(Closed) High efficiency washing machines – yay or nay?

posted 6 years ago in Home
  • poll: Are high efficiency washers any good?
    Yes, they are awesome! : (68 votes)
    76 %
    No, they suck. : (18 votes)
    20 %
    Not sure : (4 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    14494 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I wish I had kept the show on TiVo, but on one of the morning news shows they talked about similar issues. They alsi talked about those issues being the reason there has been so many people buying older machings and just paying more to have them serviced. I have a newer non HE machine, I already made it clear to Darling Husband we will fix it if it breaks down.

    Post # 4
    8446 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I LOVE our HE Samsung machines.  Ours are front loading and we haven’t had any trouble with clothes getting damaged.  I’ve even washed large comforters without any problems.  I think the front loading feature definitely helps since there aren’t any clothes getting caught at the bottom of the machine.

    Post # 5
    1765 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    We LOVE our HE machine. We don’t have any of the issues you have though and I wouldn’t be happy if I did. At first we were loading it wrong and it wasn’t washing properly. I’ve found that the HE washer is actually more gentle on our clothes than our old one. I used to always have damaged clothes then. Maybe there is something wrong with the washer? Paying $1000 for something that doesn’t get your clothes clean is not right. I’d see if you can get a replacement. If you’ve read the manual, I’m sure you’re loading it correctly. 

    Post # 6
    3618 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    @housebee:  ditto. I would definitely recommend a Samsung front load HE washer to someone. Ours has been great. The only thing I don’t like is that the time for a load is the same regardless of the size.

    Post # 7
    198 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I don’t have any comments on the clothes being damaged as I’ve never had that problem with mine, but I can say that the wash cycle on our HE washer is a bit longer because we turned it to extra spin. It spins the clothes for a while longer to get any excess water off so we don’t have to run the dryer as long. Maybe yours is set to that and you can turn it off so your wash cycle is a bit shorter. Anyhow, good luck! I hope you figure it out.

    Post # 8
    8446 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @yellowshoe:  Yeah, it definitely makes sense to do full loads with these machines. 

    Post # 9
    129 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    The only issue I’ve had with mine, which isn’t really related to whether it is HE or not, is that the fins that separate the clothes have a notch in them and cami tops occasionally get stuck there. I’ve solved the problem by washing camis in delicate bags but if I had a gripe about my he machine it would be that.

    My hot water is definitely hot, and although it dispenses the appropriate amount of water, it is enough. Haven’t had any problems with clothes rubbing, either.

    Post # 10
    6015 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I hate our HE front loader washer.  HATE it.  The soaker wash on the thing is a JOKE.  It’s a regular cycle, and i’m sorry but if you have REALLY dirty clothes, think yard work stuff, the clothes are still dirty.  I have to keep doing a “no clothes” load in vinegar because the clothes keep coming out with a weird smell.  To top it off, the darn thing is two years old, right out side of the warrenty limit of course, and we had to replace the door locking mechanism (apparently this is a common problem- you can &we did replace it ourselves) but still.   The top loader I had was 15 years old and nothing wrong with it(left it in the old house when we sold it).

    Sigh … can anyone tell I’m in the middle of doing laundry lol

    Post # 11
    18637 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I have an older HE front loader and it works great.

    OP, have you checked your water heater?  Maybe the water coming in isn’t that hot?

    Post # 12
    2065 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I’ve got an older HE Kenmore set. Bought it in 2006 and I love it, haven’t had any problems to date. That poor set has been through 4 moves so far and is still kicking. Never had any of the problems you’ve mentioned, as for the soapy film on your clothes, are you using HE detergent and the right amount? I didn’t at first and once I figured it out, everything’s been fine.

    Post # 13
    979 posts
    Busy bee

    I was looking at getting one. I heard too many people i asked about them say that they smelled.  There is a lot of maintenance at keeping them from smelling. So that’s what I heard anyways.  No experience with them though.


    Post # 14
    955 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I have an HE front loading GE.  I have no problems with it.  Maybe its not HE thats the problem, maybe its the brand/model you bought.

    Post # 15
    984 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    We have a this washer and the matching dryer and we LOVE them. We haven’t had any issues like the ones you’ve described tho. Well, we did have some detergent build-up because we were using too much, didn’t realize how little we needed to use.

    Post # 16
    7901 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    That sounds like a problem with your particular washer, not HEs in general. I’ve used nuerous HE machines and my mom had a fantastic LG one, and I’ve never had any of these problems.

    As for hot water… honestly, it’s not good for your fabrics and doesn’t help clean the clothing any, so I wouldn’t worry about that. Warm and cold will do the trick. The cleaning comes from the aggitation, not the water temperature, and the hot water is never hot enough to kill stuff anyway.

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