Top loading washing machine

Best Top Loading Washing Machine (2019 UK)

Unlike in the US, the vast majority of washing machines in the UK are front loading. However, you can still find top loading washing machines if you know where to look.

Front loading machines are more popular in the UK as we tend to put our washing machines in the kitchen or laundry room underneath a countertop.

Top loading washing machines have both advantages and disadvantages when compared to front loading machines.

Advantages of top loading machines

  • Faster cycle times
  • You don’t need to bend down so much—good if you have back problems
  • You can often add washing mid-cycle

Downsides of top loading machines

  • Tend to be less energy efficient
  • Spin speed tends to be slower, so washing requires more drying
  • Less gentle than front loaders, so they’re not as good for delicates

When choosing a top loading machine, bear in mind that the dimensions will be quite different to those of a front loading machine. Top loaders are taller and narrower, so they are a good choice for narrow spaces.

Since there aren’t many top loading washing machines on the market in the UK, there isn’t so much choice when it comes to load capacity. Most top loaders in the UK only have a load capacity of 6 or 7 kg, whereas with a front loader you can easily find load capacities of 8 kg and above.

Without further ado, lets take a look at the best top loading washing machines in the UK.

Best Top Loading Washing Machine (2019 UK)

1. Hotpoint Aquarius WMTF 722H

Load capacity: 7 kg
Dimensions: 90 cm high x 40 cm wide x 60 cm deep
Spin speed: 1200 rpm
Energy rating: A++

The Hotpoint Aquarius WMTF 722H is one of the most popular top loading washers on the market in the UK.

It’s just 40 centimetres wide, so it’s great if you need something for a narrow space. You can also fill and empty the machine easily without having to bend down, so it’s a good choice if you have back problems.


  • Delay start timer
  • 18 programmes in total
  • Quick-wash programme
  • Delicates cycle


  • Slim design (40 cm wide)
  • Good 30-minute, 45-minute and 1-hour short cycles
  • Easy to fill using the door on the top
  • Useful instructions manual


  • Can’t add anything to the wash once it’s started
  • Can be quite noisy


The Hotpoint Aquarius WMTF 722H is one of the best top loading washing machines you can buy in the UK.

It’s ideal if you need something narrow that you can use without bending down. It has some good short cycles that get clothes cleaned effectively.


2. Whirlpool TDLR60210

Load capacity:  6 kg
Dimensions: 90 cm high x 40 cm wide x 60 cm deep
Spin speed: 1200 rpm
Energy rating: A+++

Like the Hotpoint Aquarius WMTF 722H reviewed above, this washing machine is just 40 centimetres wide, so it’s perfect if you need something narrower than a standard 60 cm washing machine.

You might not have heard of Whirlpool, but they’re actually a huge company who own several major appliance brands including Hotpoint and Indesit.


  • Uses sensors to adjust energy & water based on load
  • 15°C colours cycle
  • Fresh care technology – Can keep tumbling washing for hours after the cycle has finished to stop it from getting creased
  • 24-hour delay start timer
  • 30-minute quick-wash cycle


  • Very energy efficient
  • Narrow—fits in small spaces
  • Easy to use
  • Relatively quiet
  • Drum is easy to open


  • Sometimes vibrates and makes lots of noise


The Whirlpool TDLR60210 has some really useful features including a 30-minute cycle, a delay start timer and “fresh care technology”, which keeps tumbling the washing after it has stopped to prevent creases from forming in your clothes.


3. ​Montpellier MTL6120W

Load capacity: 6 kg
Dimensions: 85 cm high 40 cm wide x 60 cm deep
Spin speed: 1200 rpm
Energy rating: A+

This washing machine from UK brand Montpellier Appliances is 40 cm wide, so it will fit in a narrow gap in your kitchen or laundry room.

It has some useful features including a delay start timer which lets you program the washing machine to start washing up to 24 hours in advance.


  • 30-minute quick-wash cycle
  • 24-hour delay start timer
  • 15 washing programmes in total
  • Child lock


  • Good narrow design (40 cm wide)
  • Easy to use
  • Lots of cycles to choose from


  • Opening and closing the drum can be difficult


The Montpellier MTL6120W is a good top loading machine, though it doesn’t really offer any advantages over the other machines reviewed above. Also, the drum can be fiddly to open and close.


Where to Buy a Top Loading Washing Machine in the UK

Big appliance shops such as Currys and AO usually don’t sell top loading machines. Instead, take a look at the following places.


You can find lots of top loading washing machines on Amazon from brands such as Montpellier, Whirlpool, Hotpoint, Maytag and AEG.

Appliances Direct

Appliances Direct offer a good choice of top loader machines including from brands such as Hotpoint, Montpellier and Whirlpool.


On eBay you can find a lot of second-hand washing machines, including top loading washing machines (see them here).

Top Loading Washing Machine FAQs

Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about top loading washing machines.

Do top loading washing machines use more water?

No, top loading washing machines don’t use more water. In fact, they can actually use less.

For example, the Hotpoint WMTF722H is a 7 kg top loading machine which is estimated to use 9,200 litres of water per year. The Hotpoint WMXTF742P is a 7 kg front loading machine which is estimated to use 12,254 litres of water per year.

Are top loading washing machines less energy efficient?

Yes, top loading washing machines tend to be less energy efficient. Usually they have energy efficiency ratings of A+ or A++, while with front loading machines it’s common to find products with A+++ energy efficiency ratings (the top rating).

Why are front-loading washing machines more popular in UK?

Manufacturers in the UK only seem to manufacture machines with a front-facing door which seems pretty logical considering so many people have their washing machines under a bench.

This stems from the fact that a lot of us struggle for space in the kitchen and not everyone has a room they can dedicate to laundry.

Many new builds now include a smaller room with the purpose to house a washer and dryer, so top-loading washing machines are becoming a little more sought after.



If we had to pick just one top loading washing machines to recommend it would be the Hotpoint Aquarius WMTF 722H. It’s got a nice narrow design and is easy to use without having to bend down.

This washing machine cleans effectively and has useful 30-minute and 45-minute quick cycles.

If you’re not sure about top loading machines and would like to get a front loading machine instead, check out our roundup of the top 10 best washing machines in the UK.