When you're looking for a new washer, the first and most basic question to answer is what type of washer makes the most sense for your home. No one type of washer is best; each has its own pros and cons that you will want to consider. Different types of washers vary in how efficient and expensive they are. Some take up less space, while others can hold more laundry. Think about what's most important to you in a washer, and read on to get a big-picture idea of the general differences between top-load washers, high-efficiency (HE) top-load washers and front-load washers.
|Top-Load Washers||HE Top-Load Washers||Front-Load Washers|
|Ease of access||Easier||
|Capacity*||Holds less||Holds more||Holds more|
||Less efficient||More efficient||Most efficient|
|Cost*||Least expensive||Moderately expensive
*Refer to the Washers Buying Guide for more specific dimension, capacity and cost ranges.