I have a top loader and love it.
I stayed with a friend for a while and she had a front loader. I hated it so much. I have a bad knee so can't bend down to get everything out properly. I find that the front loader didn't wash as well as my top loader and it took so much longer! Also i found if I didn't take my clothes straight out of the front loader they would smell so bad! I left them in there for 2 hours one day and I had to rewash them. Plus what a PP said about leaving clothes super crinkly!
I couldn't wait to get back to my top loader. It's a really cheap Simpson one and is nearly 6 years old. Still going strong and I love it
My first front loader was a 7.5kg Electrolux and it died in the first 24hrs, it was replaced with the Whirlpool which had to get serviced within the first 6mths as it wouldnt drop the stuff into the filter so i could clean it out, and the second time it just wouldnt turn on.
I always thought I was a front loader person because my mum has always had one but we bought a new model top loader and it's fantastic!
I think a high efficiency top loader is the perfect machine. Ours is huge and I can fit two doonas in one load.
I have never had a front loader, but my top loader is 12 years old so I am working on the assumption that a new washinh machine may be in our not too distant future. But, quick question: can you really not do a cold wash?
We have a front loader. After 4 years the door mechanism started malfunctioning and either it wouldn't lock or once the load was run it wouldn't open. Usually several hours of button pushing and cancelling would jag the lock and you'd be able to take the washing out. It was covered by an extended warranty and once the faulty electronics were replaced it is working perfectly. But the good thing about top loaders is that they can't hold your laundry hostage
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