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Homeowners can clean a front-load washer by wiping the gasket and door after use, wiping the detergent dispenser weekly or monthly, and running a cycle without any clothing. Regular cleaning removes detergent, fabric softener and dirt that collect inside the machine.


Compare the best top-loading washers on TopTenReviews.com and Reviewed.com, as of 2015. TopTenReviews.com gives the LG mega-capacity washer its top marks, with a rating of 9.35 out of 10, while Reviewed.com ranks the Samsung WA50F9A8DSP in its top spot, with a rating of 7.6 out of 10.


The Electrolux Wave-Touch EWFLS70JIW is the best front-loading washer, according to TopTenReviews, which reports that users can choose from 12 options and 20 cycles for each load of laundry. The machine has energy-saving features and a large tub, making it useful for a family.


The maximum load capacity of a front load washer can vary between 12 to 20 pounds, depending on the size of the machine. Clothing and fabrics loaded in a front load washer should be packed loosely to minimize wrinkling and uneven washing during a cycle.


Common brands for top-loading washers include Maytag, LG, Whirlpool and GE. A variety of other manufacturers, including Samsung and Amana, also make washers with top-load systems.


According to About.com, the most common problems with front-loading washing machines include mold or mildew buildup inside the machine and brown or gray spots on clothing. Leaks are also reported as a problem with front-loading washing machines.


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.


Front-loading washing machines perform better than high-efficiency top-loading machines, according to Consumer Reports. Front-loading machines do a better job at getting clothes clean, as of 2015. Front loaders also extract more water than top-loaders, reducing the time to dry a load of clothes.


The benefits of front-load washers include reduced water use, increased clothing life and energy efficiency. The top side of such washers can be used as storage space for clothing and washing detergents. Front-load washers occupy less space and can allow one to stack a dryer on top.


As of March 2015, J.D. Powers ranks LG and Samsung top loading washer and dryer sets among the best in overall customer satisfaction. Consumer Reports includes three top loaders from these manufacturers on its list of best washer and dryer sets.