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. Newer models of front and top load washers have improved features and capabilities to increase efficiency and convenience, while ensuring the best care for your clothes.

 

When shopping for a new washing machine, it’s a good idea to consider the features of top vs. front load washers, including design, convenience, capacity, water levels and efficiency. Our guide will help you get started by comparing these features and more.

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN TOP LOADING VS. FRONT LOADING WASHERS

Compare the differences of front load vs. top load to help you decide which one’s right for you.

 

 

TOP LOAD WASHER

FRONT LOAD WASHER

1. Design Top Load Washer Top load washers open from the top. Wash action is driven by an impeller or an agitator. Matching dryers still open from the front. Front Load Washer On front load washers, the door swings open from the front. Washer and dryer pairs are stackable for small or vertical spaces.
2. Comfort & Convenience Top Load Washer With top load washers, it might be harder to reach the bottom of the washer depending on your height or the height of the washer. Front Load Washer Front load washers 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.
3. Controls Top Load Washer On top load washers, the controls are located on top, toward the back. Front Load Washer On front load washers, the controls are on the front, toward the top.
4. Capacity Top Load Washer 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.

Front Load Washer Front load washers are also available in larger capacities. Since there is no agitator in the middle, front load washers have more space for clothes compared to similar sized top load models with agitators.
5. Efficiency & Water Levels Top Load Washer Many top load washers use lower water levels to meet efficiency standards and deliver more optimal cleaning results with a higher concentration of detergent. However, there are models that let you add more water to select cycles — like the Deep Fill option from Maytag. Front Load Washer Front load models that use HE (high-efficiency) detergent use lower water levels and concentrated cleaning. This means you probably don’t need to use as much detergent as you might be used to.
A Maytag front load washing machine with the door open.

FRONT LOAD WASHERS: ADVANCES IN EFFICIENCY

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. This means shorter drying times, which is good news on laundry day.

 

A Maytag top load washing machine.

TOP LOAD WASHERS: DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS

If you choose a top load washer, you’ll need to decide between an agitator or impeller. Learn more about the differences between agitator and impeller washers or start browsing all Maytag® top load washers.

A top load agitator washing machine cleaning clothes.

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.

 

A top load impeller washing machine rinsing clothes.

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.

Maytag® front and top load washing machines.

TAP INTO THE POWER OF EXTRA POWER

Some stains dissolve best in hot water. Others in cold. With the push of the Extra Power button, Maytag fights both in a single load by boosting stain-fighting performance on any wash cycle with a dual-temperature wash.

READY TO FIND YOUR NEXT WASHER?

See what Maytag has to offer and zero in on the right washer for you.

Discover the differences between agitator and impeller washers to help determine which suits you best.

Browse Maytag® large capacity front- and top-load washers built to tackle your largest loads.

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