Front Load Washing Machines

Image Credit: tap78 on stock.xchng (http://www.sxc.hu/browse.phtml?f=view&id=373221)

Image Credit: tap78 on stock.xchng (http://www.sxc.hu/browse.phtml?f=view&id=373221)

Front load washing machines offer several big advantages over top load units. They use less water and electricity, and their design makes them better for people who have limited space. This explains why front load machines have a slightly higher purchase price than top loaders.

Although small in size, these machines generally hold a similar number of clothes as top load units, with an average machine holding somewhere around 6.5kg of dry clothing. When buying a washing machine, make sure to think about how many people you wash for. For a single person, something around 4.5kg is more than enough, while a family with two or more children may want a 6kg or bigger unit.

Efficiency

One of the most important reasons for buying a front load washer is that they use less water and less electricity than top load machines.

Information form the government-sponsored Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme shows that for 5kg to 6kg machines, front load units use an average of 58.7 litres of water per load, while top load machines use 109.1. That equates to about just over 6 standard buckets of water for the front loader versus 12 for the top loader. There are even some washers that use less than 5 buckets of water per wash. WELS information is presented to consumers via a sticker on the washing machine, or the packaging, which contains a number and star rating.

Front load washers also use, on average, less electricity than top loaders. Research shows that 5kg to 6kg front load washing machines use on average about half the electricity of top load machines of a similar size.

The speed of the spin cycle also has an impact on how much energy a washing machine uses. The spin cycle refers to when the machine spins your clothes around after a wash to remove as much water as possible. It is measured in rotations per minute, or rpm for short. Many front load units will have a top spin speed greater than 1000rpm, whereas top load units usually offer a slower top speed of 600rpm to 800rpm. The faster spin can result in clothes coming out dryer which means less time on the line or, if you are using a clothes dryer, less electricity.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Andrew Kliem

Good Gear Guide
Show Comments

Essentials

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?