FRONT LOAD VS. TOP LOAD WASHERS
Although you might have experience with both front load and top load washing machines, it can still be challenging to determine which type is right for your home. When shopping for a new washing machine, it’s a good idea to consider the general differences between these two models, including door access, console placement, installation flexibility, capacity, wash action and water levels. This guide will help you get started by comparing features between washer types, including elements of design, convenience, capacity, water levels and efficiency.
Learn more about the difference between front loader and top loader washing machines.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN TOP LOAD VS. FRONT LOAD WASHERS?
The biggest difference between front loading and top loading washing machines is in the way you load and unload clothes. On front load models, clothes are inserted through the door at the front of the washer. On top load washers, clothes are inserted by opening the lid on the top of the appliance.
Other differences between top load vs. front load washers include how much water is used, cycle length times and washing action.
Newer front and top load washer models have improved features and capabilities to increase efficiency and convenience, while ensuring the best care for your clothes. Compare the differences of front load vs. top load to help you decide which one’s right for you.
While differences in the way you use top and front load washers may seem subtle, design differences between the two washer types have an impact on how your clothes are cleaned.
2. COMFORT & CONVENIENCE
Washing machines play a major role in helping you manage everyday life by speeding up laundry chores, which is why it’s important to choose a washer that suits your busy lifestyle so you can get you started on the next task on your to-do list. Depending on your preferences, choose a top load or front load washer that suits the needs of your space.
3. SETTINGS AND CONTROL LOCATIONS
While they may look similar at first glance, machine controls are different depending on whether you use a top load or front load washer. Control differences have a direct impact on how your clothes are cleaned, so it’s important to consider the features offered by each washer type carefully.
Depending on your needs, you may require a washing machine that is able to accommodate larger or lighter loads. Before you commit to either a top load or front load washer, consider the size of your average laundry loads and how often you wash your clothes to make the best choice.
5. EFFICIENCY & WATER LEVELS
Due to their operational differences, top load and front load washers use different levels of water to wash clothes. They also generally perform at different efficiency levels.
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WHICH IS BETTER: FRONT LOADERS OR TOP LOADERS?
Front load and top load washers each have their own unique set of benefits. If you’re looking to buy a new washer, take into account the advantages of each machine type before choosing one over the other.
BENEFITS OF FRONT LOAD WASHERS
Front load washers have become increasingly popular due to their performance and efficiency capabilities. Though using less water means longer wash times, the fast spinning drum helps extract water, making for smoother laundry days.
Additional efficiency advantages of front load washers include the following:
Leader in high-efficiency cleaning
Generally uses less water
- Can result in shorter drying times
- Gentle on clothes
BENEFITS OF TOP LOAD WASHERS
If you’re looking for a model with a more traditional design for your home, top load washers offer a familiar appliance set-up that utilizes washing action with an impeller or agitator to keep clothes clean. In addition, the lack of a sealing gasket around the lid of top load washers make them easy to clean and maintain.
Additional benefits of top load washers include the following:
Fast cycle times available
- Choice between agitator or impeller washing designs
- Deep Water Wash functionality on select models
SHOP MAYTAG® TOP LOAD WASHERS
If you choose a top load washer, you’ll need to decide between an agitator or impeller design. Learn more about the differences between agitator and impeller washers or start browsing all Maytag® top load washers. Chosen a top load washer? Here’s how to hook it up when it arrives.
EXPLORE MAYTAG® WASHING MACHINES
Washing machines are the unsung heroes of your laundry room—they’re there to get the job done when you need it. Explore the Maytag brand collection of washer models including our best rated washers and models featuring the Extra Power button to boost stain fighting action on any wash cycle. Power through laundry day with the Maytag® washing machine that’s right for you.
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