Top Load vs. Front Load Washing Machines

Top Load vs. Front Load Washing Machines

Washing machines have suddenly become a bit more complicated than they had been with front load washing machines making a big comeback. Which is better? I think that all depends upon the person and what their preferences are.

The advantages to a front load washing machine are many. They are more environmentally friendly as they use less water, adapting to the load size in many cases. Also, as many front load washing machines are newer than top load, you are more apt to find that they are more likely to be endorsed by the energy star label. The energy star label means it is a more energy efficient appliance.

Front load washing machines are also gentler on your clothing with the absence of the agitator.

Front load washing machines are also quieter and make your home more peaceful.

There is no need to have to listen for the cycle to hit a certain point in which to add fabric softener with a front load washing machine. You are able to load all the detergents, boosters, bleach and fabric softener at the very beginning in separate little compartments. This little feature is a wonderful advantage and makes doing laundry so much easier.

Front load washing machines are also stackable and can be space saving if that is a concern in the home.

Front load washers also have many options that top load washing machines do not always have.

There are some advantages to top load washers as well.

A top load washer is easier on your back because you don’t have to squat down to retrieve the laundry out of the washer.

Also, top load washers are cheaper at the time of purchase even though the savings with a front load washing machine with laundry and water eventually make up the difference and pay for the washing machine over time.

Top load washing machines tend to have a fresher smell than some front load washing machines. Front load washing machines can acquire a musty smell from the tight seal that forms when the door to it is closed. You can bypass this problem by choosing a front load washing machine with a sanitize option which cleans your washing machine and keeps it smelling fresh for you.

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More and more people are becoming “green aware” and everyone likes to discover effective ways to save money. Washing clothes in cold water does both. It’s good for the environment and good for the household budget.

Running the washing machine uses energy and that costs money. But a large part of the expense of washing clothes is heating up the water. To put this into perspective, here’s an observation made by Proctor and Gamble who are the producers of Tide Coldwater. They note that if every person in New York City washed clothes in cold water for just one day, it would save the amount of energy it takes to light up the Empire State Building for thirty days! That’s a lot of energy and a lot of money.

The US Department of Energy has published this piece of information: if a person washes his or her laundry in cold water 80% of the time, it would be a savings of $60 to $100 annually, depending on the volume of laundry.

Another way washing clothes in cold water saves money is that cold water does not fade the colors in clothing like hot water does. In addition, all those nasty protein-based stains such as eggs and blood are “set” in hot water, but come out in cold water. There is clearly a lot of money savings when one’s clothes last longer.

When you buy a detergent for use in cold water, be sure that it states on the label it is an enzyme-based, cold water detergent.

The Most Energy Efficient Washer Dryer Is…

Kenmore HE (3t 42933)

Alright, so my friends tease me and call me “tree hugger”. Truth is, while I do believe in conserving our natural resources, I have never groped a maple or a pine. Sometimes by conserving natural resources, one can save a little of their own “green” in the process, especially on energy efficient appliances. This was precisely my goal when I set out to find the most efficient washer and dryer that I could buy.

My research , which involved visiting numerous websites and comparing various consumer-based reports, finally led me to make a final decision for most efficient washing machine and dryer combination:

The coveted, most admired Kenmore HE (3t 42933) and it’s matching counterpart dryer. It seems that consumers are raving about this machine; it’s features, options, and efficiency are second to none! It scores the highest in the category of water consumption, as a front-loading washing machine, it only requires 15.8 gallons of water to run at full capacity.

That being said, its’ deceiving 3.7 cubic foot size can handle the toughest and largest family-sized loads when you need to give the machine a workout! The Kenmore HE also got top marks for it’s ability to remove the toughest of stains, while maintaining clothing integrity and construction.

When ranking the efficiency of washers and dryers, pay attention to the details of energy used and associated operating costs. One should look for the Energy Star logo, to know the machines operate at high efficiency. Many states also offer tax incentives and rebates for purchasing energy-efficient appliances. The Kenmore HE series offers all of these features, plus many more.

Haier portable washing machine

There are some very good quality, apartment-sized washing machines on the market today. They can be purchased online at affordable rates and are very efficient in terms of using water and electricity. Energy efficient appliances are becoming more popular among eco-minded households and apartments.

One the most popular (not to mention, most efficient) washing machines that is great for any apartment is the Haier portable washing machine. This washer has all the the features a normal sized washer would have and it is very affordable. It is smaller scale washing machine and can fit in virtually any apartment.

Another great small sized washer is the LG Front Loading Cubic Foot Washer. This is a bit more expensive , but it is one of the best on the market. Some of the cool features include auto balance, auto suds removal, child lock, end of cycle beeper, self diagnostics, and many more features. It has a manufactures warranty for the system, which is nice in case of an emergency.

Also making the list is the Maytag High-Effeciency 2.4 cu. ft. capacity front loader. This washer is a bit pricey, but is a quality machine and customers are getting what they pay for. The installation is fast and easy, which is nice for those looking for a easy hookup. It can handle any load and has many of the same features a normal sized washer would include. These are all energy efficient appliances and don’t waste a lot of water.

eco washing machine settings

Conventional washing machines use almost 40 gallons of water per load. Multiply that by the average number of loads an American family does per year, 400, and you’ll find the amount of water usage is quite shocking. 16,000 gallons of water per year just to wash clothes for one family alone. Not exactly environmentally friendly.

“But I no longer have a conventional washer. I switched to Energy Star appliances and use only a front-loading washer which drastically cuts down on water usage,” you quickly retort.

Okay, that’s a start in the right direction of how to use energy efficient appliances, But did you know that there are different settings, even on those energy efficient appliances, that allow you to spare Mother Nature from more undo strain? If not, let me share some tips with you.

First, utilize high-speed spin cycles in your washer. These cycles remove more of the excess water in clothing than their lower-speed cycle counterparts. This means that not only will the washing cycle be shorter, but the time the clothes spend in the dryer will also be less. Both of which reduce the energy you are using on the machine.

Next, use settings such as “Pre-soak” and “Suds-saver” on your washing machine. These settings usually allow the clothes to simply soak in cold water without the unit operating. Using these settings reduces the amount of energy you’re using.

Additionally, use temperature gauges on your washing machine. Some machines allow you to select the water temperature by degree. To heat the water, your machine or hot water tank uses energy. Burning that energy costs you money on your electric or gas bell. Therefore, by using lower temperature water, you’ll lose less energy and thus save yourself money on those respective power and gas bills.

Utilizing appliances in the most economic manner means you’ll be reducing the amount of overall energy you’re using, thus benefiting the environment. And just imagine if not only you and I start that practice, but our friends, family and neighbors follow suit. Before long, the world will spread and we’ll all be using our washers in a manner that is better for the environment.

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