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Choosing The Right Style of Washer For You

by Retired: Senior Social Media Specialist on ‎08-07-2013 03:35 PM - edited on ‎02-03-2016 11:55 AM by Social Media Specialist Social Media Specialist (2,066 Views)

There are three main types of washers that each have different features and advantages. This article will help to explain those differences so you can make the best decision when deciding which style is best for you.

 

Traditional Top-Load WashersTraditional Top-Load Washer

 

On traditional top-load washers, a top-mounted door provides access to the drum and controls are typically located on a vertical panel at the rear of the machine. The drum is filled with water to a level you select based on the volume of the individual load, and a central agitator spins back and forth to move soiled clothes through the wash water. 

 

Advantages:

 

  • Lowest cost of all washer types
  • Load and unload easily from a standing position
  • Adding items mid-cycle is easier than with front-loading machines

 

Considerations:

 

  • Typically noisier than front-loading and high-efficiency top-load washers
  • Greater water and energy consumption and lesser capacity than other types

 

High-Efficiency Top-Load WashersHigh-Efficiency Top-Load Washer

 

This style of washer looks like traditional top-load models, but use any of a number of different technologies to clean more gently and effectively than the traditional agitator-based approach. Because there's no agitator, there's more space in the drum (translating to a higher capacity and fewer loads to wash). Like front-load washers, high-efficiency top-loaders use a special type of detergent that gets clothes clean in less water than traditional top-load washers.

 

Advantages:

 

  • Typically less expensive than front-loading high-efficiency washers
  • Gentler agitation, better washing performance and greater capacity than traditional top-loaders
  • High-speed spin cycle gets more moisture out of wet clothes, reducing drying time and saving energy

 

Considerations:

 

  • Requires special HE (high-efficiency) detergent for best results
  • More expensive to purchase than traditional top-load washers

 

High-Efficiency Front-Load WashersHigh-Efficiency Front-Load Washer

 

These are the most popular high-end choice, and typically offer the best performance and highest energy- and water-efficiency. Soiled clothes enter and leave the horizontally-mounted drum via a hinged door on the front of the machine (usually transparent so you can see what's going on inside). As the tub turns, it cleans clothes by gently picking them up and dropping them in a very small solution of water and detergent. Like high-efficiency top-loaders, front-loading machines use a special HE (high-efficiency) detergent that's formulated specifically for use in smaller volumes of water.

 

Advantages:

 

  • Best overall performance of all washer types
  • Greatest energy-efficiency and least water usage
  • Highest capacity
  • High-speed spin cycle gets more moisture out of wet clothes, reducing drying time and saving energy

 

Considerations:

 

  • Requires special HE (high-efficiency) detergent for best results
  • Typically more expensive to purchase than high-efficiency top-loading machines