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The Great Washing Machine Debate: Top Load VS Front Load
If the last time you went shopping for a washing machine was some years back, let us reduce your overwhelming worries by addressing the most common washing machine dilemma of all - top or front loader?
Cleanliness: Let's get one thing straight. The purpose of washing machines is to clean clothes. So which trumps the card when it comes to getting the job done? The horizontal axis of a front load washer means it spins like a dryer and some people claim that the quality of their clothes maintain better compared to the push and pull movement by the agitator of a top load. On the other hand, there are those who think that the movement of the washing in a top load gets clothes much cleaner.
Efficiency: You can fit in more clothes into a front load since there is no agitator taking up space unlike in a top load, resulting in better efficiency. However, top loads allow you to throw in a left out sock in the load even after you've started the washing whereas if you're using a front load, that sock would have to wait until the next wash.
Cost: Front load machines are generally a lot more costly than toploads although they make up for it by being more energy efficient and using less water. You might decide that it will be a worthy investment for front load in the long-term but with many top loads these days being available in energy efficient models too, the savings that you end up with might be negligible.
Space: A very useful characteristic of a front load is the stacking option for the washer and dryer. With the space constraint in most Singaporean households, extra space is definitely a huge plus.
Ergonomics: Top load washers can be loaded and unloaded more easily and hence are more suitable for those who have knee problems or don't like to bend up and down multiple times. That being said, stacking the washer and dryer for a front load can solve this problem.
Maintenance: Front loads have been accused of needing more maintenance. In particular, they might cause mold buildup resulting in a smelly problem. This could be avoided with measures such as using hot or warm water and wiping the door gasket and glass dry once you're done washing but this might added inconvenience to some people.
So, did we help you make a decision or did we just add to your confusion? As with many buying decisions for home appliances, the right one would depend on your needs and priorities. Rank these characteristics listed above and rank in order of importance and you'll be sure to solve your top load versus front load dilemma. Your brand new washing machine is waiting.
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