HOTTEST WATER YOU WANT! RINSE FILLS TO THE TOP!
First, it took some getting used to the newer features that older washers did not have such as the locking lid and pause button. To get the best results read the Use and Care guide for which cycles use a full rinse vs spray rinse and how to avoid delaying the "sensing" process.
Second, I wash bedding in 140 degree hot water as recommended by allergy doctors for killing dust mites. I achieve this temperature by turning off the cold water valve/hose and letting in only hot water.
1. I like the fact I can get the hottest water I want if I turn off my cold water valve/hose. My water heater is set to deliver 156 degrees and I get the water straight out of my water heater without any interference. Some of the newer machines on the market have that "perfect temp" feature which blocks your water hose to keep you from making the water as hot as you want, and this machine DOES NOT DO THAT, thank goodness!
2. Once you select the wash cycle, let the water fill up a little before adding detergent. I like that the water fills all the way up and covers the clothes. I do not like HE washers that use a 'tablespoon' of water to wash or rinse a load. This one is like an old fashioned washer that fills up.
3. You unlocked the lid by touching the pause button at any point in the cycle. I noticed if you hit the pause button while it's in "sensing" mode, it takes longer for the lid to unlock.
4. On a "regular" wash cycle the rinse water fills up completely to the top and your clothes are fully submerged. However, some cycles use a "spray rinse" but I have found that if spray is not enough, I can run it through the "rinse and spin" cycle that fully submerges my clothes under water. Hard to find that in any washing machine today.
5. It has a drain and rinse feature that's handy when I need to interrupt a load and want to get moving. I also use this when doing towels because it spins them drier than other cycles.
6. It has a 2 rinse cycle option that is critical for one with sensitive skin and cannot tolerate any soap residues in clothing. And if you're really extra sensitive, you can always run it through a 3rd rinse using the "rinse and spin" cycle only.
7. It takes a few minutes longer to wash a "heavy" load than my old washer. I think that is due to new features that sense and test if a load is balanced before it begins to spin. Also, if you open the lid during the "sensing phase" aka when it's "thinking" then it starts the sensing process over and that adds more time. It seems to take a few seconds to make the transition from one step to another due to the electronic sensing features processing what to do next.
8. It makes an assortment of noises especially during the spin part. That's all part of the new "sensing" technology that is adjusting the balance by spinning a touch first, stopping and then spinning again after adjusting for balance.
9. I have washed a Lands' End king size Polartec 200 blanket and it fit just fine and washed well. I washed 4 pairs of 40" x 36" thick wrangler jeans and 6 big thick towels and it was fine.
10. It does not tear, twist or rip clothes like my old GE washer. I am so happy to open the lid and find my clothes in one piece. And they are clean, too! No more ripped up, twisted apron strings. yea!
WHAT I DON'T LIKE
1. It does not have a way to soak your clothes longer than 10 minutes. When the lid is left open, it drains after 10 minutes.If you close the lid the cycle begins. There is no way to select a way to fill it up and stop it without it draining all the water out. I hate that I can't soak anything overnight. What's with that? [Please have your designers speak to a woman over 50 with kids when designing a machine.]
2. If you select a "small" load size and the cycle starts, you will not be able to change it without canceling the cycle and all the water draining out of the machine. So if you start a cycle, be sure you have all the clothes you wish to put in the machine as you cannot just stop the machine, turn the dial to "large" and expect the water to continue where it left off to fill up to a "large" level like the older style washing machines. Nope, it will drain the whole thing out wasting water, soap, and time by having to refill and start over. It's pretty evident the older generation of engineers from old school common sense have retired as this feature is evidence of the "American Junior Engineer Syndrome" present in technology today. ugh! Seriously guys? You have to reinvent the wheel? If it ain't broke don't fix it.
Overall, finding a washer that is similar to the old style washing machine is next to impossible. However, with some adaptation this washer will deliver water as hot as your water heater setting (by shutting off cold water valve/hose) and has an option to have a full tub rinse as in your clothes are fully submerged under water.
Durable, full tub rinse on 'regular' cycle, hottest water with adaptation, 2 rinse cycles, cleans well
can't soak clothes overnight in machine, locking lid and pause button = annoying, can't add clothes and select a different water level after cycle starts. Takes longer to fill than my old machine no matter what temperature I select.
December 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by gcookie A basic washing machine that's all I need.
We replaced a duet washer that was nothing but problems with this one. I like that it has simple basic features - not too "electronic" that will just fail.
The size didn't list much bigger than the front loading duet but seems so much bigger.
December 19, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Nanc64 Machine is nice looking and does okay job.
I did a lot of research before purchasing. I wanted an easy to operate machine with knobs. Nothing fancy but durable. I guess I am comparing it to an older Whirlpool model. They just don't make anything like they use to. It is an easy machine to use. These are the things I discovered since I started to use the machine. I was surprised on how noisy it is. It takes a long time to fill with water. It gets off balance very easily when doing a small load. I always rinse twice when using a fabric softener to make sure clothes are completely rinsed. Once I discovered the above things I know what to expect on my wash day.
January 13, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by ladylake Can't recommend at the moment
Just delivered today. Not at all what I was expecting. I was expecting it to work right away. I guess that was reaching too high. It filled up, and then stopped. The lights that showed the cycles continued, but the washing part didn't happen. The customer service rep. is sending a repair person tomorrow. I just don't think that something new should need to be repaired. It does look nice in my basement, all shiny and new.
January 22, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by JC40 The right amount of features
I am very pleased with this washer. It has all the controls I need - load size, water temp, 1 or 2 rinses, fabric being washed, etc. It is large enough for my needs.
January 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by wishywash Love this machine!
I own a higher end Whirlpool (cabrio) and hate it, so it was with some reluctance that I purchased this machine for a home I use only seasonally. I have only had this machine for a few days but I am screamin' pleased with it. It has a lot of options in terms of load size, wash temperature and care settings. As the lid does not lock until the "fill" cycle is complete, it is possible to add a garment as the tub is filling.
This machine has water temp settings that include both a "tap cold" and "cold" wash. None of the salespeople with whom I spoke could explain the difference. I'm assuming that the machine's "cold" setting must let in some warm water to maintain a specific temperature. Unnecessarily confusing but certainly not critical.
I was a bit taken aback to see that this machine has a "clean" cycle and a recommendation to use Affresh after every 30 loads. I hope that this does not mean that absent regular use of Affresh, the machine will develop a mildew smell which was the problem with my high end Whirlpool . I plan to use Affresh as directed because once this problem develops, it is difficult to resolve.
This machine does not have a detergent dispenser. You have to add your laundry products (detergent, color safe bleach, or fabric softener crystals (there is a liquid softener dispenser as well as a chlorine bleach dispenser) to the bottom of the washer basket before adding clothes. This results in your clothes sitting in undiluted product until the tub fills with water. Granted, it is only a matter of a few minutes before there is some water in the tub, but I can't believe that this is good for your clothes - especially delicate items.
Many reviewers have commented on the noise of this machine and the length of time to complete a load. In my experience, the new machines do take longer than the machines of 15 years ago. But this is not an issue specific to this machine. If you haven't purchased a machine in 15 years, you'll have to get used to the idea of waiting an hour or more for any machine to complete a load of laundry. Though louder than my high end machine, the noise level of this model is not a problem and should not deter a potential buyer who is looking for an updated version of the older washing machines at a reasonable price.
BTW...this machine which I was able to purchase for under $390 (!!) cleans my clothes much better than my $800 machine. Tip: Check online prices in big box stores as well as the price on the floor. I found this machine for significantly lower at the online site of a big box store than the price in the actual store. They honored it ($70 less) and every other big box store agreed to match it. However, even at the list price, this is a great machine. My recommendation: Go for it!
February 2, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by kmdakota1 Average washing machine
Machine is good for the price. Cycles are very long (1 hour) on normal setting. Water flow into washer very slow. Our old washer went bad in the middle of the work week so we needed something cheap and fast. This works great for the price, just give yourself some extra time for laundry cause it's slow.
January 1, 2014