We are considering a front loading washer and have been advised that vibration is a problem. I do not want to buy two pedestals ($500) and wonder what others have experienced with this type of washer. We are looking at the Amana NFW7200TW or the Whirlpool Duet. My first thought is to build a box of 2x12s and plywood and place it on a thick rubber mat. I would not secure it to the floor or to the wall as I thought that that might excenuate the vibration. The laundry is on the second floor. Please advise. Thanks!
I have front loading washers in two homes. No vibration issues. I put the first one in 12 years ago. Still going strong. Bought the same units for the other house. Frigidaire. Both are on wood framed floors.
I have spent about 200 on repairs over the 12 years. One involved replacing the drum dues to an aluminum casting on the back breaking and they don't sell that part seperate from the drum assy. Drum assy was 150.00. Other repairs were a pump and a door switch.
Edited 1/31/2009 12:20 pm ET by TomW
No more than a top loader, in my experience. Any washer vibrates. Stiffen the subfloor if possible.
My front loader is smoother than the top loaders I have had in the past.. (they all shake and vibrate) but because I have two front loaders I can stack them and that saves a lot of space in the utility room..
We have the GE front-loaders on bases built into the laundry room.
My only complaint is how they shake when you wash a blanket. Unlike with top loaders, you can't open them up and re-distribute the blanket evenly; at least is it very difficult to do so in a FL.
I would hesitate about putting them on the second floor, but that's just my opinion.
The LG front loaders go through several cycles of speeding up and slowing down. And after 3 or 4 or 5 of those cycles then goes to full speed.It is suppose to balance the load. I have only noticed this from working in a house with one. Don't no if it is a fixed cycle or if sense the balance then retries..
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I hear ours do the same. Sometimes it just works better than others.
In defense of front loaders, they are almost impossible to overload. The wife was he L L on the small top loader we had in the old house. Even after I replaced the third belt.
To the OP's point, however, I would be leary about putting them on the 2nd floor. If someone can give a resounding testimonial of one brand in this situation my concerns could allayed.
We have the Kenmore brand from Sears. It vibrates badly if just the little out of level. They also tend to be a little noisier.
My wife likes them, so we have them>G<
We have had LG Tromm's for 3 years now and I've never noticed any vibration at all.
Have LG front loaders upstairs, no worries.
I built the bases that our front-loaders are on. And I built them a bit taller than the ones available from the appliance companies.
Taller because I wanted the center of the doors to be at elbow height.
Built them myself because they will outlast the machines, and I didn't want to pay for replacements in the future.
Yes, laundry machines can be noisy -- doesn't seem to matter if they load from the top or the front. Doesn't seem to matter the brand. If you're worried about transmitted vibrations, add some rubber mats to the mounting.
We bought the Amana several months ago. Some slight vibes if not loaded properly. I would reccomend it.
Thanks for your opinion.Foxcroft