I’m looking to buy a new front loading washing machine. The major difference I see between the $600-800 machines and the $800+ machines is that the more expensive ones have a steam cycle, in which steam is used to clean the clothes. The only “reviews” I can find are just restatements of the manufacturers’ marketing material. Steam cleans gently, steam removes allergens, steam loosens tough dirt, steam is green, etc. None say whether steam actually does any of these things better than a non-steam cycle. Additionally, most of these washers also have some kind of “cold water wash technology” so cold water “cleans as well as warm” which is a bit in conflict with the “steam gets your clothes hot so it cleans better” on the same page.
Anyway, does anybody have experience with steam washing? I’m sure it works fine, but does it work enough better than regular washing to be worth using? It’s a big jump from $650 to $1000 for a washing machine, but I’ll pay for something that works better.