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2house67's picture

I realize that this topic should probably not be in Cooks Talk, but here goes:

Does anyone have one of those new HE (High energy) front loading clothes washers and what are your comments?



thecooktoo's picture

(post #56344, reply #1 of 18)

We bought a new Sears Washer and Dryer about a year and a half ago...put them on pedestals so we don't have to bend over. 

Absolutely love them.  They are quiet, use far less water and do a great job on the laundry. 

We purchased them on sale at Sears and the pair cost about $1600.


teebee's picture

(post #56344, reply #2 of 18)

We've had the HE front loading machine for about 4 years. They are great--they spin the clothes so dry that a wash cycle takes longer than the drying. I would recommend putting them on pedestals so that there is not as much bending. My other comment would be that when you take the clothes out of the dryer, you should kind of "shake" or unfold them so that they don't get balled up in the dryer (maybe everybody already does that), especially bed sheets.

shipscook's picture

(post #56344, reply #3 of 18)

I have use of one with my apartment and love it. so quiet, does a great job, like the selections of soil level, time etc.



courgette's picture

(post #56344, reply #4 of 18)

I've had a Miele pair for about 7 or 8 years now and wouldn't dream of having anything else.


Canuck's picture

(post #56344, reply #5 of 18)

I've had mine (washer only) for about 5 years. The difference in the cleanliness of our clothes was amazing. They also come out a lot drier so they dry fast (I line-dry most things). Far less detergent too.

MEANCHEF's picture

(post #56344, reply #6 of 18)

It's the only way to go.

2house67's picture

(post #56344, reply #10 of 18)

Thank you all for your input on front loading HE washers  Decision is made to buy one soon.  Josie

AmateurCook's picture

(post #56344, reply #7 of 18)

We have the Whirlpool Duet set. Love them. No pedestals as the top is a great place to fold the laundry.

They just should not be installed in an upstairs laundry room unless the floor has been specially designed for them. The vibration (from the washer) is incredible and will run through the floor joists.

kathymcmo's picture

(post #56344, reply #11 of 18)

Could you say more about the floor vibrations and what one would have to do to an existing floor? I live in a condo and doubt the floors have any special design, I already hear old-style washer and dryer a lot downstairs. But would like to get new front loaders later this year.

Barbara48's picture

(post #56344, reply #12 of 18)

I live in a condo but we have concrete floors and no one has complained. I would think if you live in a building where the sound proofing is less than wonderful there may be a problem.

AmateurCook's picture

(post #56344, reply #14 of 18)

We are in a fairly new house, and the washer is in the laundry room next to the kitchen.  There is no problem here (its just a little loud at some points in the cycle and I keep the door closed).  My husband was speaking to another homeowner, in a newer subdivision built by the same builder, whose home had a second floor laundry and the front load washer vibrated the floor and make a terrible racket on the main floor.  They had to move the washer to the basement, and apparently many of their neighbours were having the same problem.

After you asked me to elaborate on the vibrations, I googled "front load washer vibrations" and found many sites.  It does seem to be a problem for many people.  Our basement is currently unfinished, and I hope there will not be a problem with noise or vibration down there whenever we do finish it.

If your condo is concrete there should not be a problem, but if it is a low rise wooden structure you could possibly find people in the building who already have one and see if they or their neighbours have any concerns.

Good luck.  :-)


kathymcmo's picture

(post #56344, reply #15 of 18)

I'll check with my neighbors but I don't think anyone has the front loaders (small complex). This is a wood frame building and doesn't seem that well built to me.

A few years ago my neighbor's dryer was causing a lot of vibration and noise in my unit when she ran it, drove me crazy, esp since she often turned it on before 6 a.m. All the bottles and jars in my pantry would rattle and things on my walls would vibrate. She had her boyfriend do something to fix it although she was pretty pissy about it at the time (I offered to pay for it or even a new dryer if need be). Hate to bring it up again but would also hate to cause noise problems for her if I get a new machine.

Thanks for the info!

Gretchen's picture

(post #56344, reply #16 of 18)

Mine has little to no vibration. It needs to be well levelled.


assibams's picture

(post #56344, reply #17 of 18)

You have to level the washer perfectly, and also make sure you do not overload, nor underload the machine. The vibrations are most likely caused by off-balance of the drum, either by the load or by an uneven surface.

My MIL had a machine that literally danced across her laundry room. Of course they called a repairman, who checked the washer out - and removed the safety screws that held the drum in place during shipping :-)

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Jean's picture

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That is a hoot!!

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Glenys's picture

(post #56344, reply #8 of 18)

Whatever you buy, front loading washers are superior beginning with one simple premise, the agitator isn't grinding your clothes back and forth. As you find brands and models you're interested in, many also warm or adjust the water temperature independently of your water heater, which is also a preferred feature and in the case of Miele, fills only the amount needed. This means that unlike a top loading machine, there's never too much or too little water, so all sized loads wash efficiently and properly.

FitnessNut's picture

(post #56344, reply #9 of 18)

We simply love our Miele pair. The difference in the cleanliness of the clothes is amazing, particularly when you consider the savings in water, soap and electricity. I can't imagine going back to a top-loader, ever.

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Gretchen's picture

(post #56344, reply #13 of 18)

I don't know if mine is HE but have had a Frigidaire front loader and wouldn't have anything else. I have saved enough on drying time to pay for it I am sure--I can dry a load in under 30 minutes because it is spun so well.