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Old 07-06-2009, 01:35 PM
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Front Load Washer Question for those who own one

Do I *need* the pedestal?

My house has a sunken area in the floor to hold the washer (actually it's a built up area to hold the dryer). Basically it's custom designed for a top load washer/front load dryer. But, because it is a build up area, I would not be able to use the drawer for the pedestal. It just seems completely stupid to buy a pedestal for almost $200 when I would not be able to even use the drawer. So, would I totally kill my back getting things in an out of the washer?
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Old 07-06-2009, 01:43 PM
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i use one, and yeah i think you will have a hard time getting things out of the machine
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Old 07-06-2009, 01:46 PM
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I didn't get the pedestals for mine because we plan on remodeling the laundry room and will build a raised area for them to sit on when we do. For now, it is annoying that they are so low. The laundry baskets don't even fit under the doors.
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Old 07-06-2009, 01:51 PM
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Thanks for posting this! I'm going to buy a set at Lowe's this afternoon and it sounds like I'm gonna need the pedestals.
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Old 07-06-2009, 01:55 PM
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I didn't get the pedestals for mine because we plan on remodeling the laundry room and will build a raised area for them to sit on when we do. For now, it is annoying that they are so low. The laundry baskets don't even fit under the doors.
See, I'd like to just get the raised area fixed, but that is even more hassle. I really want a front loader not a top loader.
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we don't have the pedestals for ours either.
off topic but, we hate our front load washer.
does anyone else notice a mildew smell at times with theirs??
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I wish I had the pedestals, but I had to stack them; I have two washers and two dryers. Bending over is annoying as hell, and when I was preggo I was ready to lose it.

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we don't have the pedestals for ours either.
off topic but, we hate our front load washer.
does anyone else notice a mildew smell at times with theirs??
I leave the door open just a bit between washes, and I also have run empty washes with Clorox. I also wipe the ring around the barrel (the rubber one) and the door too.



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we don't have the pedestals for ours either.
off topic but, we hate our front load washer.
does anyone else notice a mildew smell at times with theirs??
i notice the same thing
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Old 07-06-2009, 01:59 PM
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I leave the door open just a bit between washes, and I also have run empty washes with Clorox. I also wipe the ring around the barrel (the rubber one) and the door too.
gonna try this for sure!!
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we don't have the pedestals for ours either.
off topic but, we hate our front load washer.
does anyone else notice a mildew smell at times with theirs??
You need to regularly clean out the seal (after each wash). I also find it helpful to leave the door open and let the washer air out after a wash. If you do that, you won't have a smell.

I would never go back to a top loader. my front loaders and I LOVE the steam cycle on my washer. It is great for getting the wrinkles and stiffness out of my jeans that I hang dry, without having to iron or hand steam them.

edit too add: oops, Shirren edited her post as I wash typing out my reply. So I basically said the same thing. lol
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thanks shi and amber for the tips
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We only have front loading machines in the UK and i had never even heard of a pedestal to stand a washer on before this thread. I can definitely say i've never had a problem removing my washing from the machine. I think you should be absolutely fine without one.
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I have front loaders, and a small laundry room, so I opted to stack mine. The washing machine is on bottom (naturally) and on the floor. I notice the problem of the baskets being too tall to put under the door before opening it, but I just put the basket there *after* I open the door. I don't suffer much, but Yeah, it might be nicer not to have to bend down so much.

Also, add one to the advice for avoiding the smell. Air it out, keep it clean, run empty loads with bleach... The smell is from trapped standing water, so the less you let that happen, the better off you are. :-)
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We only have front loading machines in the UK and i had never even heard of a pedestal to stand a washer on before this thread. I can definitely say i've never had a problem removing my washing from the machine. I think you should be absolutely fine without one.
I'm a bit confuzzled by this too - what is the pedestal for exactly?
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I'm a bit confuzzled by this too - what is the pedestal for exactly?
Yes my first thoughts were "what? Why? Urmmmm...ok"
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I'm a bit confuzzled by this too - what is the pedestal for exactly?
I was at first too LOL

I have a front loader and no pedestal, it doesn't bother me but I didn't even consider or think of one until now either
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we don't have the pedestals for ours either.
off topic but, we hate our front load washer.
does anyone else notice a mildew smell at times with theirs??
like amber said, leave the door open on the washer when you're done using it. closing the door traps the water inside and mildew will grow.

personally i have the LG front loaders. forgot the model but they are wonderful. VERY quiet and extremely gentle on clothes.

like some others, i didn't see a reason to get pedestals

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We just purchased a set of front-loaders and luckily our laundry room has a raised area where we put the washer and dryer, so it works great. If we didn't have that, it'd be more of a pain to use the washer and dryer b/c they'd be pretty low.

And like Shi and others have said, you need to keep the door seal dried off and wiped clean to avoid standing water.
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I'm a bit confuzzled by this too - what is the pedestal for exactly?
Some Pedestals have a drawer in them for extra storage but mostly they just serve as extra height so you don't have to bend down as low to get the clothes out.
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Thanks everyone. We needed to decide today, so this is helpful. We are going to just get the washer for now and wait to see if we can get the built in adjusted for a front load washer in the future. 6 months of extra bending won't kill me
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We don't have the pedestals and I don't find it that awkward, my baskets do fit under the door though so maybe our door isn't as low? We have a 2 year old LG pair.

I also leave the door open when it isn't being used, I was warned about the mildew in advance and I haven't had issues. I haven't had to bleach it yet but I'm sure I've seen commercials for front load cleaner, maybe giev it a good cleaning and leave the door open from now on?
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It is funny that I am reading this thread right now as my hubby is at Home Depot buying a front loader. I am trying to call him to buy a pedestal. Thanks for the tips! We were told yesterday that we need to buy "high efficiency detergent". Is there a huge price difference between regular and high efficiency?
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It is funny that I am reading this thread right now as my hubby is at Home Depot buying a front loader. I am trying to call him to buy a pedestal. Thanks for the tips! We were told yesterday that we need to buy "high efficiency detergent". Is there a huge price difference between regular and high efficiency?
The majority of regular detergents now are graded for high efficiency, at least all the ones i use. All the ones i have seen at costco (including the kirkland brand and the eco-friendly one i use) are fine for front loaders. Just make sure the detergent says HE on it.


I got front loaders for xmas and I was debating the pedestals too. I didn't need them for the storage bc we have sooo many empty cabinets in our laundry room. I ended up not getting them b/c i didn't want to spend $200 each on the pedestals. I don't regret my decision. They are a bit low, but no lower than regular old dryer.
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We had a big discussiona about this topic before, in case anyone wants more info.

http://www.authenticforum.com/genera...t+load+washers
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I love our front loaders and don't mind not having the pedestals.
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