The great debate: front loader or top loader washing machine?

Not quite sure which washing machine you should opt for? Here is an ultimate guide of the pros and cons of both front and top loaders.

Of course, there’s no right or wrong answer when picking a washing machine – it all depends on your lifestyle and personal preference. Nevertheless, there are pros and cons to each design, ones that may influence your decision more than others depending on what matters to you.

We’ve comprised a list of the good and not-so-good of both front and top loader washing machines to help make your decision easier.

It’s good to keep in mind that if your laundry is small or if you live in an apartment with no clothesline, a washer dryer combo is a space-saving option that will provide you with the 2-in-1 functions!

Front loader

  • Gentler on clothes
  • Longer wash cycles
  • Generally uses significantly less water
  • Generally more expensive
  • Generally uses less energy due to the horizontal drum benefitting from gravity
  • Potentially more creased clothing due to the higher spin speeds (unless there’s an anti-crease cycle)
  • Uses less detergent
  • Most won’t let you add forgotten items once the cycle has started
  • More specific setting options
  • Heavy to move
  • Higher temperature wash options
  • Generally have a smaller capacity than top loaders
  • Cost less to run
  • Some may rinse poorly in comparison to top loaders due to low water usage
  • Higher spin speeds, which gets more water out and speeds up drying time
  • Best for small spaces
  • Stackable to put a dryer above it

Top loader

  • Faster normal program wash cycles
  • Generally harsher on clothes
  • Generally cheaper to purchase
  • Uses up more water
  • Generally has a better rinse performance
  • Uses more detergent
  • Easy to add more clothes in once the cycle has started
  • Costs more to run
  • Lighter to move
  • Creates more lint due to the friction of clothes during the cycle
  • Slightly more reliable in comparison to front loaders
  • Not stackable
  • More energy efficient when using cold water
  • Less bending to retrieve clothes – a good option for people with back problems


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