My husband and I bought this washer after moving to our current home. We love this washing machine!!! My husband really wanted the front loading machine and I was against it at first. (I have a difficult time with change...) I was afraid that while the clothes were washing one of my two beautiful monsters would try to open the washer and I would end up with a pool of water on the floor. Luckily I was wrong about that! The door can not be opened while the machine is in use. The front loading door has actually been a blessing with my two girls. They love helping my put clothes in the washer and they can both reach with out using a stool! My older daughter even likes to help me move the wet clothes from the washer to the dryer. The only issue I initially had with this washer is that the washer does not come with the pedestal. I feel like if it was necessary to make a pedestal for this machine then it should come with it. However after seeing my girls enjoying being able to help me I am not sure I would want the washer to be any higher.