Top-Loading vs Front-Loading Washing Machines

In the past, washing machines were all manufactured as top-loaders. While this worked fine for a while, a a new system of washing machines soon became available. Instead of opening the top lid to dump your clothes into the washing machine, there’s a front lid that pulls open like a door and gives you access to the interior of the washing machine. Unless you’ve actually used one before, though, you might be wondering what, if any, benefits are there to front-loading washing machines. Here we’ll take a closer look at both top-loading and front-loading washing machines and reveal which one is more efficient.



Chances are price will be a contributing factor in your washing machine purchase. After doing some shopping around, you’ll likely notice that front-loaders cost a great deal more than top-loaders. An entry-level top-loader with basic features and functions will only run about $150 to $200 bucks, while a front-loader is going to cost about $300 to $400. As you can see, that’s nearly twice as much!

Water Efficiency

Although you’ll initially be paying more for a front-loader, it will likely pay off in the long run. You see, front-loaders use about 60% less water than a top-loader does. Instead of filling up the entire unit with water, it only fills up a small portion of the bottom. When the unit starts spinning, the clothes continuously fall back down into the water below.

If you decide on switching to a front-loading washing machine, take note of your water bill before and after the switch. Most families don’t realize how much money they spend washing clothes each month. While your savings will depend on a number of different factors, you will certainly see a difference by switching to a front-loader.


Another benefit associated with front-loading washing machines is the ability to stack a dryer on top or below them. If you’re tight on space, this benefit can be a huge life-saver. Instead of setting up your washing machine and dryer side-by-side, you can place one on top of the other. In addition to saving space, it will also prevent you from having to bend down to reach both of your units.

As you can see, front-loading washing machines are usually the preferred type by most consumers. They’re more efficient, compact and simply look nicer, although the downside is that you have to pay a bit more for than (nearly twice as much). If you have the available funds, most people will agree that it’s a smart investment that will pay off in the long run.