While there are thousands of different makes and models of washing machines in the world, there are two basic kinds of machines that we can find in our homes today: the top loading washing machine and the front loader.
Front loading machines let you load your clothes along a horizontal axis. This is the type of machine that is the most frequently found in the UK and most other European countries. The top loader allows for clothes to be loaded through the top of the machine, and the washing action is done on a vertical axis. This type of machine is mostly found in the American continent (Canada, USA and most Latin American countries) plus some other parts of the world like Australia and New Zealand.
Best Top Loading Washing Machine Reviews
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But as you search for your next washing appliance, you may be wondering whether top loading washing machines could be better than the standard front loader found in most UK homes. Even though they represent just around 10% of the washing machine market share in Europe, this doesn’t mean that they aren’t of good quality or don’t do a good job washing clothes. In fact they can perform just as well as a front loader, which is one of the reasons why their popularity is growing in markets that were traditionally dominated by front loading machines.
Top loading washing machines are, as a general rule, less expensive to acquire. For those who are on a budget and need a new appliance, the top loader would be their natural choice. With regards to reliability, you may be surprised that top loaders are less prone to problems and breakdowns. Their mechanical components are slightly less prone to failure and wear, plus their design lets them avoid some common issues that front-load machines have. In fact, there are some people who have had the same top-load machine for over three decades and it is still performing just fine without needing any professional maintenance. A front-load could have issues with mold growing near the door mechanism as it is constantly exposed to water. There is also a possibility of water leakage if the seal around the door is worn or broken.
Fixing a broken door on a front-load machine is often expensive, but as the hinged door on top loading washing machines basically serves just as a cover and isn’t constantly exposed to water, it is very easy to fix and usually involves just replacing one of the hinges. If anything else breaks on it, repairs that require a professional technician are usually less expensive with a top-loader.
Despite the fact that they are much more affordable and usually much smaller, top loading washing machines aren’t all built “cheap.” Your model choices will range from a very basic budget model to a luxury one with all the bells and whistles like electronic controls and a color LCD screen. Thus, no matter what your budget is, you will have a wide variety of makes and models to select from if you’re in the market for a top loader.
Top 3 Top Loading washing machine reviews
Whirlpool AWE 5125 Top-Loading Washing Machine Energy Efficiency Class AAB-A (10 %) / 5 kg / 1200 rpm / 0.85 kWh / White
The Whirlpool AWE 5125 is an automatic washing machine that is pretty heavy duty. Even though it’s not very small, it makes up for its large size with a large washing capacity and powerful motor.
The first thing you’ll notice is the size of this thing. It’s 63 x 40 x 90cm and it weighs 60 kilograms. You don’t want to be lugging this thing around on your caravan, but it’s great for your laundry room. The noise level is rated at 59 db. That’s not too loud considering the decibel levels of some other washing machines. The motor is intense, spinning at roughly 1200 times per minute! That’s about 20 times per second- pretty intense, right? As far as the energy efficiency, this model is rated at an AAB-A. Anything in the A category is extremely efficient, so this model will save you a lot of money in the long run.
This is a newer top loading washing machine to the UK so there aren’t many reviews on it yet. Keep in mind that because Whirlpool is a well-known appliance brand, it’s likely to be pretty reliable. And even if you do have problems with it, Whirlpool’s customer service should be able to take care of you quickly.
40cm A Rated 1000 Spin 5kg Top Loader washing Machine (AWE6517)
The AWE 6517 from Whirlpool is a good washing machine for most families. Whether it’s just you or you have a spouse and little ones, it can handle just about anything you can throw at it.
Like many washing machines from Whirlpool right now, this unit has an energy rating of A. I don’t have to tell you why this is important considering how quickly we’re polluting the Earth. Another good feature is that the wash performance is A rated. This means it thoroughly washes your clothes. That doesn’t necessarily mean you can throw in a bunch of stained, super-nasty clothes and expect them to come out looking brand new. It just means it gets out most of the dirt and surface level stains. The downside? The spin performance is only C rated. Also, this unit is pretty heavy- a whopping 100 kilograms. I don’t think you’ll be taking this thing in your caravan!
This machine has great reviews online. A common feature that customers love is the fact that it’s top loading. This is important for preventing mold issues and saving a lot of space. Some people just don’t have a large laundry room, which a front loader requires. Another thing is that customers said this unit is very reliable. One person said that their first model lasted 15 years, and the second lasted 12! That’s pretty impressive. Finally, customers said that it’s a good deal for the price.
Whirlpool American Style Washing Machine – High Capacity – Top Loading
The Whirlpool washing machine is the next one we want to talk about. It looks pretty similar to some other Whirlpool models we’ve discussed, although there are a few differences.
This unit’s motor spins 1,000 times per minute. That’s much faster than smaller machines typically boast, but it is slower than some other models like the Whirlpool 5125. The maximum loading capacity of this unit is 5 kilograms. Keep that in mind before you start throwing in tons of heavy blue jeans or jackets. The 6515 is top loading, which tends to have fewer problems than front loading machines. Washing machines loaded by the front tend to have mold and smell issues. Even though this model has an energy rating of A, it does not have the energy savings trust feature. Keep in mind that this isn’t a big deal, although it is worth noting if you want an extremely environmentally-friendly unit. This model is pretty slim, making it a good choice if you don’t have much floorspace.
Another model still relatively new to the UK, there aren’t many online reviews from existing customers yet. That said, the few reviews we did find praise this machine. They said that the Whirlpool AWE 6515 lasts a long time, does a great job of washing clothes and that it gets a lot of water out while preparing for the dryer.