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 in the 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. Cater-Wash CK8575 Washing Machine
Load capacity: 7.5kg
Dimensions: 87.5 cm high x 40 cm wide x 60 cm deep
Energy rating: A+++
Designed by Cater Wash, this top-loading washing machine makes doing laundry a breeze. The new innovative design allows the drum to spin at 1200 RPM, with A+++ efficiency!
- Free standing
- Pre-wash cycle to pre-soak before wash
- Connects to pipes like a normal washer
- Prevents back issues from bending down to a regular washer
- Ideal for fitting in smaller, narrower spaces
- Cannot reopen once programme is started
In summary this is a great machine to take care of medium sized washing loads, for those with less household room for installation.
3. CASART Full-Automatic Washing Machine
Load capacity: 3.5kg
Dimensions: 75 cm high x 43 cm wide x 43 cm deep
Available in an elegant white finish, the Casart fully automatic washer is perfect for places with limited amounts of space, such as small apartments, hotel rooms or dorms.
- 6 different washing programs
- Adjustable water level selections for different types of clothing
- Control panel for easy access
- Compact and lightweight for easy moving
- No installation necessary
- No tray for fabric conditioner so you need to add it in the top
- Have to separate some clothes for an effective wash
Overall, this washer is everything you need to tackle smaller sized washing loads with ease.
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 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.