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Washing machine cycle times?

by Manage My Life Last activity date:
March 8th, 2011

I recently bought & had installed a Kenmore 3.5 cu ft. top-loading washing machine. The cycle times on the machine are rediculously high. For example, an extra-large load, 1 rinse, light cycle took 45 minutes; an extra-large load, extra rinse, light cycle took 90 minutes!!! I will be exchanging this machine for one with shorter cycles. The 21-yr-old Maytag I just got rid of washed an extra-large, "normal" load in 25 minutes; an extra rinse added 15 minutes or less. I would like to come close to those times. My trusted appliance service reps recommend a top-loading, non-computerized, traditional model manufactured by Whirlpool. What model(s) is/are out there fitting the description?

Kenmore , Maytag , Whirlpool
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Lyle W
I am sorry to hear about your long cycle times. Some of the newer washers use less water and will have longer cycle times.

There are still a few of the deep fill conventional top load washers available but they are becoming rare. Here is a link for a current Kenmore model that has a simple timer and no frills:

Kenmore White 400 3.2 cu. ft. Top-Load Washing Machine (2942)


This washer has the following cycle times:

Normal: 35 minutes

Permanent Press: 30 minutes

Gentle: 25 minutes

I provided the cycle chart in the image below to verify this information.

This washer will probably be similar to your Maytag washer.

If you need more help, reply with additional details and we will assist you further.
by Lyle W
March 8th, 2011
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Manage My Life
I have a standard no frills washer and it does get the job done. The extra features are nice and can offer more options, but I can see how the problem you are having would make you look for simple controls. An option for shopping while you wait for the expert is to check the link below. It also offers help from the Blue Appliance Crew. I attached the link below. Hope your laundry days get shorter.
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by Manage My Life
March 6th, 2011
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