We're in the market for a new washing machine/dryer for a family of 6 that will have laundry working just about non-stop.
With that said I have a few options and thoughts on each.
Option 1- Purchase something new from Costco with a combined 5-6 year warranty that will cover all repairs. The problem I have is the basic top loader Whirlpool washer/ dryer set will cost $1400 or so. I can get a fancy LG or Samsung front loader set for $100 more. I know all the new stuff is junk and built to only last so long. I like the long warranty but I feel like it's all disposable junk. I'm worried I could find myself in a bad place after the warranty expires. We're all about simplicity. Less to go wrong. I also know that parts for LG/Samsung can be hard to find so extended periods of downtime may occur.
Option 2- Spend some extra coin for a Speed Queen. The set can be had for about $300 more than option 1. Some people swear by them, others hate them. If I can get 15 years out of a set, which is more than anything Costco sells, I feel like I'd be ahead from a money standpoint. These come with 3-5 year warranty. U.S built, and easy to service by yourself, if it was ever necessary.
Option 3- Local appliance store has a refurbished Whirlpool direct drive set from 2012 for $500 OTD w/ one year warranty. These units are supposed to be simple and last forever. From what I read, people get 15-20+ years of service out of them.
I'd like some feedback from someone in the field.
I'll agree with most. I'd go 2 or 3.
The Speed Queen is a notch above the others. The only problem that I had when I was in the market, was the only place that I could source one locally (other than a RTO,) was 75 miles away. Also, we wanted a top loader, and the SQ really doesn't have a huge capacity in a TL. We ended up with another Maytag.
After talking with several repair people, the concensus was that all major appliances are junk. All agreed that they prefer Whirlpool brands because parts are much easier to obtain. All said that Samsung/LG parts are very difficult to get. I would have kept our then 23 year old Maytag if I could have found a lower tub for it (rusted out.) It did a much better job cleaning clothes vs. what we currently have.