My beloved Whirlpool Duet washing machine has been dying for about a year or so. It's 10 years old, so instead of repairing it we plant to replace it. When it was bought front loading washing machines were an innovation in washing machine technology. I was charmed by the uniqueness of them, and was curious to see if they performed better than the traditional top load. Our machine lived up to all of the hype of a front loading machine. The clothes came out super clean and almost dry. I declared that a front loading machine was worth the higher price.
|My ideal washing machine|
As I began to look at new machines my brain was immediately confused. What's the difference between 3.5 and 3.6 cubic ft capacity? Is 1200 rpm spin cycle significantly different than 1100? (My current one is 1000 rpm). Do I need steam? What is the difference between 9 wash cycles and 12? The extensive control panels with all sorts of buttons and lights was too overwhelming. I decided I just want a machine that has one button labeled "WASH"!
Before my brain exploded from information overload I announced to Pooky we should pop in to Home Depot so I could look at the machines. The sales lady was very nice as I explained to her my confusion and need for clarity. I quickly learned that there are basic models that will do what I need. The extensive control panels are on the pricier models only. For some reason she decided to show us the fanciest refrigerators--there is one that cost $3500 and it has all sorts of nifty things that it does. It was too much! I decided that the old-fashioned ice box will be my next fridge.
I usually embrace new technology and love innovation, but I'm thinking it's time to go old school, or at least simplify.