I recently purchased a front-loading Bosch washer and dryer. It was not cheap at over $2,000. Within six months, the washer began acting up with a number of issues. Sometimes it doesn’t spin out the load, or it spins it at a very low speed. Sometimes the manual spin-cycle setting shuts down early.
I carefully leveled the machine, but that didn’t end the problem. It often knots up the load and does a line dance. When this happens, you have two choices –- either stop the machine, pull the load out, and then reload, or you can pause the machine. Afterwards it will start up in a slow ramp-up and get rid of the knots (mostly) on its own. Sometimes it refuses to unlock the door. Even unplugging it will not release it when the door jams. These are just the main quirks. It also has several minor quirks that happen sporadically.
The dryer is even more finicky. It will run for some random period of time, and then it quits. The 26-minute cycle will run fine for a few minutes -- then the timer jumps to zero and shuts off the dryer. This happens mostly when it’s running on the low-heat setting. I've watched it count down to maybe eight minutes. Then all of a sudden it will go to zero.
The dryer it replaced was a Speed Queen that served us well for more than 35 years. The internal contacts in the motor finally wore out. With the exception of the various relay contacts needing dressing now and then -– and replacing the heater element about three times –- this dryer performed great.
The original washer was a Frigidaire, one of those direct-drive, vertical motion beasts. The main slip bearings finally wore out after 35 years of service. I couldn't locate replacements. So, sadly, it went away, too. To say the least, I am not particularly impressed with today's quality, even with the expensive models. While GE used to be on my list of good appliances, they aren't anymore. They want excessive prices for their parts, and they don't last like they used to.
This entry was submitted by Edwin G. Pettis and edited by Rob Spiegel.
Tell us your experiences with Monkey-designed products. Send to Rob Spiegel for Made by Monkeys.