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Why choose a front-loading washing machine?
Both top-loading and front-loading washers will get your clothes clean, but which one should you buy? The two styles of washing machines are similar but offer a few key differences. Both types of washers utilize soap, water and cyclical motion to clean your clothes. But because the drums of front-load washing machines sit sideways, your clothes tumble instead of twist (as they do in top-loading washers). The tumbling motion of front-loaders lets gravity do the work, allowing for more variety in movement and more effective cleaning. Because of this, front-loading washers tend to be better at removing tough stains. Another upside to a washing machine with front-load capabilities is how they use water. Compared to top-load washing machines, front-loaders use less water during the wash and remove more water from your clothes by the end of the cycle. This means you could save on water and potentially have quicker results when placing your clothes in the dryer. But there are a few downsides to front-loading machines. Due to their design, front-loading washers have sealed doors to keep water from spilling out mid-cycle. But that seal also makes it difficult for leftover moisture to evaporate between uses, so you’ll need to clean and wipe down your machine more often to avoid the growth of mold, mildew or odors. And if you’re the type of person who likes to add more clothes mid-cycle, a top-loading machine may be a better choice for you. Luckily, top and front-loading washing machines require essentially the same simple hookup, but keep in mind that to connect your washer to water, you’ll need a new washing machine hose.
How to get the best front-load washer for you.
Front-load washers offer a lot of exciting features and accessories. You can find machines with noise reduction, steam options, antimicrobial protection, and ENERGY STAR certification. And if you want to get a little high-tech, some front-load washing machines come with wireless connectivity so you can control your laundry from an app on your phone. People living in smaller spaces can find front-loaders with a compact design or save even more room by getting a washer and dryer stacking kit, which enables the dryer to be placed directly on top of the washer. You can even find washing machine pedestals to lift your front-loading washer off the floor to make it a more comfortable height for loading. And if you really want to be the lord of laundry, invest in a pedestal washing machine. Its pedestal doesn’t just lift; it also acts as a second washing machine for smaller loads. And don’t forget: Best Buy offers delivery and installation services for your new laundry machines.