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My washer just died (sad day) so I'm in the market for a new one and really have no idea what i'm doing...
Our budget is between $800-1000. What brands have you seen do well with diapers? High efficiency or regular? top or front loader? I'll be cloth diapering Gemma for at least another year if not 18 months (she's 9 months) so I don't want to base EVERYTHING on cloth diapering, but I need something that will get me through the next 18 months of cloth diapering, KWIM?
I have a Maytag 3000 series front loader and LOVE it! I was worried about using a front loader for cloth diapers but I have never had a single problem. I think I have even better luck with the front loader than I would with a top loader because I can use the sanitary cycle. The first thing I did when we got it was to save a bunch of stinky towels. You know how towels can get that moldy smell that never comes out? I had washed them a million times in my front loader and they still stunk. One wash on the sanitary cycle and they were as good as new!
I am also happy with my HE FLer, it is a Samsung. I would make sure it has the following features:
- prewash option
- extra rinse option
- a sanitary/extra hot water cycle
Bonus for "add water" options or ability to program custom cycles and have the washer remember them later.
The main downside of HE FLers is the long long cycles. But if you can program in the prewash and extra rinse, you can just throw the diapers in and walk away! So what if it takes 3 hours, it's not like you have to be there the whole time!
I would DEFINITELY get an HE FLer over an HE TLer. The front loader saves a ton of energy by not having an agitator and using the tumbling of the washed items against each other as the agitation. In order to get an HE and/or energy star rating on the TLers, they save energy in other ways, like by not allowing you a hot water option that actually uses hot water IMO hot water is ESSENTIAL for getting diapers clean!!! So if you do get a TLer, it should be an old, non energy efficient one! Hope that helps and have fun shopping!