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Washing machines are devices designed to clean clothes and other household textiles such as bed sheets and bath towels. These latter items, collectively known as laundry, are sorted into baskets of light colored items and dark colored items, respectively. The light colored items are loaded into the washing machine, along with detergent, and perhaps bleach. The launderer or laundress turns the appropriate dials, presses the start button, and presto! The washing machine automatically fills itself with water, agitates the laundry items to cleanse them from dirt, rinses them with fresh water, and spins them to remove excess water from them. The dark colored items are processed similarly, except that bleach is not normally used.
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There are several different types of washing machines. The common top loaders are the most economical machines and also feature the shortest wash cycle. Top loaders feature a vertical fin located in the middle of the tub. High-efficiency top loaders, featuring a drum without any fin, are somewhat more expensive, but they are known for their energy efficiency, high spin speeds, and larger capacity. Front loaders, the most high-end washing machines, have the largest capacity, use less water and energy, and feature gentle and quiet operation. Front loading washing machines are usually stackable, an important benefit to people with small laundry spaces. Some front loading machines are purported to improve cleaning, sanitize fabrics, and remove stains via their steam modes.
Washing machines range in price, depending upon their capacity and the features they offer. While three water levels are the norm, some machines boast more than four water levels. Most washing machines have a variety of cycle and setting combinations. Some commercial grade washing machines have extra large capacities, and washers designed for laundromat use are usually coin operated.
Washers and matching dryers are available in various sizes, color choices, and energy efficiency ratings. Here on WashingMachines.us, you will find links to washing machine manufacturers and information resources to help you select the ideal laundry appliances for your household. In particular, you may wish to visit the U.S. federal government's Energy Star website, which describes how energy costs can be reduced by using Energy Star qualified clothes washers.
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