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Buying a washing machine can be a daunting task.

What kind, what size and which brand?

Often people aren't aware of the pros and cons that come with buying a certain type of washing machine and their decision is purely cost driven.

Often there are factors that should be also taken into consideration other than cost, such as size and your personal needs.

Let’s try and simplify the world of washing machines and help you with your decision making when it comes to buying one.

Top Loader

The top loader washing machine is arguably the most popular choice of washing machine on the market, mainly due to the fact they are generally cheaper to buy than a front loader washing machine.

They have a reputation of being often more reliable and also cheaper to repair.

A top loader washing machine is exactly as the name describes it; the clothes are inserted through the top of the machine.

There are two types of top loader washing machines, machines that use an agitator (the pole with paddles extending from the centre of the bottom of the machine) to mix the water and clothes and machines that use an impeller, which looks like a propeller at the bottom of the machine to whip up the water.

Most new machines will have an impeller as this allows for a bigger load.

Top loader washing machines generally take less time to complete a cycle when compared to a front loader, but are generally harsher on the clothes due to a rougher spin.

They also use more water as they are required to fully submerge clothes.

Top loaders are suited to people who can’t afford to shell out for a decent front loader machine.

However, a good quality top loader can be as efficient as a decent front loader.

Pros Cons
• Cheap to buy
• Can easily add clothes once cycle has begun
• Faster Wash Cycles
• Reliable
• Use more water and electricity
• Harsh on clothes
• Require more laundry detergent


Tips When Buying a Top Loader:

Buy a modern top loader from a reputable brand that uses an impeller. Your machines will be able to load more clothes and is less likely to have breakdowns.

Front Loader

Front loader washing machines have been becoming more and more common as they become more affordable for the consumer.

Once reserved for commercial laundromats, front loaders are now as common in households as the humble top loader.

Front Loaders don’t use an agitator, but rather turn your washing in a tumbling action.

This is gentler on your belongings and uses less water and energy.

Due to the lack of agitator, it also means you can squeeze in a larger load than a standard top loader.

Front loaders tend to take longer to wash than a front loader and some machines can have cycles up to three hours long.

Often machines will have a quick wash function for clothes that aren’t overly dirty.

Front loaders are great for those who want a quiet and efficient washing machine.

They may be a little more expensive, but have many pros which make paying extra worth it.

Pros Cons
• Gentler on clothes
• Less Electricity and Water consumed
• Generally smaller than top loaders and can often be stacked on top of another appliance
• Higher Spin Speed: This means that clothes will dry quicker as the water is extracted more efficiently at a higher RPM
• Quieter than a top loader
• More programmes
• More expensive than a top loader
• Front loaders are more prone to breakdowns
• Longer Wash Cycles
• Unit is generally very heavy
• Some may rinse poorly due to low water usage


Tips When Buying a Front Loader

Front loaders are prone to break downs, so make sure you don’t buy an ultra-cheap model.

The expenses you may pay on repairs will likely outweigh what you could have spent getting a more reliable model.

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