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I just retired my 30-year-old GE washing machine. Because I had such good luck with that old GE washer, I was thinking of buying another washing machine from GE. I looked at many reviews though, and GE's reviews weren't that great; this machine had excellent reviews (not on this site, but over 800 reviews averaging 4.5 out of 5 stars on other sites).
I initially bought a different Whirlpool top-loading washer -- a high efficiency (HE) washer without an agitator. It had good reviews as well, but some complaints about parts of clothes not getting wet. With two young children (one being an active 7-year-old boy), this wouldn't do for me. I thought -- what if one of his many clothes stains happened to be on a spot that didn't even get wet in the machine? I watched a Whirlpool video, and even they mentioned that it's normal for that HE machine to have some dry spots. But that's not what I was looking for. So I changed my mind and got this machine.
I'm so glad I did! It was one of the least expensive machines I saw, but had some of the best reviews. I was a little unsure about it because of some comments made by others -- strange noises, inconvenient locking lid feature, etc. Well, it turns out I had nothing to worry about! I've only used it about 5 times so far but I'm very happy with it. Here are some of my initial thoughts:
-first of all, I love the manual! Sounds strange, but it's very informative and well-written. I am a single mother and thought I was going to have to pay or more to have it installed. I just saw how my old washer was hooked up, read the manual, and decided to try hooking it up myself. It was very easy! Make sure to read the manual (of anything you buy). There are even tips about doing laundry, etc.
-It makes a bit different noises from my old machine, but so what? It's not very loud for a washing machine, and doesn't shake around a lot or anything.
-I love how you don't have to move the settings around if you're doing the same kind of wash as the last time. My old washer, I had to push the knob in and turn it to whatever setting I wanted, every time, and as the wash progressed, the knob moved. This one, the knobs stay put; there are lights which let me know where the washer is in its cycle (rinse, spin, done, etc.).
-There are plenty of settings. I'm sure fancy washers have more options, but I can't even imagine what I'd need them for, and I'm sure that means more can go wrong. With my old washer, I usually just used the same setting 90% of the time anyway!
-The spin cycle works well
-I have washed a couple of items of clothing with set-in stains -- for example, a white shirt with dark pink stains that was sitting around for a few days (I didn't know it was stained!). I pre-treated it with my regular stain pre-treater, and washed it. I was very surprised that the stains actually came out the first time! All of the clothes seem to be very clean when they come out.
-The "warm" water setting works for me! I'm not sure how the other reviewer thought that the warm setting didn't work -- he/she must've felt the water coming into the washer, I'm assuming. But, the cold and hot water come in separately, not at the same time -- so if you put your hand in as it's filling up, you'll feel cold water; but then a few seconds later you'll feel quite warm water; them cold again; and on and on. In the end, the water is warm. If warmer water is wanted, there is a "hot" water setting also (and cold, of course, and I think even "cool").
-The lid locks which seems to be a safety feature on all new machines (from what I've seen). This is not a big deal at all! The lid doesn't lock while it's filling; only when it starts washing. If you want to stop it, you can, and it will unlock in the middle of the cycle.
-The capacity (in cu. ft.) isn't as big as some washers so I was a bit worried about that, but I can fit a lot of clothes in there (without over-packing it)! It could easily do a sleeping bag, or comforter, or a large load of clothes. It's plenty big enough.
-there's an "extra rinse" setting which I like, to make sure the detergent is all rinsed out
-there are the regular places to put in bleach and fabric softener
I can't think of anything else to say about it -- it has been washing my clothes very well and I'm very happy with it. I'm try to remember to post another review after I've had it longer.
I've now had and been using this washer for a few weeks. I'm still very happy with my purchase! I wanted to add one thing:
-Twice, after I started the wash, I left to do other things and a few hours I came back and the wash hadn't actually started yet! I'm not sure what happened. I'm going to pay more attention to that next time. The "sensing" light was lit, and the water had filled and everything, but then it just sat there. At this point, I'm just thinking about possibilities; one is that I didn't press the button for it to start, but I don't think that can be it because it did light up, fill with water and the "sensing" button lit up. Another possibility is that after starting the wash cycle, I left it too long before closing the lid -- maybe I was gathering up a few extra laundry items and then once I closed the lid (when the water had filled up and all clothes were in the wash), it didn't progress and start/continue the cycle because it had timed out or something. I'm going to read the manual and/or contact Whirlpool to figure out what's going on. However, I've used it many times and that's only happened twice (not in a row). When that did happen, all I did was push the button for it to start, and it did start (or re-start) the cycle. No big deal except that both times I had gone down expecting to put clean clothes in the dryer, only to find out they hadn't even been washed yet.
I'll post another update once I figure out that minor problem.
I think I figured out the problem. If the lid is left open after the water is done filling, the machine seems to automatically pause, so if you're still adding clothes or want them to soak a bit before washing , just make sure to press the start button again.