Love and Appliances

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One recent afternoon, I was working around the house, cleaning, picking up and trying to get things in order.

I started a load of laundry, and as I moved through the house, I found a few more articles of clothing that needed to be washed. I brought the clothes to the laundry room, looked in the washing machine and realized that I could only add these clothes if I used a crowbar to get them in.

Being the practical person that I am, I decided it was better to overload my machine than have a handful of dirties in the hamper. I took those dirty clothes and finagled them into the washer.

A while later the machine started making that dreaded noise, the one you have to just sound out to describe to your dad when you call to see what he thinks. “It’s going harrumph-hmmm-hmmm,” I told my dad, and asked him what I should do.

After much analysis, my dad determined that my machine had died a good death, giving all he had for his country. It’s true I worked that thing to the bone; overloading was a common (and necessary) occurrence. It was a super-capacity washer doing a mega-high-efficiency washer’s job.

Once we ruled out repairing the machine, Paul and I began research to determine the absolute biggest washer on the market and where could we buy it. Of course, in the midst of this, I started praying for a good deal. When we went to price machines at the store, I was hoping for a steal; there were none to be had.

At one point, I asked the Holy Spirit for guidance and right after that I clearly heard in my head the word Craigslist. I wondered how the Holy Spirit knew about that local online shopping site, and I decided to check it out.

Sure enough, just posted on the site was the exact washer and dryer that I had been looking at – slightly used and for almost half off. I excitedly told Paul about the find and felt like the Lord had answered my prayers about getting a good deal.

I contacted the seller, who explained why they were selling this perfectly good pair of appliances. Paul and I discussed their reasons, and also began to weigh the pros and cons of buying something gently used (but seemingly perfect) versus the benefits of extended warrantees and a return policy.

After a while, I wasn’t convinced this was the way we should go, but I couldn’t let it go that the Holy Spirit had led me to this washer. It was literally the exact one I hoped to buy.

The seller told us he could meet us late that weekend. Meanwhile, laundry was starting to pile up like New England snowdrifts and the thought of waiting two more days for something that may or may not work out for us was nerve wracking.

Finally, Saturday morning, Paul turned to me.

“I don’t think we should do it,” he said, “We need to just buy something from the store so we know what we’re getting.”

The minute he uttered those words, I felt a sense of relief. I had been holding on to doing it a certain way because I thought it was from God. But my husband wasn’t in agreement – which was an even bigger sign of what we needed to do. We confirmed each other’s reservations and came to a decision we were both peaceful with.

In the end, we walked into the appliance store just as they had marked the exact washer we wanted on deep, deep discount. The deal I had been praying for fell into our lap – and we only found it because my husband was willing to tell me that maybe we should try going another route.

A big part of love is learning to communicate. This Valentine’s Day marks fifteen years since Paul asked me to marry him, and moments like that washer/dryer adventure remind me that it just keeps getting better. 1596″ ,


Not feeling the love

A Valentine’s Day Crush

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I’m in love with my new washer and dryer. As I’ve had a few requests from friends and loved ones to write more about my sweeties, which I’ve been twittering about (as an aside, twittering is fun! Check it out!) but not really mentioning here.

A while back, I did ask for some opinions on front loaders. I got a lot of positive feedback about these new high efficiency machines. At that point, way back when, it was really just a pipe dream. My washer and dryer were both working just fine and while I knew I’d enjoy a larger machine (and probably could justify getting one) there were other items on my list of “stuff to do with my money,” including going to Europe with my husband. Yes, those front loaders aren’t cheap.

So a few weeks ago, my washing machine died. I’ll spare you all the details (only because I wrote about it for my column, which I’ll post here on Friday!) except that my dad and I really discussed at length whether it was time to actually just get a new one. My dad is one of those uber-handy fellows who can fix anything. And when he had looked into all the reasonable solutions for the washer — and none were the problem — he said he would recommend getting a new one. As much as it pained him, we had crossed the line into it costing more to fix the machine than it was really worth.

So after much research and a little luck, we bought the Whirlpool Cabrio Washer and the Bosch Nexxt Dryer.

We had been looking at each of these sets — the Cabrio set and the Bosch, but of course hadn’t planned on buying one of each. I wanted a matching set, just wasn’t sure which one.

I liked the Cabrio because it is a top-loader machine with the large capacity of the front loaders. It doesn’t have an agitator and is high efficiency. It’s basically a front loader that you load on top. To me, best of both worlds. However, the price was $1,000 for the washer, which was a bit higher than I wanted to pay. When I saw it at the store (we shopped at Lowe’s) it really sang to me — just totally cool looking, but also I liked that I wouldn’t have to “re-learn” my system, in terms of where I loaded the clothes (I know, pathetic creature of habit). And it’s huge.

But I mainly had my eye on the Bosch pair. Bosch is just really heavy duty. I have a Bosch oven and a Bosch dishwasher and I just like the way they look and feel — and they work well too. I have several friends who have the Bosch washer/dryer and they all said the same thing about it — takes a while to wash, unless you set it on quick wash, and sometimes it’s hard to get a mildew smell out of the washer. But the dryer was great, no problems. So I was all set to get this set.

We went to Lowe’s one Saturday afternoon and there, right as we walked in, was a newly discounted Cabrio washer. It was under warranty but had been returned. So I loved it but wasn’t planning on paying the still-high asking price. There was also a platinum-colored Bosch dryer which we loved. But it didn’t have a washer with it, and I thought, we can’t afford to wait for a special order washer. We were on Laundry Watch, Day Five. Dangerous territory.

So in the end we bought the Cabrio washer and the Bosch dryer. I didn’t want an unmatched pair, but guess what? They sold them to us for $700. For the PAIR. Yes, that’s $350 each. And when we got them home, they look great together because (for those who need this sort of thing in their life) the Cabrio has a strip of “platinum” that ties in with the Bosch perfectly.

I would recommend both. I love the top loader, and it handles at least three times the amount of laundry of my old machine. And the dryer works great.

I’m ending quick here because Henry needs me, so I’ll open up comments if anyone has anything else to add. I’m one of those people who likes to do consumer reports type research, but I think it’s at least as helpful (if not moreso) to talk to someone who actually has what I’m interested in getting.

So ask away — or put in your two cents as well.

Washer holds this many clothes!
Sweet, sweet platinum.




1593 1593_ () 1593 1593 I just clicked over here to verify that yes, my blog is gathering cobwebs.

And I was right! I’m sorry, blog. I do love you. It’s just, I’m busy! The whole having five boys, plus one is a toddler, plus that pesky detail of a book — it’s keeping me busy. I got another book deadline in today, which is exciting for me, but leaves you feeling lonely, doesn’t it blog?

Well, I’m just here to say I’ll be back soon, that I love you, little blog, and that we’ll be together again. I promise. 1593″ .