Front Loading Washer Reviews

I have a 'reverse' question. Just recently, my husband and I have moved to the United States. We are from Europe and back home, for the last 30 years I have used front load washing machines and never had any trouble with high maintenance, mildew build up, or water sitting in undesired places.

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So, having only had positive experience with front loaders (and being really fed up with the interim top loaders I had to use), naturally, I'd like to go with one of them again.

Now I am reading everywhere, that every brand (LG, Maytag, Bosch, Miele, Kenmore, Electrolux, etc.) have massive mildew and mold problems. Are there any out there that don't have that problem? I mean, in my entire family's households we had a total of 7 front load washers, and each ran flawlessly for 15 - 30 years. I can't believe that this should be so different in the US? Any advice, which laundry machine I should go for?

My requirements are:

  • at least up to 1200 rpm, with a selection of going slower for some delicate washes
  • delay starter
  • cycles individually selectable
  • "no" washing/dryer unit in one (I like them separate)
  • pre-wash cycle available

Any advice would be very welcome. The brands we used back home were: Zanussi (which is now Electrolux, at least here in the US), Miele, and Bosch.

Thanks so much.

By Zeanana from TN

January 4, 20110 found this helpful

I read all reviews about how great the front loaders work and in theory it sounds great. I bought a Frigidaire AFT a mistake. Clothes do not get clean. I have to have a repair man to clean out the drain line to the pump at least once a year(for 3 years now). I do not suggest buying one. I bought a top loader (used) and after one wash my clothes are definitely cleaner. I know that certain models work great - the commercial type. It may just be the model I bought yet I will not suggest a front loader.

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February 5, 20110 found this helpful

I bought a Whirlpool set 6 years ago. Four years later the washer started banging as it spun. It became so bad I had to stop using it. After some research, I concluded the bearings were going out. I removed the back of the machine and was shocked to discover what they use for a counter weight, a concrete block. This set was not the high end one but was in no way cheap. You assume when you make these purchases they will last longer than four years especially considering they are more expensive than top loading. At least the dryer is still going. I tried contacting the company but never received an answer. Always so eager to take your money and then never want to hear from you again. I wonder why the people who have been out of the country and purchased machines have all had better experiences with them.

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