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Do HE top loaders get clothes clean?

Last Updated: 9th April, 2020

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HE top-loaders, in particular, are popular because they save on water and energy. See washing machines that cleaned up in our test labs. These machines don't have a center-post agitator like traditional top-load machines, but instead use a rotating mechanism called an impeller at the bottom to get clothes clean.

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Likewise, are high efficiency washers harder on clothes?

Also, HE washers produce less suds than traditional models. Suds make it more difficult for clothes to move around in the washer which can result in less effective washing. You'll find that HE washers typically cost about the same as traditional washers per load but the special detergent can be slightly more expensive.

Additionally, how do you clean a top loading HE washing machine? Fill the washer with HOT water. Add 1 quart of chlorine bleach – no detergent – and let the machine agitate for a minute, then let it sit for one hour. After one hour, allow the washer to run through its longest wash and spin cycle.

Beside above, does a top load or front load washer clean better?

Front load machines are more efficient at cleaning clothes, and impart much less wear and tear on clothing than their top loading counterparts. The reason: the lack of the central agitator present in top load washers.

Which is better washer with agitator or without?

A washer without an agitator tends to use less water and energy. They have a larger capacity because the spindle of the bulky agitator doesn't take up space. The HE washers without agitators have very specific instruction on how to load dirty clothing in order to get them as clean as possible.

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Why do high efficiency washers take so long to wash?

"That's due to the combination of low water levels, longer wash times, and the laundry rubbing against each other," says Handel.

Rachael Blecua

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Do high efficiency washers take longer to wash?

First, you'll need HE detergent to use with a high-efficiency washer. Cycle times are much longer partly due to the low water use—it takes longer to get clothes clean. The biggest difference in using a high-efficiency washer is that it needs more care than a basic washer.

Tarsicio Borrellas

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Do HE washers really clean?

HE Washers Use Less to Do More.
They spin faster to remove more water from clothes, so clothes need less time in the dryer. They produce less suds and keep clothes in constant motion as they wash, so experts say clothes get even cleaner.

Gartzen Bellot

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Why do front load washers smell?

High efficiency front-loading washing machines are susceptible to a musty smell from mildew. This mildew smell is a common problem for people who own front-loading washers. That odor comes from mold growing inside your washing machine caused by residue and bacteria.

Xabel Haprich

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Do all front load washers have mold problems?

Problems with mold and odors have been occurring in some models since these were introduced, but may not be typical of all front-loaders. Since washer use and care varies with different appliance owners, one may have problems, while another may totally enjoy their high-efficiency washer without serious complaints.

Audelina Gotschalk

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Is a high efficiency washer worth it?

Although they're a bit more expensive, high-efficiency washers might be worth it in the long run. See more green living pictures. High-efficiency washers cost less to operate because they use less water and energy -- and even less detergent.

Molly Eisentrager

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How do you know if your washer is high efficiency?

The first thing you'll notice when you go appliance shopping is that are two types of high-efficiency washers. One has a door on the front, and the other has a lid on top like the old standard washer. The next thing you'll notice when you open the door of either type is that there is no central agitator.

Nicanora Barbu

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Why top load washers are better?

Best for Water and Energy Use: HE Top-Load and Front-Load Washer. Since front-load and top-load high-efficiency washers use less water, they are more energy-efficient than standard washers because it takes less energy to heat the water.

Haizeder Chet

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Are top loaders better than front?

Front-loading washers are typically more expensive, but justifiably so. They give a more quality clean and tend to be more energy and water efficient than top loaders. In addition, the front load washers pack more wash features to accommodate all fabric types and soil levels.

Marianne Cimaglia

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Are top load washers more reliable?

I wanted you to see this first because the repair rates are similar. Most people think top loads are far more reliable. That depends on the brand, but overall top loads are just over 2% more reliable. We eliminated two of the more repaired brands in front load washers, so the numbers should be even going forward.

Kouider Jijnov

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Do Front loaders clean better?

On average, front-loaders clean better than top-loaders while also using about 5 gallons less water per cycle. Front-loaders can also cut electricity use by up to 50% if you're using an electric hot water heater.

Jona Strotjohann

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What is the problem with front load washers?

Front-loaders can have mold/mildew problems.
If you use the wrong detergent, too much detergent, or too much fabric softener, or let the drum and gaskets stay wet between uses, mildew and mold will grow in your washer and it'll stink.

Jingwei Parras

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What is the best top loading washing machine?

These are the best top-load washers we tested ranked, in order:
  • Maytag MVWB865GC.
  • Whirlpool WTW7500GC.
  • Samsung WA45M7050AW.
  • Kenmore 31633.
  • LG WT7100CW.
  • GE GTW460ASJWW.

Modesto Guengue,

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How long should a washer last?

Generally, a washer can last between 12-14 years, while a dryer can last approximately 12-18 years. Your washer and dryer both should last at least 10 years. The length of time you're able to keep this appliance depends on how often you use it, as well as types of loads you have.

Marena Schikedanz

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How much water does a top loader washing machine use?

Water Usage for Front-load and Top-load Washers. Conventional top-loading washing machines with center post agitators use about 40 gallons of water per load. Compare that to front-loading machines that use somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 gallons.

Kima Rumenova

Reviewer

Do front load washers have agitators?

The lack of an agitator means front-loaders treat clothes the gentlest, though using high heat and deep-clean options will obviously do more damage than a delicate cycle.

Tamie Tikhov

Reviewer

What are the pros and cons of front load washers?

Pros and Cons of Front-Load Washing Machines
  • The lack of an agitator makes front-load washers gentle on clothes.
  • Front-loaders consistently out-perform top-loaders in cleaning tests.
  • Faster spin cycles get clothing an average of 10 percent drier, giving your clothes dryer an efficiency boost.

Belal Vareira

Reviewer

How do I deep clean my top loading washing machine?

How To Clean Your Top-Loading Washing Machine
  1. Step 1 – Bleach Soak & First Wash. Fill the washer drum with hot water, add 1 quart of bleach, and let it soak for about an hour to eliminate mold and mildew.
  2. Step 2 – Vinegar Soak. After the cycle is done, fill the washer with hot water again and add 1 quart of white vinegar.
  3. Step 3 – Wipe Down.
  4. Step 4 – Second Wash.

Aboubakar Mihalache

Reviewer

Can I use baking soda in my HE washing machine?

While high-efficiency (HE) washers do require the use of low-sudsing HE detergent formulas due to lower water levels used in each cycle, the "old-fashioned" detergent boosters like baking soda and borax can still be used in the machines.