Best Washing Machines and Dishwashers (Chapter 7, page 1 of 2)


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Chapter 7

Although front loading washing machines are more efficient, top loading washing machines can be loaded and unloaded more easily. Less expensive and having less capacity than front loaders, top loading washing machines can do without the extra seals and gaskets found in the former.

Today, apart from regular, agitator-based conventional top-loading machines, many high-efficiency top-loaders are on the market. These machines include the Whirlpool Cabrio HE and almost identical Kenmore Elite Oasis lines. As far as consumer ratings are concerned, the Kenmore Elite Oasis Canyon occupies a top position. With a capacity of 4.5 cubic feet of drum space, it is one of the biggest top loading washing machines available. It replaces the conventional vertical agitator with a wash plate that moves clothing around the washtub. According to consumer ratings, Elite Oasis runs quietly and consumes less water and energy than conventional washing machines.

Among top loaders, consumer ratings also give almost equal marks to the Whirlpool Cabrio HE. It also uses a wash plate instead of an agitator to bounce clothes rather than an agitator. Two of the Cabrio HE models (WTW6600S and WTW6400S) have a glass lid option. Consumer ratings indicate high satisfaction level with the Cabrio's performance and its noise-free operation. The GE Profile Harmony, and Fisher & Paykel's Intuitive Eco IWL16 have also received top ratings from customers.

According to experts, front-loading washing machines are more efficient than top-loaders. They are more energy efficient spending less energy and water, and their fast spin speeds remove more water from clothing, thereby reducing drying time. Among the many new front loading washing machines available in the market, the Samsung SilverCare, the LG Tromm SteamWasher and the Kenmore Elite HE4t washer have received top ratings from consumers. The Samsung SilverCare has two small silver bars that scrape together to release tiny silver particles to destroy bacteria and sanitize clothing. Its high rating by consumers is attributed to the fact that it can keep laundered clothes smelling fresher for a longer period.

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