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  1. It's mostly preference. Front-loaders will usually get you more features (sanitizing, steam, higher spin speeds) for your dollar, while top-loaders will usually get you more capacity for your dollar. They both clean well, with front-loaders having only a slight edge on cleaning power (Consumer Reports; they're using special equipment to judge cleaning, but likely undetectable by the human eye). They're pretty much the same regarding efficiency when comparing equivalent capacities.

  2. Don't buy a high-efficiency top-loader from Sears. I have had two fail within the past year and they are absolute JUNK!

    1. In response to robjohphd

      Hi robjohphd!

      We appreciate you sharing your feedback with us and the issues you had had with the top-loaders.

      Let us know if we can help in any way!

  3. Hi big_furry_creature!

    Welcome to the MySears Community!

    We have a great Research Center that can provide you with the pro's and con's of both of these machines as well as another guide with additional information and available features.

    Once you decide what unit fits your needs the best, there is even an "Washer Advisor" to help find a unit suitable for your home towards the bottom of the page.

    Please let us know if you have any questions along the way for we have some great Sears Appliance Experts whom can help in answering any questions that you might have.

    Thank you!

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