The washing machine debate has been going on for generations. Which one is really the best option: a top-loaded washer or a front-loaded washer? Will one be able to clean your clothing or handle heavy linens better than the other? If you are not sure which is right for your home, Alpha Appliance Services breaks down the differences between them to help you decide. 

Model Energy Efficiency

Most modern appliances are now energy-efficient, but front load washers are the most energy-efficient of all types. Front loading washing machines use water more efficiently. They can even use as much as 40% less per load than competing models. If you are looking for a way to cut your energy cost dramatically, buying a front loading washing machine is a great place to start. Front-load washers also use less detergent per load, which will also help you save on expenses.

Washing Speed

One of the main differences between the two models of washing machines is how long it takes to finish a load. For busy families, spending a few hours washing and drying clothes simply is not an option. Of the two, front loaders are around 30% quicker when it comes to spin cycle time. There is less water used and more water removed during the spin cycle, which means your clothes will also dry faster.

Washer Model Ease of Use

When it comes to actual ease of use, top-loading washing machines win hands down. Top loaders sit at a comfortable height and make it easy to remove or add clothes into the machine. If you have trouble with mobility or bending, a top loader is a great choice. Front-loaders usually are sold with a pedestal to help with any height issues if you are keen on buying one. However, with top loaders, you can always add items to your load even after the cycle has started. Front-loaders lock once the cycle starts, so if you miss adding an item, you are out of luck.

Overall Performance & Cost

Both models of washing machines do their job, but overall front load washing machines have a better-rated performance. They use less water, take less time, and use energy more efficiently. Though they spin faster, they are gentle of fabrics. Top-loading machines are easier to load and unload, but overall are harsher on fabrics. The cost is the next big difference. Front-loaders cost more upfront but save you more on energy bills over time. Top loaders are more affordable but use more resources for each load.

How We Can Help

Choosing the right machine for your family involves thinking about your usual washing habits, the type of loads you wash, and the available space you have in your home. Both options have their advantages, and in the end, it comes down to personal preference. Regardless of which option you choose, make sure to contact Alpha Appliance Services for assistance with installation. Or, if you are not quite ready to splurge on a new washing machine, our Richmond Hill appliance repair technicians would be more than happy to take a look at your existing model. Give us a call at (416) 577-5354 to set up an appointment.