Pros and Cons of the FRONT Loading Washer

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Nappy

United States

#1 Jul 9, 2010
If you have one of the beautiful front loading washers, what do you like and dislike about it? Do they really leave a SMELLY odor, etc?

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#2 Jul 9, 2010
NO smelly odor and your clothes get cleaner because they do not sit in the dirty water and they get much more movement while being washed and rinsed...I have had front load washers and now have another top load....I hate the top load and would give almost anything if it would break down 1998so I can replace it with another front loader !!!!!
guest

Pearcy, AR

#3 Jul 9, 2010
You MUST use the HE detergent or your lines will carrode (sp) and water will back up in your machine and ruin it! Guess why I know that? lol I dilluted it , but that did not work. Also you must leave the door open when not in use or the seal will mildew and smell. Other than that, they are good.
Nappy

United States

#4 Jul 9, 2010
I'm so afraid of having the foul odor. I hate stinky smells. But they are gorgeous. I'd hoped by now they would be perfected in such a way that odor would no longer be a problem. And, yes, I did hear that you have to use the HE detergent and not to simply use less of the regular detergent. I wouldn't like leaving the door open.

Thanks! I did Bing it, also.

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#5 Jul 9, 2010
How does the water keep from flying out the front?
Guest

Little Rock, AR

#6 Jul 9, 2010
They cost more ... they're supposedly a "status" buy, they cost more, you MUST use the HE detergents, and they cost more ... that's about it.
Nappy

United States

#7 Jul 9, 2010
Guest wrote:
They cost more ... they're supposedly a "status" buy, they cost more, you MUST use the HE detergents, and they cost more ... that's about it.
Status?! My goodness. I think they're so pretty, but not to the tune of purchasing one and it's in my house with a funky odor. Sounds like you have to do too much babying them. I think I'll keep my old $400 washer and not have to worry about purchasing a special type detergent, leaving the door open when not in use, running a wash w/o clothes using hot water and bleach or and vinegar once a week, wiping out water, etc.
Guest1990

Searcy, AR

#8 Jul 9, 2010
Front loads are great if you have a bad back or really short,its worth the extra.
Nappy

United States

#9 Jul 10, 2010
Guest1990 wrote:
Front loads are great if you have a bad back or really short,its worth the extra.
By no means is cost the problem, nor height. The problem for me would be the hassle of alleviating the odor.
Guest

Springdale, AR

#10 Jul 13, 2010
I have had a front loading set for a couple of years now, and I LOVE it! Honestly, they end up being cheaper in the long run. I got an energy star set, and we compared our utility bills for the first 3 months we had them to the utility bills from the same 3 months in the previous year - and our electric bill dropped an average of $26 per month! Not to mention that the HE detergent lasts MUCH longer than regular detergent. I generally only have to buy detergent once every 3 months, so it ends up costing less. But the best part for me is the TIME you save. I can run a load to wash or a load to dry in 30 minutes! I never have to wait for my dryer to finish - it always finishes as quickly as the washer! It has REALLY cut down on the time I spend in the laundry room!

As for the odor, I have not experienced that with mine yet, and like I said, I've had them for about 2.5 years. I do leave the door open after I use it so that it can dry out. However, if you should have a problem with it smelling, they do make a product specifically for that. When I saw it, it was only about $8, and it was made to remove that musty smell from the door seals and the drum. All in all, I would never go back to a top loader! By the way, mine are Amana and they were VERY reasonably priced.
wvs

Forrest City, AR

#11 Jul 14, 2010
A good cleaning with vinegar will keep the seal clean. I love my set! And yes the light bill went down after buying them.
Aggiemom

Niagara Falls, Canada

#12 Dec 7, 2012
Well I must be in the minority, because I hate mine...it takes over an hour and a half to wash one full load of laundry in mine. That drives me nuts...that and leaving the door open, my laundry is on the main floor in a little cubby closet and it is a PITA to leave the door open all the time. I would never ever recommend a front loader.

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#13 Dec 7, 2012
Aggiemom wrote:
Well I must be in the minority, because I hate mine...it takes over an hour and a half to wash one full load of laundry in mine. That drives me nuts...that and leaving the door open, my laundry is on the main floor in a little cubby closet and it is a PITA to leave the door open all the time. I would never ever recommend a front loader.
Sounds like you have problems with your computer board...NO machine should take that long to cycle. I suggest you have it checked...can really up your electricity bill too...
effusion

West Memphis, AR

#14 Dec 7, 2012
Berry's shop has set of Maytag front loader for sale, like new.
NAPPY the Wolf Teaser

Pembroke, KY

#15 Dec 7, 2012
Well, I did purchase a set shortly after inquiring about them. I love both the washer and dryer and will probably never return to the old-fashioned top-loading type washer and dryer. I bought the best LG Home Depot sells. They run so quietly. Once I turn on the washer, I don't hear anything else until it has stopped and the buzzer goes off. They dry in less than half the time of the old set. The washer uses very little water, and it requires about 1/4 the amount of detergent as the old type. There is no stinky odor, as I've used the tubclean about three times in the last two years. I think what causes the odor is leaving the damp clothes in the washer after it's finished washing. Remember, it has a very tight seal, so the damp clothes will start to mildew quickly. I forgot and did that once because I went outside to do some yard work. Another good thing is the price has dropped considerably on them now. It does take my regular load about 50 minutes to wash, but they make them with a shorter cycle now. I have a 15 minute speed wash cycle. I highly recommend them. Oh yeah, the LG has a hole in the rubber on the door to allow the water to drain, which is great. Always check to see if the model has that hole for drainage. I dry the door off every time I use it and I leave the door open or cracked open, but I have a huge laundry room.

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#16 Dec 8, 2012
effusion wrote:
Berry's shop has set of Maytag front loader for sale, like new.
Not familiar with Berry's can you enlighten me as to where it is ??
nappy

Wynne, AR

#17 Dec 8, 2012
Berry's shop is next to Bull Motors on 64 west.

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#18 Dec 11, 2012
nappy wrote:
Berry's shop is next to Bull Motors on 64 west.
Thank you
guest

Oklahoma City, OK

#19 Dec 12, 2012
I hate them! They make your clothes smell bad!
Michael

Duluth, GA

#20 Dec 29, 2012
guest wrote:
I hate them! They make your clothes smell bad!
Then you are doing it wrong.

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