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  • Washing Machine Vibration Facts

    Here are a few quick facts on washing machine vibration.

    1. All washing machines and dryer vibrate.  Dryers usually have less vibration than washers because the load is only wet clothes (as opposed to a drum of water and clothes).  Front loading washing machines cause high frequency vertical oscillation while top loading washers usually have horizontal oscillation.
    2. Almost all front loading washing machines are not recommended for use on standard joist-construction floors (most common floor type, compared to a concrete slab sub-floor).  Manufactures like GE, LG, Maytag, Samsung, Whirlpool, Kenmore, Bosch and more, all recommend installing a pad like Silent Feet under the washing machine to absorb the vibration.
    3. Prolonged use of a front loading washing machine on regular joist floors will cause structural damage.
      Joist construction sub-floor

      Most laundry rooms are constructed on a joist type floor. Here long wooden joists support a plywood sub-floor. Vibration weakens the joints between all the parts of the floor.

      This can result in minor issues like creaks and cracks in the floor all the way to sagging and collapse of the floor.

    4. The only alternative to using Silent Feet pads to prevent structural damage is costly upgrading of the sub-floor.  This usually involves adding a second layer of plywood sub-floor and adding sister boards to the rafters that support the floor.  But even this won't reduce the amount of vibration noise that you hear.  Sub-floor upgrades can cost thousands of dollars.
    5. Vibration can also cause appliance "walking" (unwanted movement) usually during the spin cycle.  Simply installing a pad designed to prevent walking can solve this problem and mean that you'll never have to reposition your washer after every load again.  Both Original Silent Feet and Anti-Walk Silent Feet prevent walking, however for washers that move a lot or stacked units it is recommended that you install Anti-Walk Silent Feet for the best results.
  • Washing Machine Anti-Vibration Pads Make a Perfect Post Holiday Gift

    Do you know someone who got a fantastic, shiny, new front-loading washing machine for Christmas?  Chances are that they missed out on getting one of the best and absolutely necessary washing machine accessories.  Major washing machine manufacturers like Samsung, LG, Whirlpool, Maytag, Frigidaire, Kenmore and GE all require their front-loading washing machines to be installed on anti-vibration pads.  This is because the high frequency vibrations caused by the spin cycle can cause annoying noise and very serious long term structural damage to you home.  Waiting to give this essential washing machine accessory to a loved one could cost you more than a few harsh feelings.  Silent Feet and Anti-Walk Silent Feet anti-vibration pads for washing machines and dryers are the best pads available today.  Our new Second Generation pads feature the latest technology and materials that provide the greatest vibration reduction and durability.

    If you know someone who received a new washing machine for Christmas from any of the following popular brands tell them to order Silent Feet anti-vibration accessory pads for washing machines today.  Waiting could result in thousands of dollars in costly home repair bills and a very tragic end to their holiday season.

    Most popular front-loading washing machine brands:

    • Samsung
    • LG
    • GE
    • Maytag
    • Whirlpool
    • Frigidaire
    • Kenmore
  • Is Your Washing Machine Doomed to Years of Vibration and Noise?

    Never before have washing machine manufactures been ranked based on the vibration and noise characteristics of their products.  That is until now with the latest release of test results from The Vibration Solution.  Our test engineers have been busy in their lab testing washing machines from every major brand and even a few minor brands.  The results of their tests have finally been compiled.  Below is a ranking of each washing machine brand by the vibration that their family of washing machines generates during operation.  The lower the score, the better.  Higher scores indicate that the washing machine created significant and violent vibration throughout the majority of it's cycles.  Any brand scoring near 100 should be avoided.  The industry average rating for front-loading washing machine vibration was 55.  The average for top-loading washing machine vibration was significantly lower at only 23.  But don't pick your next washing machine based only on its vibration statistics.

    Just because a clothes washing machine doesn't generate as much noise as one of its competitors doesn't mean that it won't keep you up at night.  Noise is another major problem especially with new front-loading washing machines.  That's why we have also included noise ratings as part of our evaluation.  A perfect example of this issue can be seen on the results for front-loading washers.  While Amana, Miele and Electrolux all scored well on vibration none of them were as quiet as Whirlpool machines.  So consumers looking for a good balance of both a quiet and balanced washing machine should strongly consider Whirlpool for their next purchase.  But not all washers are created equal.  While some brands are better than others, consider that there still may be a few black sheep in every brand's family of appliances.  Steer clear of individual models with poor or below average vibration and noise ratings.  These ratings can be found in our 2010 Washer and Dryer Buying Guides.

    Other good front-loading washer brands to consider are Maytag, Kenmore and Samsung.  All three of these brands scored better than the industry average on vibration and also scored well on noise.  Buyers should avoid Speed Queen, Asko, Bosch, GE and Frigidaire washers if possible.  While some washers within each of these brands do offer a good balance of noise and vibration performance, most do not.  Over the past few years we've heard from many very upset Bosch owners who complain of serious vibration and noise.  While Bosch has been slowly improving their appliances, they still have a long way to go before they will be competitive in the laundry appliance industry.

    Ratings of washing machine brand performance for vibration and noise

    For consumers looking to buy a new top-loading washing machine, consider that while most offer the same low level of vibration, LG performed the best in our noise tests.  GE and Fisher & Paykel washing machines also performed well with Kenmore following close behind.  Avoid buying Frigidaire and Roper top-loaders as they suffer from severe noise issues during most of their cycles.  Staber top-loading washing machines performed poorly in vibration tests, but their overall noise rating was on-par with the industry.  Still, Staber should be avoided as a brand until they can resolve their vibration issues.

    Ratings by top-loading washing machine brand for vibration and noise

  • A Hole-in-One for the New Whirlpool Duet Steam Washer - Review

    Despite a troubled past and rumors of mold and mildew issues in older Whirlpool washers, the company has blown away the competition this

    Whirlpool Duet in Cranberry Red

    The perfect accent to your stylish laundry alcove

    year with one of the best new front-loading washing machines on the market.  There really isn't anything you can complain about with this year's Whirlpool Duet Steam Washer.  I guess maybe if you wanted one in a blue color then maybe it wouldn't be the perfect addition to your laundry room.  But for those looking for a white, Lunar Silver or Cranberry Red addition to their laundry alcove, you will be pleased with the color selection.

    But on to the serious side of this review.  In terms of overall performance for getting dirt and grime out of clothes, the Duet Steam Washer does it's job very well.  It's 90 minute cycle time right about in the middle of the pack, but it sure gets the work done.  Unlike other washer's in this category, it'll keep your clothes looking new for years to come thanks to it outstanding gentleness.  But it's gentle on more than just your clothes.  This washer is one of the most quiet and vibration free in the industry.  When installed properly, following all of Whirlpool's guidelines it will operate without upsetting your sleeping babies or evening dinner party.  Just make sure that this beast has a well supported and level subfloor to rest on.  Whirlpool recommends no more than 1" of slope under the washer.  If your laundry room floor doesn't quiet live up to Whirlpool's requirements, they recommend that you add a sheet of 1/2" plywood for bracing or install an anti-vibration pad like Silent Feet from The Vibration Solution.

    The Whirlpool Duet Steam is also gentle on your wallet.  Besides earning the Energy Star rating, it's also already priced only $700 to $850 in most markets.  And the savings will keep on coming as you'll qualify for excellent government Cash for Appliances tax credits.  Not to mention that you'll quickly notice a drop in your water and electrical bills.  The Duet Steam has earned CEE Tier III validation and uses 74% less water than before.  Compare it to your old top loading washer and this baby is thrifty as they come using a whopping 80% less electricity.

    Lunar Silver Whirlpool Duet Steam Washer Dryer Pair

    The perfect couple: Whirlpool Duet Washer and Dryer

    The Whirlpool Duet Steam will keep you happy for years to come.  Beyond the 1 year warranty, Whirlpool has consistently ranked as one of the most reliable manufacturers of front-loading washing machines according to Consumer Reports.   And don't worry about getting left behind the technology curve.  Whirpool's steam cleaning technology is forging to the front of the pack and looks to be one of the must have's in the coming decade.  So rest easy, wash quietly and add the Whirlpool Duet Steam Washer to your home today.

  • The Complete Guide to Clothes Dryer Noise 2010

    While it is well known that many washing machines are noisy and vibrate, not many products have been designed to help quiet your washer's long term companion, the clothes dryer.  The modern tumble dryer handles larger loads and drys faster than previous versions thanks to numerous improvements in drying technologies.  However, little has been done to reduce the overall noise caused by the dryer.  An off balance or large load of clothes in the dryer can cause some seriously annoying levels of noise and thumping sounds.  Just like your washing machine, a dryer rests on stiff metal and plastic adjustable feet transmit this noise directly to the floor and then throughout your home.  But you don't have to listen to all that racket any longer, because the same Silent Feet Anti-Vibration pads that work on your washer can also be installed on your dryer.

    In addition to silencing the noise transfer to your home, Silent Feet will raise the height of your dryer making it easier to load and unload.  If you've installed Silent Feet under your washing machine, it's best to get a second set for you dryer to keep them both at the same height.  Silent Feet and Anti-Walk Silent Feet will also help stop prevent walking and unwanted movement on dryers.  The following gas and electric dryers have been shown in laboratory tests to have high levels of noise and would benefit from the installation of a anti-vibration isolation pad like Silent Feet.

    Electric Dryers with Noise Problems

    Amana NED4800V

    GE DRSR483EG

    GE DTSR495EF

    GE Profile DPSE810EG

    Fisher & Paykel DE62TG1

    Fisher & Paykel DEGX2

    Kenmore 6952

    Maytag Centennial MEDC500V

    Miele Touchtronic T9800

    Staber HXD2304E

    Gas Dryers with Noise Problems

    Amana NGD4800V

    Fisher & Paykel DG62TG1

    Fisher & Paykel DGGX2

    GE Profile DPSE810GG

    GE DRSR483GG

    GE DRSR495GG

    Kenmore 7952

    Maytag Centennial MGDC500V

    Miele Touchtronic T9820

    Staber HXD2304G

    Whirlpool WGD5700V

    Recommended Low Noise Electric Dryers

    GE Profile Harmony DPGT750EC

    Kenmore Elite HE3 Steam 8674

    Kenmore Elite HE5 Steam 8772

    Kenmore Oasis Steam 6808

    LG DLE2516

    LG DLE5955

    LG SteamDryer DLEX3001

    LG Tromm DLE8377

    Maytag 5000 Series Steam MEDE500V

    Samsung Steam DV448AE

    Whirlpool Duet Steam WED9600T

    Recommended Low Noise Gas Dryers

    GE Profile Harmony DPGT750GC

    Kenmore Elite HE3 Steam 9674

    Kenmore Elite HE5 Steam 9772

    Kenmore Oasis Steam 7808

    LG DLG2516

    LG DLG5955

    LG SteamDryer DLGX3002

    LG Tromm DLG8388

    Maytag 5000 Series Steam MGDE500V

    Samsung Steam DV448AG

    Whirlpool Duet Steam WGD9600T

    Buy a set of Silent Feet Anti-Vibration Pads for your washing machine and dryer today. Thousands of customers all around the world are enjoying a more peaceful and quiet home thanks to our products.  Experience the most effective anti-vibration pad on the market for yourself today.

    Check out our other buying guides for 2010:

    The Complete Guide to Front Loading Washing Machines 2010

    The Complete Guide to Top Loading Washing Machines 2010

  • The Complete Guide to Top Loading Washing Machine Vibration 2010

    While front loading washing machines are the hot new appliance on the market, top loading washers are still the primary seller in the industry.  This is because top loading machines offer an excellent combination of capacity, speed, features, efficiency and reliability all at an excellent value.  For most families purchasing a new top loading washing machine is the smart choice.  Especially in this tight economy it's hard to argue with their low price and dependable heritage.  The good news for any buyer is that there are great deals to be had on top loading washers with excellent capacity, short wash cycles and low vibration operation.

    Top Loading with Low Noise and Vibration

    Fisher & Paykel Intuitive IWL16

    GE Profile Harmony WPGT9360E

    Kenmore Elite Oasis HT 2808 (Warning: harsh wash cycle can damage clothes)

    Maytag Bravos MTW6600T

    Whirlpool Cabrio WTW6200S

    Whirlpool Cabrio HE WTW6600S

    These washers were some of the best tested for the 2010 model year.  If your concern is getting the best washer with the quietest operation, pick one of these and stay clear of the washers listed below.

    Top Loading with Major Noise and Vibration

    Frigidaire FTW3014K

    Frigidaire FWS1233F

    Roper RTW4440V

    Whatever washer you choose to install in your home, remember that all manufactures recommend the installation of a vibration pad like Silent Feet when the washing machine is located on a 2nd floor or joist-built sub-floor.  This is because over time the vibration and oscillation of the clothes washer during the spin cycle can damage the floor and structure of your home.  Some manufactures even recommend nailing or screwing an unsightly 1" plywood sheet to the floor under your washing machine and dryer.  While this strengthens the floor it does not stop vibration noise from transferring into the structure of your home and being heard in every room.  Only a flexible isolator pad like Silent Feet can stop vibration noise.  Install Anti-Walk Silent if you have a smooth or slick floor like laminate, tile, wood or vinyl and are concerned about washing machine walking.  Plywood cannot provide the same benefits as a top of the line vibration pad like Silent Feet.

    The Complete Guide to Top Loading Washing Machine Vibration 2010

    The Complete Guide to Clothes Dryer Vibration for 2010

  • The Complete Guide to Front Loading Washing Machine Vibration for 2010

    A recent surge of government tax rebates and retail appliance sales has sparked a surge in new energy efficient washing machine and dryer purchases.  But before you take advantage of these great deals on new appliances, check out the noise and vibration ratings for the latest washers.  The first step is to analyze your laundry room.  Is it located on the second floor?  Is your current washer installed on a concrete slab?  Do you currently have issues with noise and vibration?  What other laundry problems would you like to avoid in the future?

    It is very important to recognize what your expectations for your laundry room are, because it is likely that your next washer and dryer will last for a decade or more before needing to be replaced again.  Picking a noisy or high-vibration washer could mean many years of aggravating noise every time you do laundry.  There is good news though about solving vibration problems in washers and dryers.  By installing Silent Feet under the appliance, even on a 2nd installation your home can remain a quiet and peaceful place.  It is strongly recommended that you install Silent Feet or Anti-Walk Silent Feet vibration isolation pads if you currently have or are planning to purchase any of these models of washing machines.

    Front Loading with Major Vibration Noise

    LG WM0642H

    LG Allergiene WM2688HA

    Bosch Nexxt 300 Series WFMC220UC

    Miele Touchtronic W484

    Maytag 5000 Series MHWE500V

    Bosch Vision 800 Series WFVC8440UC

    Bosch Vision 300 Series WFVC3300UC

    Amana NFW7200T

    Speed Queen AFB50R

    LG WM2010C

    Asko Ultracare WL6511

    Front Loading with Moderate Vibration Noise

    Electrolux WaveTouch EWFLW65

    GE WCVH68000J

    LG Allergiene SteamWasher WM3001HA

    Whirlpool Duet Steam WFW97000V

    Whirlpool Duet Steam WFW9550W

    Frigidaire Gallery GLTF2940F

    Kenmore Elite HE5t Steam 4770

    Bosch Vision 500 Series WFVC5440UC

    Frigidaire Affinity ATF8000F

    GE WBVH5300K

    LG WM2016C

    Bosch Nexxt 800 Series WFMC840UC

    Whirlpool Duet HT WFW94000S

    Frigidaire Affinity FAFW3577K

    Samsung WF218AN

    Bosch Nexxt 500 Plus Series WFMC544UC

    Frigidaire Affinity ATF6000F

    Kenmore HE2t 4756

    Kenmore HE2 Plus 4751

    Whirlpool Duet Sport WFW8300S

    Recommended Front Loading Washing Machines

    Electrolux IQ Steam EIFLS55

    GE Profile WPDH8800J

    GE Profile Steamwasher WPDH8900J

    Kenmore Elite 405

    Kenmore Elite Steam 4219

    LG WM2701HV

    Maytag Performance Series MHWE950W

    Samsung WF448AA

    Whirlpool Duet Steam WFW9750W

    Even if your front loading washing machine isn't listed here as having vibration issues it still needs vibration isolation pads if it is installed on a 2nd floor or joist constructed floor.  This is because over time, vibrations caused by repetitive use of a clothes washer's spin cycle will cause the joints of wooden floor supports to separate and wear.  Washing machine manufacturers know this and all of them recommend the use of a vibration isolator pad like Silent Feet for these installations.  Don't risk long term damage and costly repairs to your home, make the investment in Silent Feet vibration pads for your laundry room today and rest easier knowing you're protected.

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

    The Complete Guide to Top Loading Washing Machine Vibration 2010

    The Complete Guide to Clothes Dryer Noise 2010

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