Discover the differences between front load versus top load washers

Front Load vs. Top Load Washers


Dive into this side-by-side comparison on the differences of front load vs. top load to help you decide.


top load washer

front load washer

Design Opens from the top. Wash action is driven by an impeller or an agitator. Matching dryers still open from the front.  Reversible door swings open from the front. Pairs are stackable for small or vertical spaces.
Controls Toward the back, on top On the front, toward the top
Capacity Top load models have a wide range of capacities based on price points but usually offer the largest capacities available. See the largest capacity agitator washer available at 6.0 cu. ft.1 from Maytag. Like impeller models, front load washers may provide greater capacity since there is no agitator in the middle.
Water Levels Many top load washers use lower water levels to meet today’s efficiency standards. However, there are models that let you add more water to select cycles — like the Deep Fill option from Maytag. Models that use HE detergent use lower water levels and concentrated cleaning so you probably don’t need to use as much detergent as you might be used to.
Comfort May be harder to reach the bottom of the wash basket depending on your height or the height of the washer. May require a bit of bending or reaching. A simple solution: laundry pedestals. Pedestals bring your appliances to a more convenient height and some offer storage for detergent and fabric softener.


Front load washers have led the way in high-efficiency cleaning. Similar to top load impeller washers, they use specialized wash actions that help fabrics rub against each other to work out stains. Though using less water means longer wash times, the fast spinning drum helps extract water. So good news — shorter dry times.


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Maytag front load washing machine

How Top Load Brings Design Options vs. Front load

If you choose top load over front load, you’ll also need to choose between an agitator or impeller. Take a deeper dive on the differences or start browsing all Maytag® top load washers.


Agitator Washers

These models clean clothes by moving them against the agitator — the central post in the wash basket — and some give you the option to add more water on select cycles.


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Impeller Washers

These models use a specialized disc that creates friction between clothes for dirt and stain fighting. This type of wash action requires less water, which also helps meet today’s energy standards.


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