When compared to a top-loading washer, a front-loading machine is more energy efficient, saves more space in the home, cuts down drying time and has a better cleaning performance. However, this type of washer is less ergonomic and has longer wash cycles than a top-loading machine.
Front-loading washers can be stacked to conserve space, and they use less water during a wash cycle than a traditional top-loading machine. They also have a large capacity to accommodate bulky items such as comforters. A washing machine evaluation by Good Housekeeping reveals that front-loading machines provide the top cleaning performance on every configuration tested, and the machine style's high spin speed extracts more moisture from clothing for faster drying. Negative aspects include wash cycles that can last more than 30 minutes, excessive vibration, the potential for musty odors and a high cost.
Traditional top-loading washers generally have uncomplicated control panels and do not force users to bend or kneel to insert and remove clothing. There are also high-efficiency top-loading washers on the market that clean as well as front-loading washers, and they only fill the tub part-way during wash cycles to conserve water. The lack of an agitator allows these models to accommodate large loads, but their prices are comparable to those of front-loading machines as of 2015.