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Have had an LG  15 kg  load   twin tub for  12 years.    Just had     gears replaced, cost 1200 baht.      Only     fault is water discharge  is  slow, otherwise excellent.

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I always thought only Thais living in villages use these twin tub machines instead an automatic one.

What's your reason to prefer this type of washing machine?

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8 minutes ago, TorquayFan said:

I've just replaced an 11 year old Hitachi PS100LJ Twin Tub with exactly the same - Baht 6290

 

10kg load which is plenty for us. Fantastic, efficient, flexible, reliable and looks good !

 

 

Some good quality top loaders are only fractionally more expensive.

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9 minutes ago, jackdd said:

I always thought only Thais living in villages use these twin tub machines instead an automatic one.

What's your reason to prefer this type of washing machine?

I'm open to suggestions.

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1 hour ago, jackdd said:

I always thought only Thais living in villages use these twin tub machines instead an automatic one.

What's your reason to prefer this type of washing machine?

They do, until they get a chance at a front loader.

 

SWMBO used to do washing once a week or so, she would take almost a whole day to do it. We got the only front loader that will fit our on-suite. She now uses it virtually every day, it has cut the time she had to spend by about 95%.

 

Front loaders pros;

Use less water.

Because they use less water, they also need less detergent.

Use less energy 

Remove tough stains more easily,

Are better at distributing detergent into the load.

Generally spin about 33 percent faster than typical top loaders, removing more water from the clothes before you hand them outside or transfer them to the dryer

Can take up much lass space, ours does.

 

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Front loaders cons;

Need to be wiped after each wash to prevent mould.

Are more expensive than the cheap non heating twin tubs available (9,000 and up compared to 2,000 and up)

The wash cycle takes longer, but as it’s automatic it’s “set and forget” so for the user it is much shorter.

 

Many Thai people have much more time available than money so will go for the system everyone else in the village uses.

 

 

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1 hour ago, ouagadougou said:

I'm open to suggestions.

Bit of minefield question bit like asking what car to buy. 

My wife choose a top loader Samsung which has different programs still going strong and still sings a song when finished 20 years on. 👍

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Have had an LG  15 kg  load   twin tub for  12 years.    Just had     gears replaced, cost 1200 baht.      Only     fault is water discharge  is  slow, otherwise excellent.

Top loaders, and tumble washers  take, on the average  1 hour per cycle.       As  we  do   up to 4  loads at a time,  4 hours washing clothes  is not an option.

A mate has an automatic top loader,   to save time his missus justs loads all the wash in, for one lot.    Has  every a nice shade of grey in the  clothing department now.

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As maybe derived from previous  comments it depends on situation and  general needs.

Twin tub machines may appeal to those who want to portray themselves as devoted to the use of minimalist technology but given they are also at best minimally less expensive than fully automatic machines personally make no practical sense beyond my closing comment .

The average best choice in terms of initial cost is a top loader machine of reputed brand and claimed capacity which for sake of longevity probably should exceed actual need.

Front load machines generally  cost  more for reasons possibly explicable by need for durable mechanical horizontally positioned components but which apparently do use less water per cycle etc.

Unfortunately the concept of retaining  a bench level machine means that if you are  very tall, have a back pain problem etc, the usual domestic  models are better suited to those who suffer  dwarfism !

But whichever  machine becomes an acquisition it need be noted that the electrical supply should be also providing at least voltage spike protection because as most appliances now do the electronics are susceptible.

The exception is the twin tub continuance than uses mechanical switches and timers which provides a high level of immunity to the vagueries of electronic vulnerabilty. 

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