Both washing machines with or without an agitator have advantages and disadvantages, so the better option depends on the buyer’s preferences, needs, and budget. Washing machines with agitators are typically rougher on clothing, more effective at cleaning clothing and have smaller capacities than washing machines without agitators.
An agitator removes dirt quickly and thoroughly, so machines with these are capable of faster wash times than those without agitators. An agitator takes up space in the machine, so a machine without an agitator can hold larger loads. Machines with agitators tend to create more wear and tear on clothing than those without them. Traditional top-loading washing machines, which contain an agitator, are generally less expensive to buy than machines without an agitator.