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Washing machines

Staber HXW2304
 
Approximate retail price:
$1300
Summary: This Staber Conventional top-loader washing machine has
• Is not 2011 Energy Star qualified
• Auto detergent dispenser
• Auto fabric softener dispenser
• Rotary dial
• Stainless-steel tub
• Manufacturer recommends conventional detergent.
• Comes with a 1 year warranty.
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About - Staber HXW2304

The Staber HXW2304 is part of the washing machine test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, top-loading washing machine models like the HXW2304 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Washing performance:
This reflects the degree of color change to swatches of fabric that were included in an 8-pound and maximum capacity test load of mixed cotton items using the machines' most aggressive normal cycle. (We do not use special cycle or option buttons.)

Energy efficiency:
This score is based on the energy needed to heat the water for 8-pound and maximum loads using a warm wash and cold rinse. We consider both gas and electric water heaters, and include electricity needed to run the washer and energy needed for drying. Washers that extract more water are scored higher.

Water efficiency:
This score denotes how much water it took to wash our 8-pound load and each machine's maximum load. On models that didn't set the fill level automatically, we used the lowest fill setting that sufficed for the 8-pound load. We then calculated water used per pound of clothing.
Features & Specs - Staber HXW2304
info Energy star No
info Stainless-steel tub Yes
info Auto temp. control No
info Auto bleach dispenser No
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User Reviews - Staber HXW2304
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1.0
Staber washer does not clean clothes
8/27/2014
Pros
Cons
Breaks Down
Doesn't Clean Effectively
Does not clean clothes
Long Cycle
Noisy
Small Drum
Stretches Out Clothing
TERRIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE
Best Uses
NONE
Comment:
I would never recommend this product.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
Lasted 5 months
5/27/2014
Pros
Adjustable Settings
Clean Clothes Well
Energy Efficient
Cons
Breaks Down
Noisy
Best Uses
Everyday Clothes
Comment:
Bought this machine b/c it is American made. Paid $1600 including shipping. Machine does not spin fast enough. 750 rpm as opposed to other washers which spin at around 1300 rpm. Clothes come out wringing wet. Failed after 5 months. All loads became unbalanced so drum would not reach rated spin speed. Ran spin cycle with no clothes, still became unbalanced. Not spinning the clothes damp dry causes extra wear on the dryer. Machine is perfectly leveled in all directions & sitting on a solid concrete floor & still makes a disturbing low frequency noise.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
3.0
Hard to justify
5/7/2014
Pros
Easy To Work On
Energy Efficient
Spins Clothes Dry
Cons
Need To Work On It
Best Uses
Everyday Clothes
Comment:
I've just been through a 14-year ownership cycle with one of these, and wanted to write down what I now know which I think a potential buyer should know. During my ownership, I've replaced the timing unit, belt, re-glued the drain attachment to the tub, replaced the drain tube several times, and was looking at a bearing assembly replacement ($150) when I saw signs of cracks in the tub. That was when I realized that I would be buying a new washer.<br /><br />The unit works, and does an average job of washing clothes. With your family, and certainly with your guests, smaller items of clothing will fall into the space outside the cage (which holds your clothes, and is what lets you top load into a horizontal axis washer) and inside the tub; and then it either gets shredded between the cage and tub, or (more often) will drop down and block the drain outlet. Each time, you have to take off the front panel, and then dismount the drain tube and pull the item out. Of course, water is built up behind the blockage, so you will get a torrent as soon as your clear the item. If the item wasn't shredded by the washer, it will be shredded by you pulling it out through the drain hole.<br /><br />The washer is noisy--VERY noise during spin cycle. As it gets older, it will get louder. I've tightened everything, replaced the belt, checked the motor--nothing wrong. It's just loud.<br /><br />Taking into account purchase price and freight delivery, I realized that buying from a local big-box retailer would be break-even if the replacement unit lasted 3 years. I believe the average lifespan is 7, and since I'm handy it might last out to 10 years.<br /><br />Quieter, much cheaper, bigger capacity, convenient home delivery and take-away of the old unit included. I'm afraid the Staber product is very hard to justify when compared to a big name brand delivered from a local big home supply store.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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