Best Top Loading Washing Machines

Top-loading washing machines are considered the best type of washing machines for large, no-fuss laundry loads. They usually cost around $500 to $700.

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Top-loading machines clean clothes either with an agitator or an impeller.

The agitator is the design most people are familiar with; it consists of a tube or pole that twists up through the middle of the machine. In contrast, an impeller has low ridges that rotate on the floor of the machine to create turbulence and clean clothes. Both types remove dirt quickly, but are more rough on clothes than a front-loading machine. A model with an impeller offers maximum capacity, but is more likely to tangle clothes, and will cost more in electricity and water to run.

One advantage top-loading machines have over their front-loading cousins is the ability to open the machine after the wash cycle has begun. This allows you to add last-minute clothes into the wash tub, or to retrieve a forgotten phone from a pocket - something not possible in a front-loader, which needs to drain all water before it can be opened.

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Speed Queen AWNA62

Speed Queen AWNA62 🏆 2024

4.7  (219)
 Summary

Featured review: I wash clothes for my whole family, so 12 people all up and this washing machine has been nothing but fantastic. All the clothes come up so damn clean and they smell amazing. My old washing machine never cleaned our clothes properly and they always came out smelling weird. If I could give it 10 stars, I would. I love it and would recommend to everyone.

Speed Queen AWNA62

Speed Queen AWNA62 🏆 2024

4.7  (219)
 Summary
  • Capacity7.5 kg and 8.5 kg
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Mary H
Mary HQLD
  AWNA62 Black
Speed Queen AWNE92 Black

Speed Queen AWNE92 Black

4.7  (45)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $3,495
  • Capacity8.5 kg
  • Household Size 3-4 people
Knudsen
Knudsen
 
speed queen washing machinePrevious machine was a Maytag which I had for 25yrs. I purchased the Speed Queen as it was a like for
like machine. Extremely easy machine to operate (domestic/home use only) large bowl, washes clothes well on all cycles and very efficient. Highly recommend this machine especially if I get another 25yrs from this particular one. Show details
  • Capacity5.5 kg and 6 kg
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Craig.
Craig.
  MW511
Can't kill itI purchased this second hand 11 years ago, it's going great . It's been a few places in that time, Brisbane, Darwin, Melbourne and back to Brisbane and still as good as the day I got it. Washing everything I can put in it. Show details
  • Capacity7 kg, 8 kg, 8.5 kg and 10 kg
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$899Bing Lee
Mama_K
Mama_KNSW27 posts
  WA8560G1
Waste of moneyNot happy with this machine, within 5 years, the agitator broke, suspension rods broke, constant error displays and loads are too long....Don't waste your money.
Haier HWT60AW1 / HWT70AW1 / HWT80AW1

Haier HWT60AW1 / HWT70AW1 / HWT80AW1

3.1  (88)
 Summary
  • Capacity6 kg, 7 kg and 8 kg
david e.
david e.WA3 posts
  HWT80AW1
COMPACT and QUIETCOMPACT and Quiet..Purchased this machine to replace my old Simpson kg and was impressed by its ease of use and how quiet it is. No central agitator so i dont know how effective it is moving water around as you cant open lid without pressing the pause button. Time will tell how long it lasts but so far so good. Show details
  • Capacity7.5 kg, 8.5 kg and 10 kg
Mr Tibbs
Mr Tibbs
  WA8560E1
Lint machineRough on clothes and so much lint, this machine has been very painful, a lemon
LG WTG6520 / WTG7520

LG WTG6520 / WTG7520

3.0  (69)
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  • Capacity6.5 kg and 7.5 kg
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$599Bing Lee
Fredericka M.
Fredericka M.NSW
  WTG7520
DisappointedLid keeps cracking around the hinges. Had it replaced once and now they won’t replace it even though it’s still under warranty. It’s not even 2 years old. Very disappointed. The machine doesn’t wash clothes that well. Would not recommend it. Taking the matter to Fair Trading. Show details
Sphere 3.3kg Automatic Mini Washing Machine

Sphere 3.3kg Automatic Mini Washing Machine

3.3  (35)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $440
  • Capacity3.3 kg
  • Household Size 1-2 people
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Crystal
CrystalQLD
 
Sphere 3.5 12v washing machine FailFirst one we ordered did not spin so they sent us another one within a week ( great speed) however the second one has the same issue it doesn’t spin and your stuck hand wringing every item washed. We’ve even tried it empty. Two machines in one week both same issue. Waste of money and time Show details
Simpson SWT1043

Simpson SWT1043

2.7  (90)
 Summary
  • Capacity10 kg
  • Household Size 5+ people
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Corey G.
Corey G.3 posts
 
LG WTG8521

LG WTG8521

2.8  (39)
 Summary
  • Capacity8.5 kg
  • Household Size 3-4 people
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Bob
Bob12 posts
 
Too long to fixIt broke after a year, and going to take 1 and a half months for a technician to have a look at it to see if warranty will fix it.
Just not good enough, had to buy another washing machine.
The warranty service for LG just isn’t good enough. Show details
Simpson SWT8043

Simpson SWT8043

2.3  (114)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $1,099
  • Capacity8 kg
  • Household Size 3-4 people
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Kazza
KazzaMelbourne2 posts
 
LG WTG9020V

LG WTG9020V

2.7  (27)
 Summary
  • Capacity9 kg
  • Household Size 3-4 people
Sharon
SharonNSW6 posts
 
Samsung Activ DualWash WA13M8700G

Samsung Activ DualWash WA13M8700G

2.4  (42)
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  • Capacity13 kg
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Lynette
LynetteQLD
  WA13M8700GV
Worst washing machine everBought this washer 2 years ago and it is already giving problems with the spin cycle. Every load, no matter how big or small, it goes into a wobble and then restarts the rinse cycle. Samsung warranty service is shocking! A full month of following up and still no technician has arrived. I will most certainly never by another Samsung product again. Show details
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Samsung WA85N6750BV

Samsung WA85N6750BV

2.6  (26)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $879
  • Capacity8.5 kg
  • Household Size 3-4 people
Markfa
Markfa2 posts
 
Worse experience everMachine broke after 3 months, took us more than 2 weeks, to get it sorted. It's frustrating and would not recommend as well as call centre, Show details
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Worse customer service I have received.

Devanti Mini Portable Washing Machine

Devanti Mini Portable Washing Machine

3.6  (10)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $214.99
  • Capacity4.6 kg
  • Household Size 1-2 people
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Alison
AlisonQLD2 posts
 
Love Devanti twin tubBest twin tub washes good size loads and spins so great . Not noisy at all. Recommend it to everyone . Have had 3 companion they are truly not even able to wash more than a tea towel much less spin it . Until I saw a Devanti work , live in a van and I wash lots of loads done at least 100
And love it Show details ·  1
Simpson SWT9043 Series

Simpson SWT9043 Series

2.3  (49)
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  • Capacity9 kg
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plastesine5
plastesine592 posts
  SWT9043
plastesine5
plastesine5  
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Shouldn't really hassle the clothes Washing machine simply because bought it second hand so basically can't compare the washing machine to new washer

Haier HWMSP60 / HWMSP70

Haier HWMSP60 / HWMSP70

2.5  (22)
 Summary
  • Capacity6 kg and 7 kg
ratrunnerg
ratrunnergNSW17 posts
  HWMSP60
Solt GGSTLW55B

Solt GGSTLW55B

2.3  (32)
 Summary
  • Capacity5.5 kg
  • Household Size 1-2 people
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Lee F.
Lee F.4 posts
 
Solt and E3 crap againBought a. year ago worked for a few months now just got water spraying in and error code - Good guys should be ashamed of themselves for selling this crap Show details
Haier XPB60-287S

Haier XPB60-287S

3.2  (10)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $605
  • Capacity6 kg
  • Household Size 1-2 people
Wayne
WayneNewcastle4 posts
 
LG WTG1034WF / WTG1034BF

LG WTG1034WF / WTG1034BF

1.9  (38)
 Summary
  • Capacity10 kg
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ChrissyN
ChrissyNAU14 posts
  WTG1034WF
Camec Compact RV

Camec Compact RV

2.2  (20)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $319
  • Capacity2.5 kg
  • Household Size 1-2 people
David C.
David C.QLD7 posts
 
Poor quality in Camec 3 kg Caravan Washing MachinesVery poor quality in these washing machines. Our last 3 kg machine, less than six months old, had a water leak in the electrical. It was replaced under warranty and the replacement won’t spin in the spin only cycle after causing problems throughout the day trying to wash one sheet. Avoid these machines. It will not drain. Show details
Whirlpool 10kg Top Load Washing Machine WB10037

Whirlpool 10kg Top Load Washing Machine WB10037

2.2  (19)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $849
  • Capacity10 kg
  • Household Size 5+ people
Stacey J.
Stacey J.QLD
 
  • Price (RRP) $399
  • Capacity7 kg
  • Household Size 2-3 people
Glen
GlenBrisbane8 posts
 
Has to be levelI had a lot of problems with this machine stopping because of balancing issues.What i thought was level was slightly out from my floor being on an angle.Now it runs like a dream. Show details ·  1
Westinghouse WWT7084J5WA

Westinghouse WWT7084J5WA

2.1  (17)
 Summary
  • Capacity7 kg
  • Household Size 2-3 people
Marian
MarianSA18 posts
 
laubdry delightpurchased the westinghouse 7kg top loader washing machine - it works fantastically on every programme l have used - collects lint as promised and clothes are washed really well - l am using earth choice ultra concentrate laundry liquid which seems to suit this machine - very happy with my purchase Show details
Simpson SWT6055TMWA

Simpson SWT6055TMWA

3.3  (6)
 Summary
  • Capacity6 kg
  • Household Size 1-2 people
Carolyn
Carolyn8 posts
  Verified
Esatto ETLW100B

Esatto ETLW100B

2.4  (11)
 Summary
  • Capacity10 kg
  • Household Size 5+ people
Allen
AllenVIC2 posts
 
Do Not BuyPurchased from Appliances Online. They were fantastic. Brand new and out of the box and installed by AOL. First wash the machine had problems. Spoke to Residentia Group re warranty. They suggested a re-boot of a brand new product which I did. I managed to get the wash finised. Second wash it broke down again Show details
Fisher & Paykel WL-58G1

Fisher & Paykel WL-58G1

5.0  (3)
 Summary
  • Capacity8 kg and 9 kg
$799Bing Lee
Hamid K.
Hamid K.
  WL9058G1 9kg
Westinghouse WWT1084C7WA

Westinghouse WWT1084C7WA

3.0  (6)
 Summary
  • Capacity10 kg
  • Household Size 5+ people
$999Bing Lee
Kylie A.
Kylie A.
 
Esatto ETLW70B

Esatto ETLW70B

2.7  (7)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $649
  • Capacity7 kg
  • Household Size 2-3 people
Maree M.
Maree M.4 posts
 
LeakingPurchased this washing and on the very first load it leaked everywhere, tried again the next day... and it leaked again. apparently this machine will always leak with a full or nearly full load as it splashes out of the drum and down the sides.. Rang the supplier and was given a refund Show details
Whirlpool 7kg Top Load Washing Machine WB70803

Whirlpool 7kg Top Load Washing Machine WB70803

2.6  (7)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $629
  • Capacity7 kg
  • Household Size 2-3 people
Deano
DeanoPerth30 posts
 
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Speed Queen AWNA62 🏆 2024

4.7  (219)
 Summary

Featured review: I wash clothes for my whole family, so 12 people all up and this washing machine has been nothing but fantastic. All the clothes come up so damn clean and they smell amazing. My old washing machine never cleaned our clothes properly and they always came out smelling weird. If I could give it 10 stars, I would. I love it and would recommend to everyone.

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