This term refers to the inside wash tub and is measured in cubic feet. A large capacity washer lessens laundry loads, which is perfect for growing families and those who wash bulky items at home. For reference, a 4.5 cu. ft. washer fits 25-50 bath towels. As a rule, it’s usually best to choose the largest capacity your space will allow.
Are you guilty of washing a load and letting it sit? You might want to look for Wash Now, Dry Later capabilities. Do you wear fabrics that require lots of TLC? Insist on a Delicates cycle to avoid hand washing.
Today’s washing machine features take the hassle out of special cleaning challenges. Additional features to consider: add a garment, quick wash, delayed wash, sanitation, steam cleaning and advanced cleaning technology that automatically releases oxygen based cleansers to brighten without bleach.
A quiet machine is essential if it’s to be placed near a living area or bedroom. Check the machine’s specifications for vibration reduction and look for added insulation and improved suspension for quiet operation.
Most washers on the market are already ENERGY STAR® qualified, but it pays to check the washer’s performance according to the Consortium for Energy Efficiency or the CEE. The CEE denotes tiers based on a machine’s Modified Energy Factor and Water factors. The more efficient the unit and the less water it uses, the higher its tier.
High Efficiency or HE washers are ENERGY STAR® qualified and have higher spin speeds to remove more water from laundry, reducing dry time.
You may pay a little more up front for washers with outstanding ratings, but you’ll offset that cost over the life of your washer by conserving energy and water. For example, some washers save up to 7,000 gallons of water each year. That’s enough for 3,000 showers. A worthy trade, no?
Fashion or Function
Finally, consider a matching set. It’s not only aesthetically pleasing, your washer and dryer are actually engineered to work together. Factors like spin speed mean reduced drying time and your matching dryer will feature special cycles and sensors to accommodate the function, ensuring clothes are never over-dried, making them last longer for additional monetary savings.