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Samsung vs. Whirlpool Duet Vs. Duet Sport

I am in the market for the washer dryer, I have narrowed down to the following:

Samsung --> 1400$
http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/prodde ... 592&catid=

Whirlpool Duet --> 1999$

and Whirlpool duet sport around 1700$

I would like some feedback on the 3, and if the duet and the duet sport have the same reliability.
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I had the Duet Sports Washer & Dryer since Oct 2007, so far I loved them
I read good reviews about them when I purchased, and I think I got them for around $1500 for the pair

Note that Duet Sports is the smaller version, Whirlpool Duet has larger load size
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The_dream2k wrote:
Aug 2nd, 2008 11:01 pm
I am in the market for the washer dryer, I have narrowed down to the following:

Samsung --> 1400$
http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/prodde ... 592&catid=

Whirlpool Duet --> 1999$

and Whirlpool duet sport around 1700$

I would like some feedback on the 3, and if the duet and the duet sport have the same reliability.
There is more than just one model for the Whirlpool products.

The Sport comes in a 8300 and a 8500

The Duet HT comes in a 9200, 9400, and a 9600 steam model.

I'm also shopping around for a washer, and from what the sales people have been telling me, the 8500 has more wash options to choose from than the 8300 along with a larger wash capacity, and therefore more money. Same for the 9000 series, the higher the number, the more options on the setting dial along with the corresponding kick to the pocketbook.

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I'd also check if there are any incentive programs currently in place. In Manitoba, there is a $100 rebate on my Hydro Electricity bill for purchasing a Energy-Star HF washer.

Hope that helps.

Mark

P.S. I'm giving serious consideration to the LG WM2016CW. Review and reliability score is close to the 9000 Duet line but for less money. FLs seem to be a huge money grab right now due to popularity. I can't see why they would cost 3 to 4 times more than a TL
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The_dream2k wrote:
Aug 2nd, 2008 11:01 pm
I am in the market for the washer dryer, I have narrowed down to the following:

Samsung --> 1400$
http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/prodde ... 592&catid=

I would like some feedback on the 3, and if the duet and the duet sport have the same reliability.
As for the Samsung, Consumer reports has the following to say on thier web site
Highs
In the heavy-duty cycle, wash performance and energy efficiency were very good. Water efficiency, capacity and gentleness were excellent. This model is also relatively inexpensive. It is stackable.

Lows
This model had a cycle time of 75 minutes.

Bottom Line
Overall, this is a very good front-loader that is especially water-efficient and very gentle. But it is less energy-efficient (while very good) than some other front-loaders. It is backed by a 1-year warranty. Repair history for this brand is not known, as we lack sufficient data for earlier models.
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3.9 stars
(based on 14 reviews) 79% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros: Quiet(5), Large capacity(5), Good value(5), High quality(5), Energy efficient(5)
Cons: Expensive(4), None(3)
Best Uses: Everyday clothes(4), Towels(4), Athletic clothes(4), Delicates(4), Bedding(3)
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The LG seems to be very nice and inline with the duet, I think, I am going to look around and see if I can find the duet sport or the LG for around 1500$ the pair and take one of them, if not I think the samsung is still an excellent choice.

Here in Quebec, there is a 50$ rebate as an incentive.

Also, 75 min wash cycle? I never owned a front load but is that normal?
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The_dream2k wrote:
Aug 3rd, 2008 11:11 am
The LG seems to be very nice and inline with the duet, I think, I am going to look around and see if I can find the duet sport or the LG for around 1500$ the pair and take one of them, if not I think the samsung is still an excellent choice.

Here in Quebec, there is a 50$ rebate as an incentive.

Also, 75 min wash cycle? I never owned a front load but is that normal?
I think there's a thread in the HOTDEALs section talking about the LG and a PM opportunity. I do believe a lower price can be had, but it may take time to uncover one in a sale. Our washer is working, just not that great, so we can afford to sit back for a little while to watch the sales.

I believe that all FL high efficiency washers have the long wash time trait. I think it mostly has to due with the low water usage.

BTW, LG has had sale promotional rebates in the past. I believe the last one for a washer was in early 2008, and was for $100 (Old Rebate - PDF). Odds are they will have another eventually. Details can be found on their WEB site. I'd check there every so often to see if they update the page.LG Canada



Consumer Reports on LG
Reviews and recommendations


Highs
In the normal cycle, wash performance and energy efficiency were very good. Water efficiency, capacity, and gentleness were excellent. This model is also relatively inexpensive. It is stackable.

Lows
This model had a cycle time of 90 minutes.

Bottom Line
Overall, this is a very good front-loader that is especially water-efficient and very gentle. But it is less energy-efficient (while very good) than some other front-loaders and has a long wash cycle. It is backed by a 1-year warranty.
User reviews.
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4.3 stars
(based on 23 reviews) 91% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

How long have you owned it: One-to-three months(3)
Pros: Quiet(12), Adjustable settings(12), Clean clothes well(12), Energy efficient(11), Large capacity(10)
Cons: Long cycle(6), Shakes/moves(3)
Best Uses: Everyday clothes(14), Towels(12), Bedding(10), Delicates(10), Athletic clothes(9)

Good Luck.

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I have been looking at the same Samsung set. However the Samsung website list the washer as 3.4 CUFT as opposed to the 3.6 CUFT that future shop lists.

http://downloadcenter.samsung.com/conte ... 63A-02.pdf

I haven't been to the store to verify this but it would be something to check if your interested in buying this set.

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flexo96 wrote:
Aug 3rd, 2008 3:44 pm
I have been looking at the same Samsung set. However the Samsung website list the washer as 3.4 CUFT as opposed to the 3.6 CUFT that future shop lists.

http://downloadcenter.samsung.com/conte ... 63A-02.pdf

I haven't been to the store to verify this but it would be something to check if your interested in buying this set.

flexo96
The futureshop I went to did not have them on display, But I checked al other stores and they seem to be 3.4. For the price, I am very tempted in going with the samsung, 600$ ,add a bit to it and I can get a new Fridge!!!
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My wife and I purchased the Whirlpool Duet 8700 or 8500s. We haven't taken delivery yet and I'm too lazy to look at the receipt. We get our new home in November so I can't comment on reliability or quality of wash.

From my research, the Whirlpool duet sports are made in Mexico while the more expensive Duets are made in Germany. We know one couple with a sport who has had problems with reliability but that's just one person and probably not a good indication of actual reliability....
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Some Duet are also made in Mexico, like the one I saw at Leon's. I was surprised as I thought they were made in Germany
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For those of you looking at the Duet/Duet Sport you may want to consider the Maytag Epic/Epic Z, which are the same machines but with different packaging and temperature/speed options.
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Hi The_dream2k,
I am also looking for a similar combo (and I'm in mtl too)...

Samsung (WF203ANS) +(DV203AES)
or
LG (WM2016CW) + (DLE2516W)
or
Whirlpool Duet Sport (WFW8300SW ) + (YWED8300SW)

There is a pm opportunity for the Duet:
WFW8300SW - 899$ (sears) until Aug. 04 2008
http://www.sears.ca/gp/product/B000FMZG ... =396506011
WFW8300SW - 999$ (fs)
http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/prodde ... atid=10741

YWED8300SW - 699$ until Aug. 04 2008
http://www.sears.ca/gp/product/B000FMZG ... Brand=core
YWED8300SW - 799$
http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/prodde ... atid=10736

Pricematch Sears at Fs -->1568$

Best deal I could find for the moment on this set...

Does anybody knows if the duet sport is a lot better than the samsung combo?
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Another option
PM the Samsung set @ Sears --> 1358$
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Well, I was once again shopping, Can anyone who has access to consumer reports give me the details on the Samsung WF317AAG, its a discontinued model, but seems like it has Silver care, and direct drive motor instead of belt which I found out today could be an important factor.


thanks
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