High-efficiency (water- and energy-saving) washers save energy and extend the life of your clothes and linens.
Look for Energy Star horizontal-axis, front-loading washers or top-loading washers, which tumble clothes instead of twisting or rubbing them. These models, which don't have agitators, use less water and energy than top-loaders of the same size.
Some machines may use a special High Efficiency detergent. The amount of detergent needed depends on the load size, not on the amount of water used, so check manufacturer's instructions.
Learn more about washer features below.
- Front-loading washers are ideal for washing linens without going out of balance.
- Delay-starts, common on dishwashers, allow you to turn on the washing machine when utility rates are lower.
- Automatic water level control selects the right amount of water for each load to prevent overfilling.
- Internal water heaters reduce demand on your home water heater. The heater also improves cleaning performance.
- Polypropylene and stainless-steel washtubs don't chip or rust as enameled steel can. Smooth interior surfaces are easier on clothes.
- Selectable spin speeds of 700 to 1,600 revolutions per minute mean that clothes are almost dry when they leave the washer. Drying gets done in less time and at lower temperatures.