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The purchase of a washing machine is a major investment in one of the hardest working household appliances you use. It is important to be armed with all the pros and cons to allow you to make an informed decision.

Front loader washing machines come with their pros and cons, as do top load washing machines. Important considerations include space issues, are you on tank water, would a washer dryer combo suit your lifestyle better, water and energy costs, the washer size your family requires, how often you wash clothes, etc.

Front Load Washer Key Points to Consider

  • Generally not as harsh on clothes
  • Less expensive to run over time
  • More energy and water efficient
  • Requires less detergent
  • Faster spin speeds which result in less water left in garments reducing drying time
  • Smaller than top loaders so can fit into tighter spaces
  • Can usually wash at higher temperatures
  • Gentler on clothes
  • Have the option of buying a washer and dryer combo
  • Separate compartment for fabric softeners
  • More wash programs
  • More expensive at the time of purchase than top loaders
  • Few models will allow you to add clothes mid cycle
  • Long cycle times (up to 3 hours) some models have a fast cycle but are not designed to wash heavily soiled clothes
  • You have to bend down to load and unload the clothes

Top Load Washer Key Points to Consider

  • Short wash cycles as compared to front loaders
  • The initial purchase price is less expensive
  • Weighs less so can be easily moved
  • Generally louder than front loaders
  • Less gentle on clothes
  • Uses more water
  • Requires more detergent
  • Running costs can be higher

Top loader washing machines are still a popular choice in Australia and manufacturers have adjusted their water disbursement to try to keep in line with front load washing machines. For some, it simply comes down to the initial cost and what can be afforded. No matter what your budget just try to get the best machine possible for your needs in that price bracket.

Bi-Rite Home Appliances has a wide range of washers with excellent water efficiency and energy efficiency ratings. Prices range from entry-level models to top end models.

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