Your Guide to Choosing the Right Washer for Your Home
If you’re shopping for a new washing machine, you’re likely to be aware of the sheer number of different sizes, styles and designs. While top loading machines tend to be the most common, with more consumers focused on saving water and energy, front loaders have become increasingly popular. So, here we’ll walk you through how to choose the right washer for your home.
Front Load vs Top Load vs Hybrid:
The first thing you’ll need to decide to narrow down your choices is which design style is the best fit for your home.
These machines typically have a 50% larger capacity compared to a standard top load. Plus you can benefit from innovative features such as steam settings, auto dispensers and WiFi connectivity. Front load machines also tend to be easier on your clothes, as they are washed using friction rather than an agitator. Another benefit of front loaders is that they are more efficient. They use less water, electricity and detergent compared to other types. The spin capacity is also far faster, so more water will be spun out of your clothing to reduce drying times.
The downsides to front load washing machines include potential for mold and mildew issues caused by standing water, more complicated repairs and a higher initial purchase cost.
Top load washers tend to be less costly as they are a more basic form of appliance. Even newer models lack the bells and whistles available on front loader or hybrid models. The overall design of top load machines hasn’t really changed much for over 50 years. This does mean that if there is a problem, they tend to be less expensive to fix. They are also easier to use, since you don’t need to bend down to put items in or out of the drum.
You should be aware that top load washers are less efficient, so while they tend to be cheaper initially, you will pay more for water and electricity over the lifespan of the appliance.
As the name suggests, hybrid washers are designed to offer the best of both worlds. They are meant to offer the efficiency and size of a front loader with the convenience and no bending required of a top load. The older versions had a bad reputation for poor performance, but manufacturers have since refined the original design, adding an agitator, larger drum and better spin RPM to improve cleaning performance, electricity and water efficiency.
However, most users agree that the specifications and size offered with a front loader outshine most hybrid models.
The next thing that you’ll need to think about is how you want to install your new washer. Front loaders are typically deeper compared to top load or older front load machines. This means that you’ll need to measure carefully to ensure that your new machine will fit into the space. You will also need to check the doorways and hallways before purchase and delivery.
If you’re looking at a top loader, you’ll need to bear in mind that you may not be able to have shelves or other storage above the appliance. If you choose the right front loader, you may be able to stack the machine with your dryer to maximize the space.
Number of Cycles:
Finally, assess which machines offer the best variety of wash cycles for your needs. Top load washers tend to be rather basic, but front loaders typically have far more programs, speeds and cycles. This allows you to wash almost anything without risking damage to your items.
If you’re considering a new washer, you can explore your options with our online laundry collection or speak to one of our home appliance experts for additional help.
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