High-efficiency top-loading washing machines are sold by most major appliance retailers, including Home Depot, Best Buy and Gregg Appliances. Many appliance retailers offer free home delivery, amnd many also offer installation.
High-efficiency top-loading washing machines use less water and can clean more clothes than traditional top-loading models. They can also extract more water during their spin cycles, which results in clothes that dry faster with greater energy efficiency. Since high-efficiency machines use less water, they also require less laundry detergent, which can lead to significant savings over time. For these machines, manufacturers recommend high-efficiency laundry detergent, which foams less. Regular laundry detergent can create excessive amounts of foam in high-efficiency machines, resulting in leakage during the wash cycle.
The primary disadvantage of HE top-loading washers is the increased likelihood of wrinkled or tangled clothing caused by high-speed spinning. Larger, high-efficiency top loaders are typically taller with a deeper tub to accommodate a larger wash load, and for shorter users, this can also be a distinct disadvantage. High-efficiency top loaders can be as expensive as front loaders, so front loading machine may be a better option for shorter consumers. Additionally, due to the lack of an agitator, waterproof or water-resistant fabrics can unbalance HE top loading machines, potentially causing damage.