Well, the front loaders use MUCH less water than top loaders, so you may have to lighten your loads a bit. You may be using too much soap too... this is probably the case. I use 1-2 tablespoons of powdered soap. Do you do baking soda and vinegar? You could try changing your wash routine slightly to find out what works best for you. Also, my two frontloaders take WAY more water out of my laundry when they spin than any top loader I've ever used. Do you dry them in the dryer or hang them out? If I hang mine out they are SO STIFF!!! I thought that hanging them and then tossing them in the dryer to fluff them would work well, but actually the opposite is true, they come out much softer if I throw them in the dryer for a short time first and then hang them out to finish drying.