Washers are more advanced and stylish than ever before, offering features that make washing easier, more efficient, less costly and kinder to fabrics. Thanks to advances in technology, it's all possible.
Both top-loading and front-loading models will do a good job of cleaning your clothes. The most significant differences between these types of washers are capacity, energy efficiency, water use, feature options and style.
- Front-loading machines: Front-loaders deliver excellent performance and energy efficiency. Because they clean by tumbling and not agitation, front-loaders are usually gentler on fabrics and cause less wear and tear on washables than conventional top-load washers. You may even find you can clean fabrics - like washable silk and wool - that could be damaged in a traditional top-loading washer.
- Top-loading machines: Traditional top-loading machines are available in a wide assortment of models, price ranges and styles. The most basic top-loading models perform very well and are generally a good value for a no-frills, clean wash. Other top-loaders offer more cycle and temperature selections, spin speeds, and fabric care extras. Some manufacturers now offer high-efficiency top-loading models using a number of different technologies.
A standard machine can be very economical and efficient, but if convenience and optimal performance are equally important to you, consider some of the options that could help lighten the load of doing laundry.
- Cycle selections and speed options: When choosing among cycle selections, think about the types of fabrics and clothing you wash frequently.
- Temperature sensors and water level settings: Doing laundry is a bit like a science project. Temperature and water settings will help make sure you are using the right volume of water, at the right temperature, with the proper amount of detergent based on the dirt level of the laundry being cleaned. This will help reduce damage, prevent detergent residue and provide the best wash across fabric types.
- Noise insulation: If your washer is in a location in your home where quiet is important, look for a model with extra noise insulation. Typically, front-loading models are quieter during operation than top-loading models, but many washers across both types are now available with extra insulation or sound packs to make them run quietly.
- Dispenser systems: Many machines feature dispensers that automatically distribute detergent. Some are triple dispensing systems that distribute detergent, bleach and fabric softener at the appropriate time during the wash cycle, lessening your time and effort in the laundry room.
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