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Washer Buying Guide
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.
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.
Purchasing a New Washing Machine
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.