The large appliance industry has changed in many ways over the past decades. Many new products have been introduced, new brands have come to the United States from overseas, home improvement chains began to carry appliances, and energy efficiency has become a major focus. When it comes to energy efficiency, no product category has been more impacted than laundry appliances, namely horizontal access washers.
Consumer demand for front load washers has been drastically increasing due to the additional capacities, energy efficiency, and improved clothes care these machines offer. As with any newer technology, the growth in this category has not come without disappointed customers. Some of the complaints include too much bending to access the wash and dry tubs and foul odors developing in the washer.
These challenges are only two reasons that the high efficiency top load washing machine has entered the market. The purpose of these machines is to offer the benefits or front load laundry machines while keeping all the benefits of the traditional top load washer. Some studies suggest that American consumers overwhelmingly prefer the top load washer format.
The high efficiency top load washers have a number of benefits including large capacities, superb energy efficiency, and superior wash systems.
Capacities in these machines are available in sizes up to 5.2 cubic feet! To put this into perspective, this is larger than any front load washer and is up to 75% larger than super capacity washers of 10 years ago.
The benefits to larger capacity are simple. The bigger the tub the fewer amount of loads of laundry you will need to complete. Less loads means more time for you and your family as well as less energy and water usage. The Whirlpool appliance company does a terrific job putting this into real world numbers when discussing their Cabrio line of high efficiency top load washers. Cabrio washers can fit 3 laundry baskets of clothing into a single load. Each extra load saved equates to one extra hour of chores.
Efficiency in these machines is every bit as good as front load washers. High efficiency machines uses up to 70% less water and 68% less energy. Whirlpool claims that their line of Cabrio washing machines saves up to 28 gallons of water per load! Add this to the 68% less energy usage and Whirlpool suggests that an average home can save up to $900 over a 10 year life span in utility costs – enough to nearly pay for the Cabrio washer dryer pair! This is achieved by earning the highest level of energy efficiency from the Consortium for Energy Efficiency – Tier III!
High-efficiency top load washers use superior cleaning systems as well. These systems provide better cleaning results and less wear and tear on clothing. For example, Whirlpool’s Direct Inject Cleaning System showers the loads with a concentrated solution of water and detergent that eliminates the need to pre-treat stains and their 6th Sense Technology measures the load weight and size and automatically calculates the optimal wash action to achieve the best cleaning results.
In conclusion, there are many manufactures of high efficiency top load washers including Whirlpool Cabrio, Maytag Bravos, LG, GE, and Fisher Paykel. Many of these machines can be purchased at lower than ever price points and can make a real difference in peoples’ lives by saving time, money, water, and energy.