Top Loading Washing Machines
Washing machines have indeed come a long way. Looking back at pioneer models that required labor for the most part of the washing process and now the modern highly-automated alternatives, it is obvious the progress has been immense.
Today, the variety is breathtaking. Obviously, with the market flooded with alternative models, picking out what suits where is no piece of cake. One of the key areas of contention when choosing boils down to top-loading design versus front-loading design. Does that sound familiar?
Now, in this article, we’ll put front loaders aside and discuss top-loading washing machines. Before you make an investment of buying a washing machine for your home, consider the important points that ensure you make the right decision.
What Is a Top-Loading Washing Machine?
Primarily, top-loading machines are defined by the door on the upper side of the machine. So, in use, laundry are placed in the drum and taken out from the top side. The door position of the door is a traditional style dating to the early days of washing machines.
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How Do Top-Loading Machines Work?
While there have been some fancy improvements over the years, top-loaders are known for their agitator and a vertically aligned drum. The agitator bears the bulk of the washing power with most of the action happening in the drum.
Once the machine is set on course for a wash cycle, water fills into the tub such that clothes float. The agitator then gets into action removing dirt through swishing. The washing style here is a sharp contrast to front loaders that rely on gravity and tumbling action.
A few things to note;
One, since top loaders use more water, they deliver better rinsing results. On the contrary, the agitator/impeller occupies more space which unfortunately reduces capacity.
Secondly, the agitator is considered harsher on clothes unlike tumbling action. But, perhaps it compensates with shorter wash cycles and as a bonus you don’t have to bend when using a top loader.
Key Features You Can Expect From Top Loaders
Many top-loading washing machines you are likely to come across, feature a simple working mechanism. Everything revolves around the agitator. Therefore, you are less likely to have any challenges with the workings. But, in case that happens, it should be easy to undertake necessary repairs.
Ease of use
It remains debatable which option allows a hassle-free wash experience. But, if you prefer loading up your clothes with the trouble of bending, a top-loading washer should be your pick. The top side door makes it easier to put in and take out the laundry.
While top loaders generally use more water than front loaders, recent models guarantee efficient use nonetheless. It shouldn’t be surprising to find some top-loading models with water-saving technologies that allow just the right amount of water to be used for any wash cycle.
Quicker wash cycles
Despite being relatively harsh on clothes, top loaders deliver faster wash cycles without compromising the quality of results. As such, even when you have so many clothes to wash in a short time, it is possible to deliver.
As might expect, the quick delivery is made possible by faster spin capability though this varies from model to model.
As you might have realized, top loaders don’t tick all the right boxes. But, if you prefer the traditional configuration, it remains a better bet over front loading counterparts.