Top-Load vs. Front-Load Washing Machines

Top-Load vs. Front-Load Washing Machines

Are you looking to buy a new washing machine? If so, there are a ton of great washing machines on the market to choose from. One of the biggest decisions to make when it comes to buying a new washing machine is whether you want a top-loader or a front-loader machine.

In today’s blog from Boomtown Furniture, Appliance, & Mattress, your local Jacksonville appliance store, we’ll highlight all of the features to take into consideration about both front-loaders and top-loaders. Hopefully, by the end of this blog you’ll be able to make a more informed decision about your next appliance purchase! If you have additional questions or you would like to check out our selection of washers in person, stop by our store and talk to an associate today.


One of the biggest things to consider when buying a new washing machine is the space that it will take up in your Jacksonville home. If your laundry space is limited, a front-load washing machine may be your best option because it can be stacked on top of or underneath your dryer. However, if you have a more spacious laundry room, a top-loading washing machine can be set up side-by-side next to your dryer.


When it comes to wash cycles, a front-loading washing machine offers a variety of cycle options while a top-loading machine offers shorter wash cycles. You may notice, however, that your clothes are less wet at the end of their wash cycle with a front-loading machine than with a top-loading machine .

Water & Energy Usage

Top-load washing machines have a higher capacity, which means that they use more water and detergent per cycle. A standard top-loading machine uses about 40 gallons of water. On the contrary, front-load washing machines use around 13 gallons of water per load. As far as energy consumption goes, a front-load washing machine is more energy efficient, cutting electricity by up to 50% when paired with an electric hot water heater. As you’re searching for a new washing machine, be sure to look for the EnergyStar label to choose one that is as energy-efficient as possible!


Cost may play the most important role if you’re looking for a new washing machine on a budget. The cost of front-load washing machines may be higher when you purchase them, but because of their energy efficiency, they can help lower your electricity bill in the long run. A top-loading washing can be more affordable up front, but because of their high water and energy consumption, may end up costing you more on your utility bills.


At the end of the day, a front-load washing machine offers better cleaning performance than a top-load machine, but there are a variety of other factors to consider that make a top-load machine great as well. If you have more questions about which is right for you and your Jacksonville home, contact our store or stop by and visit us today!

Buy Your New Washing Machine From Boomtown Furniture, Appliance, & Mattress Today!

At Boomtown Furniture, Appliance, & Mattress, we have a huge selection of brand name washing machines to choose from. Stop by or visit us online to view our selection or to talk to a customer service representative about whether a top-load or front-load washer is right for you.

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