Washers Help Guide

Top Load Washers

There are many advantages in purchasing a top load washer. First of all, top load washers typically have a shorter wash cycle than front load. If you are the type of person who does not have much time, then top load may be right for you. Another big advantage of top load washers is that there is no need to bend over to load the machine.  There are, however, two disadvantages in choosing a top load washer. First of all, top load washers use more water than front load washers. They are also more rough on your clothes due to the agitator and could lead to wear and tear much sooner.

Front Load Washers

Front-loading washers were once used strictly in commercial business, but now they are made smaller and more affordable. Front load models use up to 60% less water than top load washers. They also use up to 68% less energy than top loaders. Front loaders are also gentler with your clothes, as they do not have an agitator, so your clothes will not get caught and stretch. Finally, front-loading models can be integrated under countertops and cabinets, or can hold a matching dryer on top of the unit, whereas top-loading models cannot. Although it seems like front loaders are the way to go, there are some disadvantages to take into consideration. First of all, front load machines require that you bend in order to load the machine. By purchasing a laundry pedestal, you can raise the height of the machine, thus making it easier to load without bending much. Also, most front load machines do not have a quick wash cycle. For those machines that do have a quick wash cycle, it is recommended to wash lightly soiled fabrics, as heavily soiled ones may not clean properly.

Combination Washer/Dryers

There are also combination washer/dryers. These are available in both 24- and 27-inch widths, with gas or electric dryers. The wider combination will handle larger loads of laundry and is more comparable to a full-size washer and dryer. These combinations can be a front-loading washer and a dryer stacked one atop the other or a single model containing both a washer and a dryer in one unit. The one-piece unit is usually cheaper; however, a problem with one appliance in a one-piece unit can adversely affect the other. Stacked machines will cost more, but each piece can be repaired or replaced separately.

	  Top-Load Washers Front-Load Washers Haier HWD1500 Washer/Dryer Combo Portable Washers
Top Load Washers Front Load Washers Washer/Dryer Combos Portable Washers

The Soap and Detergent Association

The Soap and Detergent Association recommends a water temperature of more than 130 degrees Fahrenheit, and other sources recommend temperatures up to 160 degrees Fahrenheit, which makes it very important for a dishwasher to be able to reach high temperatures. Having a high-temperature cycle (or rinse) will ensure that you sanitize the dishwasher's contents. You can also look for dishwashers with an option called NSF sanitizing rinse. The NSF national standard establishes evaluation criteria to ensure residential dishwashers clean and sanitize dishes effectively to help prevent food borne illness. Some models have internal water heaters which raise water temperatures to 160 degrees Fahrenheit thus allowing a household to keep the water heater turned down to an energy saving 120-degrees and get the desired results from a dishwasher.

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