Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Expensive Does Not Always Mean Better
In 2005 we bought a new washer and dryer. One or the other of my old ones died and we figured the other wasn't far behind so we just replaced both. My old one looked a lot like this picture I found on Google Images.
Of course I wanted the newest and best thing they had so that they would last me a really, really long time, equating expensive with something I would love. And silly me, I thought these new ones would last me a really, really long time. We didn't buy the most expensive set they had in the store, but we did buy the second most expensive. I would have bought the most expensive ones except I didn't want a front loader washer. And after all, if you pay a lot of money it's going to be something you will love, right?
Wrong. My new ones looked a lot like these, except white. Because I'm addicted to white.
The washer had problems from the beginning. Problems so great that they gave me a brand new one to replace it after the third repair call. Problems fixed I went happily on my way, washing and drying. That washer was High Efficiency and needed special detergent but hey, it was the best out there, right? Because it was HE it wouldn't fill up with water; it just put enough water in to get the clothes clean. Or so they tell you. Do you realize that if it won't fill up with water you can't soak anything? You can't dye anything. And contrary to what they tell you my clothes just didn't smell clean to me. And they looked...well, dull. I fought it and I fought hard. I tried different detergents, even making my own. I tried different fabric softeners, again even making my own. I HATED that washer. I couldn't wait for the day it would quit. And lucky me....last week that happened.
Now understand my husband wasn't nearly as happy as me. :) But being the good man that he is he understood that a minimum of a $200 repair bill on a 10 year old washer versus the cost of new one and his wife's happiness well, no contest. So what did I do? I went to the store and bought the cheapest washer they had. Yep, the cheapest. And you know what it looks like? Just like the washer I had the first few years we were married 50 years ago!
This isn't it, of course, because it's the same image from above but trust me, it's very close to this. My husband commented last night that it even sounds like our first one - pretty darn loud. :) It fills up, the lid locks, it agitates, it drains, it spins. And my husband came in after the first day and said, "hey, my towels smell better for some reason." I love it! I will not be fooled again. I will not look for the most expensive. I will look for the tried and true. Well, unless it's fabric because, really .... well, I don't want to get crazy about this, right?