decoding gimmicky features in washing machines
The market for washing machines is very competitive. Stuffed with designer models and “latest technological innovations in washing machines”, many washing machine manufacturers tend to advertise their products in a manner to attract maximum populace.
It can also be seen how different terminologies mean the same thing but some brands coin different words for the same and use them as marketing gimmicks. For instance, the very common Fuzzy Logic washing cycles which are available in most of the latest fully-automatic washing machines can be labelled as ‘Smart Rinse’ or ‘6th Sense’ under different brands.
Here below we list some of the well-advertised and popular washing machine programs which may not be so special, just products of marketing strategies.
1. Water heating mechanisms
Your washing machine may come with two separate water inlet connections, one in which you could connect hot water supply as per your choice. But many manufacturers highly advertise machines which are capable of heating the cold water supplied into the drum, leading to ‘best quality washing’.
It must be understood that in most cases, cold water washing gives the same result as a hot water wash. If anything, you can pre-soak your clothes in the drum for a more efficient cleaning cycle. Heating element will consume more power supply, and would anyway be harmful to your colour clothes, elastics, and delicate pieces such as lingerie.
2. Stain Experts
Both washing machines and machine-load detergent companies have joined hands to convince their customers that 100% of all stains can be taken care of in the machine. Well, some stain expert washing machines might be available to provide scrubbing and tougher washing functions without compromising the integrity of your clothes, but it is impossible to achieve targeted action on rigid and untreated stains.
You could pre-soak the affected area in stain expert detergents and scrub it before hand to somewhat get clean results after the washing machine cycle. Sprinkling salt over wine stains, or pre-soaking ink and dye stains with glycerine can be other options too.
3. Neat, Untangled and Wrinkle free
Sure, the washing machines can be programmed in a way to minimise the harsh spins, but due to the very mechanism behind washing machines, the clothes must spin inside the washing drum at high Revolutions per Minute.
If your clothes have long sleeves or legs that have been thrown into the drum improperly, or there are stringy or delicate laces like elements in your clothes, there is a high chance they will get tangled under the machine’s action. Shirts may have lesser creases in the iron-free mode by avoiding highest RPM, but sure there will be wrinkles.
top load vs front load washing machines advantages and disadvantages
The most obvious question to answer while thinking of a new washing machine is “Which type of washing machine to buy?” Broadly, all washing machine models available in the market can be categorised of either a Front-load design, or of a Top-load design.
As the name correctly suggests, Top-load washing machines have a vertical washing drum inside its body, allowing you to load your clothes onto laundry by the window on the top. On the other hand, front-load washing machines have a horizontal drum and the clothes need to be fed-in by the front window. But the difference between top loading and front-loading washing machines isn’t only limited to the name.
Due to this minor change in the orientation of the washing unit inside, the entire washing process executes differently; both of these designs providing their own advantages and disadvantages. Here below is a comparison chart discussing the major top load vs. front load washers’ pros cons.
These economical refrigerator models work on a simple on and off mechanism. When the power is on and the doors of the refrigerators are closed, the compressors start at the highest, and honesty, at the only programmable speed of the cooling compressor. When an optimum low temperature is achieved, the compressors shut down automatically and start again when the temperatures begin to rise.
The advantage of conventional refrigerators is that they always cool as top speeds, giving high and fast results, and of course they are cheaper too. But when they start at such high load, not only they consume a lot of power, too much at times, but also produce a lot of noise during turning on.
|Property||Top-load washing machines||Front-load washing machines|
|Friendly design||It has the simplest and most user-friendly design. You need not bend your back to load and unload the washing machine. Most prominent feature is that you can add-in clothes from the top window any time during the washing process.||Even though the front-load design looks sleek and attractive, unless washing machine is placed at a comfortable height, you will always have to bend down to add and unload your laundry from the machine. Also, you would always have to wait for the washing cycle to be over and water to be drained out first before you open the front window. Hence you can’t add more items in between the washing cycle.|
|Efficiency||The vertical drum spins the clothes inside the drum to help clean them using friction produced among one another. This uses more power for spinning and more water for completely soaking-in the clothes. As we can see, it is a simple but inefficient mechanism.||Due to the horizontal-drum design, the clothes inside the washing machine keep on rubbing against and falling on each other during the washing cycle due to gravity, hence giving it more efficient and effective wash with less electricity.|
|Washing quality||Average washing quality.||Best washing quality, especially for delicates since very fast spins are not required that may tear up the delicate clothes.|
|Water and Electricity consumption||They consume more electricity and pump in more water for every wash cycle due to its inefficient design.||You will save on both water and electricity bills in the long run due to its efficient washing mechanisms.|
|Cost||Even though the long-term costs of electricity and water supply may be slightly more, Top-load washing machines are very economical and available at cheaper rates due to simple mechanisms and design.||You will save on your power and electricity bills, but the primary cost of buying a Front-load washing machine will be a lot more due to the more complex functions.|
|Washing functions||Economical machine will allow you more-or-less the major basic washing programs like auto-wash, quick-wash, woollen-wash, strong-wash, etc.||If you are paying more for this machine, you are paying this price for an array for extra washing functions, up to 10-15 programs, which the Top-load washing machine won’t be able to be perform.|
|Drying||Top-load washing machines will never allow you to achieve 100% drying of clothes in the vertical tub.||Clothes spin-dry faster and better in a horizontal tub.|
|Stacking of separate dryer||Separate dryer machines need to be placed side by side; stacking kits are not available for top load machines.||In case you have a separate dryer, you can mount the dryer over the front load machine if you have floor space constraint.|
As we can see, both there are various advantages of top-load washing machines, primarily its simple design and economical price. Although one may challenge its efficiency, which on the other hand lists under the advantages of front-load washing machines.
washer and dryer installation guide
The washer and dryer installation costs are usually built into the cost at which you purchase your new appliance. For instances where, for example, you have bought your machine at a wholesale price or under heavy discounts, many times you yourself have to take care of the washer dryer hook-up requirements.
In case you need vents and connections made into your space, you can always contact authorised washer and dryer installation services from the manufacturers’ helpline. But in most cases, the washing machine installation processes are simple and can be carried at home, saving you time and money. In this article we shall highlight what kind of inlet and outlet connections does one need for different washing machines and dryers.
Connections that you need
- Washing machines can be hooked up to your standard 230V plugs available in Indian homes, since they don’t require anymore than 120V electricity outlet with a 15 ampere 3-pin plug. So, make sure the place of installation is at the cord’s length from the plug point.
- For a washer dryer or separate dryer, make sure the electricity input is of 240V. If you don’t have one, let the electrician make one for you. Do not try this yourself at home. The dryer specifications may also require the volt outlet to be controlled by a pair of dedicated 30- to 50-amp breakers, depending upon the model.
B. Water Supply
- For semi-automatic, you need an area where you can easily draw in water from buckets or using pipe and nozzles to fill into the machine. So any place with water source nearby is fine.
- For fully-automatic, if you wish to connect a hot water source into the hot water inlet, you need a geyser and water inlet connection from it which you can be attached to your machine. In case you cannot or do not have one, a single cold water inlet can be attached to either of the 2 marked inlets (cold/hot) of the machine. The machine will draw in water from whichever source is connected.
- Washing machines also need a drainage pipe to vent out the water after rinsing. You can drain it into a sink/basin, a gully, or make adjustments to make a permanent drainage system into a basin siphon.
- Some Dryers need vents to be connected with metal ducting pipes leading to outdoors. In case proper ventilation isn’t maintained, there can be mould and moisture build-up in the laundry room.
Installing a Washer Dryer
1. Finalise where you want the machine to be installed.
After making sure the area selected has the availability of all listed connections, make sure the ground is levelled. If not, then you can use rubber soles for the feet of the appliance and secure it as well as possible. If only 3 out of the 4 legs of the machine are stable, the machine can wobble and walk under the internal spinning momentum when operated.
2. Make the connections.
Connect the water supply, electricity ports and open the drainage vents. Make sure all connections are neat, without leakage, and the venting ducts are cleaned from the insides; check for any debris which may block the drainage/vent.
3. Check the running machine.
After you are sure that operating the machines under the current electricity and water supply is safe, turn on the appliance. Check for leaks, disturbance in levelling of the feet, and proper connections made to the separate hot and cold water inlets.
Installing a stackable Washer-Dryer combo
In case you have floor space constraints to have two separate machines next to each other while installing for washing and drying, there is a possibility of mounting the dryer on top of the front load washing machines, with an external bracket/ stand that are available at separate cost.
Not only is helps in freeing more space in your laundry room, but is also aesthetically pleasing. Also, loading and unloading the machine becomes easier due to the added height which is easier on your back.