Does anyone have any experience using a Maytag with the Fresh Hold option, or Whirlpool with FanFresh or GE Profile with Overnight Ready? I'd like to hear how these fans in the washers really work. Thanks
These types of trademarked "features" are hilarious to me. More working parts to fail which will provide the service network with an added stream of income. All you need to do is leave the door ajar. It's really that simple. Why do you need a fan for that?
It seems the washing machine manufacturers are on a race to trademark and promote every little basic thing - FanFresh, Affresh, Oxy dispenser, AquaStop, blah blah. Now countless people are going to be relying on FanFresh and derivatives to make up for poor laundering practices. Who would leave their damp clothes in the machine overnight? I mean really.
I was hoping that I could put a few lightweight sweaters/blouses into the washer and have it wash and "dry" them. My daughters seem intent on buying tops that say lay flat to dry, and I thought that if this feature would work, I'd have them throw their blouses/sweaters in the washer at night, and they'd be ready to hang up the next morning.
That's what both GE and whirlpool claim... See link.
Here is a link that might be useful: Dry Clothes in the Washer! Whirlpool FanFresh
Thanks for the link to the youtube video. I'm really hoping to find someone with actual experience with this feature, because I think it could be very useful for all the lay flat to dry items. It seems that more and more apparel manufacturers are putting very restrictive care instructions on the labels. Does laying flat to dry reduce the pilling on acrylic sweaters? I can't think of any other reason that acrylic couldn't be put in the dryer on a low setting.
I have to agree, that these new tradmark features are a gimmick. Whats the diffence if the wash blows outside air in the wsher to dry a fe items or you put them in the dryer and use no heat (air Dry) to dry them. When I had my front loader washer I never had a need for this feature, use to wash clothes at night and dry them in the morning all the time, never had issues with smells and such. Used it for almost 10 yrs, never left the door open or wiped the rubber gasket.
I'm interested to see if anyone else has experience with these features as well. I think that the fan sounds great if it means I don't have to keep the door ajar to prevent the mold/mildew issue so prevalent amongst FLs. This would be my first FL machine and I'm really concerned with having to leave the door open seeing as I have three kids under 4 and feel like this would be a safety issue.
I just bought a Maytag with this feature. I understood it to be a way to keep your clothes from getting musty if you forget them in the washer, or if you choose to leave them overnight or something. It doesn't seem to be the equivalent of leaving the door ajar (aokat15, I always put the Control Lock on when I leave the door ajar, so if kids mess around they won't be able to turn the machine on), nor was it marketed in the Maytag materials as being a way to dry the clothes.