The Calypso washing machine's primary unique features are its fully-agitating washer basket and its water-saving features that use intermittent sprays of water rather than fully immersing clothes during the wash cycle. While effective, the mechanical complexity of the Calypso design make it prone to problems, particularly with the appliance's pump.
Rather than using a single central agitator as do most top-loading washing machines, Calypso washing machines agitate the entire bottom of the wash basket at varying angles. This results in a motion called nutation that more thoroughly exposes clothes to the intermittent sprays of water used in the machine. Unfortunately, this complex design is prone to mechanical problems, and many owners report that socks and other small items frequently become stuck under the agitator during use.