But there had to be a reason the top-loading washer was so popular for so long, right?
Turns out there is: mold. Front loading washers have a mold problem, as many unfortunate owners are discovering:Consumer Reports subscribers from across the country have complained about smelly front-loaders. In fact, the editors have received so many complaints, they now warn about the problem when they review washers.
But these high-efficiency washing machines save money, right? Turns out the fix for the mold is expensive:
Lembersky could see what was causing the stink. She found “black, gooey, slimy stuff” growing inside the rubber gasket which goes around the glass window on the washer door. That was quite a surprise because she regularly cleans the machine and runs loads with bleach and hot water. “It just gives me the willies,” she says. “I don't like the thought of mold in my washer.”Wait, the savings she reaps from having a more energy efficient washer have been completely offset by the cost of maintenance? Almost like a Toyota Prius!
Desperate for relief, she hired technician Scott Wiseman to remove and replace the disgusting rubber gasket. Once he took the washer apart, Wiseman found mold inside the machine, too. The job cost $300.
In engineering we learn: stick with what works.