Does More Washer Weight = Increased Longevity?
I'm about to purchase a new washer in the coming months. I've heard that the best months to buy (for bargains), are September and October. The thought process here is since the new models are coming in, the old models gotta be priced to move - sounds like the automobile industry. In the process of selling my house, I had to leave behind my trusty Kenmore HET -3 front loader. In the new house, I "inherited" a 4 year old GE top loader. Not exactly state of the art - and a big water guzzler - which I pay for.
I have not heard anyone come out and say it, but I believe a heavy washer = a long lasting washer = a happy customer. I took the time to look up the weights of a few washers that I'd like to consider (when my "ship" comes in - and depending on how much ship comes in)! :
Miele 4842 - 312 lbs
Speed Queen Horizon front load - 250 lbs
New Maytag MVWB950YW - 214 lbs
Outgoing Maytag 850 - 165 lbs
I'm looking for a washer I can expect 10 years of mostly trouble service. I really don't NEED, a whole lot of electronics, or "light show". Just give me the basic washer controls. In this family of four, we have about 6-7 loads per week. It is my understanding that the Miele is designed for operation of about 20 years. I've also heard that that some Speed Queens are designed for 20,000 commercial grade cycles. With that in mind, I believe the washers built the most robustly, have the most metal (and the least plastic), so they last the longest. I also looked up a commercial LG front loader (model number escapes me). Although it has been tested for a claimed, 20,000 cycles, it's overall weight was under 200 lbs - so I scratched it from my "wish list". Staber washer is on the cut list also for the same reason, however, I'm willing to listen to anyone who says I should reconsider. Love that Staber horizontal axis concept.
Does anyone have experience to prove otherwise? Comments y'all?