I bought at new GE Front loader Model WCVH6260HWW Energy Star® 3.7 IEC Cu. Ft. King-Size Capacity Front January 31st 2008.
It was delivered from the factory on Feb 6th, 2008.
I kept track of electricity and wather usage through this month and I can attest to the savings.
The water bill is in and I saved massive amounts on our water bill. This time last year I used 50% more water than I did this month. That's awesome. Oh and I've compared my electric bill with this time last year and I'm doing about the same on electricity usage but I know I'm doing a lot more laundry. My youngest boy changes clothes about 4 times a day. He's messy.
In truth, had I known it would take anywhere from 38 minutes to 2 hours and 15 minutes to do a load I wouldn't have been so jazzed about getting this front loader. It's the spin, it takes a lot longer to get a fast spin out of it so it wastes a lot of time getting there.
There is one more oddity about this machine, it locks like it's ready to just get working and then it unlocks, waits a few minutes and relocks. The installers said that's to allow me to add more clothes and to make sure the clothing isn't lodged in the door. The whole ordeal takes 5 minutes of time it could be washing. If I'm unfortunate enough to actually add more clothes it slows the cycle down by another 5 minutes.
I guess the good out weighs the bad and I'm sure the savings will recover the expense of the machine in a few years but this first month has been a real learning experience.
I only bought the washer, I'll post about the dryer when it comes in after the economic stimulus check arrives.