Best Washing Machines and Dishwashers (Chapter 6, page 2 of 3)


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Chapter 6

The LG Tromm SteamWasher is a luxury front loading washing machine costing around $1,600. Reviews say that this front loader washes better than its top loading cousins. The LG Tromm is also more energy efficient and uses less quantity of water than top loading machines. This machine has a special feature not found in most other devices - it boasts two steam cycles. While one steam cycle readies clothes for ironing, the other sanitizes them for a longer period of time, thereby reducing lingering odors.

The LG Tromm is able to hold its own against more familiar and less expensive front-loaders like the Kenmore HE4t and Whirlpool Duet, both being made by Whirlpool. This washing machine has a large-capacity 4-cubic-foot stainless steel washtub. It also has a faster 1,320 rotations per minute spin cycle that extracts more water out of clothes. As a result, drying time is reduced. The model's delay cycle that can put laundry on hold up to 19 hours, and the wash cycle can be monitored remotely via computer. However, reviews of washing machines opine that it is still possible to spend less and yet get clean clothes.

Reviews also recommend the less expensive Frigidaire Gallery GLTF2940E, costing about $750, which can wash well. This front loader can also be stacked with a dryer.

Although the more expensive front loading washing machines are promoted through numerous advertising campaigns in both print and electronic media, washing machine reviews suggest that almost 75 percent of customers still prefer to purchase conventional top loading machines. Going by these reviews, it appears that Whirlpool WTW5500S, Kenmore Elite Oasis Canyon Capacity 27072, and LG Tromm SteamWasher are the three top favorites among consumers. Washing machine reviews say that the Whirlpool WTW5500S is easy to operate and its cleaning performance is excellent. Costing nearly $400, this Whirlpool model has five wash/spin combinations and ten automatic cycles. Its wash tub measures 3.2 cubic feet. This traditional top loading machine has rotary dials instead of electronic controls that is instrumental for keeping costs low. As things stand now, Whirlpool washing machines have turned out to be more reliable in the long run than similar products from Maytag, Amana or KitchenAid.

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