Top-loading washing machines make up a small market niche characterized mainly by mid-range or economic models. Let’s find out together what are the advantages (and disadvantages) of this appliance.
Top Load Washing machine: features and functionality
Their design, functional to the optimization of dimensions and ease of use, includes a loading door located at the top in place of the classic front porthole. Under this architecture, the basket is rotated 180° and placed in a longitudinal position to reduce the washing machine’s width.
These characteristics obviously involve differences both in the washing cycle and the practical use of the washing machine. We can deduce some advantages and disadvantages that we will then analyze.
Measurements and load capacity.
For the same capacity, in a top-loading washing machine, the measurements are more compact than the front-charge models. The longitudinal basket allows to reduce the width up to 40 cm, maintaining a standard depth of 60 cm, a height of 90 cm and a load ranging from 5 to 8 kg.
Such features wink at the less numerous families, who need a washing machine charged from above by the container sizes. The small dimensions allow you to place the washing machine even in the most cramped spaces, such as a storage room, a sub-stale or a small bathroom. The ability to load the washing machine from above without bending over also represents a huge advantage for older people.
Conversely, with a maximum load capacity of 8 kg, washing machines charged from above do not suit large families and those who prefer to wash larger laundry volumes at wider intervals. However, those who carry out frequent washing will like faster programs and the possibility of adding washing garments in progress; characteristic that on front-loading washing machines is still not widespread.
Top Load Washing Machine prices
Nowadays, it is easy to find a washing machine charged from above at affordable prices. The compact dimensions, combined with the different design solutions, make these washing machines very advantageous compared to the front porthole variants.
The cheapest Models of Class A+ cost from 200 to 300€; the most efficient ones, which reach up to class A+++, are offered at a price between 400 and 600€ depending on the technical characteristics and load capacity.
The price differences between a top-loading washing machine and a traditional washing machine lie mainly in how the basket is accessed and the basket’s design.
For the same energy efficiency, the absence of the glass porthole and the increased use of plastic components reduce the price in the face of less wear resistance. Besides, on washing machines charging from above the basket and its bearings are generally subjected to greater wear due to longitudinal rotation. Therefore, it is advisable to evaluate your longevity and frequency of use needs before deciding which version to buy.