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The Differences Between Front and Top Loader Washing Machines

Purchasing a washing machine is not something we do on a regular basis. Often advances in technology make a new machine look complicated next to your old one. Take the time to do your research. It is a long term item, your family dynamics may have changed, your laundry space may have had a makeover and there are great space saving tips that can make your laundry appliance both user friendly and space efficient.

Front Loaders

The upsides

• Tend to be kinder on clothes
• More cost efficient in the long term
• Tend to use less energy and water
• Use less detergent
• Spin cycles are faster therefore drawing more liquid from the garments which will reduce drying time
• Smaller than top loaders so can be placed into smaller spaces
• Can be stacked onto top of a dryer
• Can be hidden away in a bathroom or built in to a kitchen
• Can usually wash at higher temperatures

The downsides

• Initially more expensive to buy
• Few models will allow you to add to the cycle once it has begun
• Extended wash times. In some models a regular wash can take around three hours. Some front loader have a quick wash but are not designed to wash very dirty clothes.

Top loaders

The upsides

• Short wash cycles than front loaders
• Initial cost of purchase is usually cheaper
• They tend to be lighter in weight so can be moved more easily
• Able to add clothes once cycle has started

The downsides

• Generally louder than front loaders
• Can be harsher on clothes
• Will generally use more water
• Use more detergent
• Costs more to run
• Use more energy when washing in warm or hot water