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Front Loading vs. Top Loading Washer

Posted on April 25, 2012 by Lyndsee Campbell

Front-loading washerSooner or later, nearly all of us will face the daunting task of buying a new washing machine.  Ten years ago, the biggest decisions we had to make when doing so were which brand to buy and the number of features we wanted it to have.  Nowadays, we’re also faced with the choice of whether to buy a traditional top loading machine or one that loads in front.  What follows is a list of factors to consider when making your decision.

Efficiency – When it comes to saving time and money, the front loading machine wins hands down.  Top loading machines require enough water to cover the entire load of clothes in the basket, whereas their front loading counterparts only need 1/3 of that amount because their drums sit horizontally inside of them.  This means less water left in the laundry, shorter drying times and lower energy bills.  Moreover, front loading machines don’t have agitators, which enables them to wash larger loads.  Larger loads for the machines mean fewer loads for us.

Cost – There’s no denying that decent front loading machines cost more than top loading ones, but rest assured that your initial investment will be recouped in lower water and energy costs, as well as time saved.

Ergonomics – You’ll want to stay with a top-loading machine if you have problems bending or kneeling, which are necessary in order to load and unload front-loading machines.

Detergents – While you can use any kind of detergent in a top-loading machine, your options for a front-loading one may be limited by the manufacturer.  Most of them suggest using an HE low-sudsing detergent.  With a steady increase in sales of front-loaders, those types of detergents are fairly easy to find.

Clothing Life – Agitators found in top-loading machines are tough on clothes.  Front-loaders rely on gravity, which means that your clothes and linens will enjoy longer lives.

Space – Most front-loading washers can be stacked with companion dryers, which obviously isn’t possible with top-loading machines.  If your floor space is limited, a front-loader is your best bet.

If you’re looking to avoid the chore and expense of investing in a new washing machine, let Laundry Care help.  We’ll pick-up your dirty laundry and return it to you washed, folded and ready to put away.  Give us a call today to schedule your first service.