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On top or up front? Choose the right washer for you


The Vapour Time Manager front-load washer saves time, water and energy with its time manager feature.The agitators in top-load washing machines tend to be rougher on clothes, although the latest T-Drive range of top load washers use T-Drive technology, giving clothes a much gentler wash.

When choosing a washing machine, the distinction between a top or front loading washer can seem like a mere stylistic preference. However, both types of washers bring distinct benefits to your laundry, and the choice can affect everything from the efficiency of your washing machine to the lifespan of your clothes.

Due to its lower cost in general, top load washers have been more popular in Southeast Asia, with the majority of households preferring it over front load washers. However, the introduction of feature-rich front loading washers like the EWF10831 Vapour Time Manager  which  offers even more time, water and energy savings, has won over new fans.


In the meantime, top-load washers like Electrolux’s T-Drive range, have been working to overcome the traditional drawbacks of such washers. With its T-Drive technology, this latest range simulates the gentle action of hand washing that prevents laundry from tangling, thus  reducing wear and tear.  It also  uses less water than the average top loader for a cleaner wash.


Both types of washers do still have general differences to take into account when making a purchase.. Here are some factors to consider:


One of the biggest considerations in any purchase and the reason for the popularity of top-loaders in Southeast Asia. Front load washers typically cost at least several hundred dollars more than their top load counterparts.  However, in the longer term, front loads tend to recoup this difference and more via its energy and water savings. Top load models however, still retain great appeal for those on limited budgets.


Front load washers typically use about a third of the water required by a top loader. This is because while top loading machines require the water to cover all the clothes in its drum, the drums in front load washers constantly turn to drop clothes back into the water. Front load washers also can hold larger loads, saving on the number of laundry cycles needed when there is a large amount of dirty laundry to be washed. A front load ’s spin mechanism can also spin faster, giving the clothes a shorter drying time and saving energy.

Wear and tear

The agitators most top-loads  use to move your clothes in the wash can be rough on the laundry. Residue left on clothes from detergent not dissolving properly in the wash, is also a problem with many top load washers. The Electrolux T-Drive range addresses these issues with its unique technology that ensures that detergent is totally dissolved while giving clothes a gentler wash.

Front load washers achieve the same results as they use gravity to wash clothes, saving your laundry a lot of wear and tear. This also helps extend the life of your clothes.


Complementary appliances such as a dryer can be stacked on top of front loading washers. Top loads are not able to offer the same option.  . If you have limited floor space, a front loading washer may be the better choice.


Front load washers require kneeling or bending in order to load and unload laundry, unlike top loads.   Top loads also offer the convenience of adding that forgotten T-shirt or sock after the cycle has started. Those pieces will have to wait for the next load if you own a front load washer.  Adding detergent or fabric softener mid-cycle is an option with top loads, but not front load models.

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