If you are considering purchasing a new washing machine, one of the first decisions you will need to make is whether to purchase a front loading or a top loading washing machine.
Only in the past decade or so have front loading machines been made available to purchase for our households. Traditionally front loading machines were used in Laundromats for more of commercial use. These days you will find front loading machines in the majority of households.
If you are space conservative and don’t have much room, a front loading machine can be stacked with the dryer. A top loading machine does not allow you to stack the dryer and washer together (except for a few models). If floor space is important for you as in many condos and townhomes, a front loading machine is your only choice.
If you are concerned about bending to get your clothes in to the front loading machines, you may consider laundry pedestals that can be purchased separately. It not only gives you added height but also storage space for detergents, soaps, bleach. Etc.
The traditional top loading washer does its job well, compared with the washing drums and rollers previous generations used. The washer’s tub sits vertically in the machine and has an agitator in the middle that churns the water and clothes together, forcing water through the items. It drains, refills with clean water, and agitates, again, drains, rinses and spins. The front loading machine follows the same basic method, but has many advantages over the standard top loaders.
The front loading machine’s greatest advantage may well be its energy efficiency, Nearly every model bears the Energy Star label.
While a top loading machine requires enough water to cover all the clothes in its drum, a front loading washer needs only a third of that amount because its drum is set horizontally in the machine. As the drum turns, the clothes drop back into the water. And while a top loading machine will empty the soapy water and refill for a rinse agitation cycle, a front loading machine just sprays clean water on the load as the drum continues to turn, saving liters. Since there’s no agitator in a front loading machine, there’s a lot more room for dirty clothes and larger loads means fewer loads.
The front loading machine’s spin mechanism can reach up to 1400 rpm, as opposed to the standard top loader’s average 850 rpm. That means less water left in the laundry, which in turn gives you a shorter drying time, saving energy there, too.
Also keep in mind the wear and tear that top loading machine will cause on your clothes due to the agitator, as opposed to the front loading machine where most of the cleaning is done by clothes falling back down on each other.
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