Old-timers from Mumbai will recall that there used to be a place known as Dhobi Talao in Mumbai.

You could see scores of men and women washing clothes in the area. Of course, it was a commercial activity. Today, with the advent of the Washing machines, the Dhobi Talao remains just in name.

Front Load vs Top Load Washing Machine

On the topic of washing machines, one can say that buying a washing machine is a tough job.

You have to contend with various models of machines, semi-automatic, automatic, front load machines, top load machines, and so on.

It is very confusing as to which of the machine types is better, front loading or top loading.

Let us see the difference between a front loading and top loading washing machine in the following paragraphs. This should make your job of choosing the right machine for your home easy.

Difference between Front load and Top load Washing machine

To make it light-hearted, let us have a small game like situation. We shall treat this as a football match between the front load and top load washing machine.

The design

The name itself spells the difference. The difference is in the way you load the clothes. In a front loading machine, the drum sits horizontally with the motor behind it. In a top load washing machine, the drum sits vertically with the motor beneath it.

Water usage (Washing)

The front loading washing machine does not require much water. This is because the rotating drum turns the clothes back into the water. This is one of the biggest advantages of a front load washing machine. In a top load washing machine, you have to add enough water to cover all the clothes. Thus, you find that the top load washing machine consumes thrice the quantity of water as compared to a front loading washing machine.

Water usage (Rinsing)

The top loading washing machine requires an equally large quantity of water for rinsing the clothes. The front load washing machine sprays water while rotating the drum. Hence, the front load machines consume less water than the top load ones. This is a disadvantage of the top load washing machine.


The capacity of the front loading washing machine is higher because it does not contain an agitator. Some of the top loading washing machines come with agitators. Hence you cannot put more clothes inside such machines.

Energy efficiency

The front load washing machines run for longer periods, but at a comparatively slower speed. Hence, they are more energy efficient as compared to the top loading machines.

Longevity of clothes

The top load washing machines have agitators that twist and turn the clothes in different directions. Hence, you find clothes getting entangled in these agitators. This can damage the fabric thereby reducing the lifespan of the clothes. In comparison, the clothes remain intact in a front loading washing machine.


In a front load washing machine, you have to bend down and add or remove the clothes. Alternatively, you have to place the machine on a pedestal. Hence, people suffering from back pain usually do not prefer to use front loading washing machine. This is not the case with a top loading washing machine. You can add the clothes while standing erect. Therefore, this machine is better for such people who have a suspect back. This is an advantage of the top load washing machine.

Last minute additions

The top loading washing machines allow you to add clothes even after the commencement of the cycle. You can pause the cycle and add the clothes. The cycle resumes when you shut the lid. You do not have this liberty of adding clothes after the commencing of the cycle in case of a front loading washing machine. This is one disadvantage of the front load washing machine.


This is a matter of great interest to Indians. It should be because Indians are one of the best cost-conscious people in the world. The front load machines are more expensive than the top load machines because of their energy saving and other advanced features.


The scoreline (4-3) suggests that the front loading washing machines are better than the top loading washing machines.

VS Chaithanya is Kitchenarena's editor-in-chief. He is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert and has been interested in computer hardware, software, and gaming right since the time he was a child.
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