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What is a top-loading washing machine?

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A top-loading washing machine is one in which clothing is loaded from the top because that is where the unit's door is located. This type of appliance design is often compared to the front-loading variety.

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A top-loading washing machine is typically less expensive than a front loader, but it cannot be stacked to save floor space. It also uses more water and energy and may shorten the life of clothing because the agitation process is not gentle. Laundry soap for the top loader is typically cheaper, because this traditional washer uses standard grocery store detergent, while the front loader needs a more efficient product to avoid creating too many suds.

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