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Laundry. The homemaking task that keeps on giving. Just when you think you’re caught up – you start back at the beginning. I remember struggling when I had 3 kids. Now I have double the amount. About 5 years ago when we were preparing to build our last home we decided on a floor plan that would allow us to include two washers and two dryers. Our goal was to have ample amount of room to do the laundry and to create a “family closet” to put away all the kids clothes. Our children, at the time, were 8 and younger. We chose to get two LG front loaders which were stackable. We loved this set up and it worked for us for a long time.
However, recently we were preparing for a move and realized we wouldn’t be able to have two machines in our new home. Although I knew it would be an adjustment I knew we could make this work. I began my search by posting on my Facebook page and asking a simple question: What is your favorite washing machine?
My friends wrote in and the majority told me online and in person that they preferred the new HE top loaders. While a few of my friends like the older model (which includes an agitator) and a few like the front loaders more voted for the top loader minus the agitator.
As I began to look into the models that are available now at various stores I realized it is is harder and harder to find the kind with the agitators. They just aren’t widely made anymore. Although they are still available in small degrees, most of them are still HE (which means they use less water and should use less soap as well) and they don’t come in the large capacity I would prefer. I’ve only had experience with the old fashioned top loaders and front loaders.
I also did some research on the newer styles of front loaders. While I did really truly like our LG models I knew that some front loaders had the yucky reputation of harboring mold and stinky smells. I also knew that sometimes clothes didn’t come out of our machines smelling as fresh as I would like them to. I attributed that to the low water levels. From what I was told by an employee a local home improvement store, the front loaders use less water than even their HE top loader counterpart.
That led me to look further into the top loaders that are currently being made and sold without an agitator. One caught my eye almost immediately. It was the Samsung 5.2 Cu. Ft. White With Steam Cycle Top Load Washer. I liked that it was very large – it could fit a king size comforter and bed sheets. I like that it includes a sanitize feature on the washer and a steam sanitize button on the dryer (along with a steam wrinkle releaser on the dryer as well). It has many wash cycle choices. It also comes with a sink that allows you to hand wash delicates or soak items that need to be soaked. After reading the reviews on this machine, I was sold. Still, I was a tad bit nervous as I hit the “buy” button. I was wondering if this machine was too good to be true.
It was delivered the day after we moved into our new home. When the delivery guy was setting it up he was going through the different functions with us. He happened to mention the “active wash” feature which basically means the water comes out with more force to help strip dirt from the clothes as it fills the wash tub. This was something I know our front loader didn’t do because at times I would have to rewash entire loads because of smells or out and out dirty kids clothes.
I like that it spins the items very fast (1,100 RPM Spin Speed) to get them dryer before placing them in the dryer. The dryer does a great job and is extra large, as well. I couldn’t believe my eyes (or my nose) when I washed a large load of kids bed sheets and comforters and they came out of the wash smelling great! They didn’t need to be rewashed and the washer and dryer was able to hold two full size comforters and extra bedding!
I couldn’t be happier with this mega-sized washer and dryer. I love that it gets our clothes exceptionally clean but even better it fits tons of clothes! I can get all of our boys clothes done in one load! I’m so excited to share this with you all because I totally get how getting laundry done and done efficiently is so important!
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How do you do laundry? Do you prefer the top loader or front loaders? Leave a comment…I’d love to hear from you.
I did not receive compensation for this review. All opinions are my own.