Cabrio Washer No Agitator Hard On Clothes/ Doesn't clean well??
I just bought a Cabrio toploader without the agitator --- a new model (cheaper of the 2) WTW5640XW. I read all kinds of reviews on the older models and a few people said it tore up their towels and others said they thought it didn't clean well. So confusing, since other people would say it cleaned great and was gentle on their clothes!
Well, I now have my own (going on 2 weeks) and am of course inspecting all the clothes. It definitely has torn up some new towels, but they are very cheap towels....still, one is completely ruined on the one entire side and some wash cloths are also done for. I think it has also caused strings/fuzzyness etc. on tags that are more "silky" and not the rough material. Also a couple things that have made me question the cleaning quality.
However, I never really paid attention to my clothes in other washers (never bought my own before!!), so not sure if this would have happened anyway and I am just noticing since I'm really paying attention, or if it really is THIS washer. I can see where it would be tough on clothes with them grinding together without much water and can also see where it wouldn't be able to rinse well etc. due to the limited water as well. I've had it past the 7 day return period (Lowes), but under 2 weeks--- wondering if I should take it back if I can. Anyone have any thoughts/experiences with this type of washer??
My only other options (price range!) if I stay away from the top loaders with the washplates is Maytag Centennials or Whirlpool frontloader .... I think maybe the Duets?? Whatever the whirlpool frontloader is, it is on the "low end" as far as price range. Haven't looked into the frontloader yet.