Bravos Owners: Would you buy again?
I've been absolutely haunting this forum for weeks trying to decide on a new washer/dryer set. The backstory is new construction in a VERY remote mountain area, 45 miles from nearest town - so I must have a reliable W/D that can be easily serviced.
The country plumber put the dryer vent to the LEFT of the washer (nearer the exterior wall for venting). I didn't realize that all new W/Ds are meant to have the dryer on the right, you would think a plumber would know these things but he doesn't. The vent on the "wrong side" limits my W/D choices to Maytag Bravos (toploader can go on right and dryer door can be reversed to open to the left) or the Electrolux frontloaders (doors on both W/D can be reversed).
I was able to secure the forms for the New Mexico stimulus rebate and must buy the washer within the next couple of days, before the state runs out of money. (The new washer is replacing the used Kitchenaid washer that sits on a pallet in the forest next to our trailer - temporary digs while building the house.) I've searched through old Bravos threads here, there aren't very many discussing machines purchased in the last six months. I plan to buy the 850 model.
My question is: if you bought Bravos recently, would you buy it again? Does the machine clean well, I'm skeptical about the whole methodology of no agitator, low water level, etc. Do you have problems with items twisting in the washer?
I decided against the toploader due to higher cost, necessity of getting the pedestals (adding even more cost), and the height of the machines. I'm short and can barely reach the detergent drawer on the pedestal-mounted toploaders, plus I use my W/D tops as a folding surface and this isn't possible with the FLs.
Any comments by Bravos owners would be very much appreciated. I'm drowning in tasks right now, choosing lighting, outlet covers for the whole house, trying to find a tile sub, figuring out how to do our own concrete floor polishing (to save $$), and much more. I really need to make a decision by Tuesday and am fearful of making a big mistake with the Bravos. I'm almost despondent over giving up my 10-year-old Kenmore Elite with Catalyst washer, it cleans like a dream, but moving an old W/D set would be silly.
Thanks in advance for any comments from my fellow laundry nuts.