We often don’t put a lot of thought into the kind of washing machine we choose for our clothes. Our clothes are delicate, and they deserve the best washing experience. There are front loading washing machines and top loading washing machines, and each of them have their own unique features. Weigh the pros and cons for yourself and know the difference between them.

Loading of clothes

Top loading washing machines are generally easier to use than front-loading ones, as they don’t involve you bending down. With a front loading washer, you have to bend to load and take out the clothes. This can be especially tough for elderly people, or those with back problems to use. 


If we compare similar sized washing machines, a front loading machine will generally accommodate more clothes than a top loading washer. 

Wash cycle

Top loading washers with an agitator are seen to have a faster wash cycle than front loaders. This is because the agitator creates motion by shaking and forcing the water inside the machine. The clothes are also immersed in water throughout the wash cycle.

Cleaning technique

A top loading washing machine with an agitator cleans faster, but a top loader without an agitator cleans better. This is why they are known as high-efficiency top load washing machines.

But here top loaders are not entirely superior to front loaders. Top loaders generally are more coarse on your clothes than front loaders. Front loaders are also more effective in removing tough stains that are usually hard to remove. Hence, in the cleaning aspect, front loaders have the edge over top loaders.

Energy efficiency

Front loaders are found to be more energy efficient than top loaders. 

Detergent and water consumption 

Front loaders require less detergent than top loaders. But top loading washers respond to fabric softeners better. Water consumption is also less for front loaders. This is because of the horizontal drum present in them that uses gravity to tumble the load.

Cycle options and features

Front loaders come with more wash and cycle options. They also have more built-in features through which you can change the washing technique to what suits your fabric the best.


Front loaders have a high RPM which provides a better spin quality. This better spin quality causes vibrations that cleans clothes by twisting and turning. But the drawback is the noise these vibrations create.


The price of a front loader is generally more than that of a top loader. This is because front loaders are more water and energy efficient than top loading machines. But it would be incorrect to just say that front loaders are more expensive than top loaders, because due to their efficiency in the long run, the money invested is always recovered. For instance, the IFB top loading washing machine costs around Rs. 15,000 while the IFB front loading washing machine is priced around Rs. 20,000. But the front loading model is more energy and water efficient, which translates to long-term savings.

Which one to buy?

Both the top loading washing machine and the front loading washing machine have their pros and cons. Before buying a washing machine, check what you want for your home. If you want faster cleaning, you should opt for the top loaders, while if you want to go gentle on your fabrics, opt for the front loaders. Price is also a factor but you need to take the efficiency into consideration. Furthermore, you need to decide if you want a semi automatic washing machine or a fully automatic one. Depending on your preference, you can select a washing machine model that fits the bill.

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