Front-Load vs. Top-Load Washers

Which One’s Right for You?

When sorting through a sea of washers — top-load, front-load, different brands and different features — it's hard to choose. A lot comes down to personal preference. See a side-by-side comparison of front-load vs. top-load features to help you decide what type of washer will fit your needs.

 

 

top-load washer

front-load washer

Design Load/unload from the top with the controls on the top, towards the back. Doors swing open from the front with controls in the front. Front-load washer/dryer pairs are also often available in a stacking configuration, great for small spaces. Or be installed on a pedestal that will bring your appliance to a convenient level.
Capacity Impeller models often have greater capacity since there’s no agitator taking up extra space. However, Maytag offers the largest capacity agitator washer available at 5.4 cu.ft. I.E.C. Like impeller models, front-load washers may provide greater capacity since there Is no agitator in the middle
Water Levels Like impeller models, front-load washers may provide greater capacity since there Is no agitator in the middle
Like impeller models, front-load washers may provide greater capacity since there Is no agitator in the middle
High Efficiency Yes

Yes

How front-load stacks up vs. top-load washers in efficiency

Front-load washers have led the way in high-efficiency cleaning. Similar to top-load impeller washers, they use specialized wash actions that help fabrics rub against each other to work out stains. Though using less water means longer wash times, the fast spinning drum helps extract water. So good news — shorter dry times.

 

           

           

You’ve Got the Choice Between Agitator and Impeller Top-Load Washers

If you choose top-load over front-load, you’ll also need to choose which of the designs below is best for you.

Agitator models: Yes, that post in the middle of the wash basket does have a name and it’s agitator. These models fill the wash tub with plenty of water and clean clothes by moving them against this agitator.

Impeller models: These models feature a specialized disc at the bottom of the washer to create gentle friction between garments for dirt and stain removal. These washers tend to use very low water levels.

Learn more about agitator vs. impeller washers or browse all Maytag® top-load washers.