(Closed) Washers! Front or top loading? Agitator or no?

posted 4 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Which type of washer is the best?
    Top loaders with agitators : (10 votes)
    53 %
    Top loaders without agitators : (2 votes)
    11 %
    Front loaders : (6 votes)
    32 %
    Hired help :) : (1 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 2
    7310 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    We fixed our top load with agitator because they are the best for cleaning cloth diapers, and we know that we want to cloth diaper our LO. I think it’s all about what your plans and priorities are, and which one will best meet your particular needs.

    Post # 4
    715 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    somethingbee:  In my opinion front loaders are terrible. I live with my parents and ours doesn’t drain properly, my dad had to hook a hose to it. The rim inside also started growing mold (the seal on the door isn’t good), so we have to keep the door open all the time after loads for it to dry fully. The company actually sent us a letter because more than one person had this issue and I think they were sued over it. It’s also much smaller than our old top loader. Our top loader was so much easier to use and I could wash more in fewer loads. I’ve used my aunts front loader as well and hers wasn’t much better. Maybe we just picked a bad model but that did it for me. Once my husband and I move later this year we are getting a top loader.

    I’ve never used an agitator but they sound nice, but I don’t think it would be the end of the world if you didn’t have one. As long as it washes your clothes. 🙂 Whatever you decide make sure you have some sort of return available or guarantee so you aren’t stuck with a washer like ours.

    Post # 5
    1746 posts
    Bumble bee

    My mother just replaced her very old top loader with agitatior with a newer top loader without agitator.  She said she’d heard enough complaints about front loaders that she wasn’t going to go that route.  She allowed the sales person to sing the praises of no agitator.   Almost every time I talk with her she’s wishing she had her old machine back for one reason or another.   She’s not the only one I hear who prefers the old fashioned top loader/agitator style.  

    Post # 6
    774 posts
    Busy bee

    somethingbee:  I second pp that front loaders are awful. They leak and mold really easy. I have never seen one yet that didn’t have a mildew smell after someone had it for a few years.

    We have a Samsung top loader (not sure on the agitator? I don’t know what that is?) but our samsung is relatively new. We have only had it a year and I looove it. 

    Post # 7
    283 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    Our front loader is awful.  We’re just waiting for it to die so that we can buy a new top loader.

    Post # 8
    194 posts
    Blushing bee

    I have a front loader and I love it. We’ve had it for 5 years. It can mold, but I wipe out the seal regularly. As for the mildew smell, I haen’t really experiemced that since I run the cleaning cycle every once in while with bleach. If you are absoultely against getting a front loader, I would go without the agitator. My parents and grandparents washers have ruined many items (including a sentimental blanket from my childhood). My parents got one without an agitator when their old one died and they haven’t mentioned it not cleaning as well.  Actually my mother likes it better because larger items fit easier in it.

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