High Efficiency VS. Traditional Washers | Pros & Cons

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If you've purchased a washer and dryer set recently, you may have been surprised by the wide array of distinctive features, styles, and technological advancements in even the most basic models. Finding the ideal laundry machines can be challenging but determining what features are most important to you is the first step. Appliances Connection is proud to be your source of premium washers and dryers and have all the search tools to help you make the right choice. While there are numerous different shapes, sizes, and features to consider, in this article we will explore the differences between two washer options; Traditional and High Efficiency Washers. For more information on appliances, furniture, and home design, be sure to check out the other informative articles on the Learning Center, exclusively on Appliances Connection!

High Efficiency Washers

High Efficiency washers utilize technology that helps to reduce the amount of water and energy required to do a load of laundry. High Efficiency washers have been standard in Europe for quite a while but are only recently becoming adopted as the popular design in the United States. Consumers are primarily attracted to the lower levels of water and energy consumption, but the deep cleaning properties are a close second. HE washers deliver a concentrated clean that penetrates deep into the fibers of the fabrics being washed. By using a special HE detergent with a higher detergent concentration, these models provided powerful and efficient cleaning to any item. Additionally, requiring less water means less dilution of detergent which results in an exceedingly effective cleaning process. These washers use much less energy than traditional models and have more movement, so your garments are kept in constant motion. More motion ensures clothes and linens are being cleaned more thoroughly. Also, HE washers produce less suds than traditional models. Suds make it more difficult for clothes to move around in the washer which can result in less effective washing. You'll find that HE washers typically cost about the same as traditional washers per load but the special detergent can be slightly more expensive.

  • Concentrated cleaning with special HE detergent.
  • Uses less water for less detergent dilution.
  • Less energy usage and more movement for thorough cleaning.
  • Less suds = More room for clothes to move and better cleaning.
  • Cost per load is no more than traditional models.
  • Longer wash cycles due to lower water level.
  • HE detergent can be slightly higher price.
  • Not compatible with traditional detergents.
  • Require special care to ensure proper air circulation.
  • Initial price can be steeper than traditional models.

Featured High Efficiency Washers


LG WM3270CW - LG 27" Smart Front Load Washer with 4.5 cu. ft. capacity, 9 wash cycles, 1300 RPM, stainless steel drum, coldwash, NFC Tag-On Technology, SmartDiagnosis, Lo Decibel Operation, TrueBalance, 6Motion Technology, SmartThinQ Technology in White.

Whirlpool WTW8500DW

Whirlpool WTW8500DW - Whirlpool Cabrio Series 28" Top Load Washer with 5.3 cu. ft. capacity, 26 wash cycles, 850 RPM, Steam Cycle, Stainless Steel Drum, Precision Dispense, in White.

Samsung WF45K6500AV

Samsung WF45K6500AV - Samsung Black Stainless Steel Series 27" Front Load Washer with 4.5 cu. ft. capacity, 14 wash cycles, 1300 RPM, Steam Cycle, Stainless Steel Drum, Diamond Drum, VRT, SuperSpeed, Steam Wash, Self Clean+, AddWash, in Black Stainless Steel.

Fisher Paykel WL4027G1

Fisher Paykel WL4027G1 - Fisher Paykel AquaSmart Series 27" Top Load Washer with 4 cu. ft. capacity, 6 wash cycles, 1100 RPM, Stainless Steel Drum, SmartDrive Technology, SmartTouch Controls, UL Certification, in White.

Traditional Washers

Traditional washing machines have long been the go-to appliance for getting laundry done effectively. Though High Efficiency models have staked their claim in the market, traditional models are still in use across the country. One benefit of these washers is their shorter wash time due to increased water usage. Traditional washers don't tumble clothes like HE models. Rather, they typically use a more monotonous motion like clockwise or counter-clockwise for a thorough washing. This process provides more of a surface cleaning and is gentler on your garments than an HE washer might be. There are a wide variety of traditional washing machines and their initial costs are generally lower than their HE counterparts. Traditional washers are also not as susceptible to poor air circulation meaning that mildew and musky scents are much less of a concern with these models.

  • Shorter wash time due to increased water usage.
  • Monotonous cleaning motion gives increased surface clean and is gentler.
  • Lower initial costs than HE models.
  • Don't require special detergent for optimal results.
  • Smaller load capacity means having to run it more often.
  • More water required for optimal cleaning.
  • Less efficient/thorough washing of clothes than HE models.
  • Higher utility costs in the long run.

Featured Traditional Washers

Maytag MVWB765FC

Maytag MVWB765FC - Maytag 28" Top Load Washer with 4.7 cu. ft. Capacity, 11 Wash Cycles, Sanitize Cycle, PowerWash Agitator, Cold Wash Cycle, UL Certification, Stainless-Steel Drum, in Metallic Slate.


GE GTW685BSLWS - GE 27" Top Load Washer with 4.5 cu. ft. Capacity, 14 Wash Cycles, 800 RPM, Dual Action Agitator, Speed Wash, Deep Water Rinse, in White.

Frigidaire FFTW4120SW

Frigidaire FFTW4120SW - Frigidaire 27" Top Load Washer with 4.1 cu. ft. Capacity, 12 Wash Cycles, 680 RPM, Delay Start, in White.

Whirlpool WTW4816FW

Whirlpool WTW4816FW - Whirlpool 28" Top Load Washer with 3.5 cu. ft. Capacity, 12 Wash Cycles, 700 RPM, Dual Action Spiral Agitator, in White.

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