“What should I buy for a new clothes washing machine? Front load? Top load? New or used? My old, basic machine works great but the interior is rusting and starting to make marks on my clothing, sheets, and towels. Rust does not come out as far as I have found. I wish I didn’t have to replace it, but it seems like it is time. Would love your thoughts!”
This is an excellent question and in the world of front loading, hi-tech/electronic washing machines, my answer may surprise you.
Go with the top-loader washing machine and here’s why…
- According to my local appliance parts store, it is nearly impossible for a homeowner (or a professional for that matter!) to fix an electronic washing machine. Once something goes wrong with the electronic components, the machine is done. The trade-off is that the front loaders are more efficient water-use wise but they don’t last nearly as long. My goal would be to find an energy efficient top loader.
- The other drawback for me would be that you can’t soak in a front-loader. I’m a big-time soaker of laundry and usually soak whites overnight. Also, because I wash all of our sweaters, hand-washables, and delicates in the washing machine, soaking them first is a part of that process as well.
- When I really have a lot of heavy blankets or when I wash our down comforters, I go to a laundromat that has high-efficient, eco-washers. It’s easier than me owning one.
As for the “rust” on your clothing, you may want to check the dryer. According to Repair Clinic, those “rust” marks are likely to be from the rubber gasket around the dryer drum. (This is the problem we’re having right now with our dryer – “rust marks” left on clothing.) When the clothing gets caught between the dryer drum and the housing where the rubber gasket has become worn out, that’s when the marks on the clothing occur. The marks, while they look like rust, are more of a “scorch” or burn on the fabric and not actually rust.
The rubber gasket on the dryer drum can be replaced, but my Mr. Fix-It (husband) who has fixed our washing machine several times over the last 18-years of owning it, has yet to tackle the dryer project. Our low-tech solution? We turn our clothing inside out when tossing it into the washing machine and then its inside out when going into the dryer. The dryer gets used very little in our house – only about 10-minutes on clothing – and then gets hung to dry on drying lines in the basement.
Do you have a top-loader or front-loader? Which do you prefer and why?
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