Learn about the differences between front- and top-load washers to help narrow your search.
Dive into this side-by-side comparison on the differences of front load vs. top load to help you decide
KNOWING WHICH ONE’S RIGHT FOR YOU
Dive into this side-by-side comparison on the differences of front load vs top load to help you decide.
Top Load Washer
Design Opens from the top. Wash action is driven by an impeller or an agitator. Matching dryers still open from the front.
Controls Toward the back, on top
Capacity Top load models have a wide range of capacities based on price points but usually offer the largest capacities available
Water Levels Many top load washers use lower water levels to meet today’s efficiency standards. However, there are models that let you add more water to select cycles — like the Deep Fill option from Maytag.
Comfort May be harder to reach the bottom of the wash basket depending on your height or the height of the washer.
Front Load Washer
Design Reversible door swings open from the front. Pairs are stackable for small or vertical spaces.
Controls On the front, toward the top
Capacity Like impeller models, front load washers may provide greater capacity since there is no agitator in the middle.
Water Levels Models that use HE detergent use lower water levels and concentrated cleaning so you probably don’t need to use as much detergent as you might be used to.
Comfort May require a bit of bending or reaching. A simple solution: laundry pedestals. Pedestals bring your appliances to a more convenient height and some offer storage for detergent and fabric softener.