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Matt and I were together for 10 wonderful years - met in 1998, married in 2002, until his untimely death on November 15, 2008. We have two beautiful, healthy children - Jacob (born 5/04) and Sydney (born 5/07)... the most precious gifts he could have ever given me.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

They don't make anything like they used to.

I'm gonna sound really old here, but I've been researching washing machines for our new place (the sellers are taking theirs with them). In all the research I've been doing so far, I've come to one major conclusion (ok, maybe a few):

No matter what make, model, top-loader, front-loader, whatever - they are ALL made like junk.

Energy efficient? Better for the environment because they conserve water and energy? BALONEY. They contribute to harming the environment if anything, because like everything else these days, it's manufactured to fail so you're forced to either buy a new one or replace a major component. That means, in most cases, either the entire machine or the component ends up in a land fill. And you're not saving any money because anything you might save from your water, electric or gas bills is going toward the initial cost of the overpriced hunk of junk and for the repair or replacement (or both) of it.

With everyone's efforts to adopt more environmentally-friendly lifestyles in order to make our world a little cleaner, it's those big, money-hungry corporations (don't even get me started...) that royally screw it up. Their ultimate goal is their own bottom line - not by doing the environment or consumers any favors. They've got people fooled into thinking they're doing something good for the environment by buying something that's "High Efficiency" in one way or another. Such a load of crap.

And the worse part is, we're at their mercy because how else will you wash your clothes unless we revert to doing it ourselves in a tub with an old-fashioned wash board? We've gotten too spoiled and busy for that.

But you know, I'm almost tempted... I have to say, I used to LOVE the smell of my Grandma Gordon's basement... She used a washboard and had clothes lines hanging in her basement. It always smelled so fresh and clean down there. And you can find one online for only $8.99...

I've posted this before somewhere on my blog, but check out this video for a real eye-opening, common-sense view of what's really going on when it comes to stuff like this.

PS - I'm open to washing machine recommendations if anyone has a decent one to recommend... Thanks!


Chris said...

I recently purchased the GE top loading model for my washing machine. I like it except for the fact I can't control the water level. It adjusts to the load each time clothes are added. I think it needs to add just a little bit more. But for the most part I'm happy with it.

tannie said...

We bought a Fisher and Pykel ecosmart washing machine about 4 years ago and have been very happy with it. It does a great job, has a lot of neat features, doesn't use a ton of water and we have never had a problem with it! I remember at the time that it was about the same price as everything else so it seemed like a good idea to "go green". We bought it at Lowe's or Home Depot. Good luck!

tannie said...

We bought a Fisher & Pykel ecosmart washing machine (top load) about 4 years ago and have been very happy with it. We got it at Lowe's or Home Depot. Has great features and doesn't use a lot of water and does a great job getting our clothes clean. We've never had a problem with it. Good luck!!

megan said...

totally agree on the crappy quality of things These Days. My father has the same giant sears/craftsman power tools he bought almost 40 years ago, and they work great. The recent stuff, within the last 20 years is so flimsy and crappy. I have a 70s blender that could probably grind rocks. Modern blenders.... keeeeerappy. Anyway. Solidarity rant.

megan said...

and, in the realm of appliances, I have a few friends who are very happy with their Bosch washing machines and dishwashers.