Does a fantastic job - I only wish the basket were larger, but I can just barely fit in my king-sized quilt. Energy Efficiency The front loader is very conservative on water usage. Cleaning Time The cycle takes a long time to complete, but the clothes are clean and the water usage is low, so it balances out. Performance It's quiet and is gentle on clothing. Ease of Use I prefer a front loader for it's being easier on my back to load and unload clothes. Design Sleek and the buttons are all easy to operate. Durability We purchased ours in 2007 and have never had any problems with it at all - and it gets a daily workout!