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Old 06-23-2014, 03:56 PM
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My washer died and so I am hunting for a new one on Friday.

What's the benefits of a front load vs top load? I had been looking at a front load but a friend said the best kind to get is a top load without an agitator? All I know is I do NOT want an agitator as my last one had one and it would randomly eat clothes.

Suggestions? I'm not looking for super fancy.
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Old 06-23-2014, 04:12 PM
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Front loaders use less water; the top loader has to basically fill the drum up with water to cover all the clothes. The front loader, because it spins horizontally, only fills up like 1/3rd of the way. Also the front loader doesn't need an agitator, gravity just dumps the clothes down into the water as it spins. They also spin WAY faster which gets rid of excess water better, which means they dry faster (less time in the dryer.) My parents have a front loader and my dad has just recently started to do laundry in it, and he keeps marveling over how clothes are almost dry when you pull them out. Overall they are just super duper way more energy efficient.

Downside, they are more expensive off the bat, and also, this one is a bit of a PITA for me... if I go "oh shoot, I forgot to get my clothes from my gym bag" and want to add it after I've started the cycle, TOO BAD. The door locks pretty quickly after you start washing (because it's full of water!!!) so you can't open the door and add anything. Top loaders you could always just lift the lid and drop stuff in.

All that said, I sold the old machines that came with my house and bought used front loading machines off craigslist. They are stackable which is important because my house is pretty small. So I'm excited about it. I don't think I'd ever buy a new top loader personally.
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Old 06-23-2014, 05:03 PM
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I like the front loaders because they can save space. You can stack a dryer on top, or use them as an extra shelf.

But yeah, the front loaders do lock pretty quickly.
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Old 06-23-2014, 08:36 PM
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I went through this debate a couple years ago when I decided my (13 year old) set was finally tired out and I'd better get new ones before something bad happened and I had to do without for a time!

There were a couple cons of the front loads that wouldn't work for me. One (as mentioned) can't add forgotten items.....which I am TERRIBLE about!

Two, I was told from several sources (including mother in law) that you need to leave washer door open often to air out or it gets that musty/mildewy smell. (My laundry room is a walk thru to the back door, so the washer door open would be an issue.)

And the last thing that tipped it for me.....a friend of mine who has owned both (currently has front loaders) said the old fashioned top loaders cleaned their clothes better and she wished she had hers back. Her opinion of course, not necessarily a hard truth but it was enough to make go with a top load washer and matching dryer.

Between us though, I still look wistfully at the front loaders when we pass them..........they are so PRETTY and so many colors to choose! LOL Maybe the next new set, all the kids should be grown/gone by then!
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Old 06-23-2014, 08:47 PM
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I had a top loader without an agitator, and aside from it dying after 5 years it was a nightmare. It held mildew, it didn't get clothes clean, the clothes would get caught in between the two large flat "agitators" and get ripped. I hated that washer so much that I refused to use it.

We now have a set of Samsung steams and I LOVE them! I even convinced Jules to get a set and she loves them too! They are pricey, but worth every penny IMO! I will also add that ACooper mentioned the mildew/moldy smell with the front loaders if you don't leave the door open -- we leave ours closed and it's never been an issue in the 5 years we've owned them.
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We have the mildewy smell in the front loader. We run a sanitize cycle once a week, we leave the door open, or at least slightly open with a cloth. It doesn't leave the smell on the clothes though.
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Old 06-23-2014, 09:49 PM
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We now have a set of Samsung steams and I LOVE them! I even convinced Jules to get a set and she loves them too! They are pricey, but worth every penny IMO! I will also add that ACooper mentioned the mildew/moldy smell with the front loaders if you don't leave the door open -- we leave ours closed and it's never been an issue in the 5 years we've owned them.
YES! YES! YES!

I can't say enough good things about the Samsung steam machine! It's just magical. I leave the door open after washing most of the time, sometimes it's forget... Either way, no smell.

They are pricey, but here's what we did: we waited until sears had them on sale for 30% off, then went to Lowes. Lowes will match a (local) competitor's price and take 10% off on top off that.
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Old 06-26-2014, 12:07 PM
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If I were to go buy new ones, I would get a top loader I just don't like fishing my laundry out of the front loaders, I have one now, only because it came with the house, and I preferred the old one. I did get the pedestals so maybe they will help once I get them mounted.
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As I'm only 5 ft. tall, I love love love my front loads! I do have them on pedestals since I got the pedestals on sale for $99 each (the larger ones, too). I bought all my stuff from Home Depot where the washer and dryer were on sale and then they price-matched Lowe's sale on the pedastals. We got an amazing deal! And no more literally falling in head-first trying to retrieve items from the bottom of the washer!

ETA: We had issues with mildew smell, and it transferring to our clothes (eww...yuck!) from our top load, but I've had the GE front-load for more than 3 years with zero smell issues. And I also find that our clothes come out much cleaner. I love that it has a speed wash for lightly soiled clothes, and I super love the antibacterial wash that get junk H-O-T and washes long since my boys like to vomit in beds and on towels. Ours also has an Eco-wash, which uses less water, but I've never used it.
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As I'm only 5 ft. tall, I love love love my front loads! I do have them on pedestals since I got the pedestals on sale for $99 each (the larger ones, too). I bought all my stuff from Home Depot where the washer and dryer were on sale and then they price-matched Lowe's sale on the pedastals. We got an amazing deal! And no more literally falling in head-first trying to retrieve items from the bottom of the washer!
Oh yeah...and the top loaders, when the lid falls down and hits you. Owch.

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I love that it has a speed wash for lightly soiled clothes, and I super love the antibacterial wash that get junk H-O-T and washes long since my boys like to vomit in beds and on towels. Ours also has an Eco-wash, which uses less water, but I've never used it.
I love the quick wash feature. I'll admit I mostly use quick wash to wash my everyday clothes. Bedding or really soiled clothes I use the full wash.
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