Top Loaders for sale – Washing Machines from Wakefords HomeStore

The top-loading or vertical-axis clothes washer is the most common washing machine design used in the United States and Canada. This design places the clothes in a vertically mounted perforated drum that is contained within a water-retaining tub, with a finned water-pumping agitator in the centre of the bottom of the basket. Clothes are loaded through the top of the machine, which is covered with a hinged door.

During the wash cycle, the outer tub is filled with water sufficient to fully immerse and suspend the clothing in the basket. The movement of the agitator pushes water outward between the paddles towards the edge of the tub. The water then moves outward, up the sides of the basket, towards the centre, and then down towards the agitator to repeat the process. The agitator direction is periodically reversed because continuous motion in one direction would just lead to the water spinning around the basket with the agitator rather than the water being pumped through the wash load. Speed Queen and Whirlpool top loaders use this system.

Since the agitator and the drum are separate and distinct in a top-loading washing machine, the mechanism of a top-loader is more complicated than a front-loading machine. Manufacturers have devised several ways to control the motion of the agitator during the wash and rinse separately from the high-speed rotation of the drum required for the spin cycle. LG and Samsung top loaders do not use a central agitator which means they offer a more gentle wash action to the wash load. Instead, they use impellors or pulsator’s which drive the water and detergent through the clothes to set up the wash action.

As with front loader washing machines, overloading has to be avoided with this major appliance. Although wet fabric usually fits into a smaller space than dry fabric, a dense wad of fabric can restrict water circulation resulting in poor washing performance and incomplete rinsing. Because South Africa is a dry country and in particular the Western Cape, Cape Town, we try to persuade customers to look at the environment impact of the huge water and energy demands of top loaders. Coldwater washing is not as effective as warm or hot water washing. Top loaders do not have heating elements and use many litres of hot water from your geyser to achieve a hot wash. Top loaders have to be free-standing and cannot be put under countertops and are therefore more suited to separate laundries or garages. Hot and cold water needs to be plumbed to the machine if a hot wash is required. We now hope you have enough information to make your choice from our range of top loaders for sale and if not, please give one of our helpful sale staff a call.

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