We are in the market for a new washer and dryer and you know what the big debate is? Front loader or top loader? Well we’ve done our research and come up with the pros and cons. Let’s discuss…
Top loading washing machines have a lower price point. The top loading machine and matching dryer sit side-by-side making transferring clothes between the two very easy and comfortable. You can start the load and still open the lid to add clothes or use the warm water to hand wash a garment, this is a big pro in our eyes.
For a long time you could only get a top loader with the agitator in the center which would rough up the clothes. This is what made the front loader machines more appealing because they didn’t need an agitator, but now there are top loaders with no central agitator. Top loading machines also use almost double the amount of water than a front loader. So even though they are more affordable upfront, they will cost more overtime.
If you have limited space, the front loaders are a great option since they can stack on top of each other. Front loading machines have no need for an agitator so your clothes won’t get snagged or ruined. They use one third the amount of water, energy and detergent as a top loading machine. Even though they cost more upfront, they will save you a lot of money every month. They were designed to function in a closet or second floor so most front loader machines have a vibration control feature that stabilizes the drum so you don’t hear rage rattle, making these machines extremely quiet.
Once you hit the start button on a font loading machine, there’s no turning back. If you forgot to put something in, you can not open that door to add an item. If you have a bad back these machines can be a pain when loading and unloading since the openings are not at arm level, the washing machine will be really low and the dryer will be really high up.