Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Even more bad news...

For big sprayer owners. My shorts aren't as clean as they used to be.
Not so long ago you could count on most washers to get your clothes very clean. Not anymore. Our latest tests found huge performance differences among machines. Some left our stain-soaked swatches nearly as dirty as they were before washing. For best results, you’ll have to spend $900 or more.

What happened? As of January, the U.S. Department of Energy has required washers to use 21 percent less energy, a goal we wholeheartedly support. But our tests have found that traditional top-loaders, those with the familiar center-post agitators, are having a tough time wringing out those savings without sacrificing cleaning ability, the main reason you buy a washer.

On the other hand, dryer technology hasn’t changed much in the last 10 years. Plus dryers tend to outlast washers. That’s why we offer buying tips and highlight only dryers that combine performance, value, and reliability instead of showing full Ratings.

Today most top-loaders only get a good washing score, and some had the lowest scores we’ve seen in years. One washer, with an overall score of 19 (out of 100) is one of the lowest-scoring washers in this and past reports. Several major manufacturers are meeting the new energy standard by lowering wash water temperatures. But doing this often lowers the washing performance. [More]

While this information could be used for good, I suspect it will be the leverage needed to switch the old Kenmore for a Bosch.

Boy, nothing gripes me more than wasting $500 for household stuff that could go toward a better stereo in my $300,000 combine...


Anonymous said...

The last washer we bought and are still paying for was a top loader with a plastic dasher that wears your clothes out twice as fast as the old model. It puts wear & tear in places normal use would never receive. It's bad enough living in poverty, without having to look like it too just because you got use to wearing clean clothes!

Brian said...

So, I wonder, how many years do they allow you to depreciate a $300,000. combine?