Everyone hates doing laundry, but it’s even worse doing laundry in a washing machine you don’t like or one that has problems. A top loading washing machine is the standard, traditional type of washing machine, and while you may be tempted to go with one of the front loading machines or other fancy washing machine, there’s a reason why a top loading washing machine is the traditional standard type of machine. It has several different advantages over other types of washing machines.
Top loading washing machines are fairly simple in their operation. All you have to do is open the top of the washing machine, dump your dirty laundry down into the tumbler, and close the lid. Generally, you’ll find a few different knobs on your top loading washing machine. One will set the load size (small or large, generally); another will set the water (cold, hot, or warm); and the final knob, the one with the most options, will let you set the various washing options (permanent press, extra-dirty, etc.).
A top loading washing machine does not have some of the issues that the newer, more modern front loading washing machines have. While the newest, most modern front loading machines have overcome some of these issues, some still have problems with water leaking out around the door. The seal on the front door of these new washing machines can, over time, no longer shut quite as tightly as it should. This can allow water to drip out all over the floor. Top loading washing machines do not have this issue since water never reaches the lid and the rest of the washing machine, barring the section on the back where water flows in and out of the machine, is virtually water tight and does not leak.
Another issue is cost. A top loading washing machine is often cheaper than a front loading machine simply because they are seen as being older. However, top loading washing machines are still made today, and many are quite modern. Top loading washing machines are also the predominate type of washing machine that can be bought used. If you’re looking for a washing machine on a budget, you’ll most likely find a top loading washing machine is your best option. This is especially true if you just need a washer – some front loading washers and dryers come as a set.
There is one more option for a washing machine: a stackable washer and dryer. By stacking the dryer on top of the top loading washing machine, you only need half the space for your laundry appliances. However, these stackable washers and dryers are smaller than full sized units, so you’ll have to do more loads of laundry to wash the same amount of clothes. If you don’t have space for a full sized washer and dryer, though, a stackable unit may be your only choice. Stackable washers and dryers feature top loading washing machines; however, since the dryer hangs over the washer, the lids on these top loading washing machines are often fairly short so they can be fully opened.
A top loading washing machine may be seen as an older model, but in truth, top loading washing machines are still the most popular type of washing machine. They’re also the most reliable, and while some front loading machines have better seals, there’s always the chance of water leaking out of them. That’s just not a concern with a top loading washing machine. If you’re concerned about leaking or simply want a washing machine that you know you can get parts and service for, a top loading washing machine is just what you need.