Today is a big day at my house. It is a humbling reality when a big day in one’s life is defined by the departure of old and arrival of new appliances. But alas, this is my life. I ordered a new washer and dryer several weeks ago and I got the call yesterday that they were being delivered today! Before I review my new set, I want to tell you about the set that is leaving me.
We bought our Samsung front load washer and dryer when we renovated a foreclosed house that we had purchased to live in post-renovation. It was a two story house and there was no laundry on the second floor, where the bedrooms were located. As part of our renovations, we made room in our master bathroom to accommodate a stacked washer and dryer set in order to have laundry service on our second floor. Our fourth child had just been born, so it was handy timing to be able to replace our smaller units with those boasting a larger capacity.
As I do with most every large (and sometimes small) purchase, I read many reviews and settled in on the Samsung brand because of the positive reviews, large capacity offered, the steam function of the dryer and the ability to purchase and utilize a stack kit to place the dryer on top of the washer. I have put these units through hard use of a minimum of 10 full loads per week for over 8 years. The only repair that I have had to make was to replace the heating element in the dryer. Thanks to you tube, handy skills, and the ability to order parts online, this repair cost me about $30 and a couple hours of my own time. I have been extremely satisfied with the durability of both the washer and dryer.
So, why am I replacing these units? My washer has become more finicky over time and now the seal leaks around the door if I do more than two loads of laundry in a row, regularly leaving me with a small but annoying puddle in front of the washer. Also, it occasionally doesn’t spin effectively. I can usually remedy this by running a spin only cycle after the fact, but when I go to the washer to put in another load and find a saturated load waiting for me, it is super frustrating. And, then, there is the ever present combating of mold/mildew known to plague front load washers. I can get a handle on this by cleaning the filter, cleaning out the drain holes in the seal and running a three hour sanitize load with bleach and vinegar in it, but frankly I am tired of performing this maintenance on an increasingly necessary basis. I have never figured out how to drain and clean the filter without ending up with water leaking out from under the machine either. With the age of these units and the knowledge of the monstrous inconvenience that goes along with a washer and/or dryer being out of commission, my husband and I made the decision to proactively replace the washer and dryer before their imminent demise is upon us. Not to worry, they will live out the rest of their usefulness in a rental unit that a family member owns.
Would I recommend Samsung based on my experience? Yes.
Would I recommend a front load washer based on my experience? Maybe. If you have a space that can better serve your family by utilizing a stacked set, then, yes, I recommend a front load washer. We have kept ours stacked in our current home because it allowed for us to have a second refrigerator in our laundry room. If you can accommodate a top loading washer though, I would not recommend purchasing a front loader for reasons mentioned above.
What about the water saving feature? I know that front loaders are said to be more water efficient, even needing the use of high efficiency laundry soap, but honestly, I did not have a noticeable difference in my water bill when we switched from our top load to a front loader. I will update this information when I assess my bill switching back to a top loader.
What did I love most about these units? I feel like they have served my large family well. 8 years of heavy use and three location moves haven’t finished them off yet. Also, I LOVE the steam refresh feature on the dryer. Around the birth of our third child, I proclaimed to my husband that my days of pressing his dress shirts were over. The steam feature doesn’t give him a pressed crease, but after tossing a dress shirt in the dryer each morning, he doesn’t have wrinkles either and that is a win in my book.