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Washing machine front load or top load: what you need to acquire?

If you are looking for a washing machine, one of the first decisions that you must make is whether to buy a front-loading washer or a top load. These machines treat your clothes very differently and there are many factors that might influence your purchase, from the price to the layout of your laundry room. Both types have pros and cons, and there are big differences in price, its consumption of energy and the type of detergent that you need. Consider these factors ahead of time can help you to choose between one or the other. To understand its operation it also helps.

With so many things to think about, what you should you do? We are here to help you.

Where are you going to put?

They say that “love puts on one’s knees”; the same can be said of the front-loading washers. Even with a base, it is necessary to incline a little, and there is no time that we are not to drop a sock (or quarter) at the time of passing the clothes to the dryer. However, some are stackable (not all), which makes them more suitable for an apartment or a small house and facilitates the process of transfer of clothing.

Something not to be forgotten is where the door is opened: you would not want to limit your access to its interior by the fault of a door that opens half. Fortunately some brands (such as Electrolux) offer reversible doors. Similarly, if you have a shelf too low, or you want to empotrarla under your kitchen, the lid of a top load will be a problem.

How do you clean?

There are two types of washing machines top load: those that have agitators and high-efficiency models that do not have them, although some of these have impellers. The standard models with agitator will probably seem to you knew in your childhood: the drum has a post in the center. That is the agitator.

Are you ready to confuse you more? There are two types of mixers: single action and double action. The variety of simple, usually has fins large below and small above. These rotate and help the clothes to circulate through the drum. The agitators are of a dual action also have fins on the bottom, which function as the simple action, but the top is a spiral. The top part rotates independently to push the clothes down.

Washers high efficiency top load may not have a stirrer, and may have an impeller. These seem to agitators shorts. They occupy less space but also spinning, creating currents that agitate the clothes through the drum. The impellers could be tapered or have fins. The top-loading, high-efficiency impellers might also have a drum that acts as more of a front-loading, rotating faster than the agitators.

The problem with agitators is that they use a mechanical action to wash the clothes and that can hurt the garments. The drivers tend to be more soft.

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The front-loading washers do not have agitators, but the back of the drum could be in the form of a sort of flat cone. Around the drum, usually there are vanes that help to wash the clothes. The drum normally rotates to both sides and the lack of the agitator makes this type of washing machines try the clothes better.

The cycles vary greatly between washing machines and will depend on the size of the load, the level of dirt and other functions that you can customize. Normally, the cycles of front-loading may vary between half an hour and 50 minutes.

Do a lot of water, little water?

When the front-loading began to appear on the market, many people are not pleased with the amount of water used – or better said, not used. The top load with agitators used to fill the tub help the clothes to float, so that it can move better and take advantage of the mechanical action of the agitator. But the top-loading, as well as the high efficiency top load, use much less water because the drum moves and lifts and then drop them on water. How much water are we talking about? Samsung claims that its front-loading washers use about 13 gallons of water per cycle, while top-loading use up to 28.

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So many people are so attached to washing machines down on wasteful water that GE added a button, optional “full deep” to some top-loaders so you can add more water to the cycles. It really is not very clear if this leaves the clothes more clean, because in the tests, the front load exceeds consistently the top-loading.

A lot of energy

The top-loaders can’t compete with the front-loading in terms of energy efficiency. That does not mean that the top load may not be efficient; the amount of kilowatts per year varies greatly between a washing machine and another. For example, the Samsung WA50M7450AW, top-loading, left behind the GE GTW460ASJWW, front-loading, as far as efficiency is concerned.


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The capabilities are similar; the top-loading ranging between 4.1 and 5.2 cubic feet, and the front-loading ranging from 4.2 to 4.9 cubic feet. However, there are top-loaders with mega-capacity for 6 cubic feet or more. While your washing machine has 4.5 cubic feet of space, you’ll be able to put your quilt size king size or between seven and nine kilos of dirty clothes. Regardless of the size, a stirrer will affect the way in which content is being deployed and will reduce the capacity a bit.

The washing machine is also dirty

A topic that came about when we started to use the front-loading washers was the mold. The door is sealed, so the insides of the machines can get stinky. In response to this, many manufacturers began to include cycles of autolavado and many owners leave the door open between washes to help evaporate the water.

The price

Originally, the front-loading they were much more expensive, but their prices have gone down in recent years. It is true that they tend to be closer to $1,000 than $500, but you can find some large capacity with great features for $600 to $700 dollars. The high-efficiency top-loading tend to be more expensive than models with agitator and can cost more than some front-loading, depending on their capacity and functions.

However, outside of the deals you can find, it is difficult to find a good front-loading washing machine for less than $600. The top-loading, for their part, look very tempting when you can find on sale for under $400.

The verdict

If you still want a top load, you are not alone. We are all accustomed to this type of machine. However, the front-loading gain in terms of cleaning power and efficiency, especially related to the use of water. If the front load fit your budget definitely have important advantages over their thirsty counterparts.

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