Skip to comments.Top Load vs. Front Load Washing Machine/Dryer
Posted on 01/26/2011 4:13:47 PM PST by Vision
I need to buy a new washer/dryer set. Which is better? Top or front load?
I bought front loaders the last go around.........best buy ever.
Front load has the fastest spin. Your dryer will work less.
Why do you like front loaders? Any brand and size you recommend?
Also, if a front loader is placed on an ‘unstable floor’ (read NOT a concrete slab) then you may have quite a shimmy in nearby rooms.
We have a Whirlpool Cabrio set which is top loading, but is energy efficient and uses the HD detergent.
BTW - you really need to use HD detergent.
Top loaders use a lot more water. Front loaders are great for houses on septic systems. Front loaders , though have a tendancy to tear holes in clothes. Also I hear that direct drive is better than belt drive. We have gone through 2 belt drive front loaders with shot bearings.
My BIL has a top of the line front load, high efficiency washer that I've put blue jeans through 2 or 3 times and still wasn't happy with the results.
“Any brand and size you recommend?”
LG front loader is what we have and have been happy. The last whirlpool I bought lasted long enough to get it home. My GE appliances are falling apart.
It’s easier on your clothes - less pilling on knits. Uses less water and as far as I can tell gets just as clean. And washing in cold water with high efficiency detergent keeps your clothes looking newer longer than washing in warm or hot.
If you need to use warm or hot for some reason you still can of course.
Also, you know what happens when you overlook a kleenex in a pocket and you have shredded tissue all over your usually dark clothes? With the tumbling wash instead of the agitating, the kleenex just gets rolled up into a ball - much easier to clean up.
New model top loaders can also be HE and spin just as fast as FL, so your clothes need less drying time.
Also, see #4.
Our top loader bit the dust after many years, and we bought a Sears front loader a couple of years ago. It works great, cleans better, saves a lot of energy.
Front loaders have musty smell issues if the door and seal aren't dried after use.
Stay away from duets as they have major issues with their drum spider cracking after only a few years.
Get a machine that has it's own hot water heater. This will allow you to turn off or put a timer on your home hot water heater and this will save you maybe 25% or more on your utility bill.
Check out the Samsung front loaders from Bestbuy. Read the owner comments.
My friends who sell them (several brands) have Maytag top loader washer and front loader dryer...which might be the only kind.
Stay away from the Whirlpool Cabrio. We paid $999 for it and spent $650 on repairs. After three miserable years, we dumped it and got a SpeedQueen top loader. Check out SpeedQueens: they’re simple to use, no “motherboard” and made by a company which makes rugged, commercial washers.
Also note that with the Cabrio, you cannot control the water level (check out the many blogs mentioning this shortcoming). If I want to wash a single pair of socks on the highest water level, I’d like to have that choice.
A front loader uses less water (which means I can sneak water the back yard in the summer). A front loader holds more laundry, meaning less time spent doing laundry. Cuts the work load in half if you have kids. Now that is just my husband and myself, I was once a week. 2 loads.
I find you don’t need all the bells and whistles, but make sure it has a quick cycle for those times you need it done in a hurry.
I have an LG...am satisfied.
BTW, if you go front loader, get the stand. The bending gets old real quick.
We purchased Bosch front loader washer and dryer six years ago and they’ve been great. Our washer model does have the shimmy/shake issue during the spin cycles, but the newer ones have reduced that problem. The aggressive spin cycle really helps on the drying time though.
The washer I own has problems with mold build-up around the door gasket but I think this issue has been addressed too.
I would recommend getting the largest front loader you can afford. They might cost more up-front but they will pay for themselves in the long run. I would stick with a more popular brand and get the service contract.
My part-time job in the winter months when my business is dormant is selling appliances. Avoid the new HE top-loaders. They are mostly unproven new technology. Older style top loaders are old tech that is pretty well time tested. Whirlpool are my favs there. Avoid GE and frigidaire. But they use a lot of water.
Front loaders I like are the higher end Whirlpool/maytag. Avoid low end whirlpool/maytag. Also like electolux and Bosch and samsung. Avoid GE, frigidaire and LG. I don’t like them at all. If you get front....always use HE, if you use regular detergent it will screw them up.
That is my observation from selling them and seeing what comes bakc as junk
Oh, sorry, that is what you were really asking.
We are on a well/septic at that property, so I sorta worry about water usage. I can do a load of laundry on about 10 gallons of water, instead of 45 gallons. I can also put ten-twelve bath towels in for the full load. It only takes about 20 minutes to dry the clothes.
So from start to finish about 45 minutes to wash and dry.
We bought a set at Sears on sale for $660.
Agree with you about the cabrio and all new HE top loaders...too new and unproven.
Top loaders get the clothes cleaner; front loaders are a passing fad.
My Wife wanted a Front Load, I wish I hadn’t.
The thing needs service constantly. The gaskets on it get ripped up all the time.
Bought a Maytag Bravo top-load a few years ago. Just like a high-speed front load only from the top :)
Does great. However, the drain pump likes to break. Twice now in the span of three years. Each repair is $250.00. Next time one of two things is going to happen:
1. By the pump (around $70) and try to fix it myself.
2. By a new plain-jane washer that costs $250. And so on, and so on. If each repair sets me back the cost of a new washer, I’ll buy a new washer.
The clothes come out very clean, and the spin cycle really wrings them out.
If it's unproven technology, well, it won't be for long.
They've gotten a lot cheaper too.
Front loader, Samsung from Sears, get the pedestals too.
Make sure it’s leveled by the installer and it won’t shimmy during spin cycle. Also, when completed, leave the front door open and wipe out the excess water off the door seal to prevent the musty odor that will show up if you don’t....
If you were to spend a grand on a new set, what would it be?
We bought a front load GE. Worst machine ever. Does not clean grime or grease or stains, shakes and rattles itself right out in to the hallway or bangs against the back wall. Light loads are fine, but big load of jeans or towels or blankets, and it just can’t seem to balance out the load. Smells if you don’t keep it open to dry out, squirts water out so fast it spews back up out of the drain. New jeans won’t soften up in the front load, they just wrinkle stiff. Drain catch has to be checked every load or will leak all over the place. Towels smell bad and are stiff. We gave up after a year and and a half and put in a plane jane Maytag topload.
His recommendation - Top loading only. The front loaders put too much weight on the bearing that spins them and you will be repairing it sooner than a top loader. The seal gets wet and unless you take special care to keep it dry, it will mildew and smell awful.
Buy a name brand such as Whirlpool, etc. DO NOT buy LG. He buys broken appliances to repair and resale, says he will not touch a broken LG. You cannot get parts or the parts are so expensive it's ridiculous. Hope this helps :)
Three months ago me and the missus went shoping at Home Depot for a new washer and dryer.
She was ready to spend a couple of thou on a pair of front loaders.
I said “F that”
I’m looking at their cheapest brand, an Admiral, that looked exactly like the much more expensive Whirlpool and Maytag models sitting next to them.
Exact looking parts, same looking everything but the decals.
I said “We are buyng the Admirals”.
I get home and find out that Admiral IS whirlpool, the same washer and dryer for hundreds of dollars less.
Anyways i saved 1200 bucks, Don’t need to impress anybody with my expensive front loaders that nobody will ever see and the Admiral top loading washer and dryer work just fine.
I’m very happy with my choice.
Oh yea, Don’t even consider buying GE!
One of life’s enduring dilemnas.
It is if you are the one washing the clothes! :-)
Not familiar with household brands...
Front load design is used in all industrial (100- 800lb etc.) washers because it is inherently more effiient.
Agitation is accomplished by the drop of the clothing instead of by reversing the drive.
But overloading causes a severe drop in efficiency. The clothing must drop and not just roll.
And the washer needs a good foundation.
Our front loader makes a LOT of noise. I’m considering going back to a top loader for that reason alone.
There are basically three washing machine choices:
Old-fashioned top loader with an agitator.
Hi tech top loader with no agitator.
The first kind uses the most water and energy, but they are cheap to buy, last almost forever, and use any detergent.
The other two types generally have larger capacity, are more expensive to buy and fix, use less water and energy, and MUST use HE detergent or else they will quickly have problems. They are reputed to be easier on clothing than the agitator-based machines.
We chose a Maytag Bravos with a glass top (hi tech top loader), and we are happy with it. Our laundry room is located between our bedrooms, and it is nice to have a quiet machine.
The other thing I recommend is a gas, not electric, dryer. At current energy prices it’s much cheaper to run.
You can put huge comforters and blankets in a front loader too, and they come out great
I had to take mine to a laundromat before, so this was the deciding factor for me. I got the biggest one I could find and do laundry half as often and use a lot less soap.
Just don’t buy GE! You are supporting CEO Immelt, Obummer’s buddy.
I just had a Samsung front loader delivered 2 days ago. Very quiet-no belts. Too early for me to assess, just wanted to speak out against all things GE.
Front loader. Love it.
I’m looking at re-doing our laundry room using front loaders, which I would stack to free up floor space for 2nd refrigerator. Most of the front loaders will stack with a readily-available $30 or so stacking kit.
Just something else to consider.
I have a GE Refridge = worst piece of crap I ever bought, too
I am looking for a Whirlpool Neptune front loader.
I have a GE Refridge = worst piece of crap I ever bought, too
I am looking for a Whirlpool Neptune front loader.
Front. Got one about 7-8 years ago, and was using them at the laundromats before that.
Front loaders are better because the clothes move much faster through washing fluid instead of just sloshing around as in top loaders. That action results in better cleaning of dirt.
Thanks everyone. Think I’m going top loader.
But what about the dryer? Top or front and gas or electric?
We also have the top loading Cabrio washer and front loading dryer. These are the best machines we’ve ever owned (40+ years). Another advantage of a top loader is that they never develop that sour smell that plagues many front loading machines.
We bought the Maytag Bravos top load model this month model MVWX500X. It’s their midrange as far as size and features. You need to follow the instructions as to loading. It tends to leave clothes more wrinkled than our old agitator . We shake stuff a little before drying. Cleans very well saves a lot of water, a lot of energy needed to heat the water , and cuts water softener operation almost 80 percent. Very pleased
I find front loaders can sometimes be tough on your clothes.