So our F&P top-loading washing machine is on the way out after about 10 years of hard work; I'm increasingly looking towards replacing it with a front loader (never owned one before) and would be in boots and all but for two major provisos: 1. hard towels and 2. limitations on adding stuff mid-load. Going by earlier threads here on GZ, the first problem seems to be able to be at least mitigated by slower spin speeds and judicious use of detergent, but I'm not sure about the second issue.
Can most/some/all front loaders be at least easily paused to add items mid-cycle? How does the process work - do they take a few seconds to reduce the water level to below that of the door before releasing the catch? And, if so, is the water at least put into a reservoir or would it need to replace this water (which I would have thought could reduce detergent levels)?
Are any of these methods employed practical, easy and not-too-slow to use in real life?
I'm seriously looking at the Samsung range that feature the "addwash" feature, which is essentially a chute/door within the main door allowing items to be added at any time (I think) - in particular this model. Would this be the most practical solution to my second issue?
I'm looking for something of at least this size (8.5kg), and ideally lower than or around this price ($1200 on special), so any specific recommendations gratefully received.
Thanks for any advice.