What’s Right for You–A Front or Top Load Washing Machine?

If you’re on the market for a new washing machine, then you will face the choice: Should I get a Front-Load or Top-Load Washing Machine? Of course, it is economical and resourceful to find parts to repair your old washing machine. However, we all upgrade eventually, and when we do, it’s nice to get the most out of your money.

Your choice will ultimately affect how much you spend on water and sewage. But it will also affect how well your washer cleans and how many wash cycles your clothes can survive before becoming threadbare.

Let’s explore the advantages and disadvantages of each type, so that you will be better informed before taking the dive on such a large purchase.



-Short Wash Cycles

-Simple Wash Cycles


-May not accommodate bulky items well

-Uses more water than a front-load

-Won’t clean as deeply as a front-loader with a steam cycle

-Cannot be stacked



-Cleans deeply, especially with steam cycles

-Highly efficient: These use less water and allow clothes to be dried faster

-Can be stacked

-Sophisticated wash cycles allow for advanced customization


-Long Wash Cycles

-Very expensive, compared to more reasonable top-loaders

A front-load washing machine and dryer pair.

What’s the Verdict–Which Washing Machine Should You Get?

As any good lawyer might tell you, it depends. It depends on the size of your laundry space, the bulkiness of your clothes, how much water you need per cycle, and how dirty your clothes are when they begin a cycle.

However, for most people, the cheaper alternative of a High Efficiency Top-Load Washing Machine is definitely a safe, surefire choice. An HE Top Load saves water (though not as much as a side load) and allows for good cleaning of moderately dirty clothes that aren’t too bulky.

The Front Load Washing Machine is ideal in tight areas where stacking is an option. It should also be the preference of those with lots of bulky items, such as washable winter coats and bedspreads, or those who need a high level of customization for each cycle.

At the end of the day, the choice depends on your budget, space, and needs. Tell us: how do you like your washing machine? Do you have a preference for top or front load washing machines? Let us know in the comments section below. We would love to hear from you.

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