Front Load Washing Machine Versus a Top Load Washing Machine

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Front Load Washing Machine Versus a Top Load Washing Machine

When it comes to a washing machine, there are two main types: front load and top load. Some people swear by one type, while others find the other type superior. So, which is the best for you? Here’s a look at some of the pros and cons of each type to help you decide.

I’ve had both in my time, and I definitely have a preference for one over the other.

But which is better? A lot of people are very passionate about one or the other. But what is good for you may not necessarily be good for someone else, it depends on your situation.

Here are the pros and cons of both!

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Considerations in choosing a Top Loader or a Front Loader

There are a lot of things to think about when you’re choosing a new washing machine. Should you go for a top loader or a front loader? What features are important to you? In this section, we’ll take a look at the pros and cons of each type of machine, to help make your decision easier.

We’ll also discuss the different features available on each type of machine, so you can decide what’s most important to you. So, let’s get started!

Taking practicality into account – there are a few vital questions you should ask yourself before deciding.

They are:

  • Are you on town water or tank water?
  • Are you washing items like greasy work uniforms on a regular basis?
  • Are you passionate about environmental factors and want to save water and energy?
  • Do you have limited space in your laundry?
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Front Loading Washing Machine

A front-loading washing machine is a type of washing appliance that allows the user to load laundry from the front of the machine, rather than from the top. This type of appliance is typically more efficient than a top-loading washing machine, as it uses less water and energy.

Additionally, front-loading washing machines typically have a larger capacity than top-loading washing machines, making them ideal for large families or those who do a lot of laundries. While front-loading washing machines may cost more upfront, they can save you money in the long run due to their increased efficiency.


  • Now come with larger drums, so you can buy a 10kg front loading now.
  • No agitator, so it is gentler on your clothing and towels.
  • Front loaders are usually more energy efficient.
  • Front Loaders rarely have ‘balance’ issues.
  • As they don’t have an agitator, you can usually fit in larger items like blankets, quilts, and doonas.
  • They look nicer than Top Loaders.
  • Front Loaders are usually quieter than Top Loaders
  • Typically uses less water.
  • You have to use special ‘low suds’ detergent.
  • You can stack a dryer up on top with a special mat – so they don’t take up a lot of room.


  • Can often have loads of mould problems in the seals of the doors.
  • Takes AGES for a cycle to run. Sometimes up to three hours. The very long hours of waiting waiting waiting. (In saying that some models do have an express cycle that washes in 15 – 20 mins, but not all of them do!)
  • You can’t just ‘pop open the machine to put in a random sock you found after you have already hit the go button.
  • I don’t think they clean as well as top loaders do.
  • Personally – front loaders seem to break down all the bloody time!!!!!

Recommended Front Loading Washing Machines

Are you in the market for a new washing machine? If so, you may want to consider front-load machines. Front loading washers have many advantages over top loading washing machines. We’ll recommend a few models that are currently available on the market.

Bosch Serie 8 9kg Front Load Washing Machine

The Bosch Serie 8 washing machine is a great choice for anyone looking for a high-quality, reliable washing appliance. This machine has a number of great features, including a variable temperature setting, delay timer, and variable spin speed. Additionally, the Bosch Serie 8 has a time remaining display, so you can keep track of your laundry tasks. Finally, it’s a washing machine that also features a cold wash option, which is perfect for delicate items.

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Top Loading Washing Machine

Top loading washing machines are distinguished from front loading washing machines by their location in the laundry tub. In a top loading washing appliance, the laundry tub is located on top of the appliance, while in a front loading machine, the laundry tub is located in front of the washing machine.

Top loading washing machines typically have a larger capacity than front loading ones and can wash more clothes at once. However, front-loading washing machines use less water and energy, which can save you money on your utility bills. When shopping for a washing appliance, it is important to consider your budget, laundry needs, and space limitations to find the best option for you.


  • They are FAST!!!! Some have a 20-minute cycle.
  • Easy to add that lost sock in mid-wash.
  • Top Loaders are usually cheaper to repair.
  • Top Loaders tend to last a lot longer than Front Loaders
  • Top Loading machines are usually cheaper to buy than Front Loaders.
  • You can soak items in a top loader.
  • No special detergents are required.
  • There is a wider range of top loaders available now – although this is changing.
  • No need to clean seals.


  • They use an agitator, which can be rough on delicate items.
  • They take up a lot more room.
  • You can’t load a dryer above them (unless it is really high).
  • They use a lot more water.

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So what do I personally have and recommend?

I’ve had a few front loaders and seriously I HATE them. Yes, they are good on the water. Yes, they look nice, save a lot of space and all the things that are mentioned above.

But I’m the proud owner of a top loader – and I don’t see myself changing my mind anytime soon.  It is reliable, I can add washing when I forget (damn those little socks) – and they can take a lot more washing than the front loaders do.

I personally own (and bought with my own money – not a freebie) a Fisher & Paykel 10kg WashSmart Top Load Washer.  

I freaking love it.  It just goes and goes and goes……

Which one is better for you?

Are you in the market for a new washing appliance? If so, you may be wondering whether front-load washing machines or top-load appliances are right for you. Each type of appliance has its own benefits, so it’s important to consider your needs before making a purchase.

Front-load washing machines are generally more expensive than top-load washing machines, but they use less water and energy. They also have shorter washing cycles, which can save you time. However, front load washing machines can be more difficult to load and unload, and they may not be ideal for drying larger items like comforters.

Top load washing machines are less expensive than front load washing machines, and they often have larger capacity tubs. They’re also easier to load and unload, which can be a major benefit if you have large items to wash. However, top load washing machines use more water and energy than front load washing machines. They also have longer washing cycles, which means they can take up more of your time.

So, which is right for you? Only you can answer that question. Consider your budget, your laundry needs, and your personal preferences before making a decision. Whichever type of appliance you choose, you’ll be sure to enjoy the convenience it provides.

What type of washing machine do you use?

So, which is better? A front load washing machine or a top load washing machine? It really depends on your needs and preferences. If you have a small home with limited space, then a front load washer would be the best choice.

If you have a large family and need to wash large loads of laundry quickly, then a top load washer would be the better option. Leave us a comment below and let us know which one you chose and why!

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