Front Load Washing Machines

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Jargon Busters: Front Load Washing Machines

Agitator:The device inside a top load machine that moves the clothing around. Traditionally top load machines have had a centre column sticking up inside, however more and more top load machines come without this pole in the middle.

Combination Washer/Dryer: A unit that contains both a washing machine and a dryer in a single device.

Delicate Cycle: A special setting that will be more gentle on clothes, specifically designed for fragile items.

Energy Rating: A score that shows how energy efficient a washing machine is.

Front Load: A machine that faces forwards and has clothes loaded in from the front.

Front Load Washing Powder: The special detergent you put in a front load washing machine.

Load Capacity: The amount of dry clothes a washer can hold, usually measured in kilograms.

Spin Cycle: The part of a wash at the very end that spins the clothes around to remove excess water.

Top Load: A machine that is loaded from a door on the top of the unit.

WELS: Stands for Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme, which is the body that rates washers depending on how much water they use.

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