Apart from the most obvious point of difference – the location of the loading door – top load and front load washing machines are separated by their capacity, cleaning mechanism, resourcefulness and size – all crucial when you think of a long-term investment. And while top load washing machines are cheaper up-front, the slashed power bills popularly associated with a front load will tempt you towards them.
What trumps a front load washing machine?
The absence of an agitator in a front load means they are gentler on your clothes. A top load comes with a basket with a central agitator that is armed with ridges to push your clothes around, while a front load relies on paddles on the side of the basket that picks up, moves clothes and stirs water while the basket rotates. This gentle tumble wash action protects your clothes from being stretched in the process.
A front load brings with it more space owing to the absence of a central agitator post, meaning you can wash more clothes in a single cycle. Less rounds mean big savings on electricity bills. Their reputed quicker drying cycles also will save you on power.
Water and detergent efficient
A top load washing machine usually requires its basket to be completely filled with water during wash cycles. A front load easily uses just half of the same. With detergents too, minimal detergent (1/3rd of a top load) is what you need if you don’t want your laundry station to be filled with water and froth.
Rest assured your laundry will not wake you up in the middle of the night. Many front loads boast of a vibration control that stabilizes the internal basket/drum, ensuring the machine is still and not rattling.
Works out well commercially. With the loading door on the side of a front door washer, you can stack them on top of each other to save you space in the laundry room.
More wash programmes and features
Because all front load washing machines are fully automatic, expect a lot more additional functions such as baby care, pre-wash for tough stains, sterilize wash, fewer speed fluctuations etc. for customised laundry needs.