How to Choose Between Whirlpool Front Load vs Top Load Washers

With so many options on the market, it’s hard to choose between the different special features Whirlpool washers have nowadays. So let’s start with the basics and look at Whirlpool top load vs front load washers.

Whirlpool Top Load vs Front Load Washers: Which to Choose

There are many factors to consider when looking at the pros and cons of top load and front load washing machines. We’ve broken down the things you need to know so you can make the right decision:


One of the biggest advantages of a top load washer vs front load washer is how easy it is to load. While there is still some bending and kneeling required, a top load washer is arguably easier to load and unload.  However, it may be harder to reach the bottom of the washer depending on your height.

As for a Whirlpool front load washer, there is more bending and kneeling required. That being said, unloading can be easier as you won’t have to reach as far in as you do with a top load.

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Wash Speed

While actual wash cycle times are comparable between Whirlpool top load vs front load washers, there is another thing to consider. Spin speed is pretty important when it comes to drying out your clothes. This leads to faster drying times in your dryer.

Top load washers just can’t compare to a front load’s speed. A Whirlpool front load washer can be up to 2x faster in spin speed when compared to its top load counterpart. This means faster drying times that will save you money on your energy bill!

Cleaning Performance

While popular opinion may point toward top load washers in this category, front load washers win every time. While it may be comforting to see your clothes soaking in water with the agitator rubbing them clean, it actually won’t get your clothes any cleaner than a front load washer.

Not only is a top load washer’s process less efficient in cleaning performance, but it uses much more water. This leads to higher water bills. So when weighing the pros and cons of top load and front load washing machines, keep these factors in mind.

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When wondering, “Which is the best, top loading or front loading washing machines?” reliability is usually on your mind. We’re happy to tell you, neither is considered more reliable over the other.

However, what should be considered instead is the cost of repair. Front load washers are much more difficult to repair, especially when the motor breaks down. Consequently, the cost of repair is greater.


Since we are considering costs, how do Whirlpool top load vs front load washer retail costs compare? While front load washers notoriously are more pricey, their costs have lowered through the years and are more competitive with top load washer prices. However, you should consider more than just the upfront costs.

Lower power and water bills can really add up over time. That’s where front load washers really come out on top. For example, the Whirlpool WFW92HEFW front load washer only uses 89 kWh per year compared to the Whirlpool WTW7500GC top load washer’s 212 kWh per year. This alone will save you money on your power bills in the long run.

No matter which washer style you choose, we’ll be here to help if it ever breaks down. Call Oak Valley Appliance today to schedule your Palmdale washer repair service call.

David lange

David Lange

In 1982 David went to work for his mom as a service technician and has been servicing appliances ever since. He is the owner of Oak Valley Appliance, an appliance repair company in Tehachapi, CA, with local techs also serving Lancaster, Ridgecrest, and surrounding areas.