Today, most washing machines utilize high efficiency technologies to minimize water and electricity usage. These machines are often gentler on the clothes but tougher on the stains. High efficiency washers are available in both top load and front load configurations, and most have a larger capacity than their traditional top load predecessors. Be sure to consider load capacity and cycle duration to determine which is the most convenient washer for you. Not ready for a change just yet? While they are still more energy efficient than they used be, there are some traditional top loaders available as well.