Earlier today Michelle gave us 10 tips to extend the life of your washer and dryer. Now, on the topic of washers: you probably know that front load washers are more energy and water efficient. But do you know why?
- Horizontal Configuration of Drum: Less water is required to cover the clothes because it rotates, letting gravity help swish and circulate the water as the washer spins. Front loaders use between 18-25 gallons of water compared with around 40 for traditional top loaders.
- More Room Inside: Because front loaders don't require a bulky agitator (the big cone that is in the center of top load washers), more clothes can fit into a smaller space. The tumbling rotation of the front loaders drum coupled with the fins on the side are enough to move the clothes around.
- Less Laundry Detergent: High efficiency washers use less laundry detergent because they're better at infusing the detergent into the clothes. Less rinses are needed to get the detergent out.
- Spin Faster: Front loaders can spin clothes faster (over 1000 rpms) to get more water out before the clothes go to the dryer while top loaders spin around 600-700 rpms. This leaves clothes less wet when leaving the washing machine so they can dry faster on the line or in the dryer.
- Space Efficient: Front loaders can be stacked, taking up less space and building resources.
- Less Water to Heat: Because they use less water, there's also less water to heat (if you use warm water).
Check out our roundup up of the Most Efficient Washing Machines for 2010.