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Saturday, December 03, 2005

Neptune: god of time?

Has anyone heard the radio advertisement for the Maytag Neptune front-loading washing machine? This guy introduces it as the largest front-loading washing machine and then touts its ability to free up all kinds of time for the laundry-doer.

Well, who knew. I thought the main benefit of front-loading machines was that they use less water and energy than top-loaders (and, I’ve heard, get clothes cleaner.)

So, does the Neptune eat some of the clothes, so that a family therefore has less clothes to wear so that they therefore wear less clothing, or wear their clothing longer in-between washings so that there are therefore less clothes to wash, so that some member(s) of the family doesn’t have to spend as much time doing laundry? Does the Neptune dry clothes too, or fold them, or put them away?

I guess I just can’t figure out how use of a Neptune as opposed to your average larger-capacity washer could result in substantial time savings. Sure, you’d spend a few less seconds putting detergent in if you’re doing larger loads (because you’d be doing less loads). And I suppose you’d spend a few less minutes (plus avoid the hassle of) making trips back and forth to the laundry room if your machine is larger rather than smaller. Oh, and I guess you could just stuff your comforters and other large items into your Neptune instead of having to drag them to the laundromat. That might be the biggest advantage!

But this guy in the commercial says that since getting a Neptune, his wife has time to sit through entire football games rather than just peek her head in at halftime. This year she even had time to go along with the guys on their annual fishing trip! So he’s really glad they got the Neptune.

OK, the wife having time to be “one of the guys” is cute (my apologies to all you wives who accompany your husband & his buds on fishing trips or watch ballgames with them) but...all because of the Neptune?

Am I really missing out on life because of my Kenmore Super-Capacity top-loader?


  • Something a little dirty is going on here. Well, it will all come out in the wash, I guess.

    I haven't had the privilege (?) of seeing this one, but advertisements don't have to make logical sense. In fact, they often don't!

    By Blogger Martin LaBar, at 5:01 PM  

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