sfotiathis said: I thought Sears ' deals were really good this year on washers & dryers! Check reviews on products, I find them helpful too! Sears is an awful company with extremely poor customer service, including bait and switch. I recommend avoiding them or buying from them only when they are losing money on the transaction. Use price matching policies to get their pricing elsewhere.
Just an observation. I purchased a washer and dryer in 1985. Replaced the WORKING dryer in 1996 when I moved to a house with gas (it was electric - and sold the electric dryer to a friend that used it for many, many years). I purchased a replacement washer in 1999. 20 years now on dryer, 17 years on washer. What do these 4 appliances have in common? They are NOT top of the line. They do NOT have electronic controls. Cost was roughly $400 for each of the most recent purchases.
I am amazed at what people pay for "top end" machines. A few thousand dollars is crazy!
Also note that the reason that Samsung washers cost so much is military pricing. The military contracted with Samsung to create explosive devices that could be sold to bad guys. Use them for a period of time and they explode. Upped the cost a lot.
Recently I bought something (apparel) from Sears. Later I tried to return it, they would not return it because it is past their 30 day return policy. They would not even let me exchange it for something else, EVEN THOUGH I HAD THE RECEIPT!! So, be careful buying anything from Sears..
Agree TOP of the line may not always make sense. I tried to compare the features between a $2000 machine vs $800 and could not find a lot of differences to justify the cost increase.
I think I know what I need, and are the low-mid range ones:
Both are Samsung: (I like the add wash feature in the middle of the cycle, as you always forget a sock or 2 in the initial load) Washer Model no: WF50K7500AW Dryer Model No: DV50K7500EW
I am seeing these for $699 or $799 each across various websites and BestBuy does have good discounts on these 2 models, but would be curious if there is someone selling cheaper so I could Price Match with BESTBUY and buy them from BestBuy instead. Washer: WF50K7500AW
FWIW I am looking for a washer, too. There are rebates via utility companies here in Ca of $150 through the end of this month on qualified models.
I am probably going to buy from a local appliance shop because they will deliver and install by their own employees, not third party, and I already sketched out to them my situation in the laundry room - that the dryer will have to be disconnected and pulled out of the room in order to remove the old washer to replace it. They told me they encounter installation challenges frequently and will handle it. The thought of having to deal with Sears, Home Depot or Best Buy is unappealing in consideration of my time and the energy sometimes needed to fix their mistakes, etc. I want reliable!
UPDATE: I bought a Maytag older model but new yesterday at the local shop. 10 year warranty on the motor, basic features and top loading, but not Energy Star so I couldn't qualify for any rebates. The Energy Star models are front loaders and the dimension of them is too deep for my laundry room. I had a not-to-exceed amount in mind and came in under that by $150 so I'm satisfied. The downside is that the next available delivery date is Wed, Dec 21 so I set it up for Friday instead, which is a half day off for us anyway, and I won't have to take time off to wait for delivery.
After purchase I went home and bailed out all the soapy water I could manage (about 15 gallons using a one gallon water bottle) from the old machine. Whee! One trip this week to the laundromat should be adequate until the delivery.
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