Front-loading washing machines, such as a Maytag front-load washer, use less water than top-loading washers, while top-loaders use approximately twice as much water as front-loaders. The less water used, the less electricity required to heat the water, which results in energy savings.
A review of the Maytag Bravos XL washing machine on Reviewed.com explains that top loaders require more water in order to saturate a load of laundry, whereas the tumbling action of front-loaders can wet a load of laundry with just a small amount of water.
Front-loading machines also tend to clean better due to the tumbling action and more concentrated detergent, says Consumer Reports. They spin faster than even the highest-efficiency top-loaders, which reduces drying time, subsequently saving energy. However, front-loaders typically have longer wash cycles.