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How do Estate washers compare to other energy efficient washers?

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As of 2015, Estate clothes washers, comprising a line of two units, are rated better than approximately 373 models, according to a comparison of 720 washing machines by FindTheBest.com. The Estate ETW4400WQ was given a comparable Smart Rating of 72, alongside nine other units from four manufacturers.

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The review goes on to note that the Estate ETW4400WQ is among the most expensive washers, retailing for around $349 as of 2015. It is also one of the smallest-capacity top-loading washing machines in the comparison, with a capacity of 3.2 cubic feet. Top-loading machines generally are less energy efficient than front-loading models, and the lack of an ENERGY STAR rating indicates that the ETW4400WQ is not efficient. The FindTheBest.com review also points out that the unit has only eight preset cycles, significantly less than other comparable models.

The Smart Rating used by FindTheBest.com is made up of five attributes. These criteria are weighted based on relative importance. Reliability is 44.4 percent of the score, efficiency comprises 22.2 percent and performance and features make up 19.4 percent. The Smart Rating also weights 11.3 percent based on expert source data from sources such as ENERGY STAR and JD Power Ratings, while the remaining 2.8 percent factors in the cost of the unit per capacity.

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