We're on our second front-loader. The first one got kind of funky because we weren't diligent about preventing it (mostly because we'd never had one before and didn't realize you needed to be careful). Once it got the funk, it was pretty hard to eradicate completely. For the second one, we've been much more attentive to it, and there hasn't been any issue at all. The biggest thing is to remember to leave the door open so it can dry out.
Also, FWIW, when we bought the newer one, the sales lady said a common cause of mildew problems is using too much soap. IIRC, she said this applies to the seals on the front, because they're treated somehow to inhibit the growth of mildew, and the excess soap messes that up. I've never bothered to corroborate it, so take it with a grain of salt, but it might be worth looking into if you're having issues.
Originally Posted by otc
But aren't front loaders much easier on your clothes?
This is sf after all...
Yes, and the difference is, in my experience, dramatic.