Let’s Talk Laundry

Hey folks! I haven’t posted in awhile and I don’t have a legit excuse. Except laziness, but that doesn’t count as “legit”. Meh.

To spare my FB news feed, I thought I’d post my rant/review here on…dun dun dun…MY LAUNDRY! We had a new washer and dryer delivered today and I’m really excited about it! It was a nice surprise before 11am, as we were told it would be here by TOMORROW. Let me explain why this is so exciting to me.

*…flashback time…*

Back in the fall of 2006, the husbee and I bought our first home together and our first washer/dryer set. Upon realizing the vast array of options available, we didn’t know where to start. Hubs happened upon a tiny local appliance store and was directed to a Speed Queen set. “What the hell is Speed Queen?” I asked later, skeptical of this “local” store. Apparently, this brand is used by any and all laundromats. These machines are used and abused for YEARS before being retired and still manage to get clothes clean, even in their old age. These machines all have the same guts but are available with different options (adjustable signal, automatic extra rinse, etc). Like buying a base model car vs. heated seats, leather, sun roof. I was still a bit skeptical, but the hubs got a good deal and with a track record like that, I’d give it a go. Holy amazingness. BEST.MACHINES.EVER. I was never disappointed by these machines. They were fast, got my clothes clean and got nearly all the dog hair out of my blankets, sheets, etc. But…and there’s always a but…I didn’t know what I had until it was gone.

*…fast forward 5 years…*

3 days before Baby Bear was born, husbee got a job offer we couldn’t refuse, starting in 4 weeks. 10 days after listing our house, we were in degotiation. We ended up selling our washer and dryer with the house (which is pretty standard). Unfortunately, the crazies we bought our current home from absolutely refused to leave their set, so we were forced to buy. I was swept up in the “pretty front-loader” hype and the previous owners had built a pedestal for theirs so it seemed logical to get one, too. We were living out of a hotel (that was equipped with a SQ washer and dryer on the second level, I might add) for 2.5 weeks, the munchkin was about 8 weeks old and we knew NOBODY. We NEEDED a washer and dryer by the time we finally got into the house and didn’t have a whole lot of time to shop (hubs working 10-12 hour days). We bought a Maytag 4000 Series set. It was clean white, silver buttons, lots of options, high efficiency, blah, blah, freaking blah. Within a month, we had to have a technician come out to figure out why the hell the washer nearly shook the entire house when it hit the spin cycle. “Out of balance” he tells us. Within a month? Ok, whatever. It continued to be kind of loud but we ignored it. I was not a fan from the beginning. Water pools at the front of the rubber seal and has to be wiped out after every load, dog hair and baby socks got stuck between the drum and the rubber seal, clothes would fall on the floor every time I tried to pull them out to switch them to the dryer, the lint trap barely ever had any lint/dog hair in it (gee, that makes you feel like you’re putting clean clothes on when you know HAIR is still stuck to everything). Of course, I was comparing it to my SQ set, the set I’d been using for the last 5 years.

*…fast forward 16 months later…*

About a week ago, hubs and I noticed how loud the washer had gotten. We’re talking jet engine loud. Can’t-hear-the-tv-over-the-noise (laundry room is down the hall and door closed) loud. Could-hear-it-from-the-road loud. When-friends-were-over-they-asked-what-the-hell-that-noise-is loud. Hubs took this past week off to accommodate his parents coming and decided to have a tech come out to check it out. It happened to be the same guy who came last year. Turns out, the Maytag 4000 Series washer is NOTORIOUS for a bearing breaking within the first two years. Also turns out, it’s an $800 problem. You can buy a new one for that price. What bullshit. We searched the internet a bit that night and found out that the tech wasn’t exaggerating, it’s a common problem. If we can get Maytag to send the part for free, we might be able to get it fixed and sell it on consignment. But Maytag only gives a one year warranty. We should have known that the product was junk if the company would only stand behind their product for one stinking year. We were going to need to buy a new set, or pay the same price to “fix” the one we had but would have to pay that in a year, when that part took a shit again. I didn’t care where we had to go to find a dealer, we were NOT getting anything but a SQ set. Luckily, we found a local appliance dealer that carries SQ and ended up getting the absolute cheapest, “base model” washer and dryer! These are top-loading, basic machines, people. The owner was surprised that I didn’t love the front loaders and didn’t want another set. Then told us how our brand is the machine you want if you get really dirty (um…we have 2 dogs…). Whatever, I was so happy to see that SQ symbol when we walked into that store!!! When we got home, hubs and FIL (father-in-law) tore out the tile pedestal the previous owners hastily and shabbily put together, and got the laundry room ready for my new set! After it was delivered and set up today, I did a load of my cleaning washcloths. I have 2 sets, one is colored and what I use to Swiffer my hardwood floors and the other set is all white and I use those to clean windows, mirrors and bathroom. Using the Maytag set, I’d have to wash these separately or I’d end up with dog hair and my hair all over the white cloths from the colored ones (after they were “clean” and dry). As it were, I’d have to pick hair off of the colored ones, but I was saving myself the hassle if I just did them separately. So much for “high efficiency” if I have to do 2 loads for 10 cloths, right? Just to prove my point, I put them all together in one load today and wouldn’t you know it, I didn’t pick a single hair off of ANY of these washcloths and the lint trap was FULL of my long hair and dog hair. I wanted to cry, it made me so happy. I finally feel like I have clean clothes, blankets, sheets, towels again! I had a lot more settings on my old SQ set, but I don’t give a damn. My laundry is clean again!

Moral of this too-long story….don’t you dare settle for less when you KNOW something works.

***If there are typos, I’ll fix them later but I’m on my computer and this damn thing has a tendency to delete things without my approval so I’m typing and posting quickly so that doesn’t happen!


2 Responses so far »

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    Cynthia said,

    glad you moved the jet out of your laundry room. It surprised me that they were so loud but new. Hooray for clean clothes!

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      Brittany said,

      I don’t think ALL front loaders are like that. I’ve actually heard that they’re generally quiet but our particular machine burned my ass and I’m done with them! But yes, nothing should sound like that brand, spanking new.

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