|Features||Front Load||Top Load|
|Water Use||Front loading machines typically use less water per load.||A top loading washer uses three times as much water as front loaders|
|Wear and Tear
|Front loading machines tumble clothes in an up and down motion similar to hand washing.
Front loading washers use less water; they are the more energy efficient.
|Top loaders use a central agitator to move clothing in a circle causing more wear and tear.|
|Energy Use||However, front-load machines that
have Energy Star use 30 percent less energy and 50 percent less water than other models.
|A top load washer consumes more energy compared to Top load machines. However, top load machines that have an Energy Star use 30 percent less energy and 50 percent less water than other models.|
|Front loading washers require bending to load and unload, just like a dryer.||Top loaders are easier to load but can be difficult to unload for users with short stature and arms.|
During A Cycle
|Many front loaders lock while in use
to prevent water overflow prohibiting the addition of last-minute laundry
|Items can be added throughout the wash cycle in top loaders.|