Our washing machine quit working the week we moved out of our house. So, we need to replace it before we move into our new house (that is being built). We were looking at the fancy new front loaders, but have been getting some negative feedback. Seems you have to buy some special cleaning kit to run through it once a month, or they smell. Someone else complained that they didn't get her clothes clean, and she went back to a top loader....and believe it or not that was the lady selling appliances! So, we decided to stay with what we are use to ...the traditional top loader, which turned out to be a good idea since we were gifted a still working set from a nephew who recently married and wont be needing his.