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Re:Recommendations for washer for cloth diapers
Friday, June 15, 2012 1:15 PM
Personally, I've used front-loaders almost exclusively, and had very few problems. (The only times I had real issues was with a top-loader, actually, but that was also with truly wretched water, so I don't think it was the washer's fault.)
I've had two front-loaders, a Bosch and Samsung, and while I would slightly prefer the Bosch, both were fine (left the Bosch behind when we left the UK; otherwise wouldn't have switched).
My two cents is that you are buying washing machine for life. You wash a fair amount of diapers, but your family's bedding and clothes will ultimately be many, many more loads. Even if you felt like you needed to do a sanitary cycle now and again, or even double-cycles or whatever to keep your diapers happy, I think that long term the water savings have to favor the front-loader. Depending on drum size, you'll also be able to wash things like sleeping bags and duvets that you can't do as well with a top-loader; front-loaders are gentler on your clothes, and if you use a dryer, your energy savings on the dryer will also add up, as front-loaders can spin clothes much drier than top-loaders. I line-dry almost everything, and here in dry Colorado it wouldn't really matter how wet clothes are out of the washer, but when I was living in Wales, it sure made a difference between one vs. two days on the drying rack!
My bias is obviously not subtle here; I'm no longer dealing with diapers, but I was when we chose to buy our second front-loader. In my view, top-loaders have only price-point going for them, but even that might be a false economy based on water costs/dry time. I don't think I'd even consider buying a top-loader again.