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Should I get a front loader or a top loader? Pros and Cons?

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10:23 pm
February 26, 2009


John S

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Remember you can only use HE soap in the front load washers or you will do damage to them.

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It is unlikely that damage will occur to front load washers from incorrect type of detergent or too much HE detergent use.

However…

Malfunctions and / or symptoms can & do show up as:

1) Error message is displayed (cycle is interrupted).

2) Musty odor is noticed in as few as 3 months

3) Small amount of water on the floor originating from the rear of the washer (Suds oozes out of the tub air vent during spin).

4) Insufficient cleaning results

5) Cycles times are L-O-N-G. If an ESTIMATED TIME to finish the wash is shown as: “41 Minutes”—-the cycle may actually take 120 minutes to end. This is caused by suds. The washer software can *SENSE* a suds-condition and will initiate a special SUDS REMOVAL MODE. This then makes the cycle run for an extended period of time. Longer than was shown on the control panel. 


10:10 pm
February 26, 2009


John S

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I wionder if the clothes really come out clean with so little water?  Does the soap rinse out completely?

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Yes. The laundry will be CLEAN–better that top loading washers.

As long as the following amounts of HE type detergents (low suds type) are used–the laundry will be properly rinsed at the end of the cycle.

HE : (2) TABLESPOONS PER WASH

HE 2X : (1) TABLESPOON PER WASH

HE 3X : (1) TEASPOON PER WASH

10:05 pm
February 26, 2009


John S

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I’ve wondered what happens if you need to open the door once the cycle has started.  I mean, I always seem to find one more thing to add to the load just after it starts.  Won’t water come pouring out everywhere?

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Most front load washers can be *PAUSED* by pressing the *START* button (or *pause* button if available).

Wait for the door to unlock–add laundry–close the door and press *START* again.

This will NOT add time or water to the cycle (or change the cycle at all).

The water level in a front load washer is ALWAYS below the tub opening and will NOT “leak” out when the door is opened.

8:50 am
February 1, 2008


Dave

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First off, top load washers use 42-48 gallons of water for each load compared to 16-18 gallons of water for a front load. Bosch uses only 12 1/2 gallons Max. in theirs. No water DOES not spill onto the floor after you open the door. You have five minutes to re-open most of the Front loaders to put more laundry in them. You will see the difference in the cost in about 3-6 years depending on the cost of the top loader vs. the front loader. Remember you can only use HE soap in the front load washers or you will do damage to them.

9:39 am
January 30, 2008


Teddi

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Hi everyone,  I’ve had a front loader for about a year now and my clothes are SO clean.  They smell good and the whites are really white!  I also find that I use VERY little detergent!  Yes, the soap really seems to wash out fine.  (maybe it’s because I only need to use a little bit!)  It also holds a lot more clothes than my top loader did. Anyway, I’m very happy with the front loader! 

1:32 pm
January 20, 2008


Jim

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I wionder if the clothes really come out clean with so little water?  Does the soap rinse out completely?

8:20 pm
January 19, 2008


NightOwl

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Blair, HE washers use so little water, nothing comes spilling out if it’s opened mid-cycle.  The clothes are sloshing wet, but that’s all.  If you stop the machine to add clothes, it often addsa few minutes to the total wash time, but it is best not to add anything after the first few minutes.

12:36 pm
January 16, 2008


Blair

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I’ve wondered what happens if you need to open the door once the cycle has started.  I mean, I always seem to find one more thing to add to the load just after it starts.  Won’t water come pouring out everywhere?

7:02 pm
January 15, 2008


laura

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Front loaders use less water and soap, but how long would it take to make up the difference in cost?  But, using less water is good for the environment and that is worth some extra cost, I think.

1:54 pm
January 13, 2008


Sue

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Hi, I can’t decide if I should get a front loading washer or a top loader like I have now.  The front loaders are so expensive, are they worth it?  Thanks in advance to anyone who can advise me.



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