I've had my Kenmore fhigh efficiency front loader for almost 6 years. I've been very happy with it. Some things I learned from the repairman when the washer started to smell of mildew. I used too much detergent - even 1/2 the recommended amount is too much - it caused mildew buildup - yucch. Also keep the door open when not in use to avoid mildew. The washer has a very tight seal, and the residual moisture has no place to go.