another tell me what to buy...specific criteria--please chime in
Hi folks. I've been a member here for 10+ years, but have rarely visited or posted since DH and I finished remodeling our current home in 2006. (Based on advice here, I bought a Kenmore HE3t washer, which is still going strong!) We just bought a new house and need to buy a washer and dryer in the next 3 weeks.
I know "what should I buy?" is a very subjective and personal question that gets asked here often, but I do have some criteria, and hope you all can make some suggestions. My budget is $2,500 - $3,000 for both machines.
My criteria for the washer, in order of declining importance:
-has on-board heater
-front loading (I have a notion that these clean better, are gentler on clothes, and are more efficient, but feel free to educate me!)
-very large capacity (I wash our king-size comforters at least twice a year, and every week wash a huge load of sheets and towels)
-reliable, easy to service (I've heard of problems of availability of parts/qualified techs for LG/Samsung. Also, our LG fridge has been a DISASTER)
Criteria for the dryer, again, in order of declining importance:
-the effective duct length is about 80 feet (this is non-negotiable, as the house is already built, and dryer ducts are already installed)
-reverse tumble, or other technology that mitigates tangling.
These will be on the second floor of our house, so noise and vibration are also a consideration. By the way, I don't care one whit if the machines match (brands, colors, etc.), although it would be great if they could stack somehow. I would have LOVED to buy one of the German washers, but they seem to have phased out the large capacity ones.
So, at this point, I'm thinking of the Electroluxe Wavetouch washers, but don't have any ideas about the dryer. Please give me your experiences and suggestions.