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My old agitator type was much easier.
Clean Clothes Well
I bought this machine because it was well-rated by Consumer Reports, on sale, and high efficiency. I have always used agitator type machines. The differences in operation between the two types are numerous and, for me, very time consuming. When this one breaks, and I believe it will break soon, I will get an agitator type. <br /><br />Specific complaints are:<br />1.Will not stay balanced no matter how it is loaded.<br />2.Takes 3-5 minutes to unlock when I pause it to balance the load or want to add a sock.<br />3.Twists and ties long sleeves and legs, and twists and rolls sheets into tight balls. Literally, knots and very tight balls.<br />4.Does not have a detergent dispenser. With my agitator I diluted the deterent in the wash water before the cycle started. This machine doesn't indicate when the water has filled the tub.<br />5.Descriptions of cycles all sound the same. For example: <br />Normal Regular - Use this cycle for normally soiled cottons. This cycle features a spray rinse.<br />Normal Light - Use this cycle for light weight cottons that are lightly soiled. This cycle features a spray rinse.<br />What's the difference?<br />6.Does not have a fabric softener dispenser. I get around this by starting an Exta Rinse with Fabric Softener after the full wash cycle, setting a timer for 5 minutes, pushing the pause button (waiting 3 or 4 minutes for it to unlock the lid), adding fabric softener to the water, then continuing the cycle to the end.<br />*Special Note: The instructions say to use the Downey Ball for fabric softener. However, the official Downey Ball webpage says Please note: the Downy Ball should not be used in HE machines. User reviews on that page are horror stories of ruined clothes.<br /><br />Since I'm running an extra rinse on every load of clothes, it is not energy efficient for me. I know how to choose temperature, speed, duration, strength, but cannot figure out if there is any appreciable difference between Normal Regular and Normal Light cycles. It takes almost twice as long to finish a load of clothes. And I'm spending twice as much time tending the machine. Maybe I'm too old to be that patient. <br /><br />My old machine worked beautifully for 34 years. It was beginning to sound tired. In two or three years when this one breaks, I will get another agitator.
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No, I would not recommend this to a friend.