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Video:Top Load vs Front Load Washers

with Jen D'Amore

Top load and front load washers offer different advantages and disadvantages. Compare top load and front load washers to see which type is the best fit for you.See Transcript

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Transcript:Top Load vs Front Load Washers

Front load washers have been the hottest things to hit the laundry room since spray starch, but are they a good fit for you? This video is all about the difference between top load and front load washers. Both will get your clothes clean, so what's the difference?

Characteristics of a Top Load Washer

Top load washers have a drum with an agitator in the center. The drum fills with water, agitates, drains, and repeats. Top load machines sit side by side, unless you get a compact stacked unit, limiting your load size.

Characteristics of a Front Load Washer

Front load washers have a drum that spins, allowing gravity to replace the job of the agitator, causing less wear and tear on your clothes, and more internal space for a larger load size. Front loaders can be stacked, or sit side by side, but may not be the best choice ergonomically.

Compare Top Load and Front Load Washers

The new front load washers are more expensive with a larger initial investment, and require more regular maintenance. But what do you get from that investment? Efficiency. Front load washers use much less water than top loads, which needs to fill their entire drum with water more than once during a cycle. Front load washers also spin more water out of the clothes before they head to the dryer.

There are detergent limitations when using a front load washer. Most manufacturers recommend only using High Efficiency, or HE, detergent that produce less suds, so as not to confuse the washing cycle. Another limitation is not being able to throw in that last minute item once the wash cycle has begun. Once it's closed, it's locked.

And a final consideration, front load washers are usually the quieter of the two. Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.

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