Washer Dilemmas: Front Loader or Top Loader?

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Embrace yourself – Boxing Day is coming! Shops hire additional staff, appliance delivery companies buy bigger trucks and people, who want to replace their old washing machine, keep asking the same question:  “Front loader or top loader?”

Well, we cannot provide the Absolute Answer on the question – which one will be your next? Instead, we will try to give you some useful information to help with this decision: which is better, a front load washer or a top load washer?

Here are the factors to consider when you choose between the front load washer and top load washer.


How does your laundry room look like? If it is just a small niche inside of the apartment, or your appliances are sitting underneath some sort of a counter top, most probably you will give up the idea of buying a top loader washing machine. Front loader will sit there, it will be very approachable and even will give you an option to stuck the drier on top of it.

On the other hand – if your laundry place is spacious but narrow (like a walk-in closet), top loader will fit much better.




Any front loader uses twice less water for one load of clothes in average, compared to the classic top loader (the one with an agitator pillar inside). It also uses less energy and spins the load at a faster speed, expelling more water out of the clothes and thus making the dryer job easier later.

But here comes the newer type of top loader – the High Efficiency one (without an agitator inside), and this guy gets close to the front loader in terms of efficiency and effectiveness.


Here, top loaders have a clear advantage. You do not need to bend your back or knees while loading (as opposed to front loaders). And the bad odour issue, common in front loaders (which we discussed here) does not really apply to top loaders.


Repair issues are various in both types, when the crucial difference is the drum bearing. In front loaders the bearing is highly susceptible to damage because of the drum position. The drum (inner tub) is supposed to “hang in the air” horizontally, supported mostly by the bearing itself. Broken bearing leads to very costly repair quotes, which are not accepted by most appliance repair customers, who prefer to buy a new washing machine instead.

Top loaders’ inner tub is standing vertically, and this definitely brings less pressure and less overloading on the spinning parts, promising longer and healthier life for your washing machine.

So, the choice is yours! Good luck!

This original article is written by one of the APPFIX Inc. Appliance Technicians based on his professional experience, and this is an intellectual property of this website. No part of this article can be reproduced in a digital or a printed form without a written permission of APPFIX Inc.

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