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Wednesday, May. 2nd 2018

Agitator: Yes or No?

Agitator or no agitator?

If you’re shopping for a washing machine, that’s a decision you’ll need to make. Here are the recommendations of The Appliance Care Company.

Top Load Washers

For top load washing machines that are “old school” – no lid lock and water fills over the agitator – we recommend buying a washing machine with an agitator.

In this style of washer, the more water used, the cleaner your clothes will be. That’s because water is cleaning the clothes (provided you’re using the correct amount of detergent).

We don’t recommend purchasing a washing machine that is “new school” – a top loader with lid lock, but no agitator. Instead, we suggest buying a front load washing machine. 


Front Load Washers

When discussing energy efficient washing machines—except for Speed Queen—front loaders are superior.

Front load washing machines tumble your clothes and are less harmful on the fabric. Front loaders also make your clothes cleaner.

Most top load washing machines—except for Speed Queens which are designed to last 25 years—last three to five years before a major failure happens. Front load washing machines usually last seven to 10 years before a major failure occurs and you call The Appliance Care Company to fix your unit.

Final Decision

If you want the “old school” type of washer that fills the tub full of water and has no lid lock, buy a washing machine with an agitator.

If you decide to purchase a washing machine without an agitator, and you’re deciding between a top loader and front loader, buy the front loader every time. (Click here for tips on maintaining a front load washing machine.)

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