I have a front loader, which initially we bought because a top loader wouldn't fit in our bathroom (we didn't have a laundry). I like the efficiency of it, but while it was good enough for two people, now that I have two kids I'd rather upgrade to a top loader.
Your photo reminds me of the washer my Mum had, when she owned & managed a Hair Dressing Salon. All the towels from there were washed each night.
I remember she caught her hand in the wringer-part. Her hand was a mess. I cleaned, sanitized, lotioned & bandaged it for her. I must've been about 14 at the time. I gave her some painkillers, a cuppa & made her lie down. I prepared a light meal for her of what she 'felt like' that night. It took ages for it to heal. My poor Mum was really in shock & a lot of pain. I was really angry that I wasn't old enough to drive to get her to the doctor.
Oh! Jonaj, thank you. My fabulous Mum died of cancer one month after I got married! She was only 63; way too young. I miss her every day, without fail. I suppose nobody, but nobody, can replace one's Mum.
I had a small top loader but upgraded to a front loader when the old one died. It has an 11 kg capacity, so I've never had any problem fitting a lot in. I used to have to get doonas washed for me, but can now do it at home.
Front loader for me. As a renter, I move a lot so I've used a lot of different washers, and I much prefer front loaders. Of the models we have in Canada, the top loaders are well-known as the inferior models. They don't wash as well, don't fit as much clothing and use both more electricity and water.
That's funny. All the top loaders I have used fit far more clothes in than the front loaders I've used (eg. with the top loader I could wash all the sheets in one load, with our front loader I have to split it into two). I wonder whether in Canada you have smaller capacity top loaders or bigger front loaders.
We must. Every time I watch a real estate, travel or renovation show based in the UK or Australia, and I see a washing machine, I'm always like, "Seriously, look at that thing it's tiny!". It sounds kind of ridiculous, but the difference is so obvious that it's hard not to take note of it.
In my recent memory, we've only had top loaders, and like Shelley, they are much gentler on the back. But I don't think my washing comes out as clean as I would like it to, so I am not sure if it is the machine or the detergent.
I prefer front loaders, with my mum always having one and a woman I shared with for around a year had a top loader.
During the wash it would suddenly stop and start beeping because towels or other big things had become caught around the middle spool thing, so the wash always took longer than needed.
Top loader, every time. Once you've started a front loader you can't stop it. Nothing worse than realising you've forgotten to put in a t-shirt or something and the cycle has already started. At least with a top loader you can just lift the lid and throw it in.