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Top Load vs. Front Load: Which Washer Is Best for Me?

by Isabelle

Top Load vs. Front Load Which Washer Is Best for Me

When it comes to picking out a new laundry pair, deciding between top load or front load isn’t a matter of ‘what’s best’, but more a matter of ‘what’s best for me’. There are many advantages for both types of machine so it is ultimately up to what you prefer and what works best for your home. Here’s a short list we hope will help in your decision-making.

Front Load Washer

Front Load Washer A front load washer is for you if:

  • Your laundry room is tight on space, this washer can be stacked.
  • You want to wash more items at once and accommodate bulky items, without sacrificing cleaning performance. The front load washer’s large capacity allows for this.
  • You want to add in the power of steam! Many units also let you add steam to the wash cycle to improve stain removal. Several brands offer steam power in both front load washers and their dryers.
  • You want to be energy efficient. Front-loading machines are the most energy efficient since their wash cycle uses less water and the high spin speed of front load washers extract more moisture from wet loads, which means you can also cut down on drying time.

Top Load Washer

Top Load Washer A top load washer is for you if:

  • You have limited movement or would like to limit the bending required to load from the front.
  • You’re a little forgetful and want the freedom some top-loaders still offer to add laundry after the cycle has started.
  • A short wash time is important to you.
  • You are on a second floor or you want to minimize vibration from the spin cycle.
  • You do laundry infrequently (they are at the cottage) and don’t want musty scents or mildew to grow.
  • You find its control panel uncomplicated and intuitive-to-operate.

Still need help deciding what washer will work best for you? Visit your local BrandSource store and one of our appliance experts can help you pick out the perfect laundry pair.

Further reading What to Look for When Buying a New Washer and Dryer

Isabelle, Your Appliance Expert