When I moved to Australia, I ignorantly had never seen or heard of a top loader. Since moving here, I've asked a few people which is the best machine, and there seems no clear rule of thumb on which machine performs better or which one to buy. What machine do you own? Do you prefer a front loader or a top loader?
Front loader is the hands down winner as it uses less water . The clothes fall from the opening without having to lift the wet heavy clothes up and then down to the basket dripping on the way and the best of all is that if you design the laundry with a full room length bench top with an inset sink the area is easy to clean as there is no gaps and more bench top space. The unit looks good along side of the under bench front loading dryer.
You can tell that I am a single male house designer.
I've had both. They both do a good job. Front loaders use less water. Top loaders can be stopped to soak your clothes for a cleaner result. At the moment I've got a front loader. It was the biggest washing machine I could get (10kg capacity) so that was the deciding factor. I'm very happy with it. Our electricity bill went up and our water bill went down when I got it, so it's pretty much even from a cost point of view.
I think my last top loader was about 30 years ago and when it died we bought a front loader. I have had 3 front loaders and two of them are still going strong. I use the smaller one for the dogs' bedding only.
I have used both a top loader and front loader. Front loader machines win hands down. They use a lot less water and wash clothes thoroughly, pushing them through the water on every turn of the drum. Clothes come out washed, not in one tangled mess.
I've always owned top loaders and wouldn't have anything else. My Simpsons have lasted for that many years I wouldn't change. The times I've been on holidays and used front loaders I've found excruciating to bend down and load/unload and not easy to read the controls.