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Old 09-04-2012, 04:27 AM   #11
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Re: Top loader VS front loader washer for CD

I hope the OP doesn't mind me asking a question in her thread.

Does anyone have a TL that is fully automatic? I'm looking for one where I don't have to hang around to put softener in. Granted, I won't be doing diapers with softener but my clothes are.

I'm looking at a nice little Defy 13kg TL that has a softener and detergent drawer. Its a DTL130. Does anyone have experience with this model?

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Old 09-04-2012, 09:16 AM   #12
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Re: Top loader VS front loader washer for CD

I have GE HE toploader. Used for clothes for almost two years w/no problems. Used for diapers for about 4 months w/no problems. I've been very happy with it & would purchase again.

As for whether it is more energy/water efficient, I can't say as we never had our own laundry facilities before living in this house. I *think* it uses less water than a traditional toploader, though, as the washer never fills up.
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Old 09-04-2012, 09:17 AM   #13
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I hope the OP doesn't mind me asking a question in her thread.

Does anyone have a TL that is fully automatic? I'm looking for one where I don't have to hang around to put softener in. Granted, I won't be doing diapers with softener but my clothes are.

I'm looking at a nice little Defy 13kg TL that has a softener and detergent drawer. Its a DTL130. Does anyone have experience with this model?
My GE has a softener dispenser. I stopped using it though because it gets softener build-up and I'm too lazy to clean it out regularly. Now I just dump the softener into the drum right with the detergent.
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Old 09-04-2012, 09:29 AM   #14
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Really? Mine has a quick wash setting. I think it's 30...
My FL has a quick wash setting too that's 28 minutes
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Old 09-04-2012, 02:21 PM   #15
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Re: Top loader VS front loader washer for CD

I have a HE FL Maytag Neptune and have had no issues. If I have a smaller diaper load (less than 20), I will throw an old towel in the wash cycle so it adds more water.
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Old 09-05-2012, 05:08 PM   #16
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I have a Whirlpool Duet FL as well. I don't even bother to add any hot water to mine and I haven't had any problems with my diapers yet.

Mine has a Quick Wash cycle that varies from 18 minutes to 30 minutes depending on soil level chosen. I use it for my prewash. The whitest whites cycle I use is 1:50 minutes but it's not like I'm sitting there watching the machine. I start it and walk away. If I don't think I'll be able to get to the machine to take the diapers out right away I select Tumble Fresh.
You must have a newer model than I do. My washer doesn't have those settings. I only add water because that's the way I've always done it and it was recommended to me. I'll have to try it without and see how it does! Thanks!
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I have a LG front loader and love it. Our electric and water bills are really low, and barely budged when I started diaper laundry last Spring.
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Old 09-05-2012, 06:06 PM   #18
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We have fancy LG front loaders and I hate them!!! The washer is impossible to keep even remotely balanced. We have a commercial top loading Whirlpool set in storage that we are about to swap out since it works better and is less finicky.

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Old 09-05-2012, 06:15 PM   #19
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I can't speak for cloth diapers as we are still waiting on our first order
But we have a Whirlpool Duet steam FL set and I LOVE THEM. Hubby bought them for me when we were dating and he was in Iraq making $$$. I joke him that that's when I knew we were getting married.
Anyway... I wash all of our clothes on cold/cold (including DS's clothes... Filthy boy!) and only use stain treatments on the rare occasion of blood or ink. I use minimal detergent (Tide Cold Water HE) that costs us about $20 every 6-8 months or so. And that's at one load of laundry every day. I like being able to use the sanitize/whitest whites cycles on towels and sheets, as well as the quick wash (18 minutes) when hubby realizes at 9 pm the night before that he doesn't have a uniform for work the next day... Haha.
We definitely use less water/electric than with our old traditional TLers, plus I had to use a concoction of detergent, stain remover, and laundry softener with our old set to get clothes that were actually CLEAN and looked/felt that way. Yes, FLers use less water but there is a rinse adjustment (less/normal/more) as well as an option for an extra rinse (which I imagine I'll be using for diapers). I think the energy star stickers that came on the set when they were new estimated cost of use at $14/yr for the washer and $18/yr for the dryer. I don't know how they get that information, but that's what was on them. :P!
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We have an HE TL that I adore! Ours are the LG Waveseries. It is an HE washer but you can add extra water with the push of a button, as well as up to two extra rinses. You can also just do a rinse or run a short cycle. It does a great job with our clothes and diapers. It also will add the bleach, softener and detergent for you (I'm pretty sure most machines do this now). I have had my set for a little over a year and would definitely buy my set again.

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