If you are in the market for a new washing machine, one of your first decisions will be determining whether you buy a top load or front load washer. Both do the job of washing your clothes, but several differences exist between the two styles. Your decision may also be based on the design of your laundry space or your personal preference.

We’ve developed a list of differences for each style to help you declare a winner in your Speed Queen® front loader vs. top loader debate.


Traditional Top Load Washer

Efficient Front Load Washer

Easier to load and unload (no bending necessary!)

Need to bend down to load and unload

Lower in cost, in most cases

Higher in cost, in most cases

Less energy efficient

More energy efficient

Uses an agitator to wash laundry

Uses gravity to wash laundry, which is gentler on clothes

Shorter cycle times: 28 minutes

Longer cycle times: 45 minutes

Can soak clothes, when needed

Can soak clothes, when needed


 Higher spin speeds for reduced drying time


If you are in the market for a Speed Queen, here are a few more things to know about our machines:

  • Our electronic controlled machines offer a 5 year warranty on parts and labor. Our mechanical controlled machines offer a 3 year warranty on parts and labor.
  • Our top load and front load washers have the same cleaning performance.
  • Speed Queen® front load washers are designed to handle about 20 percent more weight (tested at a 22-pound capacity load).
  • Front load washers use less water, in general. However, when we compare only the Eco-Normal cycle on our top load machine with a similar cycle on our front load machine, the published average annual energy cost was not only similar, but very low: $10 for the top loader and $8 for the front loader.
  • Our front loader features dynamic balancing technology resulting in little to no vibration. It also provides greater control over the spin speed which helps you select the perfect speed to keep your clothes looking newer longer.


Space is a consideration

Another factor to consider when determining the best style for you is the space available in your home. A Speed Queen stacked washer and dryer unit can accommodate a small area. However, top load machines must be placed next to your dryer, taking up valuable floor space.

All Speed Queen units have small footprints making them easier to fit in most if not all spaces.

Top Load Washer: 25 5/8 inches wide

Matching Dryer: 26 7/8 inches wide


So, which machine wins the top load vs. front load washer debate? Tell us in the comments!