The only way to know is to ask, so we asked our awesome Surviving The Stores Facebook fans and here’s what some of them had to say:
I found that the front loaders break easier and are more difficult to repair. Also a lot of them don’t spin all that stinky stagnant water. I swear by the old fashion top loaders! ~Allison
I got a top-load HE washing machine and I love it. Did a lot of research before buying and undesirable attributes about front loading ones, like mold growth because the door is air tight and traps all the moisture when it’s closed. Some said you could just leave the door open but who wants to make sure they leave the door open all the time? ~Layne
I’ve had one for at least 12 years and love it. Saves time, soap, water and cleans much better. I have never had a problem with the machine (knock on wood). And I love how much easier it is to load and unload the washer and dryer since the doors are next to each other. Biggest plus is our clothes last so much longer. No mildew smell ever. ~Joanne
I have a Whirlpool Duet and like it very much. I’ve never had any problem with smell. I leave the door opened to dry out when I finish my wash. I use much less detergent etc… I love that it is easy to wash bulky items in. I have used a front loader for eight years. ~Sarah
The smell that may occur in your front loader is most often due to the mold growing on a detergent enzyme that is left behind in the washing drum. This enzyme is found in the liquid detergents…and is not rinsed away completely. Most commonly this problem arises when you are using too much detergent, as part of the ‘high efficiency’ comes from using 3-5 gallons of water per load (instead of 30-50gal per load). This means, just as the quantity of water is reduced ten-fold, so should the quantity of detergent be reduced. You only need to use 1-2 Tbsp of HE detergent per load. After learning this, I ran a ‘clean’ cycle on my washer using vinegar, and have since had no problems with odor. The amount of water I save, and cost in detergent…I would never trade in my front load!! ~Brynn
I love mine I have mine since Aug. 2005 and for that smell all you have to do is get the cleaning soap for the front loading washers you can get them at Target. My washer and dryer was well worth the money I spent. ~Laura
Had one for the last 13 years, just replaced it w/ a HE top loader, I hated how mildewy smells would develop so quickly with the front loader, but it was still a good washer, just didn’t want another… ~Katrina
I love love love my front loader and would never go back to a top loader. I have Kenmore elite 3 that I bought 9 years ago and have never had a problem with it! I also don’t have a problem with it smelling I do leave the door barely cracked once in awhile. Its big so it holds up to a king size comforter which I love because it can do more laundry in less loads with a lot less water than a top load. Also I can wash anything in it with no damage since there is no agitator. I love it and would just make the investment in a larger capacity one. ~Anastasia
I personally LOVE my front-load washing machine (we have an LG), but I do have to clean the small drain area at the front of the washing machine pretty regularly or it gets yucky.
What do you think? Do you think a front-load washing machine is worth the extra cost?
You can also check out the reviews on Amazon for all of the different brands of front load washing machines!
If your are having washing machine odor problems, then I have heard that these work well: