We just got a great deal on a scratch-&-dent high-efficiency laundry machine, at Lowe's. I love the idea of using less water, less electricity and less detergent. However, I also have 6 people (all males, except me!) and a dog, to clean up after. As I peek through the fascinating glass top of our new machine, it looks like (depending on the cycle) it gently stirs, or softly rocks, the wet clothes, then spins them dry. There is no agitator. I admit, I don't have the time to stand there and watch an entire cycle!
So, how do these things work? Do they actually get things any cleaner than if you soaked them in soapy water in a bathtub and hung them up to dry?