Need help to buy new large capacity TL agitator type for DW
Boy, I've been researching for hours now, both on this board and at retailer sites. I have also been reading a lot of user reviews.
DW was initially interested in a FL or HE top loader. After we looked at them at Sears, she felt like she still wanted to be able to work with the clothes on top of the washer and dryer, so that put the FLs out of the running. We don't really have another surface in the utility room to work on. And there is no room in there to be able to pass through the utility room if we had to leave the door open on a FL washer. So, then we got interested in the new HE top loaders.
But let me say that we are not terribly concerned with all this efficiency stuff. I don't care if we can save $50 or $100/year on water and/or electricity usage. Plus, we don't have time to be re-washing clothes because of problems. We need a machine that fills up with a lot of water and just works right the first time.
And, the more I read, the less impressed I am becoming with these machines. I swear, at least 50% of reviews of HE top loaders are abysmal. The most concerning problems seem to be:
1. Clothes just not getting clean, not smelling clean, requiring washing them multiple times. This is due to not filling with much water at all.
2. Terrible reliability due to control panel and other component failures.
3. Laundry items getting in terrible wads, requiring stopping the cycle and untangling them.
Anyway, I am now concerned that we better buy a really good conventional TL while we still can. From my research so far, it seems Whirlpool seems to the main supplier of such models. The available Whirlpool models are WTW6200VW, WTW58ESVW, WTW57ESVH. I also read up on some Kenmores, but the reviews, even on Sears own site, were terrible.
Any suggestions or personal experiences are most welcome and appreciated.