For many years, top load washing machines were the only choice. Now we are seeing more front loaders coming into the market. When choosing what type of washer is right for your home, there are several factors to consider.
Designing your laundry room, washing habits and the environmental concerns you have are a good start. Do you only wash your own lightweight-clay clothes, or do you have too many children, whose jeans regularly end up with mud and grass art?
Top loaders pros
People gravitate towards top load washers because they are comfortable to operate – no bends. (However, if you are on the short side, you may find it difficult to get clothes from the bottom of the drum.) Top loaders are also easy to clean because there is no gasket to close the lid, which is usually susceptible. The mold and mildew accumulate.
The best top load washer requires less maintenance overall and usually runs faster through wash sessions. You can easily add clothes to the mid-wheel.
Cons of Top Load Washers
Top loaders use a lot of water and detergent. They are not as efficient with more water and energy than front loaders. Because of their design, they can cause more erosion on the fabric, which can cost you more money in the long run. Some items – sleeping bags or even pet beds – can be very large and can cause problematic burdens.
Apart from being noisy to operate, it is not possible to assemble top loading machines, which require more installation space, but if you have a decent sized laundry room, this should not be a problem.
Front loaders pros
Front load washers use drums with side paddles to lift the clothes, and the tub rotation and gravity use only a small amount of water to bring them down. According to Energy Star, certified front loader washers use approximately 45% less energy and 50% less water than an oscillator top-load washing machine. Clothes are washed by repeatedly spraying them with high pressure water instead of soaking the entire tub with water, as top load washers do. Since they do not draw much hot water from your heater and they drain more water from your clothes when they turn, you will see more savings in the long run.
All Consumer Reports Green Choice washers are front loaders because they use less water and energy, are more durable and are designed to be easily repaired and ultimately reused over their lifetime.
When it comes to laundry, front loaders bring home the trophy. They are proven to clean clothes better than top loaders, but are softer on fabrics overall.
Front load washers can also be attached, making it suitable for small spaces.
Cons of front loader washers
High prices sometimes make consumers think twice, but less drying time and less hot water consumption can offset it on the utility front.
Others may be concerned about smelling or mold. For example, if you use the wrong detergent or more, the drum and gaskets are wet between use, making it easier for mold and mildew to germinate. The easiest solution is to wipe the door and gasket between each use and run the wash cycle once a month with a bleach or special drum-cleaner refresh.
Additional Disclaimers: Not all machines allow reversible doors or the inclusion of clothes in the mid-cycle.
What makes more sense for your household? Will your next purchase be a top load washer or will you be buying a front load instead?
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