- Basic washers have between one and four agitation and spin speeds. Some top-of-the-line models offer additional options.
- Preset wash cycles combine differing speeds, temperatures, and levels of agitation to clean specific types of clothing. An average washer may have regular, permanent press, and delicate cycles.
- High-end models may offer additional cycles, such as a heavy-duty cycle for work clothes, jeans, and towels, as well as presoak and prewash cycles for dealing with difficult stains.
- Water-saver options recycle water from lightly soiled loads.
- Water temperature options usually include hot/cold, warm/cold, and cold/cold. Some more expensive models may feature additional temperature combinations to suit more fabrics.
- Controls can be mechanical, with rotary knobs and push buttons, or electronic with features such as digital displays and more custom cycles.
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