Why My Front-Loading Washer Can Suck It #OldSchoolBlogging


Why My Front-Loading Washer Can Suck It — a Modern Mrs.
Remember when front-loading washers first came on the scene? They were sooo fancy, and sooo much better for your water bill (and, subsequently, your wallet) than top-loading washers. They were prettier, too! Anyone who was anyone had one. Well, I'm here to tell you.... they're not all they're cracked up to be.

Sure, when they came out, I really wanted one. I had heard nothing but good things about them, and when we bought our house in 2010, I begged hubs for one of those amazing new front-loaders. J, being the diligent consumer that he is, looked into it and found they were indeed better than top-loaders, and anything that will save him money is something he gravitates toward. So, he bought me a sparkling new front-loading washing machine (and dryer, too, but I have no beef with that). At first I was in love, but then things began to change, as does anything you've had a chance to really test... the rose-colored glasses came off, and I began to loathe my front-loader.

First, it was the annoyance that came when I was trying to load the washer with dirty clothes, and no matter what I did, they'd come tumbling out. Stuff in, fall out, pick up, stuff in, fall out, curse, rinse, repeat. Oye! Then, it was the aggravation that came from smaller items getting lodged in the rim around the door. They'd be soaking wet, and after wringing them out, still wouldn't be dry after a 50 minute trip in the dryer. Nevermind that you really can't soak anything in there, and you certainly can't add anything you've dropped/forgotten after that door has locked and began filling with water.... You know, unless you want water spewing out everywhere, and that's if you can get the darn thing to unlock in the first place. I can't tell you how many times I've thought about taking a crowbar to my washer.

As if those gripes aren't enough to convince you, I have a few more that double as valid points. My fellow OCD'ers can agree... there's nothing more disturbing than knowing something is filthy and there's nothing you can do about it. Such is my life when it comes to this washer. I find it incredibly ironic that something that is supposed to clean can be so darn filthy! If only I had read the manual! (But who does that, really? It's a washer,,,, I know how to use one.)

By now you've probably read/heard that you're not supposed to close the washer door after a run because it traps moisture inside and causes mold. You may have also heard you should dry around the inside of the rim for this same reason, and/or that you should dismantle the whole pullout detergent/bleach/fabric softener drawer periodically to remove the grime that accumulates. Well, I had not heard of these things until it was too late, and now, after several bouts with bleach, I can tell you that the drawer can be saved, but not the rim.

What I'm left with now is a washer with permanent mold stains, that clothes fall out of and get stuck inside of, and I'm not even touching what I just read about needing to take apart the bottom to empty some gunk-collecting tube.... Oh, no. (Newer models have a convenient trap door on the front of the washer. You can rejoice if you own one.) I'm not even going to bother telling my husband about it. Why? Because I'm patiently waiting for it to die so I can go back to a top-loader, which leads to me to my next point.

Top-loading washing machines are just as energy and water efficient as front-loaders now.

So, really, why even mess with a front-loader? For aesthetics? Pfft. Top-loaders are super stylish now, too! And to further sell you, front-loaders run around $600 to $800, and not necessarily for the best models — those could cost you close to $1,000 alone! Whereas with top-loaders, the crème de la crème come in around $800, and there are some pretty spiffy models for about $400 to $500.

With a top-loader you're saving money, both on the purchase as well as the operation, to clean it you just run a blank load with some bleach or vinegar, you can soak items inside, clothes don't fall out, if you forget something you can just stop it and toss in said item, and there's no weird gunk trap you weren't told about. 'Nuff said.

Do you have a hate-hate relationship with your washer?

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  1. I have a top loader and my sister has a front loader. Hers is by far fancier than my own (lights, dings, fancy jingles... whatever). There's nothing her washer can do that mine cannot. The only thing I like better is her dryer and I might like mine more if I "let" myself spend a little more on a better quality one.

  2. I completely agree that there isn't anything a front-loader can do that a top-loader can't, except for in select models there's a "sanitize" option, but is that really necessary? Also, I'll gladly forfeit the lights and fancy jingles for clothes staying where I put them and no lurking, constant grime!


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