The clothes are piling up and its laundry day. We’re all guilty of putting off laundry but the chore really can be a daunting one if your washing machine is acting up or needs to be replaced altogether. If you’re ready to invest in a new machine the first detail to consider is which type of washer will work best for you; a front loading or a top loading machine?
With so many brands and models to choose from there are plenty factors to consider however the most basic and considerable is the loading style, so let’s cover the pros and cons of both.
Front loading Washer
Front loading machines can be beneficial to you if you’re working with a small space. Oftentimes, these machines are stackable, making efficient use of your laundry space. However, if you chose to have them side by side, they not only require more space but more physical bending than top loading machines. With that said, you can choose to add a pedestal to your front loading machine that will give it a boost and alleviate bending but since pedestals are optional they also run an additional cost. The laundry load capacity on front loading machines is bigger than that of top loading machines allowing for larger loads like a comforter. They also have a higher spin cycle that extracts more moisture from wet laundry and thus requires less drying time which in turn uses less energy per load, saving costs.
That brings us to another significant factor, cost. Front loading machines do tend to be more expensive than top loading machines but nowadays there are so many that it’s likely you can find one within your budget. Front loading machines also don’t provide many options for customizing loads and therefore require more time per load. Another concern is that early models were said to develop mold around the door but since their initial development they have undergone a lot of improvements such as better water drainage to prevent mold altogether.
Top Loading Washer
Unlike front loading machines, top loading machines require far less bending when tossing your laundry in or moving them from washer to dryer. Wash cycles are also customizable and have more options including load size and time allowing for shorter cycle time that in turn uses less energy per load, saving costs.
Although you can save some time and costs on washing, top loading machines have a slower spin cycle that doesn’t extract moisture as well and will in turn require longer drying time. Another thing to consider is space. Top loading machines require more space since they don’t stack. These machines are also said to wash less effectively for full loads as well as utilizing more water per load than a front loading machine due to their design.
It might be a tough choice to make but consider trying both models before making a final decision with rent to own. Find your nearest rent to own store and try the washing machine of your choice without taking the plunge of a final sale and try before you buy.
Just another ShopRTO lifestyle tip.