Front Loaders vs Top Loaders – which is best?

Front Loaders vs Top Loaders – which is best?

This is a question that I ask all the time, so for all you out there thinking something similar then let me help. I have been doing some research and to start with there is the obvious difference – top loaders have the washing drum sitting upwards with the agitator in the middle so the water is pushed through and amongst all the items. The front loader, as the name suggests means you load

So why confuse us with the two types?

Here is a little table comparing the two types so we can see a lot more clearly what the differences are and which one would suite you.

Top Loader Front Loader
Efficiency Not great – uses a full drum of water every time Better! – uses a third of the water of a top loader
Space Can’t have anything stacked on top i.e a dryer The best! – Can be paired with a dyer to save space
Clothing Life The best! Because you put the clothes in top – gravity does the work and not the machine so clothes last longer Not great – the agitators in these can be rough and damage clothes
Cost to buy Cheaper More Expensive
Cost to Use Good Great! Using less water and energy saves on those bills!
Convenience Better – Don’t need to bend down to load Hmm – requires you to bend down or kneel to fill up
Forgot an item? Better – you can easily open the lid last minute and add in whatever you have forgotten Not great – Once a front loader starts there is no stopping it!
Availability Good – You can still buy a top loader but they are becoming less popular Better – There are lots of high quality front loaders to choose from


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