When we bought the Neptune, it was TOP. OF. THE. LINE. in consumer-grade laundry. At the time, we had 5 (6th on the way) kids and it's speed and capacity felt just incredible compared to our run down old top-load washer and hand-me-down dryer. Fast forward 10 years or so, and now we have 9 ... and both the washer and dryer were slowly taking longer and longer per load ... and the washer was leaking ... and the capacity was just not cutting it anymore ... and (dare I say again) we got our taxes back.
So my wife went shopping. She absolutely fell in love with the electrolux washer dryer set ... this will really surprise you ... TOP. OF. THE. LINE. in consumer-grade laundry, just 10+ years later. Here's a picture from the electrolux website:
4.7 cubic foot washer 8.0 cubic foot dryer
My pocketbook hurts just looking at them! $3000* later, they're installed. The installer put them on the floor, because no way was I paying another almost $600 for the pedistals to put them on. Did we want them higher ... I'm 6.4, and my wife is no slouch, so YES, but not at that price. Instead, I got my teenagers to help and built a heavy duty wood pedistal. Not only was it WAY cheaper, but I got to customize the height so the tops fit nicely under the cabinetry in my laundry room. I'll spray paint it silver later (sure ... whenever that makes it to the top of my honey-do list ...)
We snaked out the dryer vent, since we were pulling everything out anyway, and reinstalled on a huge 15" pedistal. All I can say is WOW. This washer is faster than the old Neptune, and it's WAY BIGGER. Laundry is getting done in record time around our house!
Now I need to invite This Daddy over ... Maybe then some of it would get put away** ...
Clean clothes ... makes survival nicer, that's for sure!
* We'll be getting upwards of $500 back over the course of the next several weeks from electrolux, power company, and then some on our taxes next year. But, for now, Easter is on hold because goofdad is feeling broke (fortunately for my kids, I get paid again before Easter comes around, so it'll be better...some...)
** Just so you know ... this is not Christina's job ... most of my kids are easily old enough to put their own laundry away! Those that aren't have older siblings. NO EXCUSES ALLOWED! yes, some of that laundry is mine, and I'll get it put away soon ... I promise ... I've been busy and ... and ... and ... damn!