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top load vs front load washing machines

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There is no perfect washing machine in the market – simply because the “right” model differs from household to household. What you wash and how much space you have at home, among other factors, will determine the machine and functions you need.

First, you have to decide between front load and top load washers. Use these points to make your decision:

Cost
Front load washers typically cost several hundred dollars more than top-loaders.

Water Consumption
Front-loaders are designed to continuously lift and drop your clothes from and into water, much like handwashing. Top-loaders, on the other hand, fully submerge the clothes in water for an effective cycle – and so uses more water than front-loaders.

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Detergent
As the motion of the wash is different, the suds or lather formula of the detergent used also differs. A front-loader uses less water, so a low-suds detergent which produces less lather is required. A toploader will use regular detergent, as it produces enough water to rinse the lather and suds away.

Space
Front-loaders take up floor space when its door is opened, but homeowners can save space by placing their dryers on top of their front-load washer.

Also read: 5 laundry tips to help your clothes stay new longer

Convenience
Top-loaders do not require kneeling or bending when loading and unloading laundry, unlike front-loaders. Top-loaders also offer the convenience of adding a forgotten t-shirt or an extra scoop of detergent mid-cycle. 

This article was first published in Home & Decor.