It’s over, finally. The laundry clones have been driven out. We installed an LG front loading laundry pair and put them to work this morning. These machines bore the same “Assembled In The U.S.A.” labels as did the Maytag equipment. That probably means something. We don’t know what. Maybe the door hinges were oiled with American oil — or something else. We’re done researching this stuff.
We took some measurements with our trusty smartphone sound meter app before Sharon’s trauma-inducing washer and dryer set went to wherever returned clones go and repeated those checks with the new gear. Here is what we found:
- Maytag washer in normal washing cycle — 62 dB
- Maytag dryer in normal drying cycle — 73 dB
- LG washer in normal washing cycle — 55 dB
- LG dryer in normal drying cycle — 66 dB
I seem to recall that the logarithmic dB scale doubles or halves power with each 3 dB change, and that a 3 dB difference is the degree of change that a human ear can readily discern. This means that the differences we recorded are not insignificant. And, subjectively, we can confirm that this is so. We did not measure sound levels for things like filling with water, brief spinning, and playing little tunes when done, just for the core function.
Three loads washed. Everthing got wet and clean. Yahoo!
Normality has returned to the laundry room.