Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Washing Machine Woos...

Yes, I know.. I've complained about my washing machine before.. I do think however that it is now truly on its last legs (well, it's over 12? 13? years old).

So I need to go shopping for another one, as I cannot be without a washing machine (4 loads a day here.. on a good day....)
What I want, what I really really want is one of these....


Yeah. Right. Dream on, baby...


What I will most likely get (and I'll shop for a discounted one until I drop) is one of these...



13 Comments:

At 8:00 PM, March 04, 2009 , Blogger Brad said...

If you are doing for loads a day, then you really may want to consider a frontload washer. The GE Profile you pictured really is at the higher end of the spectrum. But you do not have to spend $1200 or more to get a good frontloader.

LG, Samsung, Amana, Whirlpool, Frigidaire... all of these manufacturers offer frontload washers for under a grand. IN fact, you can get a wonderful Amana brand washer (built by Samsung) for under $800.

You do a LOT of laundry. I really would look at it as an investment.

 
At 8:51 PM, March 04, 2009 , Blogger Petra said...

Brad - Thanks!!!

I will definitely look into the Amana brand. I've seen pretty decent deals on front loaders at my local Home Depot. And I think we have a few outlet type stores in the area too. And a couple of my neighbors are contractors, so I will talk to them too about pricing for 'direct to consumer' delivery.

Yeah, I wish I didn't do as much laundry as I do.. but alas...

 
At 10:21 PM, March 04, 2009 , Blogger K Fuller said...

I hate to put Home Depot down...We bought Maytag washer and dryer from them, at that time they had crapola customer service. It is a long boring story but after many, many, many problems with both the washer and the dryer, and no back up from Home Depot,Maytag replaced both machines. Believe it or not they eventually bought the horrid washer back from us. Be very careful!

 
At 6:56 AM, March 05, 2009 , Blogger Tori said...

Our washer sucked so when I was in San Diego at the DAN! conference last fall, my hubbie went out to Sears and got one of those beautiful front-loaders (not the one in the photo but a lovely one with all the funky buttons). They had a deal for 0% interest for a year - he got the washer AND dryer.

Can I just say that IT ROCKS?! I honestly LOVE doing laundry now (and we do a ton of it too). I particularly like the "anti-bacterial" settings (really hot water) and that it senses the size of the load so only the required amount of water is used.

It also makes a fun little musical jingle when you start it up, and...I don't know. It just makes it kind of fun.

We divided the amount by 12 and pay 1/12 of it each month (less than $100) so when the 0% interest rate stops, we'll have it paid off.

Yes it feels like a silly luxury but I do not regret the purchase for a minute! I love love love that machine!!!!

Tori :)

 
At 8:18 AM, March 05, 2009 , Blogger Petra said...

LOL... look at the amount of discussion generated by my announcement that I am looking for a washer. I so appreciate the feedback.

Tori - I got a new dryer only a year ago, so I'm good there. I'll definitely take a look at Sears and a few other places here that have extended their 0% financing gig from President's Day (not enough sales generated I guess). Your new machine DOES sound like a lot of fun.. antibacterial setting.. I need that here.. with the amount of potty accidents...Does yours have the 'steam' setting as well?

K - I hear you on Home Depot... I can tell you stories about my previous gas grill...

 
At 9:28 AM, March 05, 2009 , Anonymous Jeanne said...

Okay, I'm putting my 2 cents in here as well... I have the front loader washer and dryer (the exact model Tori is talking about... but maybe a year older). I've had nothing but trouble with mildew in the rubber seal around the door of the washer. I was at HD the other day and noticed most of the new models have addressed that problem... so be careful if you're buying an older model. Otherwise, I love my set - the sounds, the lights, they look SO cool. BUT, not cool enough for me to enjoy laundry or make it FUN (shiver... Tori's off her rocker for that one). :-) Happy washer hunting!

 
At 10:28 AM, March 05, 2009 , Blogger Petra said...

Jeanne - thank you too for the input. Mildew we do NOT want here.. we have enough breathing issues as is.. I'll keep an eye out for that.

I am so excited!!! I just got an email from a very generous family member who offered to pitch in toward the cost of a new washer (you know who you are - thank you, thank you, thank you!!). So I can actually go shopping and not worry about not being able to buy the boys their supplements & foods!!!

Now I just need to find the time.. LOL

 
At 10:57 AM, March 05, 2009 , Anonymous Jeanne said...

Awesome!!

 
At 12:12 PM, March 05, 2009 , Blogger K Fuller said...

It is so funny how we all feel about appliances! haha
When I was dealing with the terrible Maytags we bought, they just did not know who they were dealing with. I wanted to say...I will not be giving up on getting my money back!!! I have a kid with Autism and I will outlast you.
We have so much on our plates and so little extra money, when we get something as big as an appliance it damned well better work for at least 10 years! And service is primo important, because nothing works very long anymore!
In our area, Sears has the best customer service and repair.This was not always the case, My oldest learned the big F word when he was about 8 from a Sears guy!

 
At 11:12 PM, March 05, 2009 , Blogger Cath said...

I love it - all the conversations about washers. I loooove that washer you pictured,too! I need a new one - ok - WANT a new one. OUr's is about 25 years old. It came with the house when we bought it ELEVEN years ago. The repair man has forbid me to get rid of it b/c he says it will last forever. But it's a water pig - so out it goes the minute I can find enough change in the sofa...

 
At 9:30 AM, March 06, 2009 , Blogger Petra said...

Those whole exchange has been hilarious (and it's nice to see something 'non autism' generate a lot of comments.. LOL)

K - I'm with you on the 'I deal with Autism 24/7/365 so don't f#ck with me' thing. Appliances, cars, etc I purchased B4 autism? Loads of issues. Stuff -I- purchased after? All running just fine (and if not, I raise holy hell).

Cath - oy.. sounds like you have a dinosaur? LOL (and I mean that in a good way).

I may have time to do a bit of looking around/shopping later today...

You know what I also find 'interesting'? I haven't had any comments yet on this particular blog post along the line of 'your reality of autism can't be that bad if you can think about spending $$$ on a washing machine'.. (yes, I'm being snarky..)

Happy Friday everybody.. off to start my 4+ loads of laundry..

 
At 4:03 PM, March 07, 2009 , Blogger Petra said...

Got my new washing machine today. LG brand. And Tori, it's the same one as you have :)

It'll be delivered next week Monday (March 16) - I am actually EXCITED!!

I do need to figure out the laundry detergent sit - was told that I need to use special HE detergent. My problem? The boys need fragrance free, soy free, preferably corn and coconut free detergent...

 
At 5:08 PM, March 07, 2009 , Blogger Tori said...

Woo hoo! I use ECOS free and clear that I buy from Amazon. I checked with company and it's GFCFSF. Not sure about coconut and corn.

 

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