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Top Load vs. Front Load Washer: Which Is Better?


Choosing between a top-loading and a front-loading washing machine can be a daunting task, especially with the wide range of options available on the market today. Each type of washing machine has advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important to understand the differences before purchasing. In this article, Jacob Dillard, an engineer at Appliance Repair Expert, will try to tell which type of washing machine is better.

What To Look For When Buying A Washing Machine?

It is important to consider whether repairing or replacing appliances is the best course of action, as both options have pros and cons. While some newer appliances may be designed for increased efficiency and durability, others may have design flaws or be made of poor-quality materials. Conversely, older appliances may require more frequent repairs but can still provide reliable performance with proper maintenance. Ultimately, the decision should be based on factors such as the extent of the problem, the cost-effectiveness of the repair, and personal preferences for energy efficiency and durability.

Units produced in 2010 can easily run for 7-12 years, and the units produced in 2018-2019 can barely run for 5 years without any technical issues. Hopefully, this tendency does not last long because landfills are a big problem for humanity and these money-making business plans make it worse. However, this does not apply to energy efficiency, which looks better in modern models.

Energy efficiency of washers

Here are some tips if you decide to buy a new washing machine. Don’t just go for appliances that have better exterior designs and fancy stickers on the front, which indicate some exceptional warranty for spare parts and maintenance. Those units are usually pushed the most by salesmen and have the most attractive pricing but generally do not have a long life expectancy.

What Are The Features Of Top-Loading Washing Machines?

When you buy a top-loading washing machine, you should remember that it can be noisy. We’ve received so many warranty calls where the machine is working fine, but for some reason, people are convinced it’s broken because it’s making noise. The laundry you load into the top loader can easily gather on one side of the drum. 

When the machine runs at high speed, it becomes unstable and bangs like a big bell on top of a church tower.

Samsung Top Load Washer
Samsung Top Load Washer

You can pause the cycle, balance the cloth, and continue where you left off, but always keep it in mind when buying this machine.

What Are The Advantages Of Front-Loading Washers?

Front-loaders usually have more advantages than top-loaders; specifically, they are quieter and more reliable. Sure, they cost more, but here is one big problem you can face having the front loader.

Front load washer

If you are not careful enough to keep the door open after each cycle is completed, the rubber seal behind the washer door can grow mouldy and start to smell. This could mean expensive repairs in the future, but if you keep the washing machine door open after each cycle to allow the water to evaporate, this shouldn’t be a problem.

Table comparing aspects of repairs for front-loading and top-loading washers

Repair AspectFront-Loading WasherTop-Loading Washer
Ease of accessHarder to access internal componentsEasier access to make repairs
ComplexityMore complex designs and electronicsSimpler mechanical designs
Common failuresDoor seals, bearings, motorsAgitators, belts, water valves
Cost of repairsRepairs tend to cost moreCheaper repair costs overall
Availability of partsSome proprietary electronic partsStandard mechanical parts widely available
Self-repairabilityMore difficult for DIY repairsEasier for DIY repairs

So there are trade-offs to consider when choosing between a top-loader and a front-loader. Top-loading washing machines tend to be simpler in design, easier to access for repairs, use more standard parts and may be easier to repair by hand. However, they can be very noisy and unbalanced during spin cycles.

Front-loaders tend to be quieter, more energy and water efficient and often have more cycle options. However, they have a more complex design, are generally more difficult and expensive to repair, and certain problems, such as door seals failing, are common.

Ultimately, much depends on the specific model and personal priorities. Factors such as space, noise levels, efficiency, repair costs and features should all be considered. Keeping the front loader door open when not in use can also help prevent mould formation and mildew. With proper care and maintenance, both types of washers can provide reliable performance for many years.

How to make washer last longer

Finally, watch our video on how to repair a leaking Electrolux washing machine.

And remember, you can always call Appliance Repair Expert for all your washing machine repair, installation and maintenance needs.

Author: Jacob Dillard
My name is Jacob Dillard, and I am the author of articles at Appliance Repair Expert. Since childhood, I have been fascinated by technology and spent much time reading different books and trying to repair my first CD player. Then, I graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Applied Science and Engineering. In a year, I got my first job as a technician at an appliance repair company. After years of practice and working with professionals, I decided it was time to share my knowledge and experience here at Appliance Repair Expert. I want to help you understand everything related to appliance repair, maintenance and installation in the simplest way possible. It will be fun, believe me!

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