Washed-out Washers and Dried-out Dryers: Front-load vs Top-load Washer and Dryer Quiz

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

The U.S. government recently toughened up efficiency standards. Washers and dryers must now use at least 20 percent less water and 11 percent less energy than regular washers to achieve Energy Star designation.

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

A center-post agitator, which is the mechanism that moves clothes around inside a washer, is not found in front-loading washing machines. Instead, clothes are tumbled inside the drum in much the same way they are in a dryer.

Which type of washer is generally the cheapest to buy?

Although they are cheaper on the front end, regular top-loaders use more water and power, jacking up your bills considerably more than efficient and front-loading models.

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

Most front-loading machines can hold 20 pounds of laundry in a single load. By comparison, regular top-loaders only hold up to 16 pounds at a time, while some high-efficiency, top-loading models can hold 20 pounds or more.

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

You can save time, money, energy and water by washing some clothes more infrequently than others. You might want to toss that sweaty tee in the wash as soon as you take it off, but items like sweaters and jeans can usually be worn more than once before being cleaned.

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

Front-loaders are high-efficiency washing machines, so they need a more concentrated form of laundry detergent. Put too much in and you'll end up with a soapy mess and plenty of residue in your machine.

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

Although they look prettier in matching sets, the death of one appliance does not necessarily signal the purchase of a brand-new mate.

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?

Most affordably priced front-loaders offer a spin speed of 1,000 to 1,200 rpm, which is plenty to get rid of moisture, making it that much easier for your front-loading dryer to do its job efficiently.

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

Generally, it takes much longer to go through a bottle of HE detergent, which cuts down on the amount of unnecessary packaging and chemicals.

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

It might not seem like much, but an annual savings of $45 to $125 can really add up over the life of your set.

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

The average regular washer uses 40 gallons(151.4 liters)of water per load. By comparison, water-efficient front and top-loaders use only 20 to 25 gallons (75.7 to 94.6 liters) per load.

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

Energy Star and WaterSense designated washers use 38 percent less water per load, which equates to about 6,450 gallons (24, 415 liters) per year, depending on how much you use your machine!

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

Moisture sensors prevent clothes from being over-dried, thus avoiding extended and unnecessary drying sessions and wasted power.

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

Of course, it depends on the model and your price range. Generally speaking, front-loaders are at least a few hundred dollars more than the basic, top-loading washers and are comparable or slightly more than high-efficiency, top-loading models.

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

The average American family does an average of 400 loads of laundry every year. Parents of multiple children know this to be a gross understatement, but smaller families and singles balance out the average.

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

Whether you stack them on top of each other or just use their surfaces to store other items, front-loaders have more potential than top-loaders in terms of space-savings.

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

It's hard to do a definitive study on this subject, but many people believe front-loaders are easier on your threads than machines with agitators.

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

Front-loading washing machines are quieter than top-loaders. Most top-loading machines can get pretty loud, but some of the newer high-efficiency models are quieter than their water-guzzling cousins. Still, they're not quite as quiet as front-loaders.

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

The only time you really need to use hot water is when you're laundering very soiled garments. Otherwise, save yourself up to 90 percent of the cost of washing laundry by using cold water only.

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

Families that do laundry very often would be wise to pick a larger drum (around 2.7 cubic feet), so that they don't have do frequent small loads.

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Front-load washers and dryers have become all the rage on the laundry scene in recent years. Test your knowledge on these popular appliances!

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