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Stackable Washer/Gas Dryer
updated: Jun 14, 2014, 2:00 PM

Dear Edhatters: Please help me. I am having no end of trouble trying to find THE BEST front loading, stackable washer/gas dryer set. Maximum width: 27", which is what I believe most sets are, anyway. Thank you in advance for any and all suggestions and/or warnings about certain makes and models. Energy Star is a major plus.

Also: any advice as to the purchase of these units as a "commercial" (coin-operated) enterprise? The machines are for a vacation rental. Is it worth it to have the coin-operated machines? Thanks, everyone.

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 COMMENT 528118 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-14 02:31 PM

I would contact the best salesman at Sears, Jerry, if he is still working there and discuss this with him. He is very knowledgeable and will give you the info. you need. Also I would purchase the most comprehensive service agreement available since it is going in a rental unit.

Vacation renters will probably not appreciate a coin operated unit.


 COMMENT 528120 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-14 02:38 PM

Agree with 118 got mine at Sears and love it. My neighbors have some kind of rental/lease coin opp machines. Seems nice to avoid the expense and maintenance.


 COMMENT 528123 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-14 03:02 PM

I would go to the library and look at the ratings in Consumer Reports.

Don't forget that if you go coin-op, you'll need to empty the coin box regularly. With the rising cost of utilities, it doesn't take many uses to fill a box with quarters. Going coin-op will also limit your purchasing choices. I think I bought my last coin-op washer at Warehouse Discount Center in LA.

There are some companies that will bring in their own coin-op machines, maintain them, and split the proceeds with you (if at all) just so you can provide the service in your rental. One of my relatives did just that since they didn't want to deal with the hassle and up-front costs. It is a depreciable expense if you own it.


 COMMENT 528142 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-14 04:14 PM

@123 - I agree about going to Library and looking at the Consumer Reports. That's what I did. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
After doing all the research, I ended up with the LG and I found it 1/2 price on the Warehouse Discount website, then called the store and they had one, and let me have it for the sale price. Free delivery and installation. I still don't care for those front loaders.... They don't seem to get the clothes clean and the washers still have issues with mold & stinky smell. I leave the door open ALWAYS. And, the new dryers take forever to dry. (YES my vents are clear!!). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ http://www.wdcappliances.com/
Warehouse Discount Center
3920 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Phone:(805) 898-9883


 COMMENT 528145 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-14 04:21 PM

Also, check out last years Consumer Reports. You can get good deals on older models. Warehouse Discounts has older models in the back storage, so you have to ask.


 COMMENT 528156 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-14 05:02 PM

Can't beat Sears Kenmore washers and dryers !


 COMMENT 528162 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-14 05:40 PM

I have an Asko washer and dryer. I would not trade them for anything!!!!! Had them 11 years and they are perfect with not one problem ever. They use barely any water and therefore anything else. They spin the wash so dry, the dryer is done in a flash which saves a lot of money as that is what uses the most electricity. I will never buy another brand.


 COMMENT 528167 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-14 05:54 PM

Jerry from Sears is now working at Pacific Sales in Goleta...he and Alfredo are experts as well as Fareed at Reid's appliances downtown (both also worked at Sears for many years)...they are all extremely knowledgable!


 COMMENT 528169 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-14 06:13 PM

We bought our red Samsung stackable washer & dryer a few years ago at Lowe's in Ventura. They weren't cheap, but they do everything they're supposed to do and they're dead quiet. We saved a bundle by buying in Ventura, and if memory serves, delivery was either free or extremely reasonable.


 COMMENT 528170P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-14 06:26 PM

I have never had a front loader. All they really all that bad? Sometimes I miss my old wringer washer. No kidding. That beast could clean anything, no problem. It's sitting out front of Midway Appliance now. Please give her a wave, as you fly past, down De La Vina.

My new energy-saver Whirlpool Cabrio takes FOREVER to do a load of laundry.


 COMMENT 528179 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-14 07:51 PM

Yep, takes FOREVER... like over an hour..... And, doesn't get all the soap out, and if you use the "he" detergent, it doesn't get your clothes clean. Do the test::::: wash your clothes, then take out a piece of clothing, put it into the sink or a big glass bowl, add water, swish it around and see if the water is cloudy. That's why I ALWAYS do the "quick" wash cycle with an extra rinse and repeat. So, where is the savings???

And, if you don't leave the door open all the time, then the washer will smell GROSS & moldy....


 COMMENT 528213P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-15 01:19 AM

118, Jerry is no longer at Sears. He is at Pacific Sales on Hollister in the Plaza Center. You are right, he is the best for giving good information.


 COMMENT 528218P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-15 06:49 AM

MIELE - great machine, great service.


 COMMENT 528233P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-15 07:51 AM

I have had excellent luck at Pacific Sales--knowledgeable customer service and quality products.


 COMMENT 528236P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-15 08:03 AM

Miele's are rated very high, but they are very very expensive.


 COMMENT 528238 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-15 08:05 AM

Vanilla- you must have bought the wrong brand. Our front loader is going great after. Early fifteen years with no maintenance other than one filter cleaning - an admitted weakness of our brand. We bought the set on the cheap at the recently opened costco in goleta. On e we made the switch to be detergent the thing has been flawless. Bit expensive but cleaner clothes, better rinses, and less damage to delicates. If you leave the door open once a week, no more mold than with the top loader we had before. We did very little research, just got lucky at the big box store.


 COMMENT 528242 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-15 08:41 AM

I've had a few different brands and like Samsung the best. A stackable, front loader is definitely the way to go. Don't make it a coin-op for a rental, just charge more for rent to cover the difference. The new models are very water and energy efficient.


 COMMENT 528243 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-15 08:43 AM

I use The Factory in Carpinteria for appliances. It's a local, family business. My current ones are Maytags. My washer and dryer are from 2 different "lines" but they are what fit best into the space I have.


 RED CREEK agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-15 08:48 AM

Samsung, Lowe's Ventura. Great machines, do everything and quiet.


 COMMENT 528314 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-15 03:07 PM

My DIL has had Whirlpool front load set for a couple of years and has had nothing but trouble with them...constant servicing and the last took 3 months to get the part which they knew was defective. No excuse for that. Gasket on the door has to be replace constantly so washer doesn't leak and when they empty the cache that has stuff in it you forgot to empty from pockets, it smells like a NY sewer!


 COMMENT 528317 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-15 03:24 PM

@314: In the olden days, you were safe in buying pretty much any brand of electric appliance. A Maytag wasn't that different from a GE. Now, however, the rules have changed. If you want anything decent that's going to offer superior service and last a long time, you've pretty much got to buy a premium brand. My Samsung washer & dryer not only do what they're supposed to do, they do it silently and without any service problems. Ditto my Bosch uber-silent dishwasher. Yes, they all cost more than traditional American brands, but I never have to worry about them or pay for service calls. I'm sure that in the long run I'm actually saving $$$.


 COMMENT 528392 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-16 08:43 AM

agree with Rex: Peace of mind is actually priceless. this is where it doesn't pay to nickel and dime the important stuff.



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