Best Washing Machines and Dishwashers (Chapter 2, page 2 of 5)


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Chapter 2

The energy-efficiency of front load washing machines is because of the comparatively less amount of water they need to use for cleaning clothes. As a large part of the energy used by any washing machine is spent on heating the water, those using less water consequently use less energy. Front load washing machines, as they spin faster, are able to supply you with drier clothes making them great favorites of customers who are required to do a number of loads on a daily basis. Again, as these machines use less soap, they not only save money for users but also reduce environment hazards because detergents are costly and contain a lot of chemicals that are not readily biodegradable.

Clothes last longer if you wash then on a front load washing machine. The increased longevity of clothes also helps users save some money. Front load washing machines also offer consumers a number of options. One of them is washing clothes at temperatures that can kill bacteria and mildew. Another one is stackability, meaning that many of them are stackable without giving up much washing capacity, a welcome quality for people who live in compact homes.

Front load washing machines are, however, not without their drawbacks. First, they are quite costly although the initial expenditure can be recouped in utility bills later on. They still have much fewer models to choose from when compared to their top load cousins. As a result, one may have to remain content with a white set even if he/she wanted a different color. Besides, all detergents are not suitable for front-loading washing machines. Users may discover that they have to change brands, or even look in a few stores before finding a machine that will work.

Perhaps everybody has heard by now that washing machines that front load clothes, i.e., those that have doors on the front are much more efficient than their top loading cousins. Front loading washing machines, although seemingly more expensive, spend much less water and energy making them a profitable bargain in the long run. For comparing the two types of washing machines, i.e., front loading and top loading, we can use a jar with a lid, a rag that can be divided into pieces and a pair of scissors.

Assume that the jar is a washing machine and fill a quarter of it with water. Now cut the rag into small pieces of cloth by the scissors and put those into the water. Continue to add new pieces till the jar is pretty full, and then put the lid on. Keep the jar upright, and turn the jar first one way then the other. This is more or less the method in which top loading washing machines work. Now notice the change by putting the jar on its side and slowly turning the jar as you hold it on its side. This is the way a front loading washing machine works. It is evident that when you are front loading clothes into a washing machine, you will need less water, hence energy for cleaning them. The tumbling action of front loading washing machines ensures a much better cleaning performance by them.

Although both front loading and top loading washing machines use water and detergent, their mechanisms are entirely different. Top loaders use an agitator and are called vertical-axis washers, because the tub spins vertically. On the other hand, front loading washing machines spin horizontally, and are sometimes known as called horizontal-axis washers. Front loading washing machines do not have any agitator; the movement of the tub itself causes the clothes to be repeatedly lifted out of the water and plunged back in.

By virtue of these features, front loading washing machines are more energy efficient and quieter than top loaders. Generally of larger capacities, front loading washing machines also extend the life of clothing washed in them. As front loading washing machines spin faster, the clothes they churn out are drier than those coming out of a top-loader. This reduction in drying time leads to less spending of dryer energy, because there is less water to be dried by heat. As front loading washing machines use less soap, they save money for users and serve the cause of the earth by reducing the use of expensive, but harmful detergents that contain a lot of chemicals that are not readily biodegradable.

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