One of the first things you need to decide when buying a new washing machine is whether a front-loader or top-loader washing machine is best. Let’s look at the pros and cons.
Top-loading washing machines
A top loader allows you to add clothes via the top of the washing machine unit. As a result, the drum normally has a bigger capacity for clothes but the machine will generally use more water and be more difficult to fit into your home.
Advantages of top-load washing machines
- They are often cheaper to buy
- They can rinse clothes more thoroughly due to the drum size and water usage
- They have a quicker wash cycle
- They are lightweight and easy to reposition or move around as compared to a front loader
Disadvantages of top-load washing machines
While buying a top-loader might save you money in the short-term, it’s important you consider some of the disadvantages of the model before deciding if it is for you:
- They typically use more water and energy
- The wash programmes may be less gentle on clothes due to how the drum rotates
- They can take up more space than front-loading machines and cannot be stored under countertops
Front-loading washing machines
Front-loading washing machines are those which allow you to put clothes in through a door on the front of the machine. This may mean that their overall capacity is lower than a top-loading machine, but they’re also likely to use less water.
Advantages of front-load washing machines
Commonly purchased by families and those with small homes, front-loading washing machines are popular for the following advantages they offer:
- They generally last longer
- They don’t use as much water as top-loading washing machines
- They don’t use as much energy as top-loading washing machines
- They fit conveniently under worktops to make them a good space-saver