There are several types of thrust bearings. Thrust ball bearings are a variety in this regard. It consists of ball bearings supported in the ring. These bearings are used in low thrust applications with low axial loads.
Cylindrical thrust bearings are another type. This variety consists of small cylindrical rollers arranged flat. In this type, the axis of the roller points to the axis of the bearing. They provide excellent load carrying capacity and are affordable.
The only problem with cylindrical thrust roller bearings is that they tend to wear faster due to differences in radial speed and friction (usually higher than ball bearings).
Tapered roller bearings are another type of thrust bearing. This variety consists of small rollers that cause all roller shafts to converge at a point on the bearing shaft. This type of bearing is widely used in automotive applications to support the wheels of a particular vehicle.
Tapered roller thrust bearings are used in pairs so that they can accommodate axial thrust in any direction. The larger the contact area of these bearings, the greater the thrust load can be withstood. The downside is that their production costs are quite high.
Spherical roller bearings are various other thrust bearings. They use a spherical asymmetric roller. The drum works in an indoor washing machine with a raceway. These bearings are capable of withstanding radial and axial loads as well as shaft misalignment. They offer the highest rated load density of all thrust bearings