Hi Aquatic! I know many love front loaders B mine is a ton of maintenance or it reeks to high heaven. Mine needs to be drained and cleaned regularly, and the door left open. But a lot of other people like them so maybe it’s just my model.
But I can tell you what to avoid. The drain and filter on my machine are on the bottom, and there is no safeguards in place. So, if the wife, say, puts the filter back in place but doesn’t tighten it because she left the whole operation unfinished and thinks her husband will figure out the filter is not tightened, and the family goes on vacation and a roommate puts a load of laundry in and then goes down to her bedroom and shuts the door, a LOT of water is going to drain through to the basement and ruin a lot of stuff. I forget how it happened the second time but it did, though the person doing the wash caught it right away. (And if that roommate’s first language isn’t English and she calls while you’re on the highway with lots of background noise…)
So be sure any drain or filter, etc., has a safeguard so that the machine won’t run if it’s not secure. Like my van won’t open the back door if the gas cap is off. Just make sure something like that can’t happen while you’re away.
By the way, of course, said wife is ME and I had to own up to that huge mistake!!!