(Closed) Front or Top Load Washing Machine? Brands?!

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Post # 3
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2006 posts
Buzzing bee

We have this Samsung front loading machine with the pedestals. I love the washer but the our drier has some issues thinking the clothes are dry before they really are. Also know that with the High Efficiency washers (He) you have to use the High Efficiency detergents if you don’t want to void the warranty! (PS. This sucked when we first got  them a couple of years ago because my favorite detergent didn’t come in He :/)

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I have a front load Maytag set; the Neptune. I have had them for over 10 years and they are still going strong. We had to replace the belt on the dryer last summer, but that is the only upkeep, so far. I would not go back to a top load ever. Front loads use less water than a top load, and I don’t know if the the top loads still have the twister thing in them, but that is also one thing that I didn’t like; too hard on the clothes. I love my machines, and if they ever go out, I will get the same brand again.

Post # 5
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2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I have never used a front load washer, but wouldn’t the front door make it impossible to add clothes after you have started the load? If so, you’d want to take that into account.

Post # 6
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8354 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

ummm…chelsea, normally you gather all of the clothes for the load before you start the washer 🙂

Post # 7
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2006 posts
Buzzing bee

@chelsea: no you can still add clothes after it has started. The door locks when the machine is going but there is a pause button that releases the door. Also so little water is used to wash the clothes you don’t have to worry about any spilling out when the door is open. 

I hate when I’ve started a load and then discover a sock that was dropped on the way to the machine..

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Another thing you can compare is capacity, usually* front loaders hold more (cu.ft) than top loaders.

My old flatmate bought LG front loaders and omg, LOVED that you could create custom wash settings! However, I did find that the new energy efficient front loaders tend to run a little longer per cycle (45mins-1hr10mins+ compared to a typical 30-45min wash cycle).

I have been waiting for our circa 1992 washer/dryer to kick the bucket so we can replace them with new energy efficient models!

Post # 9
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Helper bee

We don’t have a front-loader, but my brother used to live in a place with a washer/dryer combo, and they found that the dryer never used to dry the clothes very well (good thing we’re in Australia, where you usually dry your clothes outside!), and the spin cycle for the washer wasn’t great.

I lived in student housing for a year where there was only front loaders and I didn’t like them much because you couldn’t open them once the cycle was started (or at least, the instructions were in Swedish so I could never figure it out…) and sometimes they would get temperamental and not drain the water out..then you couldn’t get them open because there was still water..it was like a mental challenge…

I know that one of the arguments for the front loader is that you can fit more in, but our washing machine doesn’t have the..stalk..thing in the middle (?) it’s just one big tub, so we can fit a lot of stuff in there.

Post # 10
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1775 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We have a frigidaire front loader- it’s a best buy from consumer reports.  The amount you save in electricity and water pays for the difference.  I will never buy another top loader.

Post # 11
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18646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Front loader for sure!  We have a Kenmore that I bought 5 years ago and it still works perfectly!  I have never had a problem with it.  I think it’s pretty efficient, since we don’t pay a ton in utilities.

Post # 12
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2027 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have a front load washer and actually hate it. It’s a Kenmore and it constantly mildews and molds because it never dries out. I leave the door open when it’s not in use and constantly bleach it, but it still stinks half the time (which makes my clothes smell like I forgot them in there). I have been on lots of message boards, and it seems there are many people who have this same issue with front loads. 

I use to have a top load without an agitator and it was AWESOME! You could fit a huge comforter in it easily and it was flat out a great washer. It was the GE Profile. 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We have the set of Samsung steam front loader washers/dryers.  I really love them both.  We bought them last fall when we bought our house.  We too kinda splurged to get these.  I love the steam feature and custom settings on them.   You do have to leave the washer door open to avoid a musty smell but they make this stuff you can put through an empty wash every other month and it gets it away.  

The dry does sometimes not dry all the way.  Mostly when we do a large load of sheets etc and they get balled up.  

I can fit SOOO much in the washer too its great.  We have done a full king comforter and sheets, and a few other things its really that big.  It also spins really fast and the clothes almost always come out practically dry.  

We got ours from HH Gregg and did a 24 month no interest credit thing.  

Post # 15
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2027 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@cazsos: What is the stuff called that you put through the wash to help with the smell? We have tried everything; sometimes it works and then the next day it doesn’t. Customer service has basically just told us that sometimes the front loads just don’t like certain people’s water and there’s nothing we can do about it. I’m willing to try whatever! 

Post # 16
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3762 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@pinky44:   This is what we have called Affresh.  They sold it to us when we bought the washer.  We have used it once since buying it almost a year ago, but they say you can use it every other month if needed. 

 

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