Which type of clothes washing machine is better? Top or front load?

Question by o: Which type of clothes washing machine is better? Top or front load?
Based on my quick research and talking to my great local repair service..

So far I am leaning top load because I have heard that front load machines..

1) Are great for conserving water which means that the detergent is not washed out completely (hard on people with sensitive skin) and less water means that the clothes do not get as clean as when washed in a top load machine

2) I have read articles that discuss front loading machines having mold problems… Yick!

What is your experience with this? Which type of washing machine is better? Which brand? Which model? Long lasting? Fewer repairs?

Please share your thoughts..

Best answer:

Answer by maryoder
The repairman that we use says to avoid front load due to the mold issue. Apparently it gets pretty severe. I use top load.

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6 Responses to “Which type of clothes washing machine is better? Top or front load?”

  1. lil southern girl says:

    The only thing I have heard is that when it comes to repairs, people hate to work on the front loaders because they are a big pain in the behind compared to top loaders. When a friend was shopping for a new washer and dryer, a sales person actually told him he might have a problem finding anyone to work on a front loader after it went out of warranty.

  2. justanotherengine says:

    I would love a front loader “Holds more”, and they are usually built for “Institutional” use, and last longer, more expensive though, I have a top loader. “Wascomat” are the best washing machines made (I think).

  3. eskie lover says:

    Consumer Reports just did a comparision on front vs top loaders. It does seem that the front loaders are more repair prone and don’t last as long as traditional top loaders. I prefer a top loader because I am a stain fighting queen. I often run “soaker” loads when we’ve been doing home improvement projects that stain our garments. I have to be able to check the clothing for stains while the garments are soaking to see if the stain has been removed or I need to re-treat. With a front loader water would be all over the floor when I opened the door. Moreover, I sometimes remove items from the load after the rinse cycle that are too delicate to go through the spin cycle and the front loader doesn’t enable me to do this.

    Here are the most reliable brands from Consumer’s Reports:

    Frigidaire, GE, Kenmore & Whirlpool for front loaders
    Frigidaire, GE, Roper, Whilpool for top loaders

    Repair prone brands:

    Amana, Fisher & Paykel, Kitchen Aid for top loaders
    Maytag for front loaders

  4. zorbogr says:

    Buy a whirlpool front loader, they have a protective gasket
    where the door closes that prevents water from standing in your door opening that causes mildew. Plus they are the
    most conservative washing machine on the market. That is a bunch of bunk about your closes not getting as clean in a front loader, they actually get cleaner and rinsed better.

  5. julie o says:

    I have found top loader’s easier you don’t have to do all that bending

  6. Cynthia O says:

    I have owned both types, both Maytag brand. I prefer the front loader as it uses less water, I find I can use less soap and I see much better results with my clothes. No middle agitator in the front load which makes for much less wear and tear on my clothes and I find they are cleaner too. I have never had a mold issue. I leave the door ajar after a load to dry out and run bleach through it once a month to clean the washer. I currently have the Maytag Neptune. Good luck whatever you decide!

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