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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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3.0
major flaws
1/2/2014
Pros
It Does Work When You Bu
Y It But Need To Be Handy
Cons
Breaks Down
Leaky
Best Uses
Comment:
they have good Idea. but they didnt use the machine to test it There are several things they didnt do. the pump hoses are weak and trash, the belt needs to be adjusted about 3 times in first year. the bearings for tub is a sleve with NO grease zirks only a plase to put grease. at 1200 you should never need to grease them. <br />as for noise they offer one that is a bit insulated, But you can do same with the hotwater tank wrap<br /> note They do tell you to first wash clothes with NO soap. DO it, then use tide.I am not for tide but it works best. If you use it on wood floor best get a heavy pan made. it will over load and spill water from time to time
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
4.0
Staber washer works reliably for me
11/24/2013
Pros
Adjustable Settings
Clean Clothes Well
Cons
Best Uses
Comment:
We purchased this washer in 01 and have only had two problems with it since. First problem happened after a couple of years when we noted that the tub wasn't draining fully. A call to the customer service identified that it was most likely the hose to the pump sagging and creating a low spot preventing the pump from sucking all the water out of the tub. They sent a bracket and instructions on how to install at no charge. Easily installed and fixed the problem creating a continuosly downward slope on the inlet hose to the pump. Only other problem occurred this year when I noticed that there was water leaking from the rear bearing. Disassembled and found that the rear bearing was shot and the rear shaft was scored. Called customer service and they identified that I would need new bearings. The cost was $140 which may sound somewhat expensive but after I saw I got complete front and rear bearings, housings, gaskets, inner basket plastic covers, all new stainless steel bolts, grease, and detailed instructions I didn't think this was too bad. Had it all back together but noted that there appeared to be some rubbing between the inner basket and out tub when I spun the basket by hand. Called customer service and they suggested that the outer tub will bow inward over time and I might need to bow it back out by prying the tub apart using a piece of wood inside the tub. I did this and the rubbing went away. Put everything back together and it works perfectly. I will say that I am happy with this washer. Considering I've had it for 12 years I've put very little into it and it works well. You must understand that you need to be handy to own this machine since there are no service techs but they are easy to work on. The parts prices are a little steep but I don't feel they are unreasonable.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
4.0
My Staber is ok
2/17/2013
Pros
Adjustable Settings
Clean Clothes Well
Energy Efficient
Large Capacity
Spins Clothes Dry
Cons
Best Uses
Bedding
Delicates
Everyday Clothes
Towels
Comment:
Bought my Staber washer 2006 after lengthy research. Nearly 7 years now, & not a single serious problem with it. I'm happy with it. Spin cycle does scare the kitty, & sounds like it's gonna take off but hasn't yet! <br /><br />I'm lazy & tend to cram it full & whatever fits goes in, regardless of colors etc, so my lights don't look bright but my clothes don't smell, so I got no complaints. Only items that have caused tub not to spin was a large all-cotton quilt, very heavy wet. I take those to laundry every couple of years. <br /><br />It's supposed to be able to be left in place & maintained/repaired via the front access panel so that appeals to me since I live alone. Advertising claimed stainless steel tub but mine is getting a bit of rust so i don't really think it's stainless, but i leave the lid open most of the time so it can dry out. have never had any mildew issues that some complain of, & no maintenance problems so far. When it was new a bottle cap fell in between the two tubs, but 'support' had a remedy as tho they'd heard that before. <br /><br />Past 4 years have completely remodeled my house & am currently looking for the perfect compact under counter dryer for kitchen...decided to keep the Staber even tho it's a big piece to be in the kitchen. Just can't see any reason to replace since it seems to be a good one. When finally need to replace I'll move to compact under-counter to match dryer capacity since I'm getting older. Til then, I'll use the clothes line on the deck & the small capacity dryer to accomodate the large capacity washer. That may get old, but the Staber stays.<br /><br />It's a 'wierd' machine, but I tend to seek out the more unusual stuff. The Staber is a high efficiency appliance & that fits in with my renovation plan. I see no reason to replace it at this time.<br /><br />Oh yeah, I've used HE (high efficiency) liquid detergent since the beginning. I read that regular detergent sudsing overflow can cause washing out of the grease in the bearings...I don't know about that, but perhaps that's contributed to my Staber performing as well as it has.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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