Since the first washers and dryers, there have been countless advancements to make laundry day less of a chore. One of the most popular evolutions of these appliances is the advent of washers with no agitator. An agitator in a washing machine is a spindle that protrudes from the center of the machine's wash drum. It is typically equipped with fins or vanes, and spins throughout the wash cycle, moving clothes and water for, hopefully, effective cleaning. The motion of the agitator can vary depending on the wash cycle selected but can be rough on clothes. The alternative to these traditional models are washers with impellers. Impellers are low-profile rotating hubs that create strong currents in wash water during a cycle. The currents move your clothes through the water for efficient cleaning without the impeller contacting the clothes.
There are several advantages of these modern machines. One advantage of an impeller is that it takes up less space within your washer's drum, allowing for easier loading of your clothes. Typically, the impeller design is found in high-efficiency washing machines that require less water than traditional models and rotate at higher speeds during cycles. Higher spin speeds remove more water from the clothes being washed, which can result in reduced drying times. Requiring less water and using less energy, these models are significantly more efficient than traditional washers. The gentler motion of the impeller is not as rough as that of the agitator. Considering all the benefits of washers with no agitator, we've listed our top five models below. For more information on laundry machines, other appliances, furniture, and home design, be sure to check out the informative articles on our Learning Center! As always, Appliances Connection is proud to provide the tools to aide you in your search for the ideal appliances in every category!
Electrolux has established itself as one of the world's largest appliance manufacturers with a reputation for innovation, quality, and efficiency. And this 27-inch front load washer in titanium is a shining example, with no agitator and an extra-large 4.4. cu. ft. drum capacity. Washing laundry has never been more convenient with the world’s first adaptive dispenser designed specifically to accept detergent pods. For maximum cleaning power, this washer utilizes the SmartBoost function to pre-mix water and detergent before the cycle begins. The Perfect Steam system removes tough stains by rising from the bottom and gently lifting dirt and stains from the fibers of your clothes.
The LuxCare Wash system ensures thorough cleaning of any garment by combining advanced wash actions, temperature control, and smart wash load sensing. The StainSoak system eliminates the need for pre-wash, mixing water, detergent, and stain remover before the cycle begins to create a powerful, yet gentle cleaning solution. Additionally, the temperature, tumbling actions, and time are optimized based on the stain you select. Choose from nine wash cycles and functions for any load, including a 15-Minute Fast Wash which provides a quick clean for items you need in a hurry. You’ll enjoy a quieter laundry day with the Perfect Balance System, which balances wash loads for smooth and quiet operation. And this machine is Energy Star certified for the utmost efficiency.
Samsung has made major strides in the world of electronics and appliances by offering cutting-edge technology at an affordable price. This 24-inch Compact Front Load Washer in white has 2.2 cu. ft. capacity is ideal for apartments or tight laundry room spaces. The breakthrough Super Speed option helps to reduce the time of each wash cycle and lets you finish loads of laundry even faster.
The Steam Wash cycle has been engineered to releases steam from the bottom of the laundry tub, saturating every item in the load and leading to an even deeper clean with no pre-treatment necessary. Samsung’s patented VRT technology reduces noise to an incredibly low level, and an innovative tub design balances heavy loads quietly and with ease. Self Clean technology keeps your washer tub fresh by removing dirt and bacteria without the use of harsh chemicals. And smooth diamond-shaped ridges in the tub treat your clothing gently while cleaning thoroughly.
Maytag is well-known for it's comprehensive lineup of premium home appliances in nearly every major category. This 28-inch Top Load Washer features a whopping 5.3 cu. ft. wash drum capacity which is perfect for family-sized wash loads. Enjoy the best cleaning in its class thanks to the PowerWash cycle which offers a combination of extra cleaning action and heated water to eliminate stubborn stains. The Deep Clean function adds a high-concentration soak early in the cycle which provides a more thorough cleaning.
The Power Impeller makes light work of tough stains in a single wash with a reverse wash motion and triple action spray which keeps clothes saturated with detergent throughout the cycle. The optimal dispensers automatically release detergent, fabric softener, and oxygenated additives at the perfect moment for the ideal cleaning performance. The powerful sanitize cycle removes 99.9% of household bacteria with extra hot water temperatures, delivering a deep cleaning and peace of mind.
Whirlpool has been setting industry standards since its founding, with premium appliances possessing sophisticated innovation in every major category. This 27-inch Front Load Washer with 4.4 cu. ft. capacity offers high-end laundry functions at an affordable price point. Its intuitive controls make programming cycles fast and simple.
With no agitator, it uses adaptive wash actions together with a concentrated solution of HE detergent and cold water to gently lift stains and soils from fabrics, and the Load & Go system cartridge holds enough detergent to wash up to 20 loads of laundry, so you can simply fill it and forget it. A Steam Clean option penetrates fabrics using increased wash action and heat for even more help in removing everyday stains. This machine has also been Energy Star certified for maximum efficiency.
LG is a global leader in the manufacturing of consumer electronics and offer full suite of premium appliances for modern homes. This 27-inch Top Load Washer in white has a large 4.5 cu. ft. capacity, eight wash cycles, and LoDecibel operation to keep things quiet. With no agitator, it uses a TurboDrum that simulates the agitator motion on traditional washers, without wear and tear on clothes. 6Motion technology uses up to six different wash motions to provide a smart cleaning experience that’s gentle on clothes yet maximizes washing performance.
LG’s ColdWash feature uses cold water and enhanced washing motions to penetrate deep into fabrics, giving you cold water savings with warm water performance. A Water Plus option allows you to top off any load with extra water with the push of a button. And the NeveRust impeller replacing the agitator and the wash tub are made of durable stainless steel. And its SmartDiagnosis uses self-diagnosing technology that can communicate 24/7 with LG customer service over the telephone providing you with comfort and reliability.
Miele is a brand that has become synonymous with luxurious appliances loaded with the latest high-tech features as well as aesthetic beauty—and this 24-inch Smart Compact Front Load Washer is a prime example. It has 2.26 cu. ft. capacity, is stackable with a separate kit, and comes available in Lotus White. It’s Wi-Fi enabled so you can use your smart device to program and monitor and has 18 distinct wash programs including a delicate cycle for gentler cleaning. The CapDosing feature allows you utilize Miele’s portioned capsules to automatically dispense the correct contents at the right cycle time.
Or use the integrated TwinDos system to dispense your own detergent with the push of a button. The QuickIntenseWash feature delivers maximum cleaning in less than an hour. All Miele washing machines feature intelligent automatic load recognition which analyzes the current load and uses only the amount of water and electricity needed for perfect cleaning and rinsing results. Miele is the only manufacturer of household appliances to enamel the fronts of all washing machines, dryers and washer-dryers, making scratch-proof, corrosion-proof, alkaline-resistant, impervious to acids, easy to clean and color-fast. And as a final benefit, this washer is Energy Star certified.
As one of the world’s premier appliance companies, GE has prided itself on constant innovation and solid manufacturing principles. They prove it once more with this 27-inch Smart Top Load Washer with a 5.2 cu. ft. capacity and an Energy Star certification. Its vast array of features includes Wi-Fi connectivity that works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTT. SmartDispense technology holds up to 48 loads of detergent and automatically delivers the right amount, saving you time and making laundry effortless.
The Power Prewash gets out even heavy soil and stains in a single cycle that adds detergent, agitates, and soaks, then drains the dirty water and repeats the wash process. And you can pre-treat your clothes inside the washer with an integrated water station that dispenses water and detergent together, or just water, all at your desired temperature. You also can customize water levels with the push of a button. It has multiple rinse options to guarantee detergent removal, and you can remove 99.9 percent of bacteria with a dedicated cycle that uses an Oxi additive to boost your detergent’s cleaning power while keeping fabrics at their best.
If you want a washer that isn’t going to put your clothing through the ringer with every load, these agitator-free appliances are for you. But what do you think? Do you use a washer like these? How did they work for you? We want to know. Please leave a comment or suggestion below.
Are washing machines without agitators better?
It depends what you want in a washer. While washers with agitators do have an advantage in cleaning power, washers with no agitator are far more gentle on clothing.
How does a washer without an agitator work?
Top-loading, high-efficiency washers replace the agitator with low-profile wheels, discs, fins, cones or plates known as impellers. These moving parts cause the tub to manipulate the clothes gently at high speed in much less water.
How long should a washing machine last?
The average life expectancy of a new washing machine is around 11 years, depending on the initial quality of the appliance.