Ask the Furniture Expert – Mike Turner
Top Load vs Front Load Washers…Pro & Cons
Conventional Top Load Pros
- Cost, top load wins hands down.
- Being able to add a garment during wash cycle.
- Uncomplicated control panel.
- Not having to bend down load & unload.
- Shorter wash cycle.
- Can use conventional detergents, but can use HE detergents in small amounts.
Conventional Top Load Cons
- Cannot be stacked.
- Do not clean as well.
- Require more water to cover all clothes in drum.
- Lower spin rpm, requiring more drying time.
- Smaller drum capacity due to agitator, which is harsher on clothing.
- Has higher cost of operation.
Front Load Pros
- Larger capacity.
- Can be stacked in smaller areas
- Uses less water (40 gallons for top load vs 10-18 gallons).
- Uses half the electricity.
- Gentler on clothes.
- With added steam cycle & water heater, kills 99.9% Of germs & bacteria.
- Higher spin cycle (1100-1400 rpm), less drying time.
- Up front electronic touch controls
Front Load Cons
- Water build up on door gasket can cause mildew, must be wiped down after each use.
- Should be cleaned once a month.
- Bending down to load & unload washer (or dryer), optional pedestals are available at extra cost.
- Garments cannot be added after door is locked.