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    Quote Originally Posted by tootiredtosleep View Post
    I have a high efficiency top loader. It looks like a top loader, but uses less water and front loader detergent.

    It works well for us, the only real difference is to get the water savings I can't use fabric softener.
    My top loader is also a high efficiency model, I have to use front loader washing liquid/powder, but it is so much better than any front loader I have used.

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    Default Washing MAchines - top loader or front loader?

    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadeWithLove View Post
    Front loaders can fit more than ppl think. Because when the water fills the cavity and gravity takes over the load squashes down. If you can still fit your hand in the top of the drum space you can still fit more washing in.
    Except when you are trying to put your doona in it and it just physically wont fit, no amount of pushing and squishing makes it fit. (I had a 7kg whirlpool)

    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.

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    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!

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    Default Re: Washing MAchines - top loader or front loader?

    Quote Originally Posted by tootiredtosleep View Post
    I have a high efficiency top loader. It looks like a top loader, but uses less water and front loader detergent.

    It works well for us, the only real difference is to get the water savings I can't use fabric softener.
    We also have a high efficiency top loader. I only use fabric softener for towels and linen so the water saving isn't really an issue, although I'm not sure if that's an issue with ours.

    I think a high efficiency top loader is the perfect machine. Ours is huge and I can fit two doonas in one load.

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    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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by redlipsandpearls View Post
    We also have a high efficiency top loader. I only use fabric softener for towels and linen so the water saving isn't really an issue, although I'm not sure if that's an issue with ours.

    I think a high efficiency top loader is the perfect machine. Ours is huge and I can fit two doonas in one load.
    Doesn't fabric softener make your towels like sandpaper? I was always taught towels are better without softener...not that I use it at all.

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    Default Washing MAchines - top loader or front loader?

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by SpecialPatrolGroup View Post
    Doesn't fabric softener make your towels like sandpaper? I was always taught towels are better without softener...not that I use it at all.
    I never use fabric softener on towels, I like them a bit hard. Though come to think of it, I only use it for the kids doners.

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    Default Washing MAchines - top loader or front loader?

    Quote Originally Posted by SpecialPatrolGroup View Post
    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?
    My front loader (LG) has a cold, 30, 40 and 60 wash.


 

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