Front Load vs Top Load Washing Machines

Posted by Haley Waple on 3/22/2018 to Appliance Maintenance
Front Load vs Top Load Washing Machines

If you're in the market for a new washing machine and you're torn between a top loading and a front loading washing machine there are some things you want to consider. Here are the difference between a top loading and front loading washing machine.

  1. Structure:

Front-loading - the basket is placed in the horizontal direction with no use of agitator. here are paddles on the side of the basket which helps move the clothes and stir water while the basket rotates.

Top Loading - has a basket placed in vertical position. At the center of the basket there is one agitator placed on the vertical axis.

  1. Basket Capacity

Front Loading - You can fit more clothes because there is not agitator in the center.

Top Loading - Can’t fit a lot of clothes in it because of the agitator.

  1. Electricity Usage

Front - Loading - Since there is no agitator and there is more space for clothes it increases approximately 20% to 30% space for clothes. It also takes you less time to clean clothes.

Top Loading - Use more energy because it will require you to run more loads as opposed to the front loading.

  1. Water & Detergent Use

Front- Loading - Uses less water to wash clothes, therefore less detergent is needed. You are limited as to what detergent you can use in your front-loading washing machine. You have to use an efficient detergent or less of your regular detergent in front-loading otherwise your laundry room will be filled with froth. Front-loading washing machines use about half the amount of water a top-loading washing machine uses. That means a cheaper water bill!

Top-Loading - Use more water, therefore more detergent is needed to clean you clothes. You can use whatever detergent you want in top-loading but not front loading.

  1. Space Consumption

Front-Loading - They are compact and you can stack a front-loading washing machine on top of a dryer or the other way around. So you save room in your laundry room if it is small.

Top- Loading - You can’t stack them on top of each other.


So which one will you choose? A front loading or top loading washing machine?


If you need to purchase any parts for your washing machine you can find an oem replacement part on our website.

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