I've had a front loader for 10 years. Love it.
The best is that I use regular detergent (not HE). But, I use about 3 tablespoons for a full load. An appliance person told me that HE detergent was just watered down (but just as expensive as) regular detergent. So, the savings on detergent, alone, will pay for your machine.
My machine has a button for adding clothes after the wash has started. I always "forget" something, and that feature is very useful. I also have a button for extra spin. My clothes are almost dry when I do that.