Jargon Busters - Washing Machines
Agitator: The device inside a top load machine that moves the clothing around. Traditionally top load machines have had a centre column standing vertically inside, however more top load machines now come without this central column.
Combination Washer/Dryer: A unit that contains both a washing machine and a dryer in a single device.
Delicate Cycle (or Gentle Cycle): A special setting that means the washing cycle will be gentler on clothes; it's specifically designed for fragile items.
Energy Rating: A score that shows how energy efficient a washing machine is.
Front Load Washing Powder: The special detergent you put in a front load washing machine.
Front Load: A washing machine where the door and design faces forwards and allows clothes to be loaded in from the front.
Load Capacity: The amount of dry clothes a washer can hold, usually measured in kilograms.
RPM: Rotations per minute. This tells you how fast a spin cycle is. The higher the number, the faster your clothes will be dried.
Spin Cycle: The part of a wash at the very end that spins the clothes around the drum using a centrifugal system to remove excess water.
Top Load: A machine that is loaded from a lid 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.