Front loading or top loading washing machines without agitators typically use less water and clean more efficiently and effectively than traditional washing machines with agitators. Washing machines without agitators are more expensive, but they are gentler on clothes and save money on energy costs.
Non-agitator washing machines are available as top loaders or front loaders. Top loaders without agitators are commonly referred to as high-efficiency top loading washing machines. In order to clean clothes, these machines move the clothes in all different directions. High-efficiency top loaders do not fill completely with water, unlike models with agitators, and they also spin faster, which leads to a more efficient cleaning process.
Front loaders spin faster than their top loading counterparts, and they clean clothes by shifting them to the top of the tub and dropping them back down. Besides an overall energy efficiency, front loading models can also be more space-efficient since they can be stacked with a dryer.
Traditional top loading washing machines clean more quickly than their non-agitator counterparts, but in the process, they use more water to clean and then extract less water during the spin cycle. With more water left in the clothes, the drying process takes longer and uses more energy. The lower cost is the main benefit of a top loader with a center post agitator.