For the past five years or so, high efficiency (H.E.) front loading consumer reports pressure washers and dryers have been all the rage. Not only do they look neat with all the digital features, they’re cool with new colors – red, blue, silver — never seen before in our hum-drum laundry rooms. Things are looking up!

What is a High Efficiency Front Loading Washer?

First off, what is a H.E. front loading washer? Most are front loading washers like the type you’d see in a laundromat. They are characterized by: 3

A Rotating Drum that tumbles clothes through less water. This compared to a top loader which rubs clothes against an agitator in a tub full of water.

A High Pressure Spray Rinsing that saves water and helps get soap out of clothes.

A faster Spin Cycle that cuts down on water and causes clothes to be “drier” out of the washer.

A More Efficient Motor and Automatic Sensing that conserves water and energy.

Top Loading Machines

Top loading machines are the most common type of washing machines. Laundry is deposited and withdrawn from the top of the machine. Top loading machines are best for people who have back problems as it’s easier to get to the load without bending or kneeling over. These machines are less costly and tend to be more reliable. So why “throw in the towel (and your socks too!)” and upgrade your laundry machines now? Let’s delve further into high efficiency front loading machines.

H.E. Front Loading High Efficiency Machines

H.E. Front Loading machines have been around enough now that there is ample information available on their benefits and drawbacks:

BENEFITS:

– Save Money – these machines use far less water and electricity than top loading machines. H.E. machines only fill up partially with water. They lift the clothes up and drop them back into the water, instead of totally emerging them in water as do top loaders.

Studies show that H.E. machines use up to 50% less water and 50-65% less energy than top loading machines. 5 The U.S. Department of Energy calculates savings of up to $50 a year in utility costs. 3 A $100 a year savings in utility costs is even possible with the best energy efficient machines as compared to your old 15 year old top loading washing machine. 3

– Load Capacity – most H.E. machines can handle more clothes with capacities ranging from 12-20 pound loads.

– Cleaner Laundry – because of their tumbling and drop action, they can clean clothes more fully. Reports from consumer reports and CNET reviews confirm clothes are cleaner.