Top Load Washers Vs Front Load Washers

Are you Ready to buy a new washer?

Many of us believe the top load washer has been around longer than the front loader because more homes have the top loading automatic washer. Over the years many styles of washers have come and gone; from the scrub board to the wringer washer to the front load (cylinder system) to the top load (agitator system). No, that wasn’t a misprint. The front load washer was first introduced in 1937 by Bendix of Indiana. The first automatic top load unit was introduced in 1947 by the 1900 Corporation, formerly known as the Upton company and now known as the Whirlpool Corporation Washer Repair Los Angeles.

It is true the front load washer uses less water which means savings on water and electricity. The claim that front load washers are easier on clothes is debatable. Most top load washers do offer a gentle wash cycle. Which style cleans clothes best? I’d say the jury is still out on that one. In my years of repairing washers I have heard differing points of views from the “domestic engineers” (this is what my mother referred to herself as).

Although cost of operation is less on front load machines, the initial purchase is more and cost of repair is typically higher. The complexity of the front load unit with its’ electronic components increase the difficulty of diagnoses and cost of repair. Electronic components consisting of the machine control and motor control board typically cost around $250.00 and $125.00 respectively. The motor is around $150.00. Compared to a typical and less complex TL unit consisting of a timer (around $100.00) and a motor (around $150.00) repairs can run from 1.5 times to 2 times that of a top load unit.

However, you can reduce the cost of repair by purchasing Whirlpool washer parts, Maytag washer parts, and repair parts for other major brand washers yourself from an online discount appliance repair parts store. Online appliance parts stores typically offer repair parts at a discount since they operate online and require less overhead.

So what are we going to buy? Let’s look at some facts.

PROS: FRONT LOAD…………………..PROS:TOP LOAD

Less water consumption……………..Less expensive to repair

Less power consumption…………….Least initial cost

Fits under counter…………………….No bending over to load

Gentler on clothes(maybe)………….No need for HE detergents

Quieter…………………………………Easier to repair

CONS: FRONT LOAD………………….CONS: TOP LOAD

Higher initial cost…………………….Higher operating cost

Higher repair cost…………………….Noisier

Difficulty of repair……………………Can’t put under counter

Have you decided yet? If you’re like me and a lot of others I know it’s hard to separate emotion from fact when making a large purchase. All those fancy gadgets and shiny lights and pretty colors do have an effect on our purchase decisions. All I can say is good luck and happy shopping.

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