Front Load Washers - Short Version

Back away from the washer, any washer that is front load. Go back to your comfortable, safe, known-factor top-loader. Don’t be tempted by the front-loader looks. Do not listen to the energy efficiency hype, because in the long-run, this will cost you FAR more than it will save you. Oh. And if you like clean clothes, this is not the machine for you. It doesn’t provide enough water to properly clean clothes. Nor does it provide enough water to properly clean soap scum off the drum. This particular model spins clothes at high rpm’s, guaranteeing you’ll have to break out the iron and board, because shirts will be crumpled into broomstick pleats (husbands – ask your wives what that is, if you’re unfamiliar with that intentional wrinkled style). If you have a particular affinity for mildew fumes, than this is the washer for you. See, if you can’t get enough water to clean soap scum off the drum, you give mildew a foothold and it grows wicked-fast. You discover if you leave the washer door open, mildew doesn’t grow AS quickly, but you’re going to spend the next however many months or years of your life suspiciously sniffing everything and everyone around you, becoming a compulsive-Mommy monitor. How Sears responded, information regarding other front-loade class-action lawsuits, and the Sears repairman response, as well as his very helpful suggestions, should you be stuck with one of these beasts, is in my “long version”. Top-loaders – they’re tough to beat. Stick with ‘em.


  1. You aren’t the only one having trouble with a front loading washer. I’ve heard an earful from a co-worker on her mold problems with a Maytag front loader – including really poor support from Maytag and the folks who have her service contract. I’m sticking with my 20-year-old top loader!
    — Carol    Jan 28, 10:49 PM    #
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