Top-Load vs Front-Load Washers: Which One is Better for You?
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Top-Load vs Front-Load Washers: Which One is Better for You?

There are two configurations of washing machine: top-loading washing machines and front-loading washing machines. Having either one will save you enormous amounts of time and energy over the life of the appliance, but which style is right for you? It can be hard to tell, given the advancements in washing technology that have happened recently, but the experts at Appliances Connection are here to help you choose the right style of washer for your needs. Whether you end up with a front loader or a top loader, we want you to make the most out of your purchase.

How Do Top-Load Washing Machines Work?

How Do Top-Load Washing Machines Work

Top-loading washing machines use either an impeller or an agitator to move your clothes in circles around a drum that is oriented vertically. In top-loaders with agitators, there's a large spindle in the middle of the drum that moves the clothes up and down in the water as they are spun around the drum. In washing machines with impellers, there's a flat disc at the bottom of the drum.

How Do Front-Load Washing Machines Work?

How Do Front-Load Washing Machines Work

Front-loading washing machines use gravity to agitate the clothes: the drum is oriented horizontally, and as it spins, your clothes move around in it and are cleaned. This style of washing machine typically has a gasket and locking mechanism on the door to prevent leakage.

What Type of Home Is Each Best For?

What Type of Home Is Each Best For
What Type of Home Is Each Best For

Both front-loaders and top-loaders have their advantages. Top-loading washing machines are only available in a side-by-side configuration, but they typically have a larger capacity than front-loading washing machines. Many front-loading washing machines, on the other hand, are stackable, allowing you to save space in a smaller home. Top-loading washing machines can be difficult for short people or people with disabilities to empty, while front-loaders make it easier to access the whole drum at once.

What Is Each Better at Washing?

What Is Each Better at Washing
What Is Each Better at Washing

When it comes to washing heavily soiled heavy-duty clothing (such as work clothes that have had mud splashed on them), a top-loading washing machine with an agitator is second to none. For delicate items such as bras and dress clothes, however, a front-loader is more useful. Many LG washers use 6Motion™ technology to move the drum in six distinct motions, optimizing the agitation of your clothes no matter what they are.

Which Uses Less Water?

Which Uses Less Water
Which Uses Less Water

In general, front-loading washers use less water per load, because they tend to have a smaller capacity than top-loaders. However, if you choose an ENERGY STAR™-rated washer that's been manufactured recently, you'll find a variety of efficient, water-saving features regardless of the configuration you choose.

Which Is Easier to Clean?

Which Is Easier to Clean
Which Is Easier to Clean

One of the best ways to extend the life of your washing machine is to keep it clean. Top-loading washing machines tend to need cleaning less often, as they have better drainage and dry out faster, but it's also harder to scrub the entire drum while working around the agitator or impeller. Front-loading washing machines, meanwhile, are prone to water buildup, meaning that you should clean them more often (and always remember to leave the door open every time you're done with the laundry).

Related Questions

How many years should a washing machine last?

In general, a washing machine should last you between 10 and 13 years. Top-loading washers tend to last a little longer than front-loaders.

What can damage a washing machine?

Hard, metal items such as coins and keys are the number one cause of damage to the drum of a washing machine. Always make sure your pockets are empty before putting clothes into your washer! Fibrous items such as tissues can clog the drain of your washer, as well.