Ooohhh I too have a front loader and I hate it with a passion. Do you know how many times I've walked away, "just for a minute" during the initial start of the load, only to completely forget about it and then you're stuck till its done.
I realize its a safety issue, but it's an annoying one. We have no kids so no worries there.
Plus, the rubber/plastic part of the drum gets this moldy build-up on it after a few washes. It's completely disgusting. (I make hubby clean that one!!)
PLUS SIDE: It does save on water and detergent. Other than that I don't notice my clothes any cleaner than when we had a top-loader.
Sorry its not more of a positive reply, but sadly the truth is the truth...good luck.