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Washed-out Washers and Dried-out Dryers: Front-load vs Top-load Washer and Dryer Quiz
by Staff
Front-load washers and dryers have become all the rage on the laundry scene in recent years. Test your knowledge on these popular appliances!

What designation does the U.S. government give to only the most efficient washers and dryers?

  • Efficiency Expert
  • Energy Star
  • Clean Clothes Champions

Which of the following types of washers does not have an agitator?

  • regular top-load washers
  • high-efficiency top-load washers
  • front-load washers

Which type of washer is generally the cheapest to buy?

  • regular top-loaders
  • high-efficiency top-loaders
  • front-loading washing machines

On average, what's the maximum amount of clothing a front-load washer can hold?

  • five pounds
  • 10 pounds
  • 20 pounds

True or false: Clothes need to be washed every time they're worn.

  • True: Kill germs and get rid of dirt whenever you can!
  • False: Some clothes can go through a few wears without needing a wash.
  • Sort of: Only ties and gloves can skip a wash every now and then.

What kind of detergent should you use in your front-load washer?

  • standard detergent
  • high-efficiency (HE) detergent
  • the soapy kind

True or false: Your front-load washer must be replaced when your dryer is, and vice versa.

  • True: They're a package deal.
  • False: They function independently of one another.
  • Maybe: It depends on the brand.

What spin speed should you look for in a front-load washer if you wish to reduce moisture in your clothes by the end of the cycle?

  • 1,000 to 1,200 rpm
  • 1,500 to 2,000 rpm
  • a million rpm

Why is high-efficiency (HE) detergent better for the environment than standard detergent?

  • It's made from entirely organic compounds.
  • It's concentrated, so fewer chemicals are added and inflicted upon the Earth.
  • both of the above

How much cash per year can the average Energy Star washer and dryer save you?

  • $5 to $10
  • $45 to $125
  • $1,000 or more

How many gallons of water does a regular washing machine use per load?

  • 5 gallons (18.9 liters)
  • 20 gallons (75.7 liters)
  • 40 gallons (151.4 liters)

How many gallons of water per year can you save by choosing a water-efficient front or top-loading machine?

  • 1,000 gallons (3,785 liters)
  • 5,000 gallons (18,927 liters)
  • 6,450 gallons (24, 415 liters)

What feature should you insist on when choosing your next front-loading dryer?

  • lint tray
  • moisture sensor
  • folding mechanism

How much more expensive are front-loading washers than basic top-loaders?

  • $50 to $100
  • $200 to $600
  • only a few magic beans worth

How many loads of laundry does the average American family do each year?

  • 200
  • 400
  • How could anyone keep count?

What's an added perk of a front-load washer and dryer set?

  • There's no potential mold problems.
  • They're total space-savers.
  • both of the above

True or False: Front-load washers are definitely better for your clothes than top-loaders.

  • true
  • false
  • It's hard to tell.

Which of the following is true of front-load washers?

  • They're quieter than top-loaders.
  • They weigh at least twice as much as top-loaders.
  • both of the above

How can you save extra cash when doing laundry in any type of machine?

  • Use hot water only.
  • Use cold water only.
  • Use tepid water only.

What size should large families choose for the washer's drum?

  • 1.6 cubit feet
  • 2.7 cubic feet
  • It doesn't matter. You can just cram in whatever doesn't initially fit.