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Front Load Vs. Top Load Laundry: What’s Better?

Posted on 7.28.22

Deciding if front load washers or top load washers are better can be determined based partly on functionality and preference. Washing machines are designed to keep our laundry clean by using motion agitators to remove stains or dirt off your clothes. This DeWaard and Bode guide gives you a better understanding of which type of washer makes laundry day easier.

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How Do Top Load Washers Work?

At one point in time, top load washers were among the most popular and affordable home washing machines. It is true that many people in North America still choose top load washers over other options. What you'll find most often in top load washers are the affordability and lower price points.

Today, there are two main types of top load washers: ones that have agitators and ones that do not. An agitator is a post at the center of the washer that would create motion by shaking and moving the water around the drum of the washer. These types of top load washing machines are the fastest when it comes to washing your clothes.

For example, the Amana Top Load Washer NTW4516FW delivers one of the most thorough cleans with the Dual Action Agitator that rolls clothing through the bottom of the wash basket cleaning your clothes thoroughly.

The Benefits & Downsides of Top Load Washers


• Easier and more convenient to use since you don't have to bend over to load and unload your laundry.

• Washers with agitators wash clothes quicker and give you the ability to add clothes after the cycle starts.

• Easier to maintain with simple repairs.

• Typically, they are more affordable.

• They are easier to clean


• You can’t have stackable laundry so it takes up more space in your laundry room.

• They can be rougher on your clothes due to the friction of the agitator. If you need to wash a large comforter it can be difficult and the material inside can bust.

• They aren't considered highly efficient because they typically use more water by submerging your clothes in the water during the wash cycle.

• You aren't able to see the wash so you'll have to physically open the lid to look inside.

Best Top-Load Washing Machine at DeWaard & Bode:

The Whirlpool top load washer with 12 cycles is among the favorites at DeWaard & Bode. Customers from Bellingham, Burlington, Ferndale, Lynden, Acme, and other surrounding areas prefer this Whirlpool top-loading washing machine over others. A few of the features include a smooth spiral stainless steel wash basket and soaking cycles that start washing whites and colors as soon as they're done soaking.

How Do Front Load Washers Work?

More contemporary front load washers clean clothes by moving them through the water and you won't find agitators in these types of washing machines. Front load washers feature molded vanes that move your clothes around and have drums or bins that spin in both ways that force the dirt and stains off your clothes.

Typically, front load washers are a bit on the pricier end. However, there are many affordable front load washers you can choose from at DeWaard & Bode.

For instance, the Electrolux Front Load washer is on sale right now and offers everything you are looking for in a quality washing machine. The SmartBoost premixes water and detergent before the cycle begins maximizing the cleaning power of the detergent. Best of all, this is an Energy Star certified and energy efficient appliance which means you know you'll be saving money on your utility bill!

The Benefits & Downsides of Front Load Washers


• The drums move fast making them more efficient at removing water.

• They use less water.

• People love how easily they can wash bulky items such as comforters or blankets without the risk of ripping.

• They are more gentle on clothing.

• Some have the option of reversible doors that make it easier to transfer your laundry to the dryer.


• They are more expensive than other washer types.

• You need to bend down to load and unload your washer.

• Typically you cant add to the wash once it started.

• It can take longer to wash your clothes unless you use the quick wash setting.

• If it breaks it can be inconvenient to repair.

Best Front Load Washing Machine at DeWaard & Bode:

The LG Ultra Large Front Load washer is considered a favorite among many customers in the Washington area. It has a beautiful design that can fit in with almost any home design with a sleek look and modern touch.

The features come packed with advanced technology that can clean your clothes easily. Ultra-large capacity means you have more room to do laundry in fewer loads saving you time and money. However, the most popular feature that everyone loves is the quiet performance.

Whether you are working from home or the kiddos are taking a nap, having a quiet appliance is essential in any modern family home. One downside we mentioned about the front load washer is that the maintenance can be a pain. With this LG front load washer, you can use the ThinQ app to keep track of maintenance and repairs giving you the diagnosis and usage through notifications from your smartphone.

What to Consider Before Purchasing a Washing Machine

What is your budget? Top load washing machines are indeed cheaper, but now with more advanced features, they could be pretty similar in price. Establish a budget before you start your search for a new washer to help you narrow down what size and added features you want.

What is the size of your laundry room? Once you've established where your washer and dryer will go you should measure the space you are working with. This might indicate from the beginning if you need a stackable washer and dryer to save more space.

Do you mind bending over to load laundry? Bending over can inflame back pain and affect your joint significantly. Leaning over your top load laundry can be difficult and bending over to load your front load washer can be tedious. However, front loading machines give you the ability to crouch down or you can invest in a pedestal that raises the washer making it easier to load your clothes.

When it comes to which one wins for the best washer type it would come down to preference and price. Either way, our product specialists can help you decide which washer is the best for your home and needs.

Shop for your Washer at DeWaard and Bode

DeWaard & Bode offers a range of washers you can choose from and we pride ourselves on being a local washer and dryer store in Bellingham and Burlington, Washington. You'll find washer and dryer sets and washer dryer combos at any of our locations. We offer delivery and installation service to take care of you throughout the entire process. Browse our selection of washers and dryers at

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7.4 cu. ft. Ultra Large Capacity Smart wi-fi Enabled Front Load Electric Dryer with Built-In Intelligence

LG Appliances 7.4 cu. ft. Ultra Large Capacity Smart wi-fi Enabled Front Load Electric Dryer with Built-In Intelligence


Front Load Perfect Steam™ Washer with LuxCare® Wash and SmartBoost® - 4.4 Cu.Ft.

Electrolux Front Load Perfect Steam™ Washer with LuxCare® Wash and SmartBoost® - 4.4 Cu.Ft.


3.8 cu. ft. Top Load Washer with Soaking Cycles, 12 Cycles

Whirlpool 3.8 cu. ft. Top Load Washer with Soaking Cycles, 12 Cycles


3.5 cu. ft. Top-Load Washer with Dual Action Agitator

Amana 3.5 cu. ft. Top-Load Washer with Dual Action Agitator


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