We love our FL. It gets dipes super clean because they (the clothes) beat against each other while washing insted of just agitating in diry water.
They are great because they use so little water too.
In the begining it's just finding the right balance. I suggest you find out your water softness if you don't already know.
In FL machines you need soooo little soap it's not funny (even when washing clothes). if you have soft water you need very little soap, if you have hard water you can use a little bit more.
We have semi hard water, so thats why I add water to the rinse because it's so hard to get the prefect balance. If I didn't, no harm done, but I may need to strip the dipes every so often because the soap will build up because the rinse cycles don't use a lot of water....
Whew, that rambled on....hope it helped.
I love mine.. I stayed with my mom for a month, she has a top loader and all of my clothes looked more dingy than normal. Whe i got home I washed them in my FL and they were sparkling new again!!!!!!!!!!!
Ps-ours has a window so I can see exactly whats what. If your dosen't, then just stop it in a rinse cycle, open the door and check out if you still have bubbles. Then you either adjust your soap amt. or ad water and keep running rinses until no more bubbles!!!
this will be second nature in a few weeks........