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Samsung WF328 or WF218 front loader?  Rating:  Rating
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 Posted: Mon Feb 16th, 2009 02:43 am
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We are in the market for a new washer/dryer (replacing a kenmore calypso washer)...we've narrowed it down to the Samsung front loaders.  We are putting it on a 2nd story laundry room over the garage (new addition, tile floor).  We will not use the pedastal base.  

I read that the Samsung is the best for  noise/vibrations.  We don't really see a need for the steam...so we've narrowed it down to the models:  328 and 218.  I was sold on the 218 until I found out it did not have a 'quick wash' option.  Went to Sears to look at the 328 and noticed that it did not have the lint/water pump clean-out access on the front.   I remember reading somewhere that this is important...our calypso (piece of junk) has quite a bit lint in it's cleanout...so is the cleanout access a big deal? 

It comes down to a model with silver care and no clean-out or a clean out without the sliver option....thoughts?  Thanks...jr

Links:  samsung WF328: http://www.samsung.com/us/consumer/detail/detail.do?group=homeappliances&type=washersdryers&subtype=washers&model_cd=WF328AAW/XAA

Samsung WF218: http://www.samsung.com/us/consumer/detail/detail.do?group=homeappliances&type=washersdryers&subtype=washers&model_cd=WF218ANW/XAA

Both can be had this week at sears for around $850. 

 

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Personally linting is not a problem with front loaders its the junk from pockets coins, nails, screws, you name it, so if your religious about checking your pockets you can live with out the clean out.

I'm not a huge fan of Samsung products but at that price point i can see how a consumer would seriously consider one. One other thing to add very little can be service from the front on these models but that seems to the trend with a number of models out there so consider decent access for service to the rear or side etc.

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A: I wouldn't buy ANYTHING from Sears. (edit-except Craftsman tools)
B: I wouldn't buy a Samsung front loader.

Just my opinion.

Last edited on Mon Feb 16th, 2009 12:47 pm by ROBBYRIG

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I would not buy anything Samsung ..........shudder.......



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the samsung washer is very similar to the LG but it has the addition of the 2 balance rings. i have never seen any problems with them



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So why the opposition to samsung washers? 

My husband will do all of the work on them...are they hard to fix - hopefully we won't need any repairs for a few years! 

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RegUS_PatOff wrote: ... check to see if service manuals and parts are available online.



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The Samsung washer is a techincal piece of headache.  Your husband would have to be knowlegeble on front load washers to repair this one.  The samsung is about the same washer as the Maytag Neptune as I believe that Samsung made them.  I used to do warranty work for Samsung until I found out that some of their products are so poorly engineered they can't be fixed. 

My 2 cents...........

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Please do not buy the Samsungs, they really are pieces of junk. Buy the Whirlpool Duet Front loader and the matching Duet dryer, they are much more durable, more reliable, almost every servicer will service them and parts a available at any appliance parts store. With Samsung, expect to get a hole in your dryer drum after a couple of years with the paper thin metal. Also, the Samsung Silvercare washer is under review by The EPA for being hazardous to your health. DON"T BUY THE SAMSUNG OR THR LG! STICK WITH WHIRLPOOL!



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Thanks for the information.  We were just getting ready to pull the trigger on the Samsung model 218.  The whole silver thing has me worried - we don't need all the bells and whistles. 

We are evaluating the Whirlpools now.  But we are a bit biased against them due to the poor design of our Kenmore Calypso which was manufactured by Whirlpool.  We are not thrilled about buying from Sears, but they are the only ones with the model 218.   So, if we go with the Whirlpool - I think Best Buy/Lowes will match the coupon.

We would love to buy American - what do others think about the Duets?  I've read that the Duet Sports are junk.  How do they work on 2nd story laundry room (tile over plywood) - how are the vibrations?  I think CR has them near the top - need to double check. 

Thanks again!

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