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Top Load Washing Machines

There are many top load washing machines available with both the old style agitator in the tub and some without the agitator which use alternative methods to agitate and clean the clothes. When one plans to buy a washer there are a few things to look for.

One is, does the washer have the capacity needed for your family's needs? You should buy the largest that your budget and available space allows, allowing room to wash anything that may come around. Secondly, does it have a stainless steel tub or is it porcelain. Porcelain is more prone to rust stains and chipping while stainless will last a lot longer.

Automatic temperature controls are also favorable as there is no guessing as to the correct temperature of the water. Also, you should decide whether you want to have knobs and switches for controls or an electronic keypad. The keypad is far more delicate and more expensive to repair.

Advantages of Top Loading Washing Machines

For top load washers there are many things in common no matter the brand. Some of these include capacity ranges of twelve to sixteen pounds, adjustable water level and temperature control and multiple wash settings.

Some higher end machines have more options on wash cycles and special additions to make the clothes washing faster.

In general top loaders are cheaper and have many benefits over front load washers, such as having shorter wash cycles, the ability to add extra items in the middle of a cycle and being easier on the back.

Disadvantages of Top Load Washing Machine

Even though top load washer machines often have short washing cycles they use up to three times more hot water than more efficient top loading models and front loaders.

They can also be fairly noisy and tends to bounce about. Some of the newer top loaders are available to fix this problem. Also, those washing machines that are still made with the agitators are culprits in the wear and tear of clothing.

Price Range of Top Loading Washer Machines

The good news is these machines are fairly cheap in price, usually being sold in the range of about $200 to $700.

They can be found in many places including Sears, Home Depot, Amazon.com, Bestbuy.com, Maytag, Whirlpool and other company websites. You may also be able to find top load washing machines for lease in various rent-to-own places such as Aaron's.

Top Picks for 2010

haier hlp21e top load washer
Haier HLP21E Top Load Washer

Haier XQJ50-31 portable top loading washer machine
This model has received mostly good reviews. It has an eleven pound capacity, three water and temperature levels and four wash presets.

It is a small washer but is said to be wonderful in cleaning. One customer even said it was "energy efficient, quiet, easy to use and easy to assemble." The price generally ranges in between $300 to $400, with the exception of Haier HLP21E model, which sells for just over $200.

maytag bravos mvwb800v top load washing machine

Maytag Bravos MVWB800V
is an energy star compliant, 4.7 cubic feet capacity top loader. It is a bit more expensive at the price tag of $900 to $1000+ but it has vibration control, stability and durability, is very quiet and has thirteen different wash presets.

It is one of the top Maytag models as well as one of the longest lasting machines made by Maytag.

General Electric top loading washing machine can be found for around $700. One of the good models to consider is the GE WPRE8150WH. This is a 3.5 cubic feet capacity, extremely quiet washer that runs at about 630 RPM. It has 41 wash presets, fabric softener dispenser, 6 temperature levels and automatic water levels. Like Maytag, It is energy star compliant and has a stainless steel tub. This washer is highly efficient and enjoyable to those who have purchased it.

During research we found that many people were searching for information about General Electric WHRE5550H top load washer review, but as it turned out, this machine has many problems and complaints from previous owner, so we don't recommend buying this model.

Washing Machine Tips

There are a few tips and tricks to keep your new washer up and running at its best. Occasionally the washer may get a rather foul musty smell to it. This can be remedied by taking the cabinet off the top of the washer and cleaning the top of the tub where dust, dirt and lent sometimes accumulates, locking in moisture and producing a foul odor. Or if that isn't the cause, simply fill the tub with hot water and add some bleach and allow to sit over night. This usually does the trick although you may have to repeat the process.

In summary, top load washing machines are easy to use and are as diverse in selection as the number of people who use them. If you look and do some research (e.g. reading articles on our washer reviews website), chances are you'll find the perfect one for your home.

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