Post # 1
Well after our washer ruined a load of new white clothing by leaking oil all over it, it looks like we’re in the market for a new one. It’s just not worth fixing.
FH and I have done some research on the pros and cons of front loaders vs. top loaders, and now we have to also contend with top loaders without agitators. We seem to run into conflicting opinions no matter where we go.
There is a Samsung top-loader that doesn’t have an agitator that I keep coming back to, and the appliance guy recommended it. But all the articles online are from 2013 or earlier and they say that washers without agitators are no good. Is this still the case?
Does anyone have any experience or knowledge they can kindly share?
Post # 2
- 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 # 3
lovekiss: Hmm, we’re not at the point of knowing if we’d cloth diaper or not. I just want a reliable washer that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg and cleans decently haha.
Post # 4
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
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
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
Our front loader is awful. We’re just waiting for it to die so that we can buy a new top loader.
Post # 8
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.