oohhh I get to gush about the love affair I am having.... with my washing machine
. Our machine bit the dust 3 months ago. I was about to get the Sears basic front loader when I fell in love with the Fisher Paykel ecosmart. We found it at Lowes. It is a toploader but has the virtually the same water usage as the frontloaders if you use the auto water feature- It also uses half the amount of the detergent.
I do CD so really wanted something I could heave the bucket up and over into- with a soak cycle. I use the soak cycle now on a lot of things like sheets and whites - cutting out the bleach. It has a timer too so I can start it the night before. I had a hard time picturing how I would get the yucky wet dripping diapers into the front loader.
The drum is huge compared to the Sears one- 3.7 cuft and it has a spin speed of 900 like the front loaders. It claims that it has fewer moving parts- motor driven spin cycle for instance- so therefore less things to break. It also had a high rating on Consumer Reports. So far I have loved it and had no probems- we did get the extended warranty- five years- because the electronic keyboard made me nervous- thanks for letting me gush.....