Why is the build quality of clothes washers so bad nowadays?

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And of course most of you idiots don't mention what brand or model of washer you have that you claim is built well.

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  • Mr. P
    Lv 7
    2 weeks ago
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    Because they want to sell you another one after the 3 year guarantee runs out, so they design things to fail on average at 4 years, and write in a bit in the limited warranty that doesn't cover the bits they know fails before that.

    You see it all the time on circuit boards - half the components are missing! These are usually the parts that act as good filter or protection circuitry. There is also another sneaky trick they use, and that is mounting electronics in hot, damp and vibration prone areas. Some parts do have a finite life - shorter if they get too hot so where do they put them - right next to hot parts!

    I used to work on Fixya site and I noticed some brands always gave a lot of problems, while others were hardly ever talked about - so I bought those!

    I paid a decent price for Hotpoint and Bosch - mainly because all the parts are available as spares. I have repaired the Hotpoint Washer dryer about 8 times in about 15 years. The Bosch dishwasher needed new runners and a spray arm in that time, and just feels more solid.

    Same with cars. Mine is over 50 years old and will outlast any that are on the street now.

    • AskZilla
      Lv 4
      2 weeks agoReport

      I would think such bad experiences with relatively expensive items would make people defect from those brands. In the USA, this is what happened to General Motors in 2009. Good quality builds positive word of mouth advertising, repeat customers. Building junk doesn't do that.

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  • 3 weeks ago

    most store bought washers like those steel behemoth frigerators\\

     have parts wear put break,,dont work after a couple years,or earlier,,maytag washer,,in my laundry rm, the mark on the temp selector,HOT,,an energy star thing that mixes alternately hot n cold,,,= more  wear, & wiring to a timer,mixing hose pump to shut on n off on n off,

    all I want is hothothot water,,for which I have to draw hot water in a pail to dump in  &  get the hot  water I want, optimum is to pull it out bring it to a used appliance place get another older used on that does what I want

    i WILL jUST USE IT TILL IT conks out

  • ron h
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    I had a dryer that I bought used 30 years ago.  I don't think my new one will do that.  But I've got a front load washer that's been good for 10 years, so I'm hoping for another 10 there.

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  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    You are buying the cheapo brands. 

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  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    This is the throw away world we live in. You don't repair washers, shoes, computers. Anything really. You throw them out and buy new. That's why things aren't made to last anymore. Guys who build washers aren't going to make money if your washer lasts 25 years.

    • AskZilla
      Lv 4
      2 weeks agoReport

      Yea but some of us like quality and are finding quality difficult to find with products made today. Throw away society is a sick and stupid idea. It is pollutive and destructive.

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  • elhigh
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    Money, money, money. The cheaper they make them, the cheaper they can sell them. And the cheaper they can sell them, the more they can sell than the other guy - and then, when it breaks, they can sell another one.

    My current LG is hanging tough at about five years old. I've found that buying front loaders is a pretty consistently good choice. These so-called High Efficiency top loaders are incredibly cheap and prone to failure at a young age.

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  • 3 weeks ago

    I remember  back to the 1960s. That's when the first became popular. The quality is as good now as it was then. And many more settings.

    Like others say: Are you buying a cheap dryer?

    • AskZilla
      Lv 4
      3 weeks agoReport

      That's not true. What planet do you live on?

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  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    Because you bought a cheap one?  You get what you pay for.  That has always been true.Avoid the "FU-Bozo" braned machines made in outer Mongolia.

    . you could always go to the round wooden tub and stomp on the clothes with your feet (like they did in the old days before electricity. or get Mikey to do it.)

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  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    Mine isn't.  I LOVE my "new" washing machine.   Seven years under the bridge and it's still like brand new. 

    Sure my old agitating top-loader lasted 30 years but it used a TON of water and literally ate clothes.  I mean wore them out prematurely.

    Quality of engineering and build depends on how much you are willing to spend.  Yes of course there is a difference between bargain basement base model machines and high end machines.

    ETA:   You didn't bother to ask which brands are good ones, dear.   And since you didn't ask and can't be bothered to be polite, it is what it is. 

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    • Tommymc
      Lv 7
      3 weeks agoReport

      When I shopped for a washer several yrs ago, I asked repairmen about reliability. I was told that inherently, front loaders are hard on rear bearings. More money buys extra features, but reliability remains consistently less than it used to. So I was told.  Go with  Speed Queen.

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  • Edwena
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    You are buying the cheaper models. The top, expensive models are well built and do an excellent job. Check out an LG top loader, top of the line.  You might subscribe to Consumer Reports for some reliable comparisons.

    • AskZilla
      Lv 4
      3 weeks agoReport

      I trust CR about as much as a  male prostitute I met 4 years ago. They are sketchy.

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