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But I have to confess. It is an amazing machine.
I'm wearing a T-shirt I haven't worn for 3 years because I honestly thought nothing would ever clean it and it was only ever good for painting in.
Expensive washing machines rock! Even if Mrs TrillianJedi is going to have to live on beans on toast for the next month :)
Shhhh..... and it's so quiet!
that £1119 machine also must be cool by the way...its on no 1 right now on google...may b with it neighbours and its neighbours wife too comes..
TJ...sir we r just having fun...i hope u wont mind all this...
But the GE was what I could fit in the little closet that had previous held one of those awful "compact" top-loaders with a tiny little dryer above it. For compact, stacked machines, the big unexpected bonus is that they can make a much larger dryer to stack on top of it. (Without the need to make room for opening the lid of a top-loading machine.) The larger the dryer drum, the less the wrinkling.
It does wash much better, and to boot the sheets don't get caught under the agitator (which, of course, it doesn't have) and rip. It can STILL be a bit dicey finding the special low-sudsing detergent, though.
Maytag has subsequently abandoned their goofy 15 degree tilt, and now makes straight front-loaders like everybody else. (The tilt was to make it easier to load - their engineers apparently skipped the "gravity" part of their high school physics, though...)
My grandparents had an old Bendix front-loader when I was a child. The old ones filled-up completely, and were prone to leaks. Those beasts are why the American market has been afraid of front-loaders all these years. (That, and a well-known "I Love Lucy" episode. :) ) My grandparents were SO happy when they replaced the Bendix with a "modern" top-loader!
Somebody finally figured-out that there's no need to fill the drum completely with water, and the process works better if the machine dips the clothes in and out of a small amount of water. It's amazing how long it sometimes takes for the obvious to become apparent.
we have shared machines in my building, and they pretty much suck. our HOA is locked into a contract with a crap company. i'm sure we could get out of it if we wanted to, but who wants to spend free time analyzing washing machine contracts?
looking into getting a new one which is wifi enabled. was reading an article about that, be cool to get an email alert precisely when its done.
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Well, If you meant top quality brand....then Yes!
However, they are not really comparable. First up, Siemens is German, and not British.
Second up, the Europeans know a lot more about washing than us in the USA!
The USA are kings of "Air Conditioning", but, lousy producers of TV's and Washing Machines. Personally I would add cars too!
My Mom has had her front loader (a crappy Phillips model) for over 25 years! Reliability isn't even an issue with lesser brands.
I would expect for Siemens to last much longer than a Maytag!
Here in the US we have tried several Maytag top loaders....none work as well as the Euro front loaders.
In the last few years the Euro market of machines have become easily available to the USA (sold at Circuit City....etc).....and that will make a huge difference.
Our next machine will be a Siemens front loader!
I want to know what detergent you are using...
Regular non-bio (Ariel I think). Nothing fancy.
Keep in mind the differences between the U.S. and Europe. It's probably hard to find a non-suitable detergent for a front-loader in Europe.
In the U.S., we have primarly used top-loading machines. We also, in most cases, have untreated hard water. Most commonly-available detergents are VERY high-sudsing, and work well in a top-loading machine. You don't want to use this stuff in a front-loader!
I use Tide HE. But many of the "alternative", "earth friendly" detergents will work as well, as they also are low-sudsing. In that case, you have to read the box, and many of them haven't gotten around to touting their use for front-loaders, or obtaining the "certifications" from the washing machine makers.
What happens if you use the wrong detergent? Similar to - though not as bad as - using regular liquid diswashing detergent in your dishwasher.
I refer you to the previously-mentioned "I Love Lucy" episode...