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HE Top Loading Washers VS Traditional Agitator Washing Machines
The pump started leaking in my old agitator washer, so we felt it was time to purchase a new one. I felt a little overwhelmed by all the choices. In the end, I purchased a top loading HE (high efficiency) model and it didn’t cost me more than a traditional machine. Prices have gone down on these machines.
After checking ratings and prices, I ended up buying a GE high efficiency top loader.I'd suggest that you check the brand that you plan on purchasing. Some of them don't get good ratings for differed reasons.
I’m happy with my purchase. These machines don’t have an agitator in the middle of the machine. With my last machine, I had problems with bras etc getting tangled around the agitator. With no agitator this doesn’t happen with my new machine and it is also gentler on the clothes.
The HE model uses 40% less water. Not only does this save on my water usage, but it also saves on the water softener salt, natural gas used to heat the water, and I use less detergent than before.
The new machine does require using HE detergent, which hasn’t been a problem. Most laundry soap brands now make the HE detergent. Be sure to check the box or bottle. It will be stated right on the front. HE washers require the special detergent because it is low-sudsing and this is necessary with less water usage. Never use regular laundry detergent in a HE machine. I have heard that some HE machines are now being produced that don’t need the special detergent, but in my price range I didn’t find one of those.
My machine also came with the feature that it automatically senses the amount of water needed for the load. This eliminates the need to reset the load size every time you wash clothes.
The spin cycle on the HE works at a faster speed, so the clothes come out dryer, but this can also cause more wrinkling. I haven’t noticed a problem with this, but I’ve heard others complain.
One problem with the HE machine is that an odor will develop if you don’t leave the lid open between uses. A small amount of water builds up, but it will dry out if you remember not to shut the lid. A special cleaner is also available to use once a month if you’d rather do that.
Even with less water my clothes are coming out clean and I’m happy with the new machine. One problem I do have with the machine is that when I wash just a couple of items, they come out so wrinkled that it is hard to get the wrinkles out. I’m enjoying the energy saving and I’d recommend the machine to anyone searching for a new washer.