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#269663 31-Mar-2020 18:55
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Hi all,

 

Looks like my F&P top load washing machine has just given up so looking for advice on a good top load washing machine to replace it with. Any suggestions? 


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  #2451747 31-Mar-2020 19:36
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i've had a lot of experience with 2 brands and a little with others here and there

 

F&P - best, super dry clothes coming out. but clothes are constantly ripped due to amazing agitator.

 

Samsung - no agitator. clothes are wet and smelly at the end. stay away.

 

the rest - somewhere in the middle.

 

did you have any issues with your F&P's washing ability?





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  #2451749 31-Mar-2020 19:37
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Either go for a top loader without an agitator or get a front loader. Too many clothes have been destroyed for me to ever go back.

 
 
 
 


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  #2451803 31-Mar-2020 20:11
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Recently had the same problem, After many many years been a F&P supporter and been stung by a fridge and dishwasher from F&P we simply were not going to buy F&P again.

 

 

 

Anyway, we got the Samsung 8.5kg top loader. The biggest issue we had was when we got it home and unpacked we discovered that the drain hose is on the left side of the machine (not the rear which is the norm), anyway it made fitting it a challenge which required a suitable sized hole drilled in the side of the laundry cabinet. 

 

So the dimensions don't include the extra 50mm required for the drain hose that protrudes out the left hand side.

 

 

 

Other than that, it seems to do the job, usually have to set the spin time to 9 mins rather than 5

 

 


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  #2451808 31-Mar-2020 20:21
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Our F&P top loader worked well for years, other than the water level sensor being damaged when I water blasted it clean. It overflowed so we replaced it. After lots of research we went with an F&P front loader, which does a much better job of washing, and apparently is gentler on clothes. We were part way through the laundry renovation when the lockdown hit, luckily I had gotten the machines temporarily installed the day before lockdown was announced.


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  #2451816 31-Mar-2020 20:38
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We made the mistake of getting rid of our F&P toploader and going with a westinghouse, that thing is useless.

 

We never had ripped clothes with our F&P

 

I still think the best one was the old F&P 380 & 400, they were great, caught all the lint in the lint trap, just bloody heavy as they had a lump of concrete at the bottom.

 

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  #2451833 31-Mar-2020 20:57
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actioncam:

 

Hi all,

 

Looks like my F&P top load washing machine has just given up so looking for advice on a good top load washing machine to replace it with. Any suggestions? 

 

 

What's it actually doing or not doing? These things just keep on keeping on. Little things like the door open sensor or the micro switch that stops the machine when it gets too far out of balance can fail but they are cheap and easy to fix.

 

Google your symptoms, you may find it is a cheap and easy fix.

 

If you decide to replace I'd go F & P top loader again based on past experience. No torn clothes either.





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  #2451862 31-Mar-2020 21:48
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Love me an F&P top loader. Had one as a kid, finally died a few years ago and it was older than me.

As an adult myself I’ve had a lot of different options in various rentals and flats. A Panasonic front loader that was too smart for its own good (changes the settings automatically) and was expensive. An LG front loader that was quite good but, as with all front loafers, very slow. A Samsung top loader that left the clothes very wet when it was done, requiring several spin cycles.

Now back on an F&P top loader and I couldn’t be happier. Cleans the clothes well, quick to run, no problems with it so far.




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#2451866 31-Mar-2020 22:00
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I was a top loader fan for years but went front loader last year with Samsung - cleaner clothes, less water, less powder, spins so fast clothes are almost dry.

 

Just my experience of course.




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  #2451868 31-Mar-2020 22:04
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Technofreak:

 

actioncam:

 

Hi all,

 

Looks like my F&P top load washing machine has just given up so looking for advice on a good top load washing machine to replace it with. Any suggestions? 

 

 

What's it actually doing or not doing? These things just keep on keeping on. Little things like the door open sensor or the micro switch that stops the machine when it gets too far out of balance can fail but they are cheap and easy to fix.

 

Google your symptoms, you may find it is a cheap and easy fix.

 

If you decide to replace I'd go F & P top loader again based on past experience. No torn clothes either.

 

 

Did a load today and it stopped at the spin cycle. Took everything out, switched it off and on then tried running it again. It eventually started going again and finished off. Then I thought I'd run it through a complete cycle again to check it's ok and it stopped when it got part way through the rinse cycle. It seemed to run for a little bit, then stop, then run for a little bit again then stop etc. At one point it was draining water and it would drain for a few seconds then stop for maybe 1-2 minutes, then start draining again then stop. Once it finally completed that and it was back on the spin cycle again it would spin for a minute or two then stop for a couple minutes, then keep going again. Seems to just be intermittently stopping and starting.


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  #2451913 1-Apr-2020 07:49
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Technofreak:

 

What's it actually doing or not doing? These things just keep on keeping on. Little things like the door open sensor or the micro switch that stops the machine when it gets too far out of balance can fail but they are cheap and easy to fix.

 

Google your symptoms, you may find it is a cheap and easy fix.

 

If you decide to replace I'd go F & P top loader again based on past experience. No torn clothes either.

 

 

If you are going to stay with a top loader this is probably your best bet. They are pretty damn simple machines and the motors don’t usually stop. Pretty much everything else sits underneath the control panel so is easy to get at.

 

I’d never have a top loader again but the F&P ones are well proven and haven’t really changed much over the years.


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  #2451921 1-Apr-2020 08:16
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We have a Westinghouse 10kg top loader that died at 2.5 years old just before lockdown. Harvey Norman are repairing it under warranty, but after a couple of weeks and several visits by the repair tech they took it away and gave us a loaner on the Wednesday of the lockdown. They loaned us a Samsung front loader, and we have been impressed with it - its very quiet, and the clothes come out drier than the top loader. That said, we haven't had any complaints about the performance of the top loader (except for the dying), its the non-agitator model and clothes come out clean and dry, but this is the second time we've had to warranty it, one of the suspension thingies had to be replaced 6 months ago.


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  #2451987 1-Apr-2020 09:12
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We just replaced our F&P smartdrive with ... a new F&P smartdrive.

 

The old one was my mothers so it must be >21 years old.





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  #2452018 1-Apr-2020 09:53
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How easy is it to get (after lockdown finishes) and replace F&P top loader water level sensors? If I could do that I could then sell or give away our 12 year old F&P top loader.

 

Note that we already bought a new one, just wondering if it's practical for me to replace the water level sensor so I can sell / give the machine away.


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  #2452023 1-Apr-2020 10:01
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timmmay:

 

How easy is it to get (after lockdown finishes) and replace F&P top loader water level sensors? If I could do that I could then sell or give away our 12 year old F&P top loader.

 

 

Appliance repairs should be essential in lockdown.  Not sure if they are.





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  #2452025 1-Apr-2020 10:02
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MikeAqua:

 

timmmay:

 

How easy is it to get (after lockdown finishes) and replace F&P top loader water level sensors? If I could do that I could then sell or give away our 12 year old F&P top loader.

 

 

Appliance repairs should be essential in lockdown.  Not sure if they are.

 

 

We bought a new one. I'm just asking if I can do it myself so someone else can use it.


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