Front Load Washing Machine vs. Top Load

Debating between a front-load and top-load washing machine? Use these tips to buy the best washing machine for you.

[MUSIC] Trying to decide between a front load and top load washing machine? Get tips for choosing between the two. Standard top load washers have a central agitator that spins laundry around. They usually cost less up front, but use more energy and water because the tub fills up with water to clean clothes. Top-loaders can be loaded and unloaded with little bending, so they're a great choice if you have back or knee problems. Newer higher-efficiency top-loaders lose the central agitator, which can be tough on clothes. Instead, rapid tub motions and water jets deliver a thorough, and gentler wash. This means they hold larger loads. So you do fewer loads overall. Spacious, front-loading washing machines don't have an agitator either. They spin the fastest and extract more water, so your clothes spend less time in the dryer. Front loading machines cost more upfront, but are the most energy, and water, efficient option. And can save you money long term. They need only a fraction of the water that a traditional top loader uses. And, they can be stacked on top of driers to save space.

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