EdgeStar 2.0 Cu. Ft. Washer Dryer Combo with Portability Kit
I'm so mad...I didn't buy this sooner
This washer/dryer combo is the best thing I've purchased in quite a while. After my stackable washer/dryer quit on me, I decided it was time to find something better. I was torn between the LG combo and the Edgestar, but the reviews gave the Edgestar much higher rankings. It was also about $400 cheaper. It was very easy to set up (just READ the instructions well). It is so tiny that it fits anywhere. I got upset when I started it because I thought it wasn't working. Turns out, it is SO QUIET that I couldn't hear it running. The wash cycle sounds like rain gently hitting a window. The spin cycle is a little noisier, but it's only for about 5 minutes. The dry cycle is fairly quiet, except for when it sends the extra water down the drain... that's the only sound you really hear. Even the chime when it is done is fairly pleasant.
My only gripe is that the instructions are TERRIBLE. I honestly think they left out the instructions about how to set the time. I can't figure out how to set the dry cycle on anything except for the cotton cycle. Maybe I'm just overthinking things. On the whole, I love this thing. It's awesome being able to set the delay on the start so that I have freshly washed clothes waiting for me when I get home from work.
September 9, 2014
Yes, of course, it takes 5 hours to do a load of laundry. But that's how this type of washer/dryer is meant to work . . . no complaints there. I love that my clothes do not have to suffer the harsh effects of typical heat dryers. My only complaint is the timer -- it's useless. It says that the load will take, for example, 3 hrs and 15 minutes, but it's more like 5 hours. It might stay on "20 minutes left" for a half hour. And when it gets to "1 minute left," it might be there for over an hour. If the timer can't be made accurate, it should just be left off. Most washing machines don't have timers on them, so it doesn't need to be there.
September 1, 2014
What you must know!!
I've had this machine for just over a year now, and had to have three service calls regarding the drying function. What you must know is, that while this little work horse is FANTASTIC!, and I LOVELOVELOVE! it, the dryer begins to dry less and less well, then when I first started using it. The techs that came out didn't have a clue as to why, and even changed my "heating coil" on the third visit. The video on Edgstar.com says to remove the lid of the machine (simple), take out the 5 screws on the top of the black heating fan, and force a dryer vent brush, or a coat hanger down around the drum to get as much of the lint as you can. Ok, but The tiny phillips screws on the heating fan are on so tight that I couldn't get them off myself. Nearly stripped them trying. Fortunately the SECOND tech did get them off. Together we pulled out the lint, with a coat hanger and put the screws back in-- NOT so tight. The dryer dried much better but not for long. So today (9/3/14) I had the time to pull it apart again and THIS time I noticed the FAN-CYLENDAR-VENT (dozens of "slits" in the fan wheel) were all complexity packed with lint. No tech, or video ever said anything about how bad the lint in the fan gets….So, with a fondue fork, I poked through the slits, one at a time, and cleared all the lint out of the fan. I also repeated the drum scraping too with a long bottle brush. A lot of lint in there this time. ...The hardest part about this maintenance is getting the screws out the fan casing first time, but the next times are a breeze. And yes, there are next times. Many. You will have to do this every 3 - 6 months for the life of the machine if you want thorough drying- -as there is no venting, and this is were the lint piles up. It impedes the drying function more and more, as more lint clogs the fan and in and around the drum. I has to be done again and again and again….VERY BAD DESIGN! but I can handle it.
Hope the staff here reads this and passes on this info so more users will know what to do and not need to schedule techs who don't know what to do. Best wishes!
September 1, 2014
Some important details and minor glitches.
I looked at this product for a long time and studied all the reviews closely. Most of the good reviews leave out some important items for consideration.
1. This washer takes a long time to wash your clothes. The standard cycle is over one hour, not including dry time.
2. The dryer function takes so long, wastes so much water and works so poorly that is is not usually worth using, Standard dry time is over 3 hours. It uses water to cool the condenser, allowing for vent-less operation. This is one aspect of this machine that I feel was not properly disclosed in the product description. I estimate it used about 5- 10 gallons to dry a small load with only two pairs of cotton coveralls in it. This totally negates any water saved by using a side loader, making it comparable for water usage with a regular top loader. After the drying cycle is completed, the lock will not allow you to open the door for another 3 hours or until the machine has completely cooled down. I am not sure if this is a glitch in design or possibly a problem with my particular machine. After all that, your load may not even be completely dry.
3. The machine will occasionally get stuck in between cycles and pause for a long time, perhaps hours, before it will move on to the next cycle. When it does, the time on the display will not proceed and there is no indication of if or when the machine will finish the wash. this has only happened once in over 20 loads so far; three times if you include the two times it seemed to happen when I used the dryer function.
4 When weird things happen with this machine, you have to unplug it and wait anywhere from five seconds, for a wash glitch, to several hours for the dryer glitch, before trying to get it working again. I recommend any permanent installation include some type of dedicated circuit with a switch to perform this reset easily. Unless you are good at trouble shooting, you may want to avoid this item.
5 I purchased this with the portability kit. It has come in very handy, allowing me to use the washer while I finish the remodel on my house. One problem is that the metal where the caster wheels screw into is very flimsy. It will bend if you hit a bump or crack in your driveway, making it difficult to roll around with one of your wheels not tracking properly. It is also difficult to bend it back once this happens because, it is at the bottom of a 500 LB machine. Be very cautious and gentle when rolling this thing around with this kit.
On the bright side:
1. It seems very versatile in configuring your wash. you can do almost anything you want; customizing preset cycles as well as building them totally custom.
2. It uses very little water for washing. I have attempted to measure it and I estimate it uses less than 6 gallons per load on average. it will automatically use the right amount of water for size of the load so, it is difficult to say for sure.
3 It gets your wash very clean. You can increase the wash time for heavily soiled loads and add a pre-wash . I have been very impressed with the results. Even the standard cycle seems to get clothing a lot more clean than any standard, upright machine I have used.
4 It seems very energy efficient. I used a wonder wash. with 140 watt spin dryer, doing small loads manually, before getting this. I have seen almost no difference in my utility bill since I started using this washer. I was impressed.
Overall, I am satisfied yet, annoyed with some of the problems I've had. After I install it permanently, with a nice dedicated and stable power, water supply and drainage, I will likely call for a technician to come take a look, if it continues to give me problems. Hopefully the warranty will cover it in that case.
July 18, 2014