When shopping for a washing machine, the size of the laundry space or room is your first consideration. Cost will probably be your second criteria. High Efficiency (HE) top loaders cost $600-$1400. Traditional top loaders cost $400 and up. HE front loaders cost $600-$1200. It may be helpful to know that front loaders' longevity is usually 11 years while a traditional top loader can last for up to 14 years.
Some of the features of a front loader are:
-If on a platform, the machine sits taller so it is easier to load.
-Controls are placed on the front of the machine at eye-level.
-Does not have an agitator.
-More energy efficient.
-Great tub capacity.
-Steam feature optional.
-Longer cycles are actually a negative.
-Spins faster allowing for shorter drying time.
-More mechanical failures.
-Heats water in the washer thus not drawing from the home hot water tank.
-Interior prone to molding from dampness and drainage issues.
-Newer models after 2009 have built-in self-cleaning cycle to prevent molding.
Some of the features of a top loader are:
-Known as water hogs.
-Easy to load but harder to unload.
-Newer top loaders have controls in front instead of on the back panel.
-HE top loaders now available that have improved efficiency.
-Agitator takes up much space and can tangle clothes or attachments on clothes.
-Agitators clean the clothes better but are harder on the fabrics.
Some features of new HE top loaders are:
-Flips clothes instead of agitating.
-Spins clothes through stream of water.
-Rinses clothes with high pressure spray.
HE washers use less water and detergent. Look for machines that carry an Energy Star rating because they use 35% less energy and water. Another good rating to look for is the CEE Tier III rating.
If you want a large tub capacity for washing bedspreads, etc., check out the Samsung WA9000 with a 5.6 cu. ft. capacity. Other recommendations available on new model washers are listed below.
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Natalie A. Gauci
Licensed Interior Designer working in the Tampa Bay, Florida area.