we bought a new washer and dryer a little over a year ago. we could not afford the front loader and needed a washer NOW! (if not i probably would have waited a couple of months to get a front loader) but my sister, mom and brother ALL of front loaders and i LOVE them. they are more economical as they use less water and less electricity and do less damage to your clothes. i WISH i could have waited.. oh well. i like my washer.
Oh, my sister did get a brand new commercial size front loader. she get it at whole sale store (hers had a dent on the bottom that you could barely tell it was there, but because it was "damaged" they sent it there) and got it for 1/2 the price that she would have paid for it in a regular store. they got a screaming deal on it!
Good luck! oh, also make sure you research the brands too!
at 1:27 PM on Jan. 8, 2009