Washing Machine Manufacturers
USA: Washers & Washing Machines: Washing Machine Manufacturers
ABOUT WASHING MACHINES
The two main types of washing machine are Front Loading and Top Loading. Top Loading machines tend to be cheaper, and are easier to load and unload because there is no need to bend down. However they have the disadvantage that they cannot be placed under a work surface, or have another appliance stacked on top of them. The highest quality washers have tubs made of stainless steel. A cheaper alternative is porcelain-coated steel, but this can deteriorate through the porcelain chipping.
All washing machines offer a choice settings for wash temperature and wash cycle timing. Some machines are now able to sense the mix of fabrics in the load, and adopt the appropriate wash cycle automatically.
LEADING USA WASHING MACHINE MANUFACTURERS
The following leading washing machine manufacturers have comprehensive websites, with information on all aspects of washers, including online catalogs and specifications, and care and maintenance.
Fisher & Paykel. Fisher & Paykel, headquartered in New Zealand, has been manufacturing household appliances since 1934. It is a leading supplier of washers to the US market. Fisher & Paykel supplies six models, all are top loading, and of of 3.7 cubic feet capacity. The Ecosmart model uses less than 25% of the energy of a traditional washing machine. It has a brushless DC motor with no belts, brakes, pulleys, or clutches. The Intuitive Eco model uses sophisticated electronics to sense the average fabric mix of the load, and automatically create the optimum wash cycle based on what it 'feels'.
General Electric. General Electric is a leading US manufacturer of household appliances including washers. General Electric manufactures a range of 39 models, of three types: Front Loading, Top Load High Efficiency, and Top Loading. The Top Load High Efficiency models have a HydroView glass lid, which allows you to view clothes during the cleaning cycle. They have a direct drive motor with adaptive spin speed combinations, and LCD touchscreen with English and Spanish language options.
Lowe's. Lowe's is a leading retailer of materials and equipment for home improvement. Founded in 1946, it has turned from a small hardware store in North Carolina to be the world's No.2 home improvement retailer. It offers a wide range of household appliances, including 117 models of washers. Brands carried by Lowe's include: Bosch, Electrolux, Fisher & Paykel, Frigidaire, General Electric, Hotpoint, Maytag, Roper, Samsung, and Whirlpool. Load capacities range from 2.1 cubic feet to 4.7 cubic feet. A wide range of colors is available, including Blue, Champagn, Dark Platinum, Metallic Red, and Tuscan Chestnut.
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