(fingers crossed) my Kenmore pair from the days of the VCR are still going, and when they finally do play I'll buy a Speed Queen because that's what laundramat's use.
I've gotta be honest when I first saw the title I thought "hmmm, crack attic hooker?"
Welp, today was the day my old Kenmore quit. It did the agitator thing, then spun, then fill and went it was time to agitate again I heard "gggrrrrrrrr" teeth grinding sound. Transmission finally quit. It had been clunking into gear, scratching between gears and just sounding good and worn out.
RIP old Kenmore.
I looked online at the box stores $500-1200 numbers with a bunch of buttons and wifi. Why do I need wifi on a washing machine? Oh they looked sexy enough but life is complicated enough.
My local appliance store has some $500-1200 gadgets and gizmos too. But they also have 3 speed queen models with knobs. And no wifi. Yup no big brother snooping how many gallons of water I use to wash clothes to lower my esg score and no washer won't work after a firmware upgrade.
Being my closet is small I opted for the entry level size for the same reason I picked a 2 burner gas grill. Large enough fill my needs. The store also sells comercial washers with or without coin slots. But what I bought was made in Wisconsin and has lots of user serviceable parts. It aint sexy, no. But it's quiet, easy on the clothes and does a great job at cleaning them. The 800+ rpm spin means less time in the dryer too. So for a little more I may have bought a washer that will be left in my will & testament.
Edit; 2 loads done. Wow, this aint your father's Maytag. The old Kenmore you turn it on and "Shpirrrrrrrrrr" water starts rushing in like from a fire hose. Load it with clothes but hurry up 'cause the train leaves in 3 minutes. It starts to agitate as the rafter shake, then rinse. More "shpiiirrrrrr" fire hose sound. Then spin, more rafter shaking, rinse, repeat. Then it stops. Like suddenly the locomotive sounds are gone. But that was a typical washing machine my entire life.
This new thing? It fills nice and gentle like it's watering flowers, agitates quietly for about 30 seconds to settle the load. It then adds a bit more water. The only sound the agitation makes is the gentle splashing sound as it silently moves back and forth. Like waves of a river quietly striking a boat in the harbor. It picks up a little like a boat wake increased the size the waves as it increases agitation intensity. Then after 15 minutes or so the machine hums about like a refrigerator compressor while it empty's for a few minutes. Then that sounds morphs into a gentle hum as it spins at 800+ rpms without any vibrations. None. Amazing.
While it spins it douses the load briefly with a spritz of water. Then spins nearly silently. Aside from when it pumps water out before a spin it sounds like one of those nature sounds machines. And when done the clothes weigh a lot less than they did coming from that older machine.
I could get used to this. I mean, Mrs Fixer and I were sitting 5 feet from the machine and aside from the hum as it pumped water out we hardly knew it was running. Next room? You don't even know it's running until the "beep" tone tells you it's finished.