Laundry is an essential chore. According to a survey, the average American household does anywhere from eight to 10 loads of laundry every week. And while doing laundry is no picnic, it can become a whole lot easier if you have a washing machine. It spells the end of lugging heavy loads to the laundromat or the community laundry room of your building.
If you are in the market for a washing machine, you have two choices; Front-load or top-load. Front-loaders were all the rage in the early 2000s. However, an estimated 70% of washing machines today are top-loaders. Both machines have their pros and cons. Let’s have a look at them to help you make your decision:
Front-Load Washing Machines:
From their prices to their modern features, there are several benefits of getting a front-loader. These include:
- The front-load washer does not have agitators to move the load around, which makes it gentle on the clothes.
- The spin cycle of a front-load machine is faster, with at least 10% drier clothes.
- Front-load machines have better results in cleaning tests compared to top-loaders.
- The lack of a top-loading lid means it can be installed under low shelves and countertops making them more apartment-friendly.
The front-load machines also have a few drawbacks:
- You have to bend down when loading and unloading the machine, which puts pressure on the back.
- The door of the front-load machine is air-tight to prevent leaks; this can lead to mold growth.
- If you forget to lock the control buttons, kids can press them and change the settings.
- It’s also dangerous for households with little kids who can easily get into the machine.
Top-Load Washing Machine:
There are many benefits in sticking with the more traditional top-load machine. These include:
- Easy to use with no added pressure on the back.
- The lack of an air-tight lid allows a flow of air into the machine which prevents the growth of mold.
- The price is lower than a front-loader which means it provides great value to homeowners.
- Top-loaders have a higher capacity which means fewer loads of laundry every week.
- Safe for households with kids with hard to reach buttons and top-lids.
There are also some small drawbacks associated with top-load machines:
- Machines which have agitators can be tough on clothes
- The top-load machine requires more water and energy to operate compared to a front-loader.
- Short people can have trouble reaching the clothes at the bottom of the machine.
Making the Choice:
While each type of washer has its pros and cons, the decision ultimately rests on your laundry habits and what sort of features you are looking for. Recent innovations have made both machines an efficient and convenient way to do laundry.
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