There are two varieties of washing machines- front-loaded and top-loaded. If you have decided to go for the former, make sure you’re acquainted with the following 5 things about them.
Time Taken to Wash One Load:
Front-load washing machines are really slow in washing your clothes, taking a duration of around 75 to 120 minutes per cycle. The time taken to wash a load is more when the settings are set to normal wash and heavy soil, compared to when it’s set to normal wash and normal soil. Some machines come with an option called time saver. However, the time you are losing to wash the clothes can be saved while drying them; this can result in a reduced electricity bill. In comparison to other types of washers, the spin cycle of front-loaders is faster. Thus, more water is absorbed while washing the laundry, which reduces its drying time.
Can Take Up Small Loads:
Front-loaders can take up small loads of clothes at a time. Top-loaders rely on the loaded clothes rubbing against each other, to clean them. That’s not the case with front-loaders. As the drum turns, they lift the clothes up and then drop them into the water. So, the amount of clothes that your front-load washing machine can clean at a time is the size it can fit in at once.
Stacking the Top:
If you buy a separate stacking kit, most front-loading machines can be stacked at the top, with a dryer kit. However, many front-loaders cannot be stacked because of various reasons. For example, in some machines, there’s a detergent dispenser positioned on top of the washer, which would make it unsuitable for stacking. In a few models, a mini washer of the top-load type is installed on top of a front-load washing machine. Please read the user manual of your machine carefully to make sure that it is stackable. Another thing to be careful about is the size of the machine you’re buying. Some tend to be larger (height and width-wise) than others and might not fit through the doors of your house.
One of the biggest advantages of a front-loading washing machine is that its drum speed (spin cycle) is faster, rotating on a horizontal axis, much like that of a dryer. Vibrations are usually transmitted into the floor so, they aren’t a problem in houses with concrete floors. But the ones that have wooden flooring might face some trouble with them. Advanced components are being used to make washing machines by manufacturers nowadays, which assures lesser vibrations.
Mold and Mildew:
Mold is kind of a problem with a few front-loading washing machines. Mold can grow in different parts of the washing machine including, inside the dispensers or the rubber gasket that’s fit around the circular opening of a front-loader. To reduce this problem, you can run the feature called “tub clean” on your machine regularly, as mentioned in your machine’s manual, or you can run your washer empty at the hottest temperature setting, with a cup full of bleach. Make sure the rubber gasket at the in-rims of the door is appropriately dried; gently pull the rim back to check whether there’s any residue. Keep the washer door open when not in use, to let the inside dry out.
These were a few points to remember about a front-load washing machine. I hope you found this article helpful!