About Roper Washing Machines
Roper washing machines are made by Roper Home Appliances, a division of the Whirlpool Corporation. Only two washing machines, a super capacity and extra large capacity are produced under the Roper name. In addition to washing machines, Roper Appliances also produces two dryers and an electric kitchen range.
Extra Large Capacity Washer
The extra large capacity washer is a top-loading washer with a capacity of 2.5 cubic feet and is only available in white. The waster has four different water level settings, two water temperature settings and four wash cycles. It is 42 1/2 inches tall, 25 1/2 inches deep and 27 inches wide. The U.S. Government Energy Guide estimates the annual operating cost for this washer is $31 as of March 2011.
Roper Super Capacity Washer
The super capacity washer is only available in white and has a 3.2 cubic foot load capacity despite having the same exterior dimensions as the large capacity washer. The super capacity washer has eight automatic wash cycles and four washing and rinsing temperature settings in addition to delicate and permanent press cycles. The U.S. Government Energy Guide estimates the annual operating cost for this washer is $29.
Both Roper washers come with a one-year limited warranty, which is covered by Whirlpool. Any warranty work must be performed by a service company designated by Whirlpool. The warranty does not cover repairs caused from using the washing machine for more than normal, everyday use. So if you decide to wash some dirty car parts in your Roper washing machine and it breaks, you're going to have to foot the bill.
Roper washers lack any pulleys or drive belts in the motor transmission, which means there is one less component you have to worry about breaking.
Maintaining Your Roper Washer
To clean the outside of the washer, Roper recommends using nothing more than a soft, damp cloth. If the inside of your washer has become dirty or dingy, pour in a mixture of one cup bleach and two cups detergent, and run the empty washer through a hot wash cycle.
Dwight Malone is a journalist who has worked for various Chicago-area newspapers, including the "Chicago Tribune" and "Naperville Sun." He has been a writer, editor and graphic designer since 2000. Malone studied journalism at Eastern Illinois University.