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What are the benefits of a front-load washer versus a top-load washer?

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The benefits of a front-load washer versus a top-load washer include space, water efficiency, additional storage, energy efficiency and clothing life. Front-load washers have the ability to be stacked in combination with a dryer, which offers more floor space. These washers also incorporate more innovative features and increased brand availability.

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The ability to stack a dryer on top of the front-load washer allows the unit to be placed in small spaces easily. When stacking the front-load washer is not required, the top of the washer provides an area to store additional detergents, stain removers, fabric softeners and dryer sheets.

Front-load washers also provide an environmentally friendly appliance. These washers allow users to reduce water usage considerably. Top-load washers use up to 40 gallons of water per load, whereas front-load washers use between 20 and 25 gallons of water per load. This reduced water usage is a result of front-load washers partially filling the drum to wash the clothes.

Extended clothing life is another benefit of using front-load washers. These washers use a horizontal axis to spin clothes similar to a dryer, and the lack of an agitator does not push, twist or pull clothing items. Since an agitator is not required in front-load washers, trauma to clothing is reduced.

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