Compared to older machines, washers in 2015 are more efficient, using less water and less energy, and have more features. Many machines no longer use an agitator, and capacities are larger.
Traditional top-loading machines with agitators are still around, and they are usually the least expensive to purchase. However, high-efficiency models that don’t use an agitator and have larger capacities are increasingly common. Compared to older washers, high-efficiency machines clean clothes better with less water. They can wash larger loads and have faster spin speeds to remove more water after the wash cycle.
Front-loading machines have even better performance than high-efficiency top-loaders, but they are also more expensive. With larger capacities, bulky items can be washed at home instead of requiring a trip to a laundromat.
Today’s washing machines offer more options than older washers. In addition to traditional wash cycles, some machines offer an assortment of settings that can be combined to customize the laundry cycle. Users can select individual temperatures for wash and rinse, desired spin speed and soil level. These can be combined with other options, such as a prewash cycle, an additional rinse cycle or steam cleaning. Although many machines still use dials and buttons, more and more washers have touch screens to make adjusting settings even easier.