When you’re planning to invest in a new washing machine, it’s understandable that you want to do plenty of research. Washing machines aren’t cheap, and it’s a purchase that you’ll be stuck with for a long time. You don’t want to regret your choice.
For a lot of homeowners, the first step is deciding between a top-loading and front-loading washer. Once you figure out which type of model is best for your needs, the overall decision gets much easier.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at how top-loaders and front-loaders compare!
- Top-loader: You can fill and empty it while standing upright.
- Front-loader: You have to crouch down and hunch over (unless you install it on a special pedestal). This could be bad for people with back problems or limited stability.
- Top-loader: Most models with the conventional agitator are rough on clothing. The agitator is essential, though, because otherwise the laundry would just be idly soaking in soapy water.
- Front-loader: These models use gravity to naturally agitate laundry without beating it up. They are also better at extracting water because they can reach higher spin speeds.
- Top-loader: These require more water and energy to operate.
- Front-loader: These are designed to require significantly less water and energy to operate, thanks to the way they leverage the power of gravity.
- Top-loader: These models can only be positioned side-by-side with dryers, since the top of the unit needs to remain accessible.
- Front-loader: These models offer more flexibility with installation, as they can be stacked underneath dryers or placed next to them.
- Top-loader: These units are very low maintenance because there’s nowhere for water and moisture to get trapped.
- Front-loader: They’re prone to mold and mildew buildup inside the rubber door gasket. Therefore, they require more attention and regular cleaning.
- Top-loader: Unless you opt for a high-efficiency model with an impeller instead of an agitator, top-loaders generally have a lower price tag.
- Front-loader: Due to their efficient design and more powerful cleaning capabilities, front-loaders are typically more expensive.
Each type of washing machine has its advantages and disadvantages, but on the whole, we believe front-loading washers are superior. If you can afford the price tag up front, you should seriously consider a front-loader.
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