Best Washing Machines – Front Loading or Top Loading?

Whether to choose a top or front loading washing machine for your laundry is one of the first decisions to make when deciding on what washing machine works best for your household. While the ability to clean your clothes takes priority it is not the only factor to consider when evaluating the options available. In this article we will look at the features of each type of washing machine and some common issues that can arise during use.


Top Loading Washing Machines


Not long ago the top loading washing machine was the only option available on the market and it was definitely a huge improvement from the old ringer washers that existed previously. Top loaders use an agitating motion to move clothes through the water and generally offer a more active clean. Heavy duty cycles on top loading washing machines are ideal for any mud laden sports clothing. Cycle lengths are typically faster than a front loader but can be tougher on clothes if delicate cycles are not a feature on the machine. Adding last minute items into a load of washing is very easy and you do not need to bend down to put clothes into the machine.

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Agitator or Pulsator Style?


Two top loading options are available with either an agitator or a pulsator dome on the base of the washing machine bowl. Agitators are a tall centrally positioned spindle with fins to move clothes back and forth through the water, while pulsators are a low circle of bumps on the base of the bowl that spin or pulse to move clothes around. The pulsator system has a range of rotating, pulsing wash motions while agitators actively move clothes back and forth around the bowl.


Front Loading Washing Machines


Front loaders use a rotating motion to turn clothes over and typically offer a gentler clean. Cycle lengths are usually longer than a top loader but use less water during a cycle, sometimes resulting in stiff or scratchy towels if the model is too water efficient. Most front loading machines lock the door during the wash so you are not able to add a single sock that is discovered after pressing start. Higher levels of vibration are also produced from front loaders as the drum moves up and down during the cycle, mainly suitable for use on hard floors as wooden floors can flex a lot with this movement.

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Other Washing Machine Factors


Load capacity is another important factor when considering what machine will suit your household. Larger families tend to need a bigger capacity so that less loads need to be done every week. The length of each wash cycle is also something to ponder if you find that multiple loads could be needed on a particular day and you don’t want to be waiting for the washing to be done. Depending on the location of a laundry it could also be worth thinking about the noise generated by a machine along with the energy or water efficiency of a cycle. The size or space available in a laundry area can be another big factor that influences your decision on what washing machine style will suit a household. Overall, both top loading and front loading washing machines are great options for cleaning your clothes, so take a moment to identify what type of clothing you need to wash and what will suit your laundry best before investing in a washing machine.


Washing Machine Servicing & Maintenance


Hard working washing machines do need extra attention and servicing sometimes. If your washing machine starts to show a problem during use, it is usually an indicator that something is going wrong. To prevent more damage, it’s important that you have an expert diagnose and repair it before it stops functioning completely. At Butterworth Appliance Service, we can handle all your repair and maintenance needs for both top loading or front loading washing machines. Our team are able to work on many appliance brands and have specialist knowledge in servicing appliances with Fisher & Paykel, Haier, Elba, Simpson, Westinghouse, Electrolux, Parmco or LG branding.


Top Loading Washing Machine Repairs


Some common problems that occur with top loading washing machines can also happen with front loading machines. If water does not empty out of a washing machine then a top loading machine will still allow access to your clothes as the lid will unlock when stopped, while a front loader door is not as easily released. Agitator fins will get lots of use pushing clothes around during the wash cycle and can become split or tear over time. Avoid using them in a damaged state as they could rip holes in clothes and are very easy to replace with a new agitator. We can help rectify issues with the controls, valves, agitators, switches and balance so you can call us for top loading washing machine repairs as our team will get them back in action without delay.


Front Loading Washing Machine Repairs


While both styles of washing machine can have similar problems the main seal for a front loading washer should be inspected regularly. A seal that becomes torn or ripped is likely to start leaking and no household needs water causing damage in the laundry area. We can help resolve issues with the controls, sensors, seals, balance and switches so you can contact us for front loading washing machine repairs as our team know how to fix them quickly.

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Get in Touch Today


To find out why Butterworth is Auckland’s favourite appliance repairs company, check out our customer reviews or talk to one of our team about the issue you have with your washing machine. If you are looking for assistance for washing machine repairs, maintenance, servicing or spare parts, give us a call on 09 479 6448 or enquire online.


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