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We're moving and have to get new appliances. The heat in this house is natural gas, so I'm thinking maybe the dryer is too, but I'm not sure. Is either gas or electric clearly better?<br><br>
For a washer, we've always had a top loading machine. I've heard that front loading machines can have trouble leaking. Also, we'll likely be using cloth diapers again once we move... is washing them more difficult with a front loader?<br><br>
We're also going to get a fridge, a stove, and probably a dishwasher. Anything I should know -- any advice in general about those things? There is an oven built into the wall there, but it isn't very large and I'm not sure how well it works, otherwise I might just get a range.
 

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In general, buy the most energy-efficient appliances you can afford.<br><br>
I LOVE my front-loader, but I've never washed diapers in it, so I can't answer that part of your question.
 

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Front loader is so much more efficient, and my Asko has never leaked. I use so little detergent it is amazing. I washed cloth diapers in mine and it is not a problem. I kept the diapers in a dry bucket with a waterproof cloth bag as a liner. On wash day I would just take the bag down to the washer and turn it inside out into the washer and toss the bag in as well. Never had to touch the dirty dipes.
 

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Dryers: gas is more expensive to buy, less expensive to run, and often dries more efficiently.<br><br>
Washers: Love my front loader. It's never leaked (granted, I've only had it 15 months, but still). The issue with front loaders is that, since the door has to seal shut, they can get musty/mildewy inside if you don't leave them open to dry (unless you buy a REALLY EXPENSIVE one that has a ventilation fan to dry it out after). They tend to spin faster and therefore the clothes come out drier and need less drying time. They use less water and detergent. Many utility providers will give you rebates on certain models; look into it. (Also look with your dryer, fridge, everything.) Love our Bosch Nexxt 500 washer and dryer.<br><br>
Fridge: we love our french-door bottom-freezer fridge. I think it's an Amana. It has a little folding flange on the left-hand door; this is a good feature, as it gets a better seal without a bunch of puffy weatherstripping in the middle. It's harder to leave open by accident too. We got the model with an interior spigot for filtered cold water, and an in-freezer ice cube maker, rather than in-the-door water and ice.... MUCH cheaper and lower maintenance. If you don't currently have hookups for water for a fridge, though, think carefully about whether you want to spend the money installing them before you pay extra for a fridge with these features.
 

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Thanks for the input, everyone. It always seems that everyone who has a front loading machine loves it. I think that's what I'm leaning towards now.<br><br>
Thanks for the tip about leaving them open to dry out, Ironica, I've never heard that before.<br><br>
straighthaircurly, that sounds like a great setup for washing diapers. One of my concerns with using a front loader was not being able to do just a rinse -- with my top loader, I would do a rinse, then a full wash, and then a rinse with vinegar. But we can probably find a front loader where you can set it to do just a rinse.
 

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You might want to check out the laundry and appliance forums at <a href="http://www.gardenweb.com" target="_blank">www.gardenweb.com</a><br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">straighthaircurly, that sounds like a great setup for washing diapers. One of my concerns with using a front loader was not being able to do just a rinse -- with my top loader, I would do a rinse, then a full wash, and then a rinse with vinegar. But we can probably find a front loader where you can set it to do just a rinse.</div>
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Our washer doesn't have a rinse-only, but it does allow an extra rinse in a wash cycle, and it has a "quick wash" setting that is only 25 minutes. It also lets you do a spin only and has a soak cycle.<br><br>
So in our washer, you might do a soak, then wash with an extra rinse. I use nothing but vinegar in my fabric softener cup, and it works great.
 
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