top of page

Top Loader VS front loader: which is the better option?

Today’s topic of discussion arises because of work I’ve been doing here at the office. As you might know Littlefoot offer both front loader and top loader specific laundry liquids, but this is about to change. At the start of the year I said I was working on some things I would announce later in the year, one of those things was the reformulation of our laundry liquid! I have been hard at work improving it, making it more effective and most importantly compatible with whichever washing machine you have!

So while we look at the pros and cons of both machines you can know with certainty that whichever one you use Littlefoot laundry liquid will work perfectly for you! Lets crack into it shall we?


  • Clothes can come out cleaner. The tumbling motion of a front load washer puts gravity and friction to use, removing stains and spots more thoroughly with less water and energy.

  • All front loaders are high efficiency, using less water overall (and thus less hot water during hot cycles).

  • Front load washers can also reduce dry time. Water drains out of clothes more easily with a tumbling motion, so clothes come out of the washer dryer, further reducing energy use.

  • Front load washers can be easier to reach for those in wheelchairs or children.

  • You can stack front load washers with dryers to save space.


  • You must bend or squat down to put laundry in a front load washer, which can be painful. However, you can stack your washer on a pedestal to make it a little more comfortable.

  • Front load washers can require more maintenance than top load washers.

  • You can’t always put clothes in mid-cycle, as the door locks to prevent leakage.

  • Because it’s harder for water to evaporate, front load washers may have more mold or mildew problems.

  • Because of the way weight is distributed during a tumble-style wash, front load washers are more vulnerable to damage due to overloading.


  • You don’t need to bend to load the washer. This can be easier on the back and joints, especially for those with mobility problems.

  • Top load washers with agitators can be much cheaper than high-efficiency and/or front load washers.

  • Though models vary greatly, many top load washers have shorter cycle times.

  • Water evaporates upward out of the machine very easily, reducing the risk of mold or mildew.

  • It’s easy to add clothes mid-cycle – convenient for busy families.


  • The twisting mechanism of agitator-style top loaders doesn’t clean as thoroughly or efficiently as the tumbling motion of front loaders.

  • The agitator also takes up space, so agitator-style models may not fit as many clothes per cycle.

  • Top load washers tend to use more water and energy.

  • Top load machines can be rough on fabrics because of the agitator. High-efficiency models, in particular, can cause more tangling of laundry because of the low water level and faster spin speed.

What do you think? Are you satisfied with your home laundry solution? Let us know on our social media, we are always happy to hear from you lovely people.

Recent Posts

See All
bottom of page