I've reached my limit...
I never imagined I would hate an appliance, but I can honestly say I hate our wash machine. With a passion.
We bought an Amana "commercial quality" cough cough top loading Washer about 8 years ago. It still works so I can't complain about the durability of the washer (I actually wish it had broken, about 7 years ago).
My problem is that I'm the one in the house that washes all the large items. Sheets, comforters, blankets, dog beds, etc. Our washer is CONSTANTLY off balance when washing these items. I load it evenly. If I have sheets, I wash even numbers so I can distribute evenly. Two dog beds, two blankets, whatever. This washer can NOT keep an even load. During the rinse it walks itself all over our floor. It makes a helluva racket. Last time it nearly ripped the hoses out of the wall before I caught it. That would have been fun.
We've had issues with it going off balance with small items too. It's defective. We never had these problems with our old machine. At least on our old machine if it really went off balance it turned itself off. I'd be OK with that if I can't find a machine to work the way I want it to.
I finally told DH I'm done. New washer research time. So, now I need to know what is TRULY a commercial quality washer. One that can handle large, heavy loads without going off balance. Or at least a washer that can keep small loads on balance. Speedqueen is looking like a commercial washer but I'm just beginning my research so I'm not sold on anything.
I don't need special gadgets or heaters or 15 different wash cycles, I just want a simple truly heavy duty washer that I won't want to throw through the window after a week.
Do front loaders have better balance control? How do front loaders even handle balance? Any suggestions appreciated!