This is not a paid advertisement. I simply wanted to tell you that I finally purchased a high-efficiency washing machine!
Since a washing machine is a major investment, I conducted tons of research before hitting the appliance stores. For instance, I studied the appliance ratings at Consumer Reports. More importantly, I asked you — my dear readers — to weigh in about your own front loaders, top loaders, and old-fashioned agitators. And holy cannoli — more than 300 of you answered my call!
I learned that some of you swear by front loaders, but that many more of you have ditched your front loaders in favor of top loaders. Roughly a dozen readers said that Speed Queen — a commercial-grade, low-tech, low-efficiency machine — is the best machine of all.
I almost purchased a Speed Queen!
For the sake of the environment as well as my budget, I purchased the moderately-priced Whirlpool “Cabrio.” So far, there’s nothing about this high-efficiency gadget that doesn’t make me smile. I even like the tinkly tune it plays when the wash is complete.
According to purchaser reviews I found at Lowes.com, Cabrio is loved by some and loathed by others. Some purchasers said the appliance was thunderously loud. Others bemoaned the fact that the tub doesn’t fill up with water. (Uh, isn’t that the point of high-efficiency washers?) Some reviewers complained that the 800 rpm spin cycle left their clothes plastered against the tub’s walls.
My take? Cabrio is very, very quiet. So quiet, in fact, that I had to enter the laundry room to make sure the machine was running. The spin cycle was no louder than a whisper. By comparison, my old agitating model vibrated with the ferocity of a helicopter.
At 5.3 cubic feet, Cabrio’s tub is huge! If I ever purchase a king size comforter, I know the machine will accommodate it.
I washed 5 loads on the day the machine arrived. And even at the “light wash” setting, everything came out clean.
Wash time was no longer than that of my previous model. With the tub half full, the entire cycle was completed in half an hour, give or take 5 or 6 minutes. The machine actually weighs the load, and then tells you the required cleaning minutes. How frickin’ cool is that?
Lots of readers mentioned that with high-efficiency machines, clothes can not be added after the wash cycle begins. Actually, this is not true. The Cabrio has a “pause” button that unlocks the lid. When a new item is added, the machine simply resumes its cycle.
Would I recommend the Cabrio to others? Absolutely not! I haven’t lived with the machine long enough to properly evaluate it. Also, your idea of “dirty laundry” might differ from mine. I’m a food blogger who deals with flour, butter, and the occasional wine stain. I don’t know if the machine will adequately clean an auto mechanic’s overalls.
For the moment, at least, I’m happy with my washer. Thanks again for helping me to make an informed purchase!