Front load washers are more energy efficient than top load washers. However, their initial purchase price is significantly higher, and they have a shorter life expectancy than top load washers. Top load washers are relatively more popular in the U.S. while front load washers have become more popular in Europe.
edit Energy efficiency
Front load washers use about 1/3rd of the amount of water used by top load washers. Front load machines can also spin up to 1000rpm, compared to a top load washer’s 650 rpm. This means less water is left in the laundry, leading to shorter drying times.
Front load washers can be stacked, while top load washers cannot.
edit Wash cycle
Top load washers have shorter wash cycles than front loaders. This is because front load washers use less detergent and water and to clean more effectively, they usually take somewhat longer (20-110 minutes, depending on the size of the load) to wash a load. Front loaders are also equipped with computer controlled sensors which if set correctly can easily adapt the wash cycle to the needs of each load.
edit Clothing Life
The agitator in a top load washer can add wear and tear to clothes. A front load washer does not have this problem. Some delicate items can be washed in a front load washer on the hand wash setting.
A front load washer costs several hundred dollars more than a top load washer.
Front load machines can cause a musty smell. They can also vibrate against the floor. They have an average life expectancy of 11 years.
Top load machines can have problems with their belts, hoses and sensors. They have an average life expectancy of 14 years.
Top load washers are more popular in US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Latin America. Front load washers are more popular in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and much of the rest of the world.
The market share for these washers is roughly:
|Market||Front Load Washers||Top Load Washers|
|US Market Share||35%||65%|
|European Market Share||90%||10%|