Post # 1
FI and I just bought a house so we are so overwhelmed with getting all the electrical appliances organised!! Would love some advice on washing machines.. top or front loader and reasons why you prefer one to the other?? My parents have a front loader and his have a top loader so we are kinda split lol
ALSO, opinions on dryers. Do you really need one? My family does but his family doesn’t… so that has caused another debate lol.
Post # 3
I have heard from people who own front loaders that they have a nasty smell. Also thingslike change and etc can get caught in behind where the motor and etc are. One guy I work with said a quarter actually chipped away his fan. A girl I work with had to call a repair guy and it ended up her bra underwire got caught in behind.
Post # 4
The only time I have had a front loading washer was in the dorms in college, and it may be related to how many people used them but stuff never really seemed to get good and clean. Though I haven’t done any research into it, our washer was a free hand me down so I didn’t care. It is top loading though. And I love my dryer. I live in Texas so usually I could hang stuff outside on a line but I don’t iron so I stick.stuff in the dryer to in wrinkle and plus with the insane weather/ humidity dirt and bugs, I personally prefer my dryer.
Post # 5
We have a front loading washer, and dryer!
We had heard a lot about “the stink” some of them get and are very careful with it! We keep the door open at all times when not being used, and our laundry room has a window, so when we can we get the window open so as much air as possible can come through and wick out any moisture in there!
We love how quiet they are and they fit a lot of clothes, but we also don’t overload them either. I don’t love the sensor dry on the dryer, so use the timed one always, but other than that? Oh!! Stupid thing, when we bought ours, we assumed the pedestals they’re on in stores are included in the price….they are not! So ours our a little inconveniently low, we’re debating building a cabinet for them to build them up, buying the pedestals, or stacking them, just depends on what we do to “finish” that laundry room…..not a priority right now though!
My next question on here (I will start my own thread!) is how front loaders work (well, not well) with cloth diapering! Our laundry is upstairs on our top floor, so worst case we might have to purchase a top loader for the basement for diapers!!
Maybe an Australian thing, but I don’t think we could get away with not having a dryer (Ontario, Canada) as we don’t have enough clothesline days in a year :p
Post # 6
I have a front loading washer and dryer and I abosolutely love them! They work way better than any other set I’ve ever used. A lot of people complain about the washer developing a funky smell, but I’ve done just the recommended maintenance (aka throwing a little cleaning disc in there once a month and making sure the gaskets are clear of debris) and I haven’t had the first problem!
Post # 7
We have a front loading washer and dryer. I love them and could not go back to a top loader. It is so much easier to get everything out and put in the dryer. I am short only 5 1″ with top loaders I always find myself on my tippy toes leaning over it to get everything out.
Post # 8
I got maytag front loader and dryer last year and I love them! You just have to read over the directions to make sure you are using it properly. If there aren’t enough clothes or are too many they don’t clean right- also you need to put it on the right cycle for what you are washing. You have to leave the door open when not in use so it won’t smell inside. I’ve never had anything get caught in the machine, but I also make sure to empty out pockets. I’m not quite sure how one could live without a dryer.. The clothes would freeze in the winter so even if you hang them out the rest of the year I’m sure during the winter you’ll be glad you have it! Check out consumer reports.org to research brands and models. There is a lot of great information on there I would have never been able to select my appliances without their information. Good luck!!
Post # 9
I would recommend a top loading washer because if you have a front loading one once it starts filling with water you cannot add any more clothes because it locks. With the top loading washing machine you can open it at any time which is nice for me because I always find a random sock or other item that needs to be washed in the first 10 minutes of the wash, if I would have the front loading machine I would be out of luck!
Post # 10
Top loaders last longer, straight up no comparison.
I’ve never not had a dryer, I guess the only reason not too would be if you’re trying to be very green or really need to save money.
Post # 11
We’ve had a front loading washer and dryer for about 5 months now, and I love them! I’ll never go back.
Post # 12
Toploader for me! I’ve never heard about the smell thing and I’ve definitely never noticed any??
And I voted no dryer unless you’re living in a unit. In Australia I guess we don’t really need them. Irrational or not, I think a dryer damages the clothes further too, so I avoid
Post # 13
We went with a top loader and they are wonderful. I think our biggest reasoning is that the pedestals aren’t included and $300 EACH was just ridiculous to us. And we’re 5’7″ and 6′ so leaving them short wasn’t an option.
Post # 14
Best thing I ever bought is a front loader! We have a washer and dryer because we live in Nova Scotia Canada and our winters will not allow us to dry outside. The door of the washer is always open a smidge just to avoid the smell but we still use a Tide washer cleaner once every 2 mths to keep it fresh…buy them you will never regret it…less water usage, less power usage and our clothes are much much cleaner then they ever were!!!
Post # 15
@orchid84: I have a pause button on mine and I can add whenever I want and no water comes out
Post # 16
Can I ask why people perfer front loader? I also need a new washer my agitator went on my current top loader.