Softer Towels in front loader at Last!!!!
Unlike adding fabric softeners to towels washed in a slow spin speed top loader that leaves them gummy and unabsorbent, I added A LOT of fabric softener (all the way up to the max fill) to a load full of towel in my Miele W1215 as an experiment. BINGO! They came out softer and fluffier and surprisingly with plenty of absorbency.
FYI, I was using Gain Original Scent fabric softener. Not sure if this is the same formula P&G uses for the Downy line but you may want to give it a shot.