When shopping for a new washer and dryer set, one of your first decisions you need to make is whether you will opt for a front load washer or a top load washer.
Front load washers are the "newer" design compared to conventional top load washers, but that may be about the only difference you really know. No worries, we're here to help!
Here we explain what the differences are between front load and top load washers to help you make the right decision.
Doing laundry is work. This is especially true if you have a large household and find yourself doing laundry just about everyday. It requires some effort on your end so you will want to consider how convenient each design is to use.
A front load washer requires you to physically lift clothes to the top of the unit to put them in the tub, whereas a front load washer requires you to bend over to load it from the front.
Generally speaking, most people find the top load washer easier because you can just plop clothes down into the tub instead of having to strain your back and shove it in (and keep clothes from falling out). You can bring a front load washer closer to your level by placing a laundry pedestal underneath it.
When time is not on your side, you want a washer that can sufficiently clean your clothes in a jiffy.
TodaTop load washers with agitators are able to wash a complete load in around 30 minutes while top load washers without agitators (that use an impeller instead) can take about 50 minutes.
Front load washers usually take the longest at around 60 minutes.
Whether a front load or top load washer cleans better will also depend on the model and brand you purchase than the design.
In general, top load washers with agitators tend to be rough on clothes and don't fit large items like pillows or comforters as well.
Front load washers are gentler and can handle larger items. Tests conducted on soil levels found that front load washers do tend to clean better, but top load washers are still able to clean very well.
Top load washers fill up the tub and surround clothes in water and use an agitator or impeller to agitate fabrics while front load washers only use enough water to saturate each item and rely on gravity to agitate fabrics.
Front load washers not only use less water, they are also able to remove more water front your items so they will dry faster, ultimately using less energy as well.
Finally, you may be asking yourself which item is friendly on your wallet. While this will depend on which brand and model you decide on, top load washers are generally less expensive than their front load counterparts.
However, before you jump for the cheapest unit, you will want to also consider how much water and energy each unit uses to compare which one could save you in the long run.
There are also features and styles to consider that provide a value as well.
Then visit your local Mountain High Appliance. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can help you find the right front load or top load washer and dryer set to perfectly match you.