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#1 Renovators delight

Posted 09 March 2019 - 11:08 AM

Had a search but couldn't see a recent thread.

Our washing machine is on the way out, it's only 10 years old but I think that's about normal nowadays.

We are a family of 5, no really dirty professions or hobbies that produce big loads of washing, so just the usual school uniforms, work clothes, towels, sheets etc need to be washed.

I probably average 8 loads of washing a week.

Thinking at this stage I would prefer to stick with an upright washing machine, and wanting reasonable energy/water efficiency. Budget up to $1,200.

Any recommendations?

#2 carolynmaree

Posted 11 March 2019 - 03:49 PM

Following as mine just died today and around the same usage.

#3 born.a.girl

Posted 11 March 2019 - 03:51 PM

Any particular reason why you want to stick with upright?

#4 Gudrun

Posted 11 March 2019 - 04:06 PM

Fisher & Paykel

#5 Paddlepop

Posted 11 March 2019 - 04:15 PM

Agree with Fisher & Paykel.

#6 Renovators delight

Posted 11 March 2019 - 04:16 PM

Just in the space we have there is no way to fit a bench or sturdy table, and I don't fancy grubbing on the floor.

#7 born.a.girl

Posted 11 March 2019 - 04:24 PM

You mean sorting the stuff to put in the wash?


If you have a clear enough space to put the stuff on top of the top loader, surely the front loader gives an even better sorting space.???


I would be doing more 'grubbing on the floor' with a top loader than a front loader.

Was obliged to use one in a block of flats, bought one when the sold them off cheaply for new ones, and that was over 30 years ago.  The couple of times I've used top loaders since have convinced me they're the way to go.

#8 Renovators delight

Posted 11 March 2019 - 04:32 PM

no, just putting the washing in and out, and losing bits and pieces at the back of the bowl and having to dislocate my shoulder to get things out! Plus DP is tall and just looked over and said why would you ever want a front loader lol.

We are old fashioned I suppose :)

#9 born.a.girl

Posted 11 March 2019 - 04:38 PM

View PostRenovators delight, on 11 March 2019 - 04:32 PM, said:

no, just putting the washing in and out, and losing bits and pieces at the back of the bowl and having to dislocate my shoulder to get things out! Plus DP is tall and just looked over and said why would you ever want a front loader lol.

We are old fashioned I suppose :)


I shouldn't laugh, but I have a shoulder that qualifies for a reconstruction, and I find the front loader better on my shoulder.   Everything falls to the bottom once the spin stops.


I think there's been a big change in water efficiency since I was first using them - at the start, they were far gentler on clothes, and used something like 1/3 of the water, so surged in popularity during Victoria's long drought at the turn of the century.

From what I've read, they are comparable now in terms of water usage and gentleness.


After I'd had my first one for years, I was at a friends and used their front loader.  Everything (including tights) came out in one lump. She said 'well of course you have to put things like that in bags', but I didn't with a front loader.

There was also the negative with front loaders, that once you'd hit start, and turned around to find that random sock (the one that you needed that night and worked the whole wash around), it was too late.  Now they have a button you can press provided the water is not up above the door.


We also have our dryer sitting right on top of the washing machine.


Seems to me a lot of it now just comes down to personal preference.

#10 PrincessPeach

Posted 11 March 2019 - 04:42 PM

Fisher & paykel 10kg.

Love it to bits - i cloth bummed 2 kids & I haven't had any problems with things coming out clean from it.

#11 Expelliarmus

Posted 11 March 2019 - 05:01 PM

Definitely F&P. Replaced my 17yo F&P with another F&P. It’s now around 3yo and needs the agitator replaced but they are less than $100. I think the fins broke because teens overload the thing.

Couldn’t stand a front loader. As a tall person I can’t think of much worse in laundry terms. Perhaps if I was shorter ...

#12 Lesley225

Posted 11 March 2019 - 07:21 PM

As a short person I can't reach the bottom of a top loader.

#13 ~THE~MAGICIAN~

Posted 12 March 2019 - 11:34 AM

I have a shoulder injury too (torn tendons) and I am thankful I have a FL now (my first) I dont think I could cope with a TL.

Please don't dismiss a FL. You can always rise it up down the track.

#14 CaSPer79

Posted 13 March 2019 - 07:44 PM

LG 8.5kg Top Load Washing Machine with Smart Inverter Control.
Like my machine as much as you can like a washing machine. Easy to use, quiet, cleans well.

#15 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 13 March 2019 - 08:04 PM

View PostPrincessPeach, on 11 March 2019 - 04:42 PM, said:

Fisher & paykel 10kg.

Love it to bits - i cloth bummed 2 kids & I haven't had any problems with things coming out clean from it.

This. The one with the centre agitator (less tangled shirts) This is what we had before I had to get a front loader (due to new laundry)
The 10kg fisher paykel is huge. Like, huge. Fits heaps, washes quickly, spins them as dry as a front loader. I found it pretty quiet too. I miss it. It didn’t get things quite as clean first-try as my front loader, but with a 50 minute cycle, who cares! Just run them through again.

Ours went to my sister and she is still using it, so it’s lasted 5 years.

#16 22Fruitmincepies

Posted 13 March 2019 - 09:11 PM

I keep misreading the title as ‘uptight washing machines’ :lol:

#17 limakilo

Posted 14 March 2019 - 07:34 PM

We moved into a new house and had to get a front loader.
I don't love it.
Sure, it's an awesome washing machine, but I really miss our top loader.
I gave it to my Mum when we moved and I got and visit it when I see her lol.
We have had a few Fisher and Paykels, and also a Simpson.
I love the Fisher and Paykel.
For your budget:
https://www.applianc...ashing-machine/




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