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  • Consumer Reports - The Noisy Truth About 2009 Washers and Dryers

    The latest Consumer Reports reviews are now available for washers and dryers on sale in 2009 at www.consumerreports.org.  These reviews provide a wealth of great information about purchasing a new washer or dryer.  Some of the information available includes test results for washing performance, energy efficiency, water efficiency, capacity, gentleness, cycle time and most importantly for Silent Feet customers, noise and vibration.  All the test results were grouped by type of washing machine so that front and top loading machines could be compared accurately.

    Even expensive washing machines for 2009 could leave your ears ringing and your dishes rattling

    Even expensive washing machines for 2009 could leave your ears ringing and your dishes rattling

    The two washing machines that had the worst vibration and noise were an LG and an Asko Ultracare which according to Consumer Reports, "shook so vigorously in our tests that they would be poor choises for laundry rooms on framed floors." Anyone considering installing a washing machine on a framed floor or any floor other than a concrete slab should strongly consider the use of a vibration pad like Silent Feet.  Without such a pad under the washer and dryer the vibrations caused by the machines can degrade and destroy the structural integrity of the floor.  Other major concerns raised by the reports were anti-allergen features, longer cycle wash cycles and their negative effects on fabrics and finally problems with mold growth in washing machines.

    For customers considering purchasing a new washing machine in the coming year, we strongly recommend installing Silent Feet products under any of the following models.  Each of these models earned the lowest scores in their category for noise and vibration.

    Front-Loading Washing Machines

    Frigidaire Affinity ATF8000F[S]

    Kenmore HE2t 4756[I]

    LG WM2277H[W]

    Speed Queen CTSAOA[W]N

    Kenmore HE2 Plus 4751[2]

    Whirlpool Duet Sport WFW8300S[W]

    Top-Loading Washing Machines

    GE WJRE5500G[WW]

    Kenmore 2884[2]

    GE Profile WPRE6150H[WT]

    Maytag MTW5800T[W]

    Whirlpool WTW5800S[W]

    Amana NRW5700T[Q]

    Kenmore 2872[2]

    Staber HXW2304

    Estate ETW4400T[Q]

    GE WHDRR418G[WW]

    GE WWSE5240G [WW]

    Hotpoint VWSR4160G[WW]

    Haier Genesis GWT900A[W]

    Whirlpool WTW5300S[Q]

    Kenmore 2742[2]

    Frigidaire FWS1233F[S]

    Dryers

    GE Profile DPSE810EG[WT]

    Maytag MED5900T[W]

    Miele Touchtronic T9800

    Kenmore 6683[2]

    Amana NED5800T[Q]

    Whirlpool WED5800S[W]

    GE DTSR495EF[GG]

    Fisher & Paykel DEGX2

    GE DRSR483EG[WW]

    Whirlpool WED5500S[Q]

    Staber HXD2304E

    For complete reviews, buying recommendations and more information about washer and dryer noise and vibration check out consumer review sites like Consumer Reports, Consumer Search and CNET Reviews.

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