Best Washing Machines and Dishwashers (Chapter 6, page 1 of 2)


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Chapter 6

In spite of numerous advertising campaigns promoting costlier front loading washing machines, reviews of all washing machines suggest that 75 percent of customers still opt for conventional top loading machines. According to reviews of washing machines, Whirlpool WTW5500S, Kenmore Elite Oasis Canyon Capacity 27072, and LG Tromm SteamWasher are the three top favorites among customers. Reviews say that the Whirlpool WTW5500S is user-friendly and really cleans well. With a price tag of about $400, this model has five wash/spin combinations and ten automatic cycles. Its wash tub measures 3.2 cubic feet. This conventional top loader has rotary dials instead of electronic controls keeping costs low. Over the years, Whirlpool washing machines have proved to be more reliable in the long term than similar products from Maytag, Amana or KitchenAid.

The Kenmore Elite Oasis Canyon Capacity 27072, reviews say, can clean efficiently while remaining gentle on clothes. This high efficiency top loading washing machine, costing to the tune of $1,000, does not use an agitator. Instead, this machine uses a single large wash plate to move laundry around the tub. Although it has a huge capacity of 4.5 cubic feet, the Elite Oasis is makes much less noise than some washing machines. Because of its spin speed that can reach a maximum of 1,050 rotations per minute, this model helps dry clothes faster by extracting more water from clothing. The machine requires low-sudsing HE detergent. According to a few reviews of washing machines, there have been instances of clothes tangling during the wash cycle. But overall, this large-capacity washing machine cuts down energy costs, cleans well and operates quietly. You can also get the similar Whirlpool Cabrio HE. Whirlpool manufactures both machines.

The LG Tromm SteamWasher is a luxury front loading washing machine costing around $1,600. Reviews say that this front loader washes better than its top loading cousins. The LG Tromm is also more energy efficient and uses less quantity of water than top loading machines. This machine has a special feature not found in most other devices - it boasts two steam cycles. While one steam cycle readies clothes for ironing, the other sanitizes them for a longer period of time, thereby reducing lingering odors.

The LG Tromm is able to hold its own against more familiar and less expensive front-loaders like the Kenmore HE4t and Whirlpool Duet, both being made by Whirlpool. This washing machine has a large-capacity 4-cubic-foot stainless steel washtub. It also has a faster 1,320 rotations per minute spin cycle that extracts more water out of clothes. As a result, drying time is reduced. The model's delay cycle that can put laundry on hold up to 19 hours, and the wash cycle can be monitored remotely via computer. However, reviews of washing machines opine that it is still possible to spend less and yet get clean clothes.

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