Our washer died shortly before our move in November. Ty decided we would buy a new washer this time – a big step for us!
Our first washer/dryer set was purchased used from my great uncle’s appliance shop about 15 years ago. When it cratered, we bought a set from my mom’s elderly neighbor lady who was moving to assisted living. She probably washed a load every 2 weeks. We used to joke about how that poor old washer and dryer never saw the likes of us! It lasted us about 10 years. In fact, the dryer is still going strong (my understanding is dryers can almost always be fixed fairly inexpensively…washers, not so much).
The washer Ty came home with that day has been such a blessing, I wanted to share with you my experiences upgrading to a true large family washer!
We purchased a Fisher & Paykel WashSmart top-load washer. Fisher & Paykel wasn’t a brand we were familiar with, but the gentleman who owned the appliance store explained that for the money, this brand was good quality and would do well for our size of family.
The selling point for Ty was the fact that it spins out the clothes at 1100 RPM, leaving less work for our dryer. When the clothes come out of the washer, they are markedly less damp. We’ve cut our drying time by about 20 minutes. Many large families will invest in a second dryer to keep up with the rate of washing; however, there is no need to do that when you’re clothes don’t need as much time to dry. (You can adjust how fast the clothes spin out if you do not want them to go that fast.)
The selling point for me was the size of the wash basin – a 22 pound capacity! The basin is HUGE! Every time I go to do laundry, I am amazed at just how much I can fit in there!
It is also super easy to add the detergent. You fill the basin to the line on the agitator and add the detergent to the hole in the center. It doesn’t get any easier than that!
Oh, and if you don’t have a super mega load of laundry in there, you can always ask the machine to determine how much is in there and automatically adjust the water height.
The entire console is digital and very easy to use. Nearly every load only requires me to push 2 buttons – Power and Start.
We love this machine so much, you are probably going to get to see it if you drop by the house for a visit! We are weird like that.
One reason I’ve had laundry on the brain lately is because our laundry schedule has been all out of whack since the move. Remember, I told you I had the kids doing their own laundry. Well, somehow the chaos of moving caused me to go into survival mode and *I* ended up doing ALL the laundry every single day. Thankfully, the new washer made this a fairly painless event. (Except the putting away! Will I ever learn to enjoy that part?) But, frankly, this isn’t an ideal situation when you have 10 people to cook, clean, and wash for. This past weekend, I printed off a new laundry sheet and we got back to our old way of washing. Yay!
2018 UPDATE >>
Starting earlier this year the “fins” on the agitator started to break off. They are made of pliable plastic, so I suppose that was inevitable. I did not choose to replace the entire agitator until the last fin broke off at the end of this year – 4 years after purchasing the machine (I know, I know – I’m cheap). I bought the replacement from Amazon HERE. I’m still very happy with the machine, but I did feel this issue warranted an update.
Do you have a large family friendly washer and/or dryer? Please share your experiences!