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How do you choose the best front loader washer for your family?

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A number of factors should be taken into account when purchasing a front loader washer, including efficiency, size, features, and specialty options such as steam cleaning ability. In general, front loader washers are more efficient than other types of washing machines.

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Front loader washing machines use less water and less energy in order to clean clothes than other models. Even so, those who want an environmentally friendly washing machine need to seek out appliances carrying an Energy Star rating. In addition to being better for the environment, an Energy Star rated appliance incurs fewer energy costs.

Small families will likely not need a large capacity washing machine to complete their everyday laundry tasks. However, larger families or those that produce a larger number of dirty clothes on average typically require a washing machine that is capable of handling larger loads.

In recent years, more front loader washing machines have been produced with specialty features such as steam cleaning. This can be a useful tool for those who are looking to save on trips to the dry cleaners or who have large amounts of specialty clothes items in need of cleaning. However, for many shoppers, these functions are unnecessary and only add to the cost of buying a new washing machine.

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