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Before the introduction of modern washing machines, the chore of laundry took an entire day of manual labor to complete. Automatic washing machines started to come into prevalence in the middle of the last century. Prior to that, early washing machines required manual hand cranking, effectively, maintaining a chore intensive aspect of laundry. The automatic washing machine is often overlooked as just another home appliance but this machine alleviated a days worth of work in only a fraction of that time.

Today, a typical wash cycle lasts for about half an hour on some washing machines on the market. Also, there are many features available as well. Depending on what your laundry needs require, its important to take note on which specific feature you would opt to use more often. Although, most machines offered provide a wide range of options for laundry, it helps to find the right combination of options you need.

Features

Nowadays, it would be a little hard pressed to find machines that offer merely a “small, medium, large” laundry load option with “hot or cold” water choices. Certainly, as long as, the washer cleans it would be sufficient but some machines offer more performance in heavy duty tasks, as well as, delicate cycles so you don’t diminish the quality of your clothes from wash cycles.

Load Sensor

Load Sensor

This is a unique feature that automatically adjusts and calibrates water levels according to the amount of dirty clothes being washed.

Rinse

Extra Rinse Cycle

An extra rinse is a great feature to have when you require a cleaner clean, especially with folks who have an unfortunate allergy to certain detergents.

HE

High Efficiency

Prevalent nowadays with being eco-friendly, many new washing machines come with high efficiency options to reduce the resources and costs of doing laundry. However, if required there are certain machines that provide specific water levels in additon to providing HE functions.

Capacity

Capacity

Depending on the physical size of a washer, it will determine the amount of physical space available to hold and wash your laundry. This is actually a more subjective area and the industry typically wants to offer more room as much as possible to accommodate more laundry. There are terms tossed around in terms of how many baskets of laundry can be laundered but baskets come in all sizes too.

Custom

Custom Setting

Having the ability to customize or have a favorite setting for most frequently used wash cycles is effective in saving time.

Purchasing a New Washing Machine

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A new washer is often a long term investment but with new technology always being offered that the buying frequency of these big household appliances have increased as well. In the same regard, new technology can offer too many bells and whistles that make a new washer too convoluted and off-putting to use. The following is a good guideline to consider when purchasing a new washing machine.

Budget

Budget

As always, consider your spending limits when purchasing big household appliances. Although washers with more basic features are sufficient, opting to pay more for performance may be more efficient.

Size

Size

The size of the machine should always correlate to the size of the space you have in your living space. Simply put, not everyone has the comfort of living in a large home. Urban dwellers who have limited space might opt for more compact washers being offered on the market.

Types of Washers

Essentially, there are two types of washers offered on the market today. This is mostly a personal preference but there are also some advantages of one over the other.

 

Top Load

Top Load

Typically, most if not all, top load washers contain an agitator in the center of the wash drum. For top load washers, dirty laundry is placed inside from pulling the door open on the top of the machine.

 

Front Load

Front Load

Designed as a modern approach to being more effective at washing laundry in terms of water usage and performance. For front load washers, dirty laundry can be placed inside from pulling the door open on the front of the machine facing you.

 

Cubic Feet

This is the measurement used to describe the amount of space a washer is capable to hold inside their drum or basin. To make it easier to determine how many cubic feet is required for your laundry needs, most would suggest to determine how much laundry is being done regularly in terms of weight. To quantify this, most suggest about 4 cubic feet is required to do about 12-16 pounds of laundry.

💡 QUICK TIP - Even small living situations can take advantage of compact or portable style washers.

Best Washers

The best washers overall on the market today may not be the one you need. Keep in mind what specific functions are important to you. With that being said, here are some washers to consider, according to popular toptenreviews, these are their gold award top ranked washers in their respective categories.

WT5680HVA

Top Load: LG Mega Capacity WT5680HVA earned praise for being the most cost-effective in a comparison lineup with other similar washing machines.


Front Load: Electrolux Wave-Touch EWFLS70JIW features a 15-minute quick wash cycle to save time and resources on your laundry.

Appliances Connection has an extensive catalogue of all the latest and newest washers with all popular brand names.

Some Practical Advice

Noise:

Nowadays, consumers keep their washers close to their living space and washers can be noisy. If you value peace and quiet (I do.), then look for new washing machines with noise and/or vibration reduction built in.


Go Big:

If you can afford to accommodate the room then by all means go for a bigger machine as it would be able to do a larger load all at once saving time and effort.


Automatic Detergent Dispenser:


A time saving feature that a lot of newer machines have been including in their new washers.


Follow Manufacturer Recommended Guidelines:


A big no-no most experts would tell you is to overload a machine, along with this, there are other precautions you should take care in consulting the manual for your particular machine.