My washing machine died last night…20-year old Maytag. This is NOT a week when I have time to research, check all the back issues of Consumer’s Reports, go comparison shopping. So I figured I come to the place with ALL the answers to all of life’s questions. I already know a new washer needs to be Energy-Star rated, a top-loader and under $500. What I don’t know is whether I should switch to HE (High Efficiency) or not. Pros - uses less water. Cons- needs to use more-expensive HE detergent, and the machines are reputed to develop mold and bad odors.
So I turn to the Dope for your recommendations…stick with the traditional type washer with no learning curve, a stash of detergent, and no odor problem, or switch to HE? Just for an added complication, I occasionally use my machine to felt knitting. Can this be done in an HE machine? Tell me about your experiences, good and bad, so I know what questions to ask!