Rant blog: High-efficiency washers aren't
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Finally getting to my rant about front-loading, so-called "high-efficiency" washers. We bought one last fall when the 22-year old top-loading washer finally gave up the ghost. The first thing we noticed was that all those great pictures of the washer on the handy pedestal drawer did not clue anyone in to the fact that the top of the washer would be at about nose level if placed on the pedestal. Our small laundry room will not accommodate a folding table, so we declined the pedestal so we could continue to fold laundry on the washer top. Second, who the heck decided these contraptions were efficient? Yeah, maybe they use less water, but they require special HE detergents, so we are trying to use up the last of our regular detergent. But *efficient*?! Laundry that normally washed in 30 minutes for a regular load and 25 minutes for delicates now takes 58 and 45 minutes, respectively...almost twice as long (and even longer if someone uses too much soap and the washer has to add time to reduce suds). So the "efficient" washer is NOT efficient with my time. And I can't imagine how running the motor for twice as long makes for efficient use of electricity.
Okay, end of rant. Just needed to get that off my chest.