Do front loaders last as long? Photo: MICHAEL O?SULLIVAN

Front loader washing machines have half the life span of their top loading counterparts and there’s only one brand to choose when buying a machine, according to a repairman with decades of experience.

Perth washing machine repairman Peter Rogers, who has been in the business for more than 25 years, said the only benefit of front loaders is that they fit under a bench.

“We commonly attend front loaders only 18 months old that are write-offs – the cost of the repair being more than a new machine,” Mr Rogers said.

“This virtually never happens with top loaders.”

“The average lifespan (of a front loader) is just five years, regardless of make. The average lifespan of most top loaders, on the other hand, is about ten years.”

But Perth Appliance Service repairman Artem Popov, who has been repairing Perth machines for the past six years says that’s not strictly true.

“It depends on how people treat the machine, people don’t leave the door open, overload machines, don’t follow the user manuals, things…………… continues on The Age