Manual washing is time-consuming and laborious. Even drying washed clothes in the chilly and humid weather takes a long time. Introduction of electrical appliances has made life easy for performing a majority of household chores.
Washing machines were introduced in 1782, and since then there was no looking back. They evolved a lot and during this process, washing machines have become more customer oriented and eco-friendly.
Markets are full of countless brands, types, and models of washing machines.
Fully or semi-automatic
There are two kinds of washing machines, namely fully-automatic and semi-automatic. In semi-automatic machines, there are two tubs, one for soaking/washing/rinsing and other for drying. However, you need to transfer clothes to the other tub manually.
Alternatively, fully automatic is more convenient. You don’t need to transfer clothes. The machine has a single tub, which performs all the processes of washing/rinsing/drying. Semi-automatic machines are chosen because they are cheap comparatively.
The two categories are front load and top load. Front load are costly but more energy efficient and need less water. Top loaders display short cycle and take less time to wash. So you can see both have their personal pros and cons.
Majority of washing machines are highly advanced and their features include –
- Touch control facility
- Adjust water temperature according to fabric quality like silk, cotton, or wool that needs different temperature condition for washing
- No need for manual monitoring
- LCD screen to indicate washing process
- Sensors monitor water quality and temperature
- Timers to regulate and show time needed to finish the washing process
Advanced washing machine
New and advanced models can actually make a huge difference in how the laundry gets washed. You may be surprised at how the washing machine has changed in last few years.
Choices have broadened, for example, you got the waterless washing machines and the ones that can be operated using Smartphone from the remote area. The vast assortment of advanced features seems like the washing machines are from future.
Let’s look at some advanced washing machine features.
In the past, washing machines were inflexible with respect to interrupting an ongoing wash cycle. The newer model includes reloading function. Press the button, machine pauses automatically when the water level goes low, so you can open the door without causing the flood on the floor. Add the extra clothes and avoid the waiting time for next load.
Air dry feature can be switched on and off, whenever necessary. It opens the vents, during spinning cycle. Warm air gets drawn inside from the vent making clothes warm and helping the water to evaporate. For thick and heavy fabrics this feature is good because natural drying is long. You can even save energy used to operate the tumble dryer.
New washing machine with smart rinse feature allows specifying the amount of water needed during rinse cycle.
Washing machines are intelligent and able to memorize the setting used for last wash. They apply this to the next laundry load. Therefore if you wash the same kinds of clothes then this intelligent setting is timesaver.
There are plenty more like the waterfall technology, self-cleaning drums, and weight indicators to ensure you never overload the machine.