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Are front loading washing machines bad?
vanity | 1-29-2014 | Servo1969

Posted on 01/29/2014 7:47:36 PM PST by servo1969

I'm planning on buying a new washer and dryer in the next few months and my wife has always wanted a front loading washer.

Everyone I talk to including my mother, my sister and my best friend's wife tells me whatever I do DO NOT get a front loading washing machine.

I have been told they get mildew-y, they leak, they tear up easily and that they just don't clean your clothes as well as a good top loader.

All my washers to date have been top loaders and, excluding a part here or there, have each lasted more than a decade. I have never paid to have a washer repaired because I do the work myself. This has made me pretty familiar with their inner workings but I've never owned a front loader and have no personal experience with them.

So, my question is to anyone who owns or has owned a front loading washer. Are they really as bad as people say? Because the impression I keep getting is that they start out fine but end up being way more trouble than they are worth.


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1 posted on 01/29/2014 7:47:36 PM PST by servo1969
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To: servo1969

I got an LG front loader about six months ago, and so far so GOOD. Love it. No issues yet with smells. I think it comes down to letting it dry out and following recommendations for cleaning.


2 posted on 01/29/2014 7:50:09 PM PST by ilgipper (Obama is proving that very bad ideas can be wrapped up in pretty words)
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To: servo1969

Unless you are willing to hand wipe the gasket on the door after every use, get a top loader. When water sits in that warm dank environment you are asking for smell.


3 posted on 01/29/2014 7:50:18 PM PST by shankbear (The tree of Liberty appears to be perishing because there are few patriots willing to refresh it.)
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To: servo1969

We’ve had a Maytag stack, washer/dryer, for 15 years. No problems whatsoever.


4 posted on 01/29/2014 7:50:30 PM PST by Enten (I don't have islamophobia...I do have islamonausea)
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To: servo1969

Be prepared to repairyhe door latch within a year frim the pressure.


5 posted on 01/29/2014 7:50:57 PM PST by autumnraine
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To: servo1969

they are fine just dont try and cram it to the gills on the other hand top loaders give a bigger thrill on spin


6 posted on 01/29/2014 7:50:58 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: servo1969

I don’t like mine because of the mildew problem you mentioned. However, it seems to do well cleaning the clothes.


7 posted on 01/29/2014 7:51:10 PM PST by cantfindagoodscreenname (I really hate not knowing what was said in the deleted posts....)
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To: servo1969

I saw one kick a puppy once.


8 posted on 01/29/2014 7:51:55 PM PST by Zionist Conspirator (The Left: speaking power to truth since Shevirat HaKelim.)
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To: servo1969
My aunt has a front end loader. It has to be left open when not in use or it does indeed get moldy. Both from what my aunt says and my own brief experience with the thing on visits, it definitely does not clean clothes as well as a top loader.

One thing she's always bitching about -- the door opens the other way than her dryer so the door gets in the way, making switching laundry from washer to dryer that much more of a chore. I don't know if a lot of front end loaders have this feature, but its something to watch out for.

9 posted on 01/29/2014 7:52:38 PM PST by Wyrd bi ful ard (Also the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades)
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To: servo1969

Do a Google search of “top load vs front load”. You’ll find 1000’s of reviews, with professional input on many.


10 posted on 01/29/2014 7:52:43 PM PST by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: servo1969

Had ours for 3.5 years now. Love it. We leave the door open after the weekly washing.


11 posted on 01/29/2014 7:52:46 PM PST by ican'tbelieveit
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To: servo1969

That’s all we’ve had for many many years. Never a problem.


12 posted on 01/29/2014 7:52:51 PM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: servo1969

In college, they had the commercial front load washers in the dorms. Never had a problem with them getting clothes clean the first time, as long as you loaded them properly. Can’t speak for any maintenance or smell issues, but I know they did have a contractor come out do to preventative maintenance and break/fix work.


13 posted on 01/29/2014 7:53:02 PM PST by matt04
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To: autumnraine

be prepared to get some typing classes


14 posted on 01/29/2014 7:53:29 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: servo1969
love mine and uses much less water... just leave the door open and you won't get the mildew

and as far as cleaning cloths, watch one in action, the cloths tumble over and over not just sloshed side to side like a top loader

15 posted on 01/29/2014 7:53:37 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: bigheadfred

Our top loader LG washer has no agitator in the middle, first time I have seen that.


16 posted on 01/29/2014 7:54:47 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: servo1969

They make it easier for little children to get a good bath.


17 posted on 01/29/2014 7:54:52 PM PST by fso301
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To: cantfindagoodscreenname

I don’t have issues with my front loader, but after having it for about 8 years, I will go back to top loader when this set wears out. I find it uncomfortable ( if that’s the right word) to transfer the wet to the dryer in a lateral move. I have to take all wet out to a basket then move basket to bottom of dryer to load— a pain. Doors get in the way. I really wish they would make a top loading dryer too.


18 posted on 01/29/2014 7:55:00 PM PST by dandiegirl
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To: servo1969

I do not know anyone who would not rather have their old
school machine back.

I researched like crazy 2years ago and bought speed queen.
A bit noisy and only comes in white but it is Awesome ! You can put as much water in as you like, start it and stop it when and as you wish. Great machine. May bu
y a second one for my kids. The EPA will do away with them as soon as they can cause they do not want you being in control.


19 posted on 01/29/2014 7:55:29 PM PST by Bainbridge
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To: servo1969

I suppose it’s theoretically possible to design a good one, but the MBA’s they let in the executive suites fired all the real engineers that know stuff, and replaced them with CAD operators. Hey, if you can work the CAD program, that should automagically turn you into not only a good draftsman, but a good engineer, right?

Anyway, the upshot is that they don’t know how to design the support for a cantilevered rotating load, so the drum bearings all go to hell (and are VERY expensive to impossible to replace).

They also use crap material that goes to shit in the damp and chemicals, thus further complicating repair.

Add to that, that EPA is influencing the design of new appliances so of course they’re going to cost a fortune and not work (think the Obamacare of appliance design). Just get a used Maytag Dependable Care or an old Whirlpool.


20 posted on 01/29/2014 7:55:47 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: servo1969

The rubber on our whirlpool front loader has torn twice in the 9 years we have had it. Fortunately, my husband was able to do the repair work himself. It has leaked water when the rubber started to tear. Good thing we dont have the laundry room upstairs. One thing i dont like about it is that my window of opportunity to put something in the wash if i initially forget to do so is about 5 mins.. After that, forget it.


21 posted on 01/29/2014 7:55:59 PM PST by psjones (u)
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To: ilgipper

We spent way too much money on big beautiful lg front loaders in 2007.

No matter what we did there was a persistent mildew smell. Lg had us try things like using non HE detergent, wiping the gasket after every use, and keeping the door open.

On top of that, every load of towels smelled like they sat in the washer too long, even if they were put in the dryer immediately.

When we sold the house in 2008, the young couple demanded the washer dryer stay with the house. They thought they negotiated well. I said, thank god.

We ended up getting GE profile top loader with stainless drum. It isn’t as pretty, but my towels smell clean.


22 posted on 01/29/2014 7:56:15 PM PST by laxcoach (Government is greedy. Taxpayers who want their own money are not greedy.)
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To: servo1969

we’ve had both, and like the front-load W/D, especially since they are stackable. Give me more room in the laundry, and easy movement from one to the other.


23 posted on 01/29/2014 7:57:45 PM PST by Dubh_Ghlase (Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee.)
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To: servo1969

One thing, leave the door partly open to air out and wipe the rubber seal when you’re done. OTT F/L’s are great, use less water and are easier on your clothes.


24 posted on 01/29/2014 7:57:57 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral)
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To: servo1969

Hubby was gonna take ours into the desert and use it for target practice, and then he was gonna go dump it off a cliff about a hundred times.

Ours started out fine. And then when it was no longer fine, it was a pain in the rear. But we learned a lot about repairing them and saudering wires on them.


25 posted on 01/29/2014 7:58:04 PM PST by petitfour
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To: GeronL

so your washing machine doesnt have an agitator and you dont care give me a sec to let that soak in


26 posted on 01/29/2014 7:58:05 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: servo1969

We bought a front-loader from Sears (Kenmore) several years ago, and it has worked just fine. It cleans the clothes very well—my wife is very particular about that. And no problem with smell.

But I make a point of following the instructions. In particular, you should leave the door open when not in use to avoid mildew or smell. And you should fish around the drain at the bottom of the door opening after each wash to remove any lint or dog hair. Also any coins or other items that were carelessly left in pockets. That’s a minor chore, but hardly worse than other daily household tasks. And I suppose you could make it a rule that he who cleans the filter gets to keep the loose change.


27 posted on 01/29/2014 7:58:25 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: bigheadfred

No I just need smaller thumbs. ;)


28 posted on 01/29/2014 7:58:37 PM PST by autumnraine
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To: servo1969

If you need the space, the stacked front loaders are a good choice. Mildew smells can also affect top load machines if you don’t leave the lid open to let it dry between washes. I would stick with a basic toploader, but that’s just me.


29 posted on 01/29/2014 7:58:46 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: servo1969
Many thoughts have been expressed on Free Republic concerning this subject:

More can be found by simply going to Google and entering Free Republic: Washing Machines.

By the way, and FYI, this post/thread was on Google 39 seconds after you put it up.

30 posted on 01/29/2014 7:58:48 PM PST by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: servo1969

The wash cycle seems to take forever in the front loading type.
I bought another top loading washer and I’m very happy.


31 posted on 01/29/2014 7:59:08 PM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

My washer is to the left of the dryer. The door on the washer opens to the left and the dryer opens to the right. No problems.


32 posted on 01/29/2014 7:59:32 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral)
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To: servo1969

“Are front loading washing machines bad?”

It doesn’t matter. Your wife wants one. Who’s going to sleep with you, your wife or your mother or your sister or your friend’s wife? (This is a conservative forum, so your public answer is kind of limited.)

If you want to get a top loader, it has to be your wife’s idea to change her mind, not yours.

By the way, I’ve read that new top loaders aren’t as good as they used to be because of the “environment friendly” compromises they have been forced to make to them.


33 posted on 01/29/2014 7:59:39 PM PST by KrisKrinkle (Blessed be those who know the depth and breadth of their ignorance. Cursed be those who don't.)
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To: shankbear

Love my front loader, had it for about 7 years without a single problem. For the smell issue, that usually happens if you use too much soap. Front loaders only need a few tablespoons of high efficiency soap. Be very careful measuring!

If you use too much, the soap builds up in your clothes and in the washer and they get a sour locker room smell. Since we eased back on the soap we have never had a single problem with the smell, we don’t even clean the gasket. Once in a blue moon I run the clean washer cycle with bleach for good measure. I will never use a top loader again. First its quiet. 2. Mine uses only about 7 gallons of water for a cycle. This seriously helps with the water bill. 3. Clothes come out clean every time. 4. These washers run with less force so there is not a lot of vibration or load placed on the machine and motor so I think this cuts down on wear and tear.


34 posted on 01/29/2014 7:59:53 PM PST by bigtoona
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To: Chode

In my experience they are better at cleaning clothes than top loaders, and much more gentle on clothes. They also use less water. I think it depends on how much you want to pay - to some extent. If you buy a good (but more expensive) front load machine you will probably be happy. If you want to buy an inexpensive machine, then you might be better off with a top loading washer.


35 posted on 01/29/2014 7:59:53 PM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: servo1969

Disclaimer: I do not own a front-loader. What I tell you is 2nd hand.

Pros: Cleans as well as a top load. Seems to use less water.

Cons: The door breaks easily. Mildew and mold are a problem. Can’t wash as much at one time as in a top-load. Noisier. Expensive to replace and/or repair.


36 posted on 01/29/2014 7:59:58 PM PST by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: servo1969

they look cool but they are terrible at getting clothes clean


37 posted on 01/29/2014 8:00:14 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: servo1969

We had a Kenmore with an extended warranty. After 1 year, the control board fried, but it was under warranty so we didn’t have to pay $1400. A few months after the warranty had expired, it happened again, and locked a set of king size bed sheets inside. I replaced it with a GE top loader with an agitator. The guys that brought the new one, hauled away the old one and put the pedestal from the washer under the pedestal of the dryer. Now the dryer is at the perfect height for throwing clothes in and for taking them out. The top load washer hasn’t failed for 3 years so far.


38 posted on 01/29/2014 8:00:15 PM PST by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: servo1969

I’ll be most interested in your decision!
I’m also trying to make the same decision...lol.


39 posted on 01/29/2014 8:00:31 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Bainbridge
The EPA will do away with them as soon as they can cause they do not want you being in control.

Problem: Busybodies at TLA's

Solution: Knowing how to create control systems from scratch!

40 posted on 01/29/2014 8:00:56 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: servo1969

We have a Frigidaire for over 5 years without a problem. As for mildew, just leave the door open.


41 posted on 01/29/2014 8:00:57 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: servo1969
We bought a top loading Sears Kenmore HE washer last early year. It was the first one we ever had without a center shaft. I was doubtful but this thing is a real champ. It only uses the exact amount of water it needs.

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42 posted on 01/29/2014 8:01:13 PM PST by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: servo1969

we’ve got a Frigidaire..

We like it just fine. Wipe the seal down when done and prop the door. Every 6 months the wife runs some sort of “cleaner” through it.


43 posted on 01/29/2014 8:01:49 PM PST by cableguymn (It's time for a second political party.)
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To: autumnraine

i know i have 8 more than i need after i give you a two thubs up


44 posted on 01/29/2014 8:02:40 PM PST by bigheadfred (that boy is all thumbs)
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To: fso301

They make it easier for little children to get a good bath.


works good for animals too ;)


45 posted on 01/29/2014 8:03:10 PM PST by cableguymn (It's time for a second political party.)
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To: servo1969

Had mine for 7 year and I love it (well, as much as one can love an appliance)

Got a Whirlpool as the LE were to tall to fit in my basement. (Space issues, have to stack washer & dryer)

Do a load a day, for over 7 year. Had to get it serviced one time. Change from hubby’s pockets finally blocked the drain. Do a better job of pocket screening now.


46 posted on 01/29/2014 8:03:12 PM PST by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: GeronL

Like this? Does it wash clothes well?

47 posted on 01/29/2014 8:03:17 PM PST by servo1969
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To: bigheadfred

Many of the new top loaders do not have agitators.


48 posted on 01/29/2014 8:03:40 PM PST by ican'tbelieveit
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To: servo1969

They’re fine. Bought one a few years ago. The only problem I had was once I must have closed the door on some clothes and it tore the rubber gasket around the door. Costs a few hundred bucks to get fixed.


49 posted on 01/29/2014 8:04:21 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (The only way women can "have it all" is if men aren't allowed to have anything.)
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To: Enten
We have a Whirlpool W/D front loader set.

The design of all front loaders lends itself to trapped moisture, which is aggravated by the tight seal; the drain engineering and and dark interior (as opposed to top loaders) create a good environment for mold. Warm weather, use of too much or improper detergent and leaving a load in too long after the cycle will increase the chances that you'll get mold/mildew.

Don't worry if it happens, it's easy to fix.

The very simple solution is to order a bottle of Smelly Washer Cleaner. I have no connection to this company other than that I bought their product and it works. They also make a product for towel odor problems (from leaving them in the washer too long) and it works as well.

I bought a bottle about 2 years ago ($14.00 ?) and still have plenty left. Leave the door open on the washer so that the inside can dry out, use a little SWC, and you'll be fine.

It's worth noting that the front loader gets more speed on the spin cycle (horizontal shaft, as opposed to vertical) for better wringing and therefore less drying; it uses very little water and if you follow the directions you spend very little on detergent.

Knowing what I know, I'd buy another, and can vouch for the Whirlpool Duet.

50 posted on 01/29/2014 8:04:24 PM PST by IncPen (When you start talking about what we 'should' have, you've made the case for the Second Amendment)
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