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Throw Open the Lid: Top-load Washer Quiz
by Staff
There's more to your washer than suds and water. New technology is making it easier to get stains out of your clothes and save energy at the same time. You don't have to buy a front load washer to do it, either. Let's enter the world of rinse and spin for a moment and take a peak under the lid of a top-load washing machine. What you find -- and don't find -- may surprise you.

Some new high-efficiency top-load washing machines lose one key design component. What is it?

  • A drum
  • A center-post agitator
  • An oversized motor

What is one way newer top-load washers save money and the environment?

  • They use less water.
  • They use less energy.
  • Both answers are correct.

In what ingenious way do some top-load washers save water?

  • They spray the clothes instead of dunking them.
  • They filter the water and reuse it.
  • They compress the clothes to reduce volume.

How many loads of laundry does the average household wash in a year?

  • 275
  • 400
  • 350

Do newer washing machines have a longer or shorter washing cycle, or is the washing time about the same?

  • Shorter
  • Longer
  • About the same

A conventional top-load washer with a center post agitator uses about how many gallons of water per full load of laundry?

  • 50 gallons
  • 40 gallons
  • 25 gallons

After spin drying, about how much water is left in a load of laundry washed in a standard top-load washer?

  • 12 ounces
  • 2 gallons
  • 5 gallons

Conventional top-load washers use what principal to clean clothes?

  • Centrifugal force
  • Agitation
  • Chemical action

In tests conducted by Consumer Reports, what type of washer was the most gentle on clothes?

  • Front-load washers
  • Top-load washers
  • No Difference

Which is likely to cost you more, a front-load washer or a conventional top-load washer?

  • The top-load washer is more expensive.
  • The front-load washer is more expensive.
  • They cost about the same.

Front-load washers use about how much water per load of laundry?

  • 15 to 30 gallons
  • 10 to 20 gallons
  • 5 and 8 gallons

In what important area does a top-load washer beat a front-load washer?

  • Low noise
  • Ease of use
  • Both are correct

Newer top-load and front-load washing machines are more energy efficient than their older counterparts, but do they get clothes as clean?

  • Yes
  • No
  • They actually get clothes cleaner.

If you buy a new energy-efficient washing machine, about how much of an energy savings will you get on an Energy Star-rated washer (top-load or front-load) over an old style washing machine?

  • 15 Percent
  • 30 Percent
  • 12 Percent

When evaluating washing machines, what does MEF stand for?

  • Modal Efficiency Flux
  • Modified Energy Factor
  • Market Energy Feature

What manual setting will help you use your washing machine in a more planet friendly way?

  • The temperature control
  • The water level setting
  • Both answers

Whether you have a high-efficiency washer or not, what's one sure way to save money washing clothes?

  • Choose the right temperature setting.
  • Make sure to wash full loads.
  • Follow the directions on the detergent bottle or box.

In a high-efficiency top-load washer, what's one big advantage to eliminating the center-post agitator?

  • Less wear and tear on clothing
  • More clothes per load
  • Fewer moving parts

High-efficiency top-load washers do a better job at getting water out in the spin cycle. Why?

  • A load uses less water to begin with.
  • High efficiency top-loaders spin at faster speeds.
  • Loads remain evenly balanced.

Washers are sized to handle different load capacities. Why is it important to match the load capacity to your specific needs?

  • To save money
  • To save energy and water
  • Both answers are correct.