Difference between the detergents for front-load & top-load washing machine

Detergent for front loading washing machine

The efficiency of your washing machine depends greatly on the type of detergent you use for washing. There are different types of washing machine available in market today : top loading, front loading, automatic, semi-automatic etc. These different types of washing machine work differently and therefore require different types of detergent. Today most modern washing machine manufacturers are trying to improve the washing technology  to use less water and energy.

A top load washing machine has an agitator in the drum and so it needs more water for washing and has a longer washing cycle. A front load on other hand has no agitator and works on tumble action. A front load requires less water and less detergent for washing and has a shorter cycle. Due to this difference in washing mechanism different detergents are required for front load and top load washing machines.

The main difference between the top loader and front loader  detergent is the suds or lather formula in the detergent. Since a front loading washing machine uses less water, it requires a high efficiency (HE) low suds formula detergent. The low suds formula of the HE detergents produces less lather and removes all the dirt and soap residue with less water.

The conventional laundry detergent used for a top load washing machine produces more suds or lather. Since a top loader uses more water per wash, the amount of suds or lather produced is easily rinsed away. But this large amount of lather cannot be rinsed in a front loading washing machines that use less water. If you use a conventional detergent in your front-load washer, the soap may leave a residue on the clothing, which can make them appear dingy. The buildup of soap residue inside the washing machine may also interfere with its operation.

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You should always use the type of detergent recommended by the manufacturers of the washing machine. Also be careful about the quantity of detergent you use in every wash as excess detergent will not only damage your cloth but will also result in longer washing cycles and eventually higher electricity cost.

Following are the detergents by Surf Excel specially formulated for separate washing machine types:

What do you think is the best detergent for you washing machine? Let us know in the comments section.

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    I accidentally bought top load detergent for front load machine. Now after one month the machine timer is going back and the form is coming huge , weather it is machine defect or the powder change. Please suggest the issue.

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    When I was shopping surprised to see two types of powders one for top-loading and the other for front-loading washing machines. I thought it is a marketing tactic. But When reading this article I came to know the difference. Now I can purchase according to my machine. thank you

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    In India mostly Top Load machines are available. Just watched tutorial video of whirlpool machine, which says exactly opposite – Top load machine uses less water and energy. Requires low sud, hence HP detergent. Now who to believe. This is in April 2017, latest models available.

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    Does it cost more to produce front load washing powder? A company may only produce front load powder and sell it in two different packets labeled for Front Load and for Top Load? I have not noticed any difference in foam formation in both the powder of a big company while using it in Front Load Machine.

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