Re: Washing machine recommendations and concerns?
From: Catya Belfer (
Date: Fri, 18 May 2018 10:29:18 -0700 (PDT)
At Mosaic Commons we have a laundry room with 3 washers and 4 dryers.  For
washers we have a front loader and a top loader that are fragrance free,
and a front loader in which people can use bleach and fragrance and such.

Our experience is that people beat the heck out of the washers.  We also
got the speed queen recommendation recently, but went with a slightly
larger and also recommended machine instead - I can get you all the

Aside the specifics:

1 -  We just found a place that will warranty our machines, which is
phenomenal.  See if you can do so.

2 - I am the sole voice on our laundry room team who would like to just
ditch the front loaders, because they are SO MUCH MORE MAINTENANCE, but so
far I am overruled :)

     - cat

Catya Belfer
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On Wed, May 16, 2018 at 8:23 PM, S. Kashdan <s_kashdan [at]> wrote:

> Hi all,
> Here at Jackson Place Cohousing in Seattle, Washington we have a shared
> laundry with two washing machines and two dryers. We need to replace one
> of
> the washing machines with a new one. The repair person has recommended
> that
> we move up from the regular large home use model we currently have to a
> heavy duty model, not necessarily commercial grade.
> We would appreciate hearing about recent experiences other communities
> have
> had with heavy duty, not necessarily commercial grade, washing machines in
> their common laundries.
> It would also be helpful to find out if there have been clear advantages or
> disadvantages noticed with top- and front-loading machines.
> One vendor has recommended 2 machines, a top-loading washer and a
> front-loading washer, as shown below:
> Speed Queen 20-pound capacity front load washer, Model SFNNCASP115TW01
> Speed Queen Top Load washer, Quantum Gold, stainless steel tub, Model
> It would be good to know if anyone has had experience with either of the
> above models and/or Speed Queen heavy-duty machines in general.
> Thanks in advance for whatever you can share with us.
> Cohousingly,
> Sylvie
> Sylvie Kashdan
> Community Outreach Liaison
> Jackson Place Cohousing
> 800 Hiawatha Place South
> Seattle, WA 98144
> info [at]
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