Buying a Washing Machine: What to Look For

Let’s start by breaking down what elements you should be on the lookout for when you’re scouring your local home appliance store.


Let’s start by breaking down what elements you should be on the lookout for when you’re scouring your local home appliance store.

Top Load vs. Front Load Washers: Pros Cons

One of the first differences you’ll see when you start shopping for washers is whether they’re top-loading vs. front-loading. You’ll also notice there are two types of top-loading machines: the traditional model with a central agitator and the increasingly popular high-efficiency top-loader.

Here’s your guide to the pros and cons of each:

Top-Loading Washers: Overall Pros

No back-breaking bending over here, folks. These guys are often considered easier to load than front-loading models.

Central Agitator: Pros

Agitator models are often the most inexpensive option.

They are fast to complete a wash and rinse cycle.

They are easy to keep clean.

High-Efficiency: Pros

High-efficiency models can have as large a capacity as front-loaders.

High-efficiency models are gentle on fabrics, good at cleaning, quiet, and use less water than agitator models.

Top-Loading Washers: Overall Cons

They can be deep and hard to reach into for shorter people. When you’re shopping, reach into one to see how difficult it would be for you to pull out laundry.

Central Agitator: Cons

Agitator models use the most water.

They usually have the smallest capacity (not necessarily a bad thing depending on your needs) due to the central agitator taking up room.

They cause more wear-and-tear on clothes due to the agitator.

Although they have a short wash cycle, clothes retain a lot of water, so the dryer time needed is longer.

High-Efficiency: Cons

High-efficiency models use more water than most front-loading machines.

Their wash cycle times are longer.

They require special HE detergent.

Front-Loading Washers: Pros

Front-loaders often have the biggest capacity but use the least amount of water and energy.

You can wash even small loads in them, as they adjust water amount to fit load size.

Its finishing spin cycle leaves clothes quite dry, shortening dryer time needed.

A dryer can be stacked on top for a space-saving solution.

Front-Loading Washers: Cons

Front-loading washers are often the most expensive option.

They require lots of bending over when doing laundry.

A regular wash/rinse cycle is long, about 70-110 minutes (although this is because it uses less water, giving clothes time to get clean).

Historically, front washers would vibrate against the floor during the spin cycle, though most models nowadays don’t have this problem.

They can sometimes develop mold and mildew if not left open to air-dry.

We hope this guide helped you choose the correct washing machine for your requirements. Click to find more helpful advice on buying a washer Washer Motors | Washing Machine Motors  with other great tips!


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