so, our washer is on its last leg and we are considering the impending need to purchase. there is a young guy moving out of town and is offering his 2 yr old whirpool (base model) washer and dryer for $275. Not a bad deal me thinks. Two things: First, he wants to sell them together because he thinks he has a better chance that way. Also, it is a toploader washer. I have recently become interested in the frontloaders because of their added efficiency of not only electric, but also water. So, who has some words of advice? Anybody see a radical change in energy consumption from a toploader to a frontloader? A bit more info on our fam- me, the wifey, and 15 mos old daughter. we DO use cloth diaper system and are hoping in the next year or so to try for another little one (practice, practice, practice). Needless to say more washing than when it was just dear wife and I.