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Front Loading Or Top Loading?

Sep 1, 2008
Well, today Washing Machine is a necessity in every household and it is also worth the expenditure. But knowing which one is important for you is the main factor. With the improving technology, there have been a wide range of these appliances being launched in the market and as a result we are provided with lot of choices.

It leads to confusion and we are not able to decide which is appropriate for our purpose thus resulting in wrong purchase, many of the times. So to overcome this problem, you should have the basic knowledge regarding its purchase. Here are some of the distinctions made on different kinds of Washing Machines.

The first dilemma is whether to go for a front-loading or top-loading washing machine.

The main difference between a top loading and front loading washing machine is how the clothes are placed inside. A top loading washing machine has a hinged lid on top, allowing the clothes to be placed inside a horizontally-oriented watertight tub. In the center of this tub is a device called an agitator. The agitator's job is to swirl the clothes through the soapy water.

A front loading washing machine has no central agitator, but uses gravity and side-mounted paddles to agitate clothes. Once the front door is closed, it remains locked mechanically until the washing cycle is complete.

One advantage of a front loading washing machine is an increased capacity. A front loading washing machine is also gentler on clothes and generally quieter to operate. Another advantage is less water and detergent usage.

A top loading washer must use enough water to cover the highest level of the clothes. A front loading washing machine, on the other hand, only uses enough water to cover approximately the lower third of the tub at most.
However, it is expensive to buy, heavy, smaller range available, usually no adding clothes.

While a top loader is cheaper, faster, lighter, big ranges available and early loading from top. Well, like the front loader, it also has its drawbacks as well. The top loader uses a large amount of water, not energy efficient, uses more detergent, pace needed to open lid.

Number of features come into consideration like:

- Wash Performance for its effectiveness at cleaning and removing stubborn stains;
- Energy Efficiency, according to the amount of water and electricity it uses, and;
- Spin Speed, the faster the rotations, the more water is extracted and the quicker the drying time.
- Capacity, can be a big deal for many energy efficient models. They save energy by allowing you to wash fewer clothes at once.
- Variable wash temperatures, are a useful feature.

Most clothes only need to be washed on cold, avoid using warm or hot water unless the clothing is heavily soiled or requires it.

Washing Machines come in various range starting from 3,000/- to 45,000/- or even more.

Well, now it might be easier for you to judge which type of machine fulfill your needs and also to make a clear comparison as you know the features of different types of washing machines.
About the Author
Palak Agarwal is a research analyst at Admanya.com, India's leading consumer internet portal which educates consumers by providing extensive product information and robust research. Visit
http://consumer.admanya.com
for latest consumer reviews, buying tips, prices, advices, surveys and reports.
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