What Is A Front Load Washer?
A front loader is a type of washing machine which uses a rotating drum to wash clothes instead of a traditional spinning wheel. This means that it doesn’t spin at all like other types of washers do, but rather moves the clothes through the water while they are being washed.
The main advantage of using a front loader is that you don’t have to worry about having too much or too little water in your tub/shower. You simply turn the handle and let the machine do its work.
Another benefit is that you don’t need to constantly refill your tub/shower because the machine will automatically fill up when needed.
There are several different models available today, but most come in two basic sizes: one with a large capacity (usually around 2 cubic feet) and another smaller model which typically holds less than half that amount.
How Do They Work?
Front loaders use a drum to move the clothes through the water. When you run them full, they’ll start filling up again after each cycle. So if you run them empty, then they’ll stop working altogether!
The benefits of using a front loader over a regular washing machine are many. For starters, there’s no spinning involved; all you’re doing is moving the clothes through the water.
This not only shortens the overall wash time, but it also uses less water to do so. Front loaders are also gentler on your clothes and can even help to prevent wrinkles from forming.
There are a few downsides though. First of all, they’re a bit louder than their top loading counterparts. This is mainly due to the motor being located in the same compartment as the drum.
Second, they can be a bit more expensive than other types of washers. But considering that they’ll also save you money on your utility bills, the long-term savings might eventually help to compensate for this added upfront cost.
What Makes A Washer A Front Loader?
The most obvious telltale sign that you are dealing with a front loader is the location of its door. Front loaders have their doors on the front of the machine, hence the name. The door can open to the left or the right, and some manufacturers have even experimented with models which feature double doors on both sides (for easier access).
These types of machines are also generally shaped differently from top loaders. Whereas top-loaders usually feature flat, rectangular shaped bodies, front loaders are more box-like in shape. This allows them to better accommodate the drum required for the wash cycle.
Some front loading washers not only have their drums located on the inside, but also have additional tubs for soaking and rinsing cycles on the outside. This means that you can fill them up with water and then add your laundry afterwards.
You then simply turn a knob to choose which cycle you need and then the machine will do the rest. The main concern with these types of machines is that they tend to be quite large and can take up quite a bit of space. They are also generally much more expensive than other types of washers.
Advantages And Disadvantages
On the plus side, front loaders cost less to operate than top loaders. This is mainly due to the fact that front loaders use less water and add less stress to your utility bill.
They are also generally faster than top loaders, but not by a significant amount. With that said, they are definitely no match for quick-load washers which can have your laundry done in as little as seven minutes!
One of the major advantages of front loaders is that they are much gentler on your clothing than top loaders. This is mainly due to the tumbling action which front loaders use and the lack thereof in top loaders.
Tumble dryers also employ this type of action and it’s a well known fact that hanging clothes to dry can help preserve color and texture better than using a drier.
Front loaders are also generally easier to load and unload when compared to top loaders. They also tend to have more room for larger items like blankets and pillows.
When it comes to disadvantages, the biggest one is that these machines tend to be much more expensive to purchase up front. They are also a bit larger and will probably take up more space in your home or apartment.
Another thing to consider is that some people just don’t like front loaders for whatever reason. Not everyone finds them to be an improvement over top loaders and some are simply accustomed to using the other style.
My Personal Experience
I personally have a front loader as my primary machine and I love it. I bought it mostly because it was on sale at the time, but I’m really glad that I did. Not only does it work great, but I also have a smaller footprint in my utility room now.
I used to own a top loading washer and I always felt like it took up way too much space, especially since I had to load and unload it from the side. This was especially true when I had to wash larger items like blankets and pillows.
With my front loader, I just lift the lid and throw everything in from the front. When it’s time to unload, I just push a button and the water drains out through a hose into my garden. So far, it’s been nothing but a huge improvement over my old machine and I highly recommend it.
Before You Buy…
When buying a new washer there are a few things that you should consider first. First and foremost, you need to find out what kind of electrical hook-ups your home has. Front loading machines use less water and are therefore much more energy efficient.
They also tend to be quieter when in use.
These are all great things, but you still need to run the water into and out of your machine somehow. You also need to have enough power to run it. Most top loaders can be connected directly to your sink with a hose and don’t require any special wiring.
If you buy a front loader, you need to make sure that your home has the proper hook-ups or else you will have to get a repair man out to your house to do the work.
If you live in an apartment, this isn’t really something that you need to worry about. Top loading washers are less expensive and take up less space. They are also easier to load and unload when compared to front loaders.
If you go with a top loader, just make sure your lease allows for one. Some complexes have a certain type of washing machine per unit.
Printers: All You Need To Know
Printers are one of the most common pieces of electronics that we use in our homes or offices. We use them to print out our documents, homework assignments, photos and many other things. In the past, it was pretty standard to have a printer hooked up to your home computer or have a stand alone one in the office.
As time has gone on, printers have changed drastically from the old style “space saver” models to the all in one combos. In this article we will discuss some of the different types of printers and what they are used for as well as some pros and cons of each type.
The Different Types
Dot Matrix – These are the big, bulky printers that you see in “old timey” offices. They were really popular back in the day when they first came out. They produce fairly large characters on the paper with a unique feel.
If you want to be really “old timey”, buy yourself a dot matrix printer and use it for decoration.
Ink Jet – These are the typical home and office printers that most people buy. They range in size from fairly small to very large. These types of printers use several different technologies which make it very confusing for even an expert to try and fix them.
Most of the components are very exposed which also makes them susceptible to breaking if not operated properly. They are also one of the noisiest types of printers.
LaserJet – These printers are very fast when it comes to printing out documents. They are also fairly quiet as well. The down side is that the toner (the powder that transfers the image to the paper) can be rather expensive to replace and the printer itself is very expensive to buy.
All in One – These types of printers include everything but the kitchen sink! Literally! You can buy printers with everything from fax machines to CD burners, card readers and more.
The only problem is these are some of the most expensive printers you can buy and the ink, toner or other parts can be very expensive as well.
Everyday Use – If you have kids in school or just need a printer for everyday use, then I would suggest going with a all in one printer that has wireless capabilities. This way everyone in the house can use it and you won’t have to waste time trying to figure out how to connect it to your home network.
Office Use – If you have an office or run a business, then I would suggest going with a laser printer or a all in one. Laser printers are very fast when it comes to printing things like proposals, invoices or other business related items. All in ones are good for convenience and price.
If you are really concerned about saving money on printing costs (who isn’t?
) then you might want to go with a dot matrix printer rather than an ink jet.
Whatever model of printer you decide on, make sure it is one that is known for good quality and reliability. Don’t sacrifice quality for price or visa versa. Look for a printer that has good reviews online first and foremost.
Once you have found several models that you are interested in, look at online coupon codes or rebates for the stores that sell them. You can often times find really good deals this way. Also check out eBay as they often have really good deals on printers listed by private individuals.
Once you have decided on the brand and model that you are interested in, check out online auction sites like eBay or online classifieds like craigslist. You might be surprised at what you can find. A lot of people buy printers with the intent of using them but never quite get around to it.
By listing your new printer on one of these sites you can often times recoup most if not all of your costs.
Whatever you do, if you buy a printer used, for your own sake make sure you know exactly what you are buying and that it actually works. Even if the seller guarantees it to work, (s)he might just be saying that. This is why after you have bought the printer, I would strongly suggest testing it out immediately just to be sure that it is working properly before the return period expires.
There is nothing worse than buying a $200 dollar paperweight.
Good Luck and happy printing!
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