The Perks Front Loading Washing Machine

Research shows that front loading types of washing machines is both energy and water efficient, as it runs for up to 50% less electricity and one-third less water than its top loading counterpart. But aside from that, what does really make this type of washing machine a good energy saver product than the traditional type?

The Difference Between Front-Loader and Top-Loader Washing Machine

The most obvious difference between how a top loader and front loader washing machine is how you put the clothes inside. A top loader as we know, has a hinged lid on top, holds water horizontally, and uses the agitator in the middle of the tub to swirl clothes through the soapy water. A front loader on the other hand, utilizes gravity and paddles mounted on the sides to agitate the clothes. Once you close the front door, the machine will lock it automatically until the washing is complete.

 

The Advantage of Front-Loading Washing Machine

 

Large Load Capacity

Increased capacity is the main advantage of a front-loading machine over the traditional type of top-loading washing machine. The horizontal drum can hold for more than 20% to 30% more clothes per load than the vertical drum, making it a very good choice for large families. On average, it can wash 3 loads for what is 5 loads for the top-loading counterpart. Thus, you cut down both electricity and water usage.

Gentle and Quiet Cleaning

Also, a front loading washing machine wash clothes a lot gentler and operates quietly, because rather than centralized agitator that literally grabs and trashes clothes inside the drum of the machine, it is the paddles that picks up the clothes gently and letting them drop into the soapy water. This obviously, extends the lifespan of your clothes. It also includes agitation action to remove dirt from the clothes, but it is gravity that does most of the washing. Also, front loading washing machines operates quietly, compared to top loading washers which tends to become noisier as it age.

Less Detergent and Water Use

To cover the load of the clothes placed inside, a top loader washer needs a lot of water. A front loading washer on the other hand, usually require just about a third of its tub to do the job. This is because it works by drawing the clothes to the water through gravity, not the other way around. Also, there are detergents designed for each type of washing machine where it works with a lower suding formula and release cleaning agents at different temperatures of water. As a matter of fact, front loading washers include a heating element to keep the water inside ideal for washing. This translates to better cleaning for less detergent and less water used, quite a good energy saver product.

Samsung WF330ANW, Whirlpool WFW9250WL and Amana NFW7300WW are among the three best front loading washing machines in the market today.