Are Front-Load Washers Really Worth the Extra Cost?

November 1, 2010 View all articles in Home

Perhaps over the years you have considered replacing your old washing machine with something new, but the price of the new front-load washers has always put you off.  True, they are usually $300-400 more expensive than their top-load cousins, but from a green prospective, they are worth every penny, not to mention they will eventually pay for themselves.


While the differences between front-load machines are many, here are some of the more important ones:

  • Front-load washers lack the large paddle device that is in the center of the top-load machines, this increases their capacity by around 30%
  • They require less water, around half as much, and therefore require less electricity to heat the water.
  • Front-loaders spin at 1000 rpm, compared to 600-700 rpm of the top-loaders.  This makes the clothes come out cleaner and drier, which reduces time in the dryer, and therefore saves energy.
  • Most front-loaders can stack with dryers, saving space around the house.
  • Front-load washers are quieter.  The whir of the spin cycle is the only noise, there are no clunking sounds.
  • It is estimated that the front-loaders save 15 gallons of water per load, which is over 6,000 gallons per year for the average family.

Although the front-load washers are initially more expensive, they will pay for themselves in a matter of years, as well as save thousands of gallons of water and watts of energy as they go.  So if you are one of those who were on the fence about getting a front-load washer, get up and go! The earth will love you for it, and so will your clothes.


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