Technology just keeps on improving. It's getting more intuitive, and it's getting smarter, and washers are no exception. If you are in the market for a new washing machine, you may feel overwhelmed with the choices available today. Here is what you need to know.
What Size Capacity Do You Need?
Washing machines come in all sizes, and the size you need depends on three different factors: the size of your family, how often you want to do laundry, and the type of things you wash. A large capacity washing machine will offer 5.0 cu. ft. or more. This is roomy enough to wash several outfits and is perfect for a family of four. If you are single, this is also a great size if you only want to wash one load of laundry a week rather than two or three in a smaller capacity machine. Additionally, if you need to frequently wash your bedding, as dog owners often do, a large capacity washing machine will keep you out of the laundromat.
Smaller capacity washing machines, such as those under 4.0 cu. ft., are suitable for people who only need to do the occasional small load of towels or routinely wear dress clothing that doesn't become heavily soiled. Remember, in order for a washer to work effectively, you can't overload the machine, so a smaller capacity washer isn't going to be as effective if it is overloaded. There are also extra-large capacity washing machines on the market, coming in at 6.0 cu. ft. or larger. These are ideal for large, busy families who go through a lot of clothing, towels, linens, and bedding each week. An extra-large capacity washer is also best for washing heavily soiled clothing, whether it's cloth diapers or a mechanic's greasy overalls.
Do You Want A Front Loader Or A Top Loader?
There are benefits and disadvantages to each. You may be able to fit more clothing into a front loader as it doesn't have an agitator taking up room in the washing basket, and it will be gentler on your clothing. A front loader usually costs more initially than a top loader, but a front loader typically uses less water as well as less detergent than a top loader washer does.
Even with these advantages, though, many people prefer a top loader. Because it has an agitator, moving the water as well as your clothing up and down, a top loader can do a better job of cleaning, especially heavily soiled clothing. Top loaders often have a bigger capacity, and washing in cold water can net the same savings as a front loader.
Washing machines have other options, too, such as a steam cleaning setting, a heavy-duty cycle, a setting for soaking, and a cycle for hand-washing just to name a few. Before purchasing a washer, be sure to spend plenty of time talking with the salespeople at the appliance store to ensure you end up with a washing machine that will meet your needs and expectations.