Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Change is Never Easy

I live in a second-hand world. All my furniture is second-hand or hand-me-down. All our appliances were owned by someone else (or someones else) before us.

So, when our laundry machines began to crap out, and Black Friday deals were too good to pass up, we officially bought our first BRAND NEW appliances. Okay, technically, I bought a brand new toaster oven last year but that doesn't count because it was only $17.

So, we bought these Maytag Bravos Washer/Dryer machines. They are SHINY. And PRETTY. But I'm just not sure I like them.


First of all, there is no soak cycle. This is frustrating, considering that children get their clothes dirty. And my personal experience has proven that the SINGLE best way to get dirt out of clothes is to soak it out. But I have already tried to fill the drum up with water and turn the machine off. No dice. The machine is uber-efficient, so it uses hardly any water to begin with. And, when I press "pause", the water all drains out.

To get the machine with the soak cycle was an extra 300 bucks.

And, this machine only takes High Efficiency detergent. That sucks. I have a ton of detergent here all ready to be used. Now I guess I have to throw it away?

And, no water level control. The machine supposedly has a sensor to determine how much water the machine needs. And, the lid locks closed when it's on, to protect the consumer.

I think this machine must be a Democrat. It's all about taking the power and choices away from me and telling me how it's going to run my laundry cycle. This sucks.

19 comments:

Emily said...

ahaha! That democrat comment is freakin' hilarious! And you might want to google about your extra detergent. If it's unopened you might be able to sell (craigslist...you never know!) and I just remember my mom getting an HE washer and still being able to use up all her old detergent somehow.

OHmommy said...

A democrat? Dear Lord, you made me laugh out loud!

Foursons said...

What? No options? I'd be considering returning that thing.

Scary Mommy said...

Only you would make a washing machine into a political statement. :)

Does sound annoying though!!

Gigi said...

I remember when we got our "new" washer about 5 years ago or so (not as fancy as yours) and I must tell you - I have hated it from day one! Our old machine was a used one that hubby had before we got married - and up until it quit cleaning the clothes it was fabulous & STURDY. The thing we have now? I can tell you I'll have to be buying another one in a few years it's so flimsy. The old used dryer on the other is still going strong (still ugly as sin). The only problem we've had is the door catch broke. Hubby, being ever-so-resourceful put a window latch on that thing and we are still using it and hope to for a long time yet. It seems (no matter the cost) it's worth it (if possible) to have the old ones repaired rather than buy the newer models. They just seem to die after the warranty is up anyway. Okay - done ranting about my appliances.

Sorry you dislike your new one so much (maybe try to return it?). LOVED the democrat comment - too funny.

Jen said...

My washer is similar. First you don't have to throw out your detergent it will work just fine just use less. And second, have you actually tried to wash the dirty clothes without soaking them? With mine, I don't have to do any pre-treating, my washer just gets them clean. If I have a stubborn stain then I put some detergent on the stain and then rub it in and wash the clothes. It works every time. And trust me, I have dirty kids.

Someone Being Me said...

LOL, democrat washer and dryer. Do they also keep all the change that falls out of your pockets?

I use OxyClean to get the stains and such out of my clothes, carpets, etc. I have an 8 month old and a 3 year old plus a husband who works in the oil field and there hasn't been a stain I haven't gotten out. I spot treat with the spray on kind and if I am just washing a load of grungy stuff like my husband's work clothes I throw in a scoop of the powdered kind along with my detergent. I never soak clothes.

Jennifer said...

HHHHEEEEEYYYYYY!!!!! No offense taken.

You can use the regular detergent. Just use like half of it. I did that at first too, and still will if I can get it cheaper.

Mine is a front loader and I can't figure out soak either, at least not in a way I can figure out. I guess you could soak in the sink and then move it to the washer. Or get a bucket. Us dems are all about finding a way to make it work too.

Anna See said...

You are so funny! And I'm a democrat. Ditto on the just use 1/2the detergent. That's what I do.

Lisa@verybusymomwith4 said...

LOL on last comment--agree with others use less detergent (I'd say a 1/4 less, you really need next to nothing).
Enjoy the new 'toys' :)

stephanie (bad mom) said...

HEY! I let you pick where we met, and I even let you drive. And I certainly did not tell you what you could order...You're hanging around the wrong Democrats - I think they're really Fascists in disguise.

:D

Good luck.

Angie @ KEEP BELIEVING said...

Just had to read the comments to see who you pissed off.

KEEP BELIEVING

Mommymel said...

Don't throw the detergent out if you don't use it, just freecycle it. Look up a group in your area on yahoo. You'd love it. Its for giving away stuff you don't need, and getting other people's stuff they don't need anymore! Hilarious, though, appliances as democrats.

Karly said...

When you are filling the machine with clothes and water can you just leave the lid open? Then the clothes can soak in the water til you close the lid?

That's what I do, not because I want to soak the clothes (never really thought about that being helpful), but because I turn it on and put a few pieces of clothes in and then forget that I was doing laundry and wander away for hours and then my husband starts shouting what is all this water doing in the washing machine? It's a vicious cycle. (Ha! Cycle! Like a soak cycle? Get it??)

Kacie said...

hah, yep, your democrat comment made me smile.

Sturgmom said...

"I think this machine must be a Democrat. It's all about taking the power and choices away from me and telling me how it's going to run my laundry cycle."

Literally made me laugh out loud! HILARIOUS!!

Amy O'Connor said...

The democrat comment was pretty funny!

I'm sure you'll like it more once you get used to it. I used to have one of those high-efficiency washers and I kind of miss it. I was also going to tell you about using less regular detergent or just take it all back to the store and ask to exchange it for high efficiency. Wal-Mart is really good about that kind of stuff!

Bridgett said...

I've had an HE front loader for 7 years and love it. Mine does soak, though...I used non-HE detergent to use up the old stuff myself, I just used a tiny amount and I didn't use on things that are super dirty. I gradually moved over to all HE. The nice thing (in my machine at least) about HE detergent is I use very little and it still gets stuff clean. Mine also locks, because it's a front loader and therefore the water would all spill out on the floor if I opened it, but there is a release button....hmm. But mine aren't maytag but kenmore. My biggest issue with it is it has a "time remaining" screen that is a huge liar. Perhaps like a republican. Ooh. Sorry, I had to. ;^)

Wendy said...

I am a soaker, too. I soak mine for longer than the soak cycle by waiting until it has twirled around in there a bit & just opening the lid.

What happens if you do that? Can you freeze it mid-cycle that way?