High Efficiency Washing Machines…Worth Their Weight in Mud?

We had been in the market for a new washing machine for a couple of years.  No impulse buying here!  We had looked high and low and finally decided on one of those new high-efficiency machines that use less water, and holds more clothes. They don’t have one of those big plastic things in the middle either…so less chance of tearing up straps and pull strings on our laundry.

Lowes had a big sale on one of the machines we had been keeping an eye on, so we bought it.

Our other machine had taken to rocking so bad it felt like the house was falling down, it left lint on the laundry and didn’t hold a lot of clothes in the basket.

Our new machine spins like butter…no rocking, no shaking, nothing.  In fact, we don’t even know when it’s spinning.  But, that’s about the ONLY good thing I can say about it.

I have found that the only clothes it gets really clean are clothes that are ALREADY clean…like new stuff you just bought and want to wash before you wear it.

It does hold MORE laundry, but the more you put in, the dirtier they come out.

There is no lint filter, so certain clothes, like CG’s work clothes and my black corduroy pants come out covered in white fuzz.  In fact, on CG’s clothes, the lint collects in “smears” that look like they were poured on.  Yes, it’s lint, not soap.

Forget to add an item?  Well, you can’t just open the lid and add it, you have to first cancel the cycle, which takes much more than the 3 seconds it’s supposed to, and then add it.

Want to fill the machine up with water and then add clothes for a pre-soak?  Forget it, this machine will absolutely NOT allow a user to do that.  I’m sorry, but I AM smarter than my machine, and if I want to waste water and fill up my machine, dammit, I want to be able to do it!!!!

Far as I know, especially based on the fact that we use washing machines to CLEAN our clothes, they themselves should remain absolutely spotless and sweet smelling all the time.  This machine?  Hardly.  It actually has a “clean” cycle on it that a person must run now and then to keep it from smelling to high heavens.  I use a lot of bleach with the laundry….can’t imagine why this machine would get so foul with the constant running of soap, water and bleach going through it.

Have horses?  Have dirty horse blankets?  Well, don’t think you are going to be able to wash them in a high-efficiency machine and actually get them clean.  Nope they will come out exactly as they went in….the dirt will just be moved around a little bit. It’ll all still be there though.  And even just washing one at a time, parts of the blanket will still be dry.  And none of the smell will be gone.  None.

So, all in all, I would say I could get my clothes a whole lot cleaner just by hanging them up outside in the rain, soap or no, or even just by putting them back in the closet after they are worn instead of putting them in the laundry basket.

Yep, a pile a good garden dirt is worth a whole lot more than this machine.

Anyone else out there love their new high-energy machine as much as I do?

Any tips for making it work better and overriding the mechanism that keeps it from filling up with water?

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