Speak now or forever hold your peace...
I don't know if this appropriate in this forum, but I just wanted to get some advice. I've done some research and looks like the winner is:
Whirlpool WTW5600XW ("Cabrio" Washer) - $550
Whirlpool WED5600XW ("Cabrio" Dryer) - $550
Both seem to have good efficiency and price per cu. ft. and relatively good number of features compared to the competition.
Consumerreports.org ("CR") puts Whirlpool, Kenmore, and Maytag all at the same exact rating for reliability. I had a Kenmore Series 80 for over 8 years before the timer when bad. It still works, just that sometimes it doesn't do spin cycle (but I just have to turn the timer again to get it to go). Other than that, it works well and no problem. So I figured if Kenmore and Whirlpool are all the same, I should be alright.
CR actually had Roper rated very well compared to these three big names! But CR had the Cabrio washer as a top pick.
Anyway... may be you guys can tell me differently. For the same money, which would you go with?
The Whirlpool, Maytag and the Kenmore will more than likely be the same exact machines with minor differences so it is pretty much six of one half a dozen of the other.
I am with JW here I would go with the roper.
As far as I know the Roper is still the direct drive washer, which is one of the most reliable machines out there. What makes this machine even better is typically a repair will be cheap and easy.
The only down side is the Roper will not be energy star rated but to me that wouldn’t mean anything.
The Cabrio washer you are looking at seems like a decent machine but I can’t say because the only experience I have with this machine is a service school I attended back in January.
The only thing I could say bad about the machines is that they seemed very noisy compared to other washers out there. The instructor acknowledged the fact that they were noisy but said that when you buy one it comes with some type of cover you put on the bottom to reduce the noise. But then he said that most installers were not installing them because they didn’t know what they were (they should read directions) so there where a lot of machines out there without the noise shield.
With all that being said I would still go with the tried and trued direct drive Roper.