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Chapter 2

Front Loading Washing Machines Although front loading washing machines have been used for commercial purposes for quite some time, it is only recently that they have gained both acceptance and popularity at homes. These days, you find most shops for home appliances displaying at least one, more often than not several models of such machines. Quite naturally, curious customers are now eager to understand what their main features and advantages are. Front loading washing machines operate in a manner different from their top loading counterparts. Their only similarities are that both use detergent and water and spin at the end of the wash to remove water.

Top-loading washers use a big agitator that forces clothes back and forth through soapy water, and then again through clean water to rinse out detergent. In these machines, the tub spins vertically. In front loading washing machines, however, the tub spins horizontally. Front loaders have no agitator to move the clothes through the water; the movement of the tub causes the clothes to be lifted out of and plunged back in the water again and again.

Front loading washing machines have several advantages over their top loading rivals. Front loading machines can save a lot of energy, and can prolong the life of the clothes washed in them. They also do not make much noise and have larger capacities. Due to its special wash mechanism, a front loading washing machine uses much less quantity of water than top loading machines. Use of less water means using less energy. As a result, one has to pay lower energy bills.

As front loading washing machines spin at a faster pace than top loaders, the clothes coming out of the former are drier than those coming out of the latter. It is a great advantage for anyone who needs to do several loads in one day as it saves the person a lot of time. In the process, front loading washing machines also use less dryer energy as the quantity of water required to be dried is also less. They also use less amount of soap. It is beneficial in two ways: first, it reduces the spending on detergents which are quite expensive and second, it spares the earth a lot of difficulties as detergents are known to contain several chemicals that are not biodegradable. Clothes can last longer if washed in front loading washing machines. In that case, users can save money. Clothes last longer because front loading machines are gentler and also because they reduce drying time.

However, front loading washing machines are more expensive to buy and available in fewer models. Buyers, however, can compensate for the initial expense by lower utility bills in the future.

As days pass by, front load washing machines are steadily and surely becoming the most sought-after choice among consumers. Conventional top load washing machines with agitators may still be a force to reckon with, but front load washing machines are gaining ground, because of their excellent washing performance, large capacity, water and energy efficiency, and noise-free, quiet operation. The mechanisms used by front load washing machines and top load washing machines are different from each other. They are akin to each other in just two respects: both use water and detergent, and both spin at the end of the wash to get rid of the water. Front load washers do not use agitators like their top load counterparts. Unlike top loaders where the tub spins vertically, front load washers spin horizontally.

Front load washing machines have an edge over their top load cousins in several aspects. Compared to top loaders, they are more energy-efficient and also quieter while in operation. Front loaders usually have bigger capacities than conventional washers.

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