Homeowners can clean a front-load washer by wiping the gasket and door after use, wiping the detergent dispenser weekly or monthly, and running a cycle without any clothing. Regular cleaning removes detergent, fabric softener and dirt that collect inside the machine.
The Electrolux Wave-Touch EWFLS70JIW is the best front-loading washer, according to TopTenReviews, which reports that users can choose from 12 options and 20 cycles for each load of laundry. The machine has energy-saving features and a large tub, making it useful for a family.
The maximum load capacity of a front load washer can vary between 12 to 20 pounds, depending on the size of the machine. Clothing and fabrics loaded in a front load washer should be packed loosely to minimize wrinkling and uneven washing during a cycle.
According to About.com, the most common problems with front-loading washing machines include mold or mildew buildup inside the machine and brown or gray spots on clothing. Leaks are also reported as a problem with front-loading washing machines.
Front-loading washing machines perform better than high-efficiency top-loading machines, according to Consumer Reports. Front-loading machines do a better job at getting clothes clean, as of 2015. Front loaders also extract more water than top-loaders, reducing the time to dry a load of clothes.
The benefits of front-load washers include reduced water use, increased clothing life and energy efficiency. The top side of such washers can be used as storage space for clothing and washing detergents. Front-load washers occupy less space and can allow one to stack a dryer on top.
Compare the best top-loading washers on TopTenReviews.com and Reviewed.com, as of 2015. TopTenReviews.com gives the LG mega-capacity washer its top marks, with a rating of 9.35 out of 10, while Reviewed.com ranks the Samsung WA50F9A8DSP in its top spot, with a rating of 7.6 out of 10.
New top loading washers are becoming more efficient as of 2015, but front load washers are still in the lead. Front load washers use less water, hold larger loads and have drums that spin faster, leaving clothes roughly 10 percent drier than top loaders.
The LG WM8000HVA and LG WM8000HWA topped ConsumerSearch.com's rankings based on surveys of expert testing and consumer reviews in 2014. The models are twins other than for exterior finish: stainless steel for the LGWM8000HVA and white for the LG WM8000HWA.
The primary cause of the bad smell in a front-loading washer is the rubber gasket that prevents water from leaking onto the floor, according to About.com. This gasket prevents air circulation, collects residue from soap and fabric softener, and provides a breeding ground for mold and mildew.