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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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Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
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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