High-efficiency(HE) front-load washing machines and top-load washing machines use less water, clean clothes better, and spin quicker than traditional top-loaders with agitators in the center. But these advanced machines also have disadvantages. Before purchasing a new appliance consider these pros and cons of high-efficiency washers.


Pros: High-efficiency top-load washers and front-load washers use less water.

Cons: Long wash times. Since they use less water, many HE top-loaders take 60 to 90 minutes to wash an 8-pound load. Front-loaders take about 75 to 100 minutes to do the same amount of laundry.

Many manufacturers are expanding the washer capacity and adding a time-saving feature so that more laundry can be done at once.

Pros: HE top-load washers and front-load washers clean clothes better.

Cons: HE washers may not clean highly soiled clothing or baby cloth diapers thoroughly. It all depends on the wash cycle, amount of water used, and the make and model.

Pros: HE top-load washers and front-load washers spin quicker than regular top-loaders with agitators in the center.

Cons: HE top-loaders spin quicker to remove more water than traditional top-loaders, but waterproof laundry can heighten the risk of loads likely being unbalanced in many HE washing machines. This can cause excessive vibrating and possibly damage.

Pros: HE washers require less water and therefore use less detergent than traditional machines.

Cons: HE washing machines require lower sudsing HE detergent. Because these washers use less water, suds caused by traditional laundry detergent may not be completely rinsed out.