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Old 04-13-2007, 04:27 AM
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Choosing a New Washing Machine

Top loader or front loader? What are the pros and cons of each type?
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Old 04-13-2007, 09:16 PM
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I have always had a top loading washing machine, I like the fact I can put in that last minute item or I can put water and belach in soak and then restart and carry on BUT as we are having big water restrictions put on us here, trying for 140litres per day it's getting tough, and the front loaders are supposed to be more water efficient.
As my friends washing machines are breaking down they are replacing with front loaders, but I think my old habits will die hard LOL
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Old 04-22-2007, 03:43 AM
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we just replaced our washer. I would have loved a front loader but they cost more so we went with another top loader. This one opens to the back instead of the side, like our old one did. Also, we have multiple water levels to choose from, along with water temps. We have a bleach loader and a softener loader. My dd says the whites got whiter because of the bleach loader already.
Bilby-ours is a GE, look for a top loader that has multiple water levels when you need to get a new one.
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Old 04-22-2007, 06:27 AM
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I like a top loading washer..for I like to dye clothes..so a front loader would not work for me..and also..I like to soak clothes too, just like Bilby.

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Old 04-22-2007, 07:27 AM
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I have a front loader, and I love it! We've moved a lot, so I can't really personally compare power savings and so on, but the stats say that they are all-round more efficient. And I love that I can cram so much in! They are definitely higher capacity. Plus I can wash things like large blankets, that would have thrown a top-loader off balance. And finally, I like that I it has a "handwash" setting! Those super delicates don't have to wait months for me to feel like doing my hand wash clothes anymore! So, yes, I would definitely go with the front-loading variety!
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Old 04-23-2007, 05:22 AM
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I have a front loader and LOVE it.
PROS:
*I believe the clothes are cleaner,
*the machine is far more water efficient,
*The clothes don't tangle
* Use less detergent or powder
* Can go under a bench or support a clothes drier on top

CONS:
* more expensive to purchase
* takes longer to wash
* have to bend to empty
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Old 09-13-2007, 03:20 PM
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Ok my top loading washing machine is going out and I'm going to buy a front loader.
Not sure which machine you have Lynne but I'm looking at the LG Intello washer 7.5kg.
We will get a $200 govt rebate as this machine is a good water wise machine.
After this last week I hate to see my water bill as the cuttent machine would not switch off at the allotted water level (usually full load) and just kept going and going! We thought the problem was solved part replaced but found it wasn't and I'm sick of mopping up!
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Do you have to use front loading powder in the machine, why is there a difference in powder? Anyone know?
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Old 09-14-2007, 05:11 AM
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This year when we were on vacation the house we rented had a front loading washer. I had just brought regular detergent, and there was no instruction sheet; I used less than my normal amount, since the machine holds way less anyway. But I use liquid, not powder, detergent.
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Old 09-15-2007, 09:38 PM
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I now know how to use my new machine and I have to say it'snot as hard as the sales lady seemed to make it out to be.
I did buy some front loading powder but also used some of the other soap and used half the amount, that worked also.
I must admit I never used the recommended amount of soap anyway.

I can't believe now that when we said the old one was only 6yrs old that they said, yes that about how long they go now without spending over a thousand $ yikes!

DH took the parts he wanted and the rest went to the dump for scrap.
Cross fingers and all is well on the washing machine front.
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