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#1 of 9 Old 04-12-2013, 12:16 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hello,

We are moving into a new place and need to purchase a washer and dryer.  We want to get an HE washer to save water.  I have read that the best HE washers for cloth diapers are top loaders.  

 

I also have washable couch so the couch linens are bit cumbersome, so the larger the better.

 

Would you recommend your HE Top Load Washer?

 

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I've washed many a cloth diaper and pads in a front loader with great success. Currently I have a top loader but I miss the front loader. When my machine goes i will be getting front loaders again

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I recently spent an angonizing 3 weeks without a washer. I spent an extra week researching washers.

I have the(top loader) Samsung wa5451an
I love it and it washes my diapers very well. Sometimes I have to put a (wet) towel in to get more water but I find after the first soak (quick wash) it is fine.
It was mid range when I bought it...I bet you could get it über cheaper.

If you are shorter than 62" you will need a step stool to reach the bottom.

I would not get a front loader...they stink after a while and how do get the water out when it breaks?

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Thanks so much to you both. I'll check out the Samsung washer.

Mamaprovides, do you think the drum is large enough to wash a comforter in too?

Organicviolin, what model front loader did you have success with? And what was your routine?
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Hmmm...depends on the thickness and size. I have a couple of queen size quilts and those go in. I do know we can do all our blankets.

There are videos on YouTube about this washer...that will give you a good idea of the drum. (You also see the equal lg model go crazy and destroy laundry rooms)

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I love my maytag bravos XL from 4 years ago. Its HE and top loading.  It is pretty pricey though.   I bought it at home depot and used one of the no interest cc deals to pay it off over a year.    I can't stand not being able to add a sock or whatever at the beginning of a cycle with a front loader.  It doesn't have the agitator that comes up in the middle so it is good at washing big things without your washer getting unbalanced.   I've never washed CD's but I am getting ready to - there is a way to turn of the HE using the "bulky" cycle which is what I will try if the diapers aren't getting clean enough. 


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We had a ge. Not my favorite brand but it was reasonably priced. I would just throw the diapers and wet bag in, add detergent, vinegar to the bleach cycle and add an extra rinse. Worked a charm!

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Pooruglyhappy, thanks for the suggestion! Think we are going for a more thrifty HE washer...but I'll check it out too.

Organicviolin, thanks so much for sharing your successful routing with an HE washer!

I'm taking note. Think we will check them out at a Sears. I feel a little less blind hearing from all of you! Thanks.
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Meant to share back once we bought a washer. We went with the maytag bravos XL. I love how much it can hold. Makes getting caught up on laundry so easy! And I can wash my couch linens, even pillows without any headaches.

Our dd was only wearing and peeing in diapers at night so I didn't get a good feel for the no. 2s but it cleaned the pee diapers pretty good. I did notice some soap build-up and by the time I stripped them dd was done with the nighttime diapers. The real test will be if we have another baby. Was just rereading the review here and will give the bulky feature a try on the future.
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