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

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Chapter 1

A washing machine performs the job of cleaning laundry, such as clothing, sheets, towels etc. In most cases, we use this term for machines that use water as the primary cleaning solution. The process of dry cleaning, on the other hand, involves the use of alternative cleaning fluids and is mainly used for commercial purposes. The washing machine has come a long way and passed through several phases since the first patent under the category of Washing and Wringing Machine was issued in Britain in 1691.

Modern washing machines are mainly found in two categories: top loading and front loading. In the former configuration, clothes are placed in a vertically-mounted cylinder. There is an agitator akin to a propeller in the center of the bottom of the cylinder. These machines use more water, and hence more energy to heat the water. So its energy costs are more and it takes longer to dry clothes. However, the process of loading clothes and adding items mid-cycle is easier in these machines.

Top loading machines take less cycle times and perform extremely well even in the absence of regular detergent. It is rather noisy, but costs the least overall. You can usually get a top loader in the price range between $300 and $650. A costlier and newer design of top loader includes wash plates, discs that lift and tumble laundry, and other replacements for the traditional agitator. These high-efficiency machines wash better than regular top loaders and are priced between $800 and $1,200.

Front loading washing machines clean clothes by tumbling them in the water. Here, clothes are dropped into the water beneath from the top of the tub. These washing machines consume less water and energy than regular top-loaders. They have the capacity of handling between 12 and 20 pounds of laundry. Like high-efficiency top loaders, these front loading machines also wash best with low-foaming detergent. You can stack some of them with a dryer to save floor space. These washing machines cost between $700 and $1,600.

In the event of space constraint, you can use compact washing machines that are usually 24" wide or less with a capacity of washing between 8 and 12 pounds of laundry. Its washer can be stacked with a compact dryer. They can be stored in a closet and rolled out to be hooked up to the kitchen sink. A compact washing machine costs between $450 and $1,700.

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