A New Crush

I'm in love with my new washer and dryer.
A while back, I did some research on front loader washing machines. I got a lot of positive feedback about these new high efficiency machines. At that point, way back when, it was really just a pipe dream. My washer and dryer were both working just fine and while I knew I'd enjoy a larger machine (and probably could justify getting one) there were other items on my list of "stuff to do with my money," including going to Europe with my husband. Yes, those front loaders aren't cheap.

So a few weeks ago, my washing machine died. I'll spare you all the details (only because I wrote about it for my column, which I'll post here on Friday!) except that my dad and I really discussed at length whether it was time to actually just get a new one. My dad is one of those uber-handy fellows who can fix anything. And when he had looked into all the reasonable solutions for the washer -- and none were the problem -- he said he would recommend getting a new one. As much as it pained him, we had crossed the line into it costing more to fix the machine than it was really worth.

So after much research and a little luck, we bought the Whirlpool Cabrio Washer and the Bosch Nexxt Dryer.

We had been looking at each of these sets -- the Cabrio set and the Bosch, but of course hadn't planned on buying one of each. I wanted a matching set, just wasn't sure which one.

I liked the Cabrio because it is a top-loader machine with the large capacity of the front loaders. It doesn't have an agitator and is high efficiency. It's basically a front loader that you load on top. To me, best of both worlds. However, the price was $1,000 for the washer, which was a bit higher than I wanted to pay. When I saw it at the store (we shopped at Lowe's) it really sang to me -- just totally cool looking, but also I liked that I wouldn't have to "re-learn" my system, in terms of where I loaded the clothes (I know, pathetic creature of habit). And it's huge.

But I mainly had my eye on the Bosch pair. Bosch is just really heavy duty. I have a Bosch oven and a Bosch dishwasher and I just like the way they look and feel -- and they work well too. I have several friends who have the Bosch washer/dryer and they all said the same thing about it -- takes a while to wash, unless you set it on quick wash, and sometimes it's hard to get a mildew smell out of the washer. But the dryer was great, no problems. So I was all set to get this set.

We went to Lowe's one Saturday afternoon and there, right as we walked in, was a newly discounted Cabrio washer. It was under warranty but had been returned. So I loved it but wasn't planning on paying the still-high asking price. There was also a platinum-colored Bosch dryer which we loved. But it didn't have a washer with it, and I thought, we can't afford to wait for a special order washer. We were on Laundry Watch, Day Five. Dangerous territory.

So in the end we bought the Cabrio washer and the Bosch dryer. I didn't want an unmatched pair, but guess what? They sold them to us for $700. For the PAIR. Yes, that's $350 each. And when we got them home, they look great together because (for those who need this sort of thing in their life) the Cabrio has a strip of "platinum" that ties in with the Bosch perfectly.

I would recommend both. I love the top loader, and it handles at least three times the amount of laundry of my old machine. And the dryer works great.

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Does_it_really_matter 02/11/09 - 09:43 pm
I had the same problem with

I had the same problem with my washer smelling funky, too. The trick is to get the wet clothes to the dryer ASAP and keep the washer door open between washes. It makes a big difference.

junket83 02/15/09 - 11:56 am
We have the Bosch set and

We have the Bosch set and have been generally quite pleased. The trick for the front loaders is to use very little detergent (even less than recommended by the detergent company). Try using only a spoonful per load. wbblack makes a very good point for front loaders and that is to keep the door open (adjar) when not in use and make sure to wipe off the the inside of the door AND the gasket. You can also purchase a washing machine cleaner that will help keep out the mildew smell.

rsbalducci 02/15/09 - 12:10 pm
It's nice to hear something

It's nice to hear something positive about the bosch, junket. I have heard mixed reviews, though so far my dryer has been great. Seems like maybe the washer is more the issue. Thanks for the suggestions, readers!

Antlion 02/16/09 - 10:34 am
There is six in our family,

There is six in our family, this includes three teen age girls,I bit the bullet and purchased the Kenmore Oasis in the extra large capacity washer and dryer. To say that we are in awe of our set, would be an understatement. Yes, the price ran over $2,000 but it can handle two loads of what our old large load washer and dryer could handle. The only thing that I would tell you to do is to purchase the service contract...because of the computerized parts in these appliances. You need it...and its cheaper in the long run. I speak from experience!

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