In my opinion, and for technical reasons, yes. The reason the agitator was removed was mainly to give more space to the machines. As each brand would fight over who has the largest capacity. An agitation plate was put at the bottom. A true agitator machine will help move and turn the clothes over better ” agitate ” them, so they help force the detergent and water through. A front-loader achieves this by tumbling the clothes naturally. But in a top-loader, it needs that agitation movement. Some will argue it’s too tough on the clothes, but I disagree. Lg now makes a 4.8 with an agitator. Whirlpool has a removable agitator as a new option for the best of both worlds.