Although top-loading washing machines may not be as popular models right now, that does not mean that front-loaders are becoming obsolete. Top-loading washers have made changes that are just as important as those made to front-loading models. Let’s check out some of the most useful amenities that modern top-load washers have to offer for discriminating consumers. These reliable commercial washer and dryer fixtures by Continental Girbau have advanced greatly in recent years.
A convenient design
Putting socks or other items in a front-load washer after you’ve already started the cycle is a waste of time. The moment that door closes, it’s locked for the cycle duration. Top-loading washing machines are convenient because you can toss other them in whenever you like. If you use a front-loading machine, you may have to wait a while between loads. When compared to a high-efficiency top-loader, front-load washers can take more than twice as long to complete a load of laundry. It may seem like a waste of time to spend 80–100 minutes on each load of clothes if you’re trying to limit laundry day to the hours you have free between work and errands like using the commercial ironing machine or shopping.
In this context, high-efficiency top-load washers must be distinguished from more traditional top-load washers. High-efficiency top-load models typically lack a center-post agitator, which stands out as a key distinction between the two types of washers. Instead of hitting clothes around to get them clean, they are now lifted and tumbled using one of a number of methods that are unique to the manufacturer. You wouldn’t believe how much space the middle post takes up; a high-efficiency top loader loses as much as 20 pounds of capacity when it’s removed.
Less water consumption
Heating the water for the wash consumes roughly 90% of the total energy used. Reduced water use in a wash cycle can help save both money and water, making it an important component of water-conscious washers. About 40 – 45 gallons of water are used with each load in a standard top-loading washer. Scrubbing clothing clean with a method that hasn’t improved much in decades requires water to be slapped onto the agitator, which then thumps the clothes. As a result, high-efficiency top-load washing machines use half as much water as their older counterparts but still get clothes just as clean.
Even though top-load washers can make some noise, they rarely can rattle a window as front-loaders can. During the spin cycle, a front-load washer is likely to generate a great deal of vibration and noise. To reduce vibration even more, some producers advocate setting up their gear on a concrete slab. Though their noisy operation would not be a deal breaker, you might not consider them to be state-of-the-art. Your customers should be able to anticipate some peace when doing laundry.
Like their front-loading cousins, top-loading washers have improved over time and now have a number of helpful features. Buying a high-efficiency washer that only needs 12–17 gallons of water per load can significantly reduce your monthly utility bills. This is about the same as front-load washers, which use 13 gallons per load on average.