Re: UpdateHail All of You With Front-Loaders....
- From: "Candide" <PityMePines@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 26 May 2006 07:59:59 GMT
"Scare Crowe" <dgilreath@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
I had a baby 45 years ago. I had a Norge top loader and used cotton
diapers. No stains! If front loaders are so great what happened to
Bendix is still around, UK, Oz and other places.
Bendix like all early front and top loading automatic washing machines
were competiting at first against wringers and wash tubs, after that
front had been taken, they began bashing each other. Today's front
loaders are streets ahead of early models. For one thing most "vintage"
front loaders only tumbled one way, causing laundry to emerge in one
tangled rope like mass. They also didn't spin very fast, nor have very
sophiscated suspension systems.
If you have a good water heater why do you need a washer that
heats the water? Does that not increase the cost of whatever energyyou
use? I have a new pair of Maytags ( top loader) and love them and they
didn't cost me an arm and a leg. I think to often the public gets
sucked in by the advertising media. Dot in Tennessee
Front loaders use so little water, that unless the washer is right next
to the boiler, the water is likely to be less than "hot" by the time it
travels through the pipes and reaches the machine. Heating water in the
washer is actually more efficient than relying upon a central boiler for
Does not take hot water from other uses such as bathing.
Water can be heated to the exact temp required for fabrics/laundering
purposes. If one wishes 104F, just set the washer and that is that.
Starting a wash in hot water will set protein and tannin stains.
Starting from cold water and allowing the water to reach the proper temp
allows better cleaning. The alternative would be to pre-wash/soak items
in cold water, then a hot or warm water wash, this uses more water.
"Boil washes" with oxygen bleach will get one's laundry cleaner,whiter
and sanitary without the harmful effects of chlorine bleach (eau de
Front loaders with heaters in the UK, Europe and most every where else,
fit those households because out side of the United States one rarely
finds huge central hot water boilers. It is far easier to install a
washer in an airing cupboard or small kitchen only requiring a cold
water tap and drain. Mind you one will find many washers today that take
both hot and cold water on the other side of the pond, but mainly most
are the cold water variety.
The "problem" with American front loaders and heating is they all run on
puny 120v/ 15amp service, this does not give much power for heating
water. My Miele has two 1500 watt heaters, but runs on 220v service,
however it can heat water from dead winter tap cold to 200F quite
As for the American public being "suckered" into front loaders, it is
not really their fault. The American government launched a program of
energy and water efficiency which mandates washing machines to use less
energy and soon water. Front loader simply use less water that top
loaders to do laundry, hence the "push" to get persons on board. There
was a time when some American top loading washing machines used almost
40 to 50 gallons of water for one wash cycle, that is no longer
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