OT: Washer/Dryer Choices
Well since Sheryl started it...:), I have another OT question. I've been haunting the appliance and laundry room forums too but figured some of you helpful folks might have some insights.
It looks like I'm going to be replacing my washer and dryer. They are Whirlpool, top of the line when I bought them 7 years ago and already giving up the ghost :(. The washer has been making awful noises and broke a month or so ago. My husband fixed it but it's even noisier than before, not to mention slower and clearly it won't last much longer. Then this week the dryer quit heating. My husband doesn't want to even try fixing that thing so I guess I need a dryer immediately. And I'm thinking maybe in terms of using resources like time, shopping energy etc wisely I should just replace both units and be done with it.
My biggest question is about the new generation of front loader/high efficiency washers and dryers. Those weren't on the market when I was last shopping and I'm tempted. People seem to like them a lot, except that the negative reviews are VERY negative. And, they are so very much more expensive than the top loaders! I mean, for the price I can literally buy 2-4 pairs of the older style.
I am not averse to paying more if it means I get quality goods that will last a long time and do a better job. I do a LOT of laundry and I do a lot of different types--everything from loads of grimy greasy work clothes, to delicate hand washables. Lots of bed linens, lots of towels, lots of normal daily changes of clothes that get washed. Oh, and I'm picky about the dryer too. I have clothes I never put in the dryer. I have clothes I put in the dryer briefly, then hang dry. I have items (towels, bath mats) that take forever to dry and I wish I had more efficiency in doing those.
So I'd welcome anyone's thoughts on pros-cons of different types, or experiences if anyone has front load/high efficiency.