The day we went shopping for a new washer was like Christmas. Momma was getting a new toy and it was going to be fantastic! I fell in love with this shiny blue washer and for the first few months it was bliss. Fast forward a few years... and the honeymoon is so over. I bought into the front-loader hype with very little unbiased research. Once we really got into using it the issues cropped up and became very apparent.
The reasons I fell out of love:
1). It takes 1.5 hours to wash ONE load. Very little water is used. Your clothes basically roll around in dampness. Imagine sprinkling your clothes with a fine mist and then just letting it roll in a metal barrel. It doesn't clean! I miss my agitator and loads of water! It will lower your water bill by a few bucks a month but watch your electric bill because this thing takes ages to complete a load. I'm failing to see the energy efficiency here.
2). Cloth diapering has been a nightmare. Once my kids hit the solid food stage we may as well not even bother cloth diapering. Before the food stage it is blissful - no blowouts, no burns, no rashes, no smells. Breastfed baby poo washes out so much easier. But once they start solids their urine and feces changes. There's all this science about it and about ammonia but front loaders just don't wash them! I have to do SO many cycles on one tiny load of diapers that it takes me literally all day (sun-up to sun-down). I have to plan my entire laundry schedule around doing cloth diapers. And yes I've researched and tried every little thing suggested. I've even come up with my own ideas to solve the issues, to no avail. I don't want to keep guessing anymore. I'm getting tired of it and tired of having my life revolve so much around the diapers. I just want to wash them, know they're clean, diaper my boy without worry... wash, rinse, repeat.
3). High maintenance. These things can get funky fast and are notorious for housing mildew and mold (I'm sure top loaders are as well but not nearly as bad). I don't want high maintenance. I am forgetful and have a million other things to do. I need something simple that takes little effort on my part. I want to spend my extra time on me or my kids or my husband, not my washing machine!
4). Mechanical issues. Anytime you buy a high-tech gizmo you're going to pay a lot to fix any mechanical hiccups. There is so much small-print with warranties but mostly things seem to know to break the day after the warranty expires. My front-loader hasn't had any mechanical problems, thankfully, but I am in constant fear of the snazzy computer going haywire.
The only cool thing about my washer is that it's this metallic blue. Beyond looks I just have not found it to be worth the extra money. Less is more. You do have to take special care with high tech items, which we do. And it seems to no avail. I need something that cleans and cleans well. Top-loader with agitator, I miss you!