This has been a great washing machine! We bought ours eight years ago and we have not been sorry. We considered a front load machine, but I am glad we went with this model instead. I find this machine easy to use, and I really enjoy the pre-wash setting. The top load was really a gift when I started cloth diapering as you need extra water for that. This model has a locking mechanism that comes on when it is doing the spin cycle, which I think is a great safety feature as well. You have the option of adding an extra rinse, which has been fabulous. My clothes always come out clean and fresh. What more could you ask from a washing machine?