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Do new front-loading washing machines still have mold problems?

Published: May 03, 2015 08:00 AM
Illustration: Kelsey Dake

Q. I’m about to replace my 10-year-old Kenmore HE3t front-loading washing machine. I’m leery of another front-loader because of my constant battle with mold. Have new front-loaders been cured of that problem, or should I change to a top-loader?—Karen Corson, Bel Air, MD

A. Manufacturers have taken various steps to alleviate the problem some front-loading washers have had with mold. That said, because multiple factors could have led to your problem, we can’t guarantee that it won’t happen again. If you’re still interested in a front-loader, read the user reviews on individual model pages for the front-loading washing machines that we review to see whether anyone has encountered a mold problem in a model you’re considering. There are a number of HE top-loaders we recommend, but they don’t achieve the same level of performance in our tests that front-loaders do. They may have advantages over front-loaders, however, in terms of loading and unloading, and fewer potential vibration issues.

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Editor's Note:

This article also appeared in the June 2015 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.

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