I’ve researched front load washers for several months. I’m not alone. Approximately 15% of Americans looking for a new washer are buying front loading washers. There are a number of reasons front load washers are gaining in popularity. Front load washers are gentler on fabrics, cleaning with hydraulic water flushes instead of an agitator. Many front load washers have on-board heating, which pulls less energy from your hot water heater. The washers also operate more efficiently, and are usually EnergyStar approved. Additionally, the horizontal, fast spin of front load washers tends to wring out more water, requiring less drying time.
I’ve looked at expensive washers, like the LG Tromm front loader, that worked great, but were out of my price range. I’ve investigated less expensive front load washers, made by Kenmore, and found a plethora of complaints and maintenance issues.
I think I’ve finally found a washer that serves our family needs, operates quietly, and has a strong business name to back up their product. The Bosch Nexxt series offers quiet front loading washing machines that are durable and reliable. There are variety washers in the Bosch Nexxt front load series. Each washing machine basically operates the same, but offers different perks, styles, or load capacities. The bottom line is that I’ve found a washer that cleans well, operates efficiently, and will pay for itself in time.
The Bosch Nexxt 100 series starts around $700. The 300 series runs approximately $800 – $900. The Bosch Next 500 series runs from $900 to around $1000. The 700 series can cost as much as $1200 or more. For savings in energy, water, and delicate washes, the Bosch Nexxt is worth the investment. The cost of the best Bosch is slightly less than the LG washer, which is an amazing front load washer.
Bosch introduced their first front loading washer in Europe. For fifty years Bosch has worked on improving the front load washer. They currently promote two brands, the Bosch Nexxt and the Axis. Today, Bosch’s front loader reportedly uses 76% less water than my old top loader. It is gentler on my fine fabrics, which I tire of having nicked, knitted, and knotted by the top loader. It also uses 72% less energy. With the amount of laundry we generate, the savings will add up quickly.
I’m leaning toward the Bosch Nexxt 500 series. It seems to be a sturdy washer and is a little less expensive than the 700 series and the LG Tromm while offering most of the same features.
Bosch has put a lot of work into engineering a quiet washer. It is designed with suspended pumps and sound proof material. It has a 3.81 cubic foot load capacity and is stackable with Bosch or similar brand dryers. There are 15 cycles, 4 speeds, and 4 temperature selections. The hot cycle runs 3 minutes at 170 degrees, killing 99.9 percent of germs. All controls are Sensotronic touch control, and settings are displayed on an LCD screen. Optimal settings are chosen by default when the wash cycle is selected.
We could spend more for a little faster spin, a steam cleaner, and onboard storage, but the Bosch Nexxt 500 seems to best meet our needs.
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