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Old 11-05-2009, 10:50 PM
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After 3.5 years with my Whirlpool set, the washer broke. From what I've read, this is not all that uncommon. It costs $250 to get it fixed or $425 for a new one. Of course, that was a no brainer (although the price had only dropped in the last week or two). However, prior to the price drop, I had a repairman come out. The first visit, he assessed the problem and ordered the replacement part. The next trip out (one week later), the part did not work and he had to order another revision of the same part. The next trip (the following week) did not happen because he supposedly injured his neck/back over the weekend and was hospitalized. So before the next trip, which would have been 3.5 weeks since we first contacted him, I made the decision to get a new washer...

...but then came the decision: "Do I want to get the same washer and have it break in 3.5 more years, or do I want to get a different model?" Followed by: "If I get a new model, do I care if it doesn't match?" Followed by: "Since it won't match and I really am that picky, do I just get a new set?"

So I settled on the new Whirlpool Duet Steam washer and dryer set. That is, until I got to the store. I switched to the Samsung Steam washer and dryer set.

...that is, until I saw the Electrolux Steam washer and dryer set.

So I settled on these bad boys, complete with the way overpriced pedestals (my girlfriend had made the statement: "Wow, all of these are so much taller than ours at home..." not realizing it was an additional $500 to get the 15" booster chairs for the units).



It has a light in the washer.
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Old 11-05-2009, 11:35 PM
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I never got the idea of the pedestal. They advertise it as less bending over. However, everyone I know dumps all the dirty clothes on the floor to sort. So how are you saving any bending if everything is all the way down there on the floor anyway?

PS. If you haven't had a high efficiency front loader before make sure you buy the HE detergent. Otherwise you might have a bubbly mess the first time you run the washer.
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Old 11-05-2009, 11:53 PM
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Yep, been using HE detergents for a few years now (since my last set) - more bang for the buck, if you ask me, but still some people continue to use the maximum allowed liquid for each load. Oh well.

In all honesty, I'm not really sure if I get the pedestals, either. It's caused me to lose hanging room for my overhead rack and folding room when unloading the dryer. Definitely going to take some getting used to.
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Old 11-06-2009, 08:42 AM
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Ahhh...nary a thread on this site has warmed me more then a new washer and dryer. VERY nice set, too!

We (over)spent on a new set a few years ago when our old top-loading washer broke mid-wash cycle and never stopped filling. The laundry room is on the ground floor around the corner from the kitchen....above the furnace. I was standing in the kitchen when my daughter asked me where the water in the hall was coming from (it was rushing down the hallway on top of the berber carpeting). HOLY SHIT. We had 2 inches of water in the furnace room and it was coming out of the light switches and electrical sockets in the 'man room' downstairs. My husband was not amused.

So, now we have a very nice set of front loaders (black) with the pedestals. That's where I usually keep the detergents and such, but yea, it's much easier to just keep that stuff on the shelf over the washer.
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