Washing Machine - used instead of new?
Been researching washing machines - a frustrating task as anyone who's done it knows. The way I LIKE to wash clothes is with pre-soaking. I've always had a top-loader, filled it up, added some detergent and a bit of Oxyclean, and let it agitate briefly and then turned it off and let it soak. My own experience is that it is amazing how much cleaner things get with pre-soaking. And I don't need to run the agitation cycle very long or I can use a gentle cycle.
Almost all of the new CONVENTIONAL top-loaders have a locking top and do not allow for pre-soaking. If you let these new machines fill and agitate briefly and then turn them off, they drain. I think there is a GE model (GTWN300MWS) that allows pre-soaking, but there are numerous horrible reviews.
The top-load HE models have a low water level so no good for pre-soaking. I'm not sure about the front-loading HE models. I think they also have a low water level so I'm not sure if you can pre-soak a regular load - but let me know if I'm wrong about that?
I keep thinking that washer manufacturers have all gone nuts - "ve have vays of making you vash how VEEE vant you to vash!!!"
If anyone has a washing machine of any type that they have had for 3 years or more that has been problem-free, please let me know the model# so I can search for reviews.
My thought today was to contact appliance repair places and ask them which of the older conventional washing machines are well-built with good parts and can be restored to a condition that will last for years. Like I said, what I would like is a conventional washer but all the new ones today seem to be complete junk. I know you can find bad reviews on just about anything, but these new conventional washers seem to have LOTS of bad reviews, i.e., 40-60% of users would NOT recommend to a friend.
For what it's worth, I'm in the mountains with a well. No water bill and I can run grey water to the land.