Video:What to Look Top Load Washerwith Jen D'Amore
There are so many options to consider when you buy a top load washer. Here are some tips on what to look for when you buy a top load washer.See Transcript
Transcript:What to Look Top Load Washer
Hi I'm Jen D'Amore for About.com and this video is all about what to look for in a top load washer.
Consider Physical Features When You Buy a Top Load Washer
Assuming you have the necessary washer dryer hookups, the first thing to consider is your set up. What can your space accommodate?
Next, consider capacity. What size works best for your family's laundry needs? If you decide to go with a smaller capacity washer, do you still want to be able to wash blankets and comforters? If so, then you may want to go larger.
While washers are now available in exciting colors, white is usually the cheapest color to purchase, and it will withstand the test of time and decorating changes.
When comparison shopping, check out the cycle and water temperature options. You want to be able to do a cold water wash. You'll also want to have a cycle for delicates. Additional features may or may not benefit you, so consider if they're worth the extra price.
Consider Efficiency When You Buy a Top Load Washer
Next, consider energy efficiency. You can shop around for the most efficient top loader. Look for Energy star rating. One thing that makes your washer more energy efficient is a high spin speed. The higher the spin speed, the more water can be extracted from your clothes before they head to the dryer, saving dry time.
It may be efficient -- but is it HE? if so, you'll need to use HE, or High Efficiency detergent. It's designed to produce less suds so as not to confuse the washing cycles. HE detergent is becoming more readily available, just make sure it's available in your favorite brand.
And the last thing you might want to consider is reputation. Let's face it, it's a big appliance, and it may not be the time to go "no frills." Go with a name you can trust, and check out safety ratings on the Consumer Product Safety Commission's website (CPSC.gov).
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