There was a time when people used to wash their clothes without electricity. They bring their clothes down to the river or creek and start taking out the washboard, then they vigorously scrub their clothes until they are clean. It sounds time-consuming, tiring, and just downright awful.
Washing by hand was so much difficulty in the past. But in recent times we have got machines that have made our cloth washing very much easy. Having a washing machine is not a part of luxury. Rather it has become an inseparable part of every house that is widely used.
Washing machines are such kind of gadgets that have brought about a radical change in the life of every person. It is a great gadget that allows women to go out and get involved her selves in more productive activities instead of washing clothes by hand.
The common man can use washing machines because of innovations like electricity and piped water. They have been saving a huge amount of time which otherwise was spent on washing clothes in everyday life. There are so many benefits of this revolutionary machine, below are a few of them.
1). The washing machine is a time saver compared to hand washing. Hand washing consumes a lot of time and with the hectic lifestyle most of us have, it becomes really difficult for us to hand wash our dirty laundry. Apart from saving our time, they have also helped us multitask in a way that we never thought was possible.
While our clothes are being washed in the machine, we can simply walk away and come back after the wash cycle is over, just to hang the clothes on the clothesline.
2). Washing machine helps to reduce and even eliminate the physical effort of washing clothes by hand. You just have to fill washtub with clothes, detergent/soaps, set the timer, and start. Not only this but the extra effort we had to put in to remove the strong stains has also been eliminated with the washing machines.
3). You get washing machines in different sizes according to your requirements. They come in all sorts of sizes that can fit into any apartment or house. Their size doesn't in any way affect their efficiency.
4). Washing machines come with various wash cycles depending on the type of your garment. You don't have to still hand wash delicate garments or baby clothes because most washing machines come with features that can handle that for you.
A heavy cycle can be used for larger loads and clothes that are heavily soiled. For clothes that require extra care or are delicate, the cycle can be set accordingly to protect your clothes from getting damaged.
5). Washing machines are easy to carry as they often come in small and portable sizes. Some of these machines even feature a removable truckle that allows you to wash clothes anywhere in your house, whether in the laundry room, bathroom, restroom even outdoors.
6). Washing machines come at very affordable prices and can do their jobs successfully years after years without maintenance or with the least maintenance. That means you remain hassle-free for a longer time. While a washing machine does its jobs you can do your other household tasks at this time.
There are so many other benefits, but I would just stop here.
From the benefits I already mentioned above, you can see how having a washing machine in your home would be such a pleasurable experience.
There are various types of washing machines in the market today, each one built to suit specific needs. We have the Twin Tub washing machine,
However, today I would be talking about the Top Loaders and the Front Loaders washing machine. Both of these washing machines are very exceptional and they offer you so many benefits, they, however, have different features, different styles and their price range varies.
This article is for those of you who are looking to get a washing machine but don't know which one would suit you and your family's needs best. In this article, you would understand the features, benefits of these models, and how they function.
You will garner enough knowledge to be able to choose your best fit. Whether it is the Front Loaders washing machine or the Top Loaders washing machine.
Top Loader Washing Machines.
These washing machines are designed such that clothes are placed in a vertically mounted perforated basket that is contained within a water-retaining tub. Clothes are loaded through the top of the machine, which is usually but not always covered with a hinged door. In other words, loading and off-loading of laundry are done from the top of the machine.
Top-loading washing machines use an agitator to move clothes around the basket. The agitator is a vertical device in the center of the basket with ridges that help push the clothes. During the wash cycle, water is added to float your clothes, which are then moved about by an agitator.
The agitator alternates directions on that vertical axis. This movement (twist wash motion) creates the friction the top-loading machine needs to loosen dirt from fabrics.
However, this twisting wash motion isn’t as effective as a front-loader tumbling wash motion. But if you don’t mind pre-treating stains, or most of your loads are just moderately dirty, top-loaders clean just fine.
There are however High-Efficiency Top Loaders Models that better than agitator-style models. They use much less water and energy and are gentler on clothes. We would discuss those in a bit.
Top Loaders also tend to use more water than front loaders because your laundry needs to float freely, and they tend to be harsher on your clothes, particularly models with an agitator.
These agitators also take up a lot of space, giving you less drum capacity.
Although Top Loaders have a few shortcomings, they are still very much in demand, and here are the reasons for that.
1). Because they have their lids on top of the machine there's no need to bend down when using the machine.
This makes it easier to load and unload, particularly if you have mobility or accessibility issues.
2). They are much safer for children. With access and controls on the top, it's harder for little explorers to climb inside, or to turn it on accidentally.
3). They also have a faster cycle time than front loaders. Most top-loaders typically have a run cycle of about 15-30 minutes. This makes it's easier to do multiple loads back-to-back, or for washing on the run.
4). Top loaders allow you to add clothes during the washing cycle, which you cannot do with most front loaders. Top loaders also respond better to fabric softeners as compared to front loaders.
5). They are far cheaper than front Loaders and also require less maintenance. They are far more reliable and don't break down so easily. Their parts are also very easy to replace if something were to go wrong.
Due to the major issue of ineffective cleaning of the agitator style top-loading models, High-efficiency Top Loader Washing Machines were introduced. These models use a low-profile impeller that washes clothes by rubbing the fabrics against each other rather than by pushing and pulling them across an agitator pole.
This gives your clothes a better cleaning effect and they are more gentle on your fabric compared to the traditional Top Loaders. They are typically more appealing because they save on water and energy. Although they are more expensive than the agitator style Top Loaders, but still a little less expensive than Front Loaders.
These machines can offer similar energy savings to front-load machines and large capacity wash baskets with no agitators, making them comparable to the front load design. They are also less prone to odors, mold, and mildew as much as front loaders are.
High-efficiency top load washers however have longer wash cycles than traditional top load washers.
They also generally use a little more water than front-loading machines. They are not stackable appliances and therefore can take up more space than front loaders.
The price range of Top Loaders starts from N30,000.
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Front Loader Washing Machines.
Although top load washers have historically been more prevalent, Front Loader Washing Machines returned to the market in the early 2000s and have been gaining popularity ever since.
Front Loaders are designed such that the inner basket and outer tub horizontally, and loading is through a door at the front of the machine. The door often but not always contains a transparent window. Agitation is supplied by the back-and-forth rotation of the cylinder and by gravity.
A Front Loader Washing Machine is the most energy-efficient option. It uses the least amount of water in each load. Clothes get cleaned when they tumble in a small pool of water that’s added by the machine once it senses the weight and type of load.
They can easily handle big, bulky items like comforters and sleeping bags. They however require a lot of bending to load and unload the tub which can be strenuous for your back.
Most manufacturers sell pedestal drawers to raise the appliances off the floor and save some strain on your back. This however adds to the cost of the already expensive washing machine.
These models also have issues with the front door seals, there could be improper sealing that leads to leakage of water. Water often puddles in the door gasket, dispensers, and even the drum itself at the end of the cycle and can lead to mold growth and odors in Front Loaders.
If you choose a front loader, you’ll need to be diligent about cleaning the gasket and dispenser and leaving the door ajar so the drum dries out and odors don’t develop. These models make up for their shortcomings by delivering excellent cleaning as well as superb water and energy efficiency, outperforming the best top-load washers in the market.
Front-load machines are more efficient at cleaning clothes and impart much less wear and tear on clothing than their top-loading counterparts. The reason for that is the lack of the central agitator present in top load washers.
Whereas the agitator can catch stray threads and rip clothes apart, the gravity-aided tumble wash of front-load units is much gentler on clothes. The tumbling wash action is gentler on your clothes, cutting down on wear and tear, while still providing an effective clean. Front-loaders remove more soils from fabric than top loaders.
Here are some other advantages to having a Front Loader Washing Machine:
1). They generally have larger capacities, allowing you to wash comforters and other bulky items. The large capacity allows you to do fewer batches, saving you time and money. You can avoid going to the laundromat to wash comforters and other very large items.
2). They use much less water than top-load machines, and the vast majority are Energy Star rated. Front-loaders use less detergent and up to 50% less water (warm water) as compared to top loaders.
3). Front-loaders have a higher final spin speed than top loaders, which wrings more water out of the load so it spends less time in the dryer.
4). Front-loaders also give you the option to stack your dryer on top of your washer to save floor space. Stacking your washer and dryer grants you space to store vacuums, cleaning supplies, and other household items.
5). There is an extra room for the placement of detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets, stain removers, and anything else you might need in your laundry room. If you choose not to stack your front-loading set, you still have the added benefit of extra storage space on top of the units, unlike top-load models.
6). Some front-loading washing machines come with additional features such as a steam setting, a self-cleaning cycle, reversible washer doors for fully customizable laundry rooms, and much more.
The price range of Front Loaders starts from N120,000.
A quick summary of Top Loaders Vs Front Loaders. Here are our basic generalizations about each type of washing machine.
* Less expensive.
* Have fewer features.
* Harsher on clothes
* More convenient loading and unloading options.
* Safer for children.
* Faster wash cycles.
* More expensive.
* Have more features.
* More energy and water efficiency.
* Gentler on clothes.
* Efficient cleaning performance.
* Longer wash cycles.
Now it's left for you to select your perfect choice. And if you are looking for where to get any of these models, just go to Zit Electronics Online Store. We have a range of washing machines that will help you make your everyday life easier and hassle-free.
The wide array of our Top Loaders and Front Loaders lets you select a washing machine according to your own need.