You can actually remove them via the drain hole hose located in the bottom of the tub, after you remove the drain pump hose.There is one downside to a sealed tub. Imagine if you forget to empty pockets and something falls inside. In between the drum & tub. How would you get it out. Bobby pins spring to mind.
In previous year reviews the samsung scored the best in cleaning because their cycles are longer in time, now they have also improved on the time. I hope their intense rivalry between samsung and LG makes better reliable products.heh, I know that site for mobile reviews. I suppose this is one way to test out different machines. Those cloth strips are all standardised. But how well clothes can be cleaned depends on how quickly they are washed after getting stained. Longer the stain remains more it sets in and a better machine i kinda doubt will make a difference.
The one thing that struck me about Samsungs is on the exterior they are very attractive. I have a habit of slamming doors in these shops and the Samsungs have a very satisfying sound when you close them. It makes you think the machine is really solid. Not quite the same solid bang with an LG.
Panasonic seems just ok. Didn't see anything in these machines that would make me prefer them over a Korean. The service network wouldn't be as established as the Koreans but acceptable in Tier 1 cities.
Agree Samsung products externally appear and feels better not only in washing machines, even in Fridge, microwave. Its the internals that one can't gauge and will have to rely on consumer owner feedback. It's like those European cars they are built sturdy but not always as reliable as the Japs or the koreans.
Panasonic atleast in India the service was always a issue,very late to get parts in my case a replacement door for my brand new fridge in 2011.
I need a another washing machine for another floor and for me the no 1 criteria is whether it has a tub held by screws or clamp, followed by wash quality and noise. Those direct drive machines are indeed very quiet but they put even more strain on the drum bearings vs a pulley based drive.