Top Load Washer

The top load washer is the most preferred washing machine in the United States, where 65% of the people prefer them as opposed to 35% of the people who prefer the front loading machines. Top loading washing machines have been in vogue ever since the washing machine technology developed; the front loading machines came later. However, due to their popularity, the top loaders have persisted even in the wake of the greater efficiency that a front loader can provide.

Top loading washing machines have a large tub that takes in the clothes for washing. The tub has several slots on its edges to allow the water to pass out. This water collects in a chamber from where a hose directs it to a drainage area. Water can be continuously poured in from an inlet on top, which has another small hose to connect it to a faucet with regular water supply. Some automatic top loading washers today have features that enable them to take in as much water as the user directs – they can fill in a quarter load, a half load and a full load. All the user has to do is to press the corresponding button on the washing machine control interface and the desired quantity of water will be automatically drawn in.

The tub has a motor placed beneath it. As the motor rotates, it makes the tub to rotate along with it. Again, there are different speeds that the motor can be set at, which is dependent on the kinds of clothes that are put for washing. These speeds are also automatically fed into the control unit of the top loading washer.

A typical procedure for washing the clothes in such a machine would entail putting in the clothes first with the requisite amount of detergent. Some of the top loading washers have an area on the top where a detergent dispenser can be placed. This will take the required amount of detergent as and when needed, completely eliminating human interference in the task. Once the detergent is put in, the required water level and speed are set. The washing machine then draws in the water automatically and the motor begins to work at the speed that is set.

The top loading washer can reach very high speeds. As the tub rotates, the clothes rotate along with it and the centripetal force drives the water droplets out. The detergent will have already loosened the dirt and the grime in the clothes and these particles are expelled out of the clothes. This action can be so fast that almost all foreign particles from the clothes, even some kinds of dyes, can be effectively removed from them, cleaning them almost completely.

Once the preliminary wash cycle is done with, the washer takes in some more amount of water from the source and sets the motor into motion again. There is no detergent used this time. This cycle is a rinse cycle, which is meant to remove all residual detergent from the clothes.

Many top loading washers today come with drying arrangements too. If a dryer is present, the clothes are automatically taken to a drying cycle after the rinsing. These clothes can be 85 to 95% dried when they are obtained.

People used to think that the top load washers are more efficient than their front load counterparts. But actual studies and researches have shown that it is the opposite which is actually true. Most top loading washers consume a lot of water and electricity for their operation, especially the automatic ones, most of which cannot be stopped midway. For example, if someone wishes to air dry their clothes, it will not be possible in some machines, because the entire cycle of washing-rinsing-drying is kept continuous.

This Top Load Washer Review is Written/Updated on Apr 30th, 2009 and filed under Home Appliances. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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