Front load Washer vs. Top load Washer

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Consumer

Gainesboro, TN

#1 Feb 18, 2011
Getting ready to purchase a new Washing Machine, and have heard many pros and cons against both types of machines. Anyone who owns a Front load Washer, do you have trouble with the mildew, mold, and odor issues that I have been hearing? Any input would be appreciated.
Moogle

Manchester, TN

#2 Feb 18, 2011
I have a front load washer and I hate it. They tend to get a strong funk going on unless you buy and use detergents specifically made for them any even then, they're still going to stink your house and clothes up unless you clean them every month or so.
theyaregood

Mclean, VA

#3 Feb 18, 2011
The front loaders are better now than they were just a couple years ago as far as the mildew, etc. They wash clothes very well - think of it like your clothes getting a shower compared to a bath. You have to use the High Energey Efficeint detergent.
myself

Cookeville, TN

#4 Feb 18, 2011
I had a front-loading energy-effecient kenmore. Have'nt had any experience with any oither models because I refuse to go ba to back to them after that experience, but the motor burned out twice, there was always a problem with this sensor I had to replace, and the water never seemed to drain correctly, which did cause some sort of mildew smell (though it was'nt as bad as Moogle's, I'd guess.) If I were you I'd skip the front-end experience and go with a top-load machine, but that's just my opinion.
fred sanford period

United States

#5 Feb 18, 2011
Buy Top load. Front loaders have multiple problems who the heck wants to spend time washing a washing machine and buying expensive specialized detergents?
myself

Cookeville, TN

#6 Feb 18, 2011
oh, yeah, I'd forgot about the specialized detergents and stuff, and God-forbid you forget which side of the stupid little double-sided tray that takes both the detergent and fabric softener and mix them up. I don't remember why that broke the damn thing too, but that was another couple hundred bucks to fix.
opinion

United States

#7 Feb 18, 2011
I have a front load & it takes forever to wash a load of clothes. For the 'whitest whites' option is almost 2 hrs. It is quiet until it spins then it will shake the walls (and yes I checked it & it is level). I don't have any issues with the mildew smell because the manual tells you after you wahs a load of clothes you have to leave the door open to let it dry out. But over all experience they are not worth the money.
well

Mclean, VA

#8 Feb 18, 2011
The detergent for the front loading washers isn't really any more expensive.
Moogle

Manchester, TN

#9 Feb 18, 2011
well wrote:
The detergent for the front loading washers isn't really any more expensive.
No but it is more of a hassle since messing up and using regular detergent can ruin the machine and if you forget to put something in, it's not like you can just open it up mid-cycle and drop in whatever articles you left out like you can with regular machines. It just isn't worth it to me and if I could do it all over again, I definitely would've gone for a nice top loader.
me too

Shelbyville, TN

#10 Feb 18, 2011
I had a front loading washer and I'll never have another one. I've always had top loading ones, but I thought I'd upgrade. BIG MISTAKE. It was always breaking down, can't remember something about the spin cycle. The smell was horrible if you didn't leave the door open like you can on a top loading one. But on front loading, you have to find something to leave the door proped open or it will shut. I will never have another one.
Common ground

Cookeville, TN

#11 Feb 18, 2011
I've been happy with my whirlpool front loader. No mildew smell. Can't tell much difference in how clean the cloths get, but they are much drier when they come out which means less dryer time. There are not as many detergent options as top loaders. And if you don't have a solid floor and level the machine good it will vibrate horribly I hear, but I have no vibration issues with mine. Overall I prefer the front loader, but just barely.
commonsense

Lexington, TN

#12 Feb 19, 2011
Moogle wrote:
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No but it is more of a hassle since messing up and using regular detergent can ruin the machine and if you forget to put something in, it's not like you can just open it up mid-cycle and drop in whatever articles you left out like you can with regular machines. It just isn't worth it to me and if I could do it all over again, I definitely would've gone for a nice top loader.
**Just buy the right kind - not that hard.
just me

Gainesboro, TN

#13 Feb 20, 2011
i bought a set and they dont get my clothes clean as top load. never have another set . the set i bought is top of line!
honest truth

Livingston, TN

#14 Feb 20, 2011
My husband bought me a top load set as a wedding gift a few years ago and I HATE it. My clothes have never been what I would consider clean since....and they have a really bad smell no matter what detergent you use. The clothes dont even get really wet, I could spit on them and get them wetter! I will NEVER buy another top load washing machine.
honest truth

Livingston, TN

#15 Feb 20, 2011
Sorry, in above comment I meant I would never buy another front load washer.
Moogle

Manchester, TN

#16 Feb 20, 2011
commonsense wrote:
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**Just buy the right kind - not that hard.
You're missing the point, being that they're ridiculously finicky with what you put in them. Anything that makes suds will ruin them, which is why people say that their clothes don't seem as clean when washed in a front loaded...because the detergents you have to use in them don't lather up at all. H.E. detergents can also be harder to find, especially if you live in a smaller town which only adds to the inconvenience.
pfft

Cookeville, TN

#18 Feb 24, 2011
Consumer wrote:
Getting ready to purchase a new Washing Machine, and have heard many pros and cons against both types of machines. Anyone who owns a Front load Washer, do you have trouble with the mildew, mold, and odor issues that I have been hearing? Any input would be appreciated.
all you have to do is leave the door to the washer open when not in use. it dries out. problem solved
pfft

Cookeville, TN

#19 Feb 24, 2011
Common ground wrote:
I've been happy with my whirlpool front loader. No mildew smell. Can't tell much difference in how clean the cloths get, but they are much drier when they come out which means less dryer time. There are not as many detergent options as top loaders. And if you don't have a solid floor and level the machine good it will vibrate horribly I hear, but I have no vibration issues with mine. Overall I prefer the front loader, but just barely.
some models of these washers have 80 lb weights in the bottom.
Common ground

Cookeville, TN

#20 Feb 24, 2011
pfft wrote:
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some models of these washers have 80 lb weights in the bottom.
Yes the washer has concrete in bottom of them because one of the "efficiency's" of the front loader setup is the cloths come out less wet than the top loaders. This is accomplished by spinning the cloths much faster that the top loaders. This is what creates the vibration some people have. That is the reason i've been told having a solid floor and leveling the machine is more critical than the top loaders.
I would suggest you make sure you can find your favorite detergent in HE. That is the only minor drawback I've had since we bought ours. I'm apparently getting more sensitive as I get older and have to use nonscented detergent and that is harder to find at smaller stores like the dollar store.
knows

Cookeville, TN

#21 Feb 25, 2011
long story short, don't buy a front loader unless you want to make washing your clothes into as complicated and least effective ordeal as possible. Some people need to have their chores complicated, though, so if you decide that having to make absolutely sure you're using the non-sudsing brand of detergent each and every time and you like the idea of your clothes needing a second or possibly even third cycle through the washer to get wet and soapy enough to be clean (good luck with that if you work around grease or grime) then get a front-loader.

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