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 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?
Do newer washing machines have a longer or shorter washing cycle, or is the washing time about the same?
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?
After spin drying, about how much water is left in a load of laundry washed in a standard top-load washer?
Conventional top-load washers use what principal to clean clothes?
In tests conducted by Consumer Reports, what type of washer was the most gentle on clothes?
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?
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?
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?
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
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?