This machine takes so much work! It constantly needs to be wiped down around the inner gray rubber to avoid filth and/or mildew from building up. I also have to perform the "tub clean" cycle with bleach every few loads which is a waste of energy and water. If I don't do these things our clothes smell like mildew, and no matter what I do the clothes never smell freshly washed. I've experimented with various HE detergents, but still have the same problem. I do leave the door open after every load to air it out and prevent mildew, but that doesn't seem to help. I just don't have time to keep this machine clean when it doesn't clean our clothes. Very frustrating. Energy Efficiency The frequent tub clean cycles required just to kill that mildew smell make it very inefficient. Performance My clothes never smell clean or get fully clean. Ease of Use It would be easy to use if it didn't require so much maintenance. Design It looks like every other front load washer. Nothing special.