I second the LG front loader being great and front loaders in general. Top loaders IMO break too quickly and use too much water. I use the delicate setting on my clothes and DH uses a cotton setting on his work clothes and they come out great without the need to soak the blood or any juices away. Towels go on the same setting and cone out beautiful. Towels change over time too though and do tend to lose some of their softness anyway.