I notice in the UK, the preference is for front loading washing machines usually about 2 feet wide. Whilst in Thailand, the preference seems to be for top loading machines some of which are much wider and seem to have 2 compartments.   I would like to know :- a ) What is the difference? b ) Why the different preference here?   I will have a guess at part b). Is it because in the UK, washing machines are placed under kitchen counters so cannot be accessed from t