Which Washing Machine Should You Buy?

Which Washing Machine Should You Buy?

Washing machines have improved a lot in the last decade, saving you time and money by washing larger loads more effectively while using less energy and water. But whether you have bought a new washer in recent years or are planning to upgrade at some point, there’s a bit of a learning curve. Here’s advice on sorting it all out—from finding your ideal machine to mastering the latest features.

Conventional Top-Loaders

Chances are, this type of machine, which (yup) opens from the top, is the kind you grew up with. And conventional top-loaders still account for about 40 percent of new washer sales today. During the wash cycle, a central agitator, which sticks up in the middle of the basket, turns clothes over, helping to clean the clothes and extract water.

The least expensive of the three most common models, yet excellent at getting clothes clean. “Nothing beats one when it comes to ground-in dirt,” says Mary Zeitler, lead consumer scientist at the Whirlpool Corporation Institute of Home Science. Usually about 10 percent smaller than most high-efficiency (HE) machines, they’re ideal for tight quarters or smaller families with less laundry.

Although conventional machines manufactured from 2010 on are more efficient than earlier models, they still don’t offer the monetary and energy savings that HE washers do. The agitator can be rough on clothes, and because a conventional top-loader’s spin speeds are lower than those of HE models, clothing comes out of the washer wetter, so drying takes longer and uses more energy.

Usage tips:
Load laundry around the agitator, but avoid covering the top of the central post. “Clothing can become twisted around or under the agitator, so it’s a good idea to put bathing suits or undergarments in a lingerie bag and secure any drawstrings or straps on other clothing,” says Jennifer Schoenegge, product manager at General Electric. When possible, hold off on doing laundry until you have enough items for a full load. “Too little laundry can cause conventional top-loaders to become off-balance,” says Chris Zeisler, technical service supervisor at RepairClinic.com. “That can make the tub shake and damage its support system.” If the machine doesn’t have a dispenser, pour detergent into the washer basket before adding clothes so it starts working as the washer fills with water.

High-Efficiency Top-Loaders

High-efficiency top-loaders account for about 35 percent of total washer sales. Like their conventional counterparts, they open from the top, but most high-efficiency machines lack a central agitator. Instead, they use a central wash plate (located on the bottom of the machine) and different agitator patterns to move the clothing through a smaller amount of water. Electronic sensors automatically adjust the water level to match the load size and the soil level.

“High-efficiency washers use about half as much water and about 65 percent less energy than pre-2010 top-loaders did, so the resource savings are great,” says Penny Dirr, principal researcher at Procter & Gamble. High-spin speeds extract more water, which can cut drying time and energy use. These machines are about 40 percent larger than old conventional models, so they’re able to hold four standard loads (or up to 32 pounds) of laundry. But it’s fine to run a small load anytime without worrying about wasting water. “The machine adjusts the water level to the amount of laundry inside,” says Nancy Bock, senior vice president of education at the American Cleaning Institute. Without a central agitator, there’s less abrasion of fabrics, and many models offer a wide range of cycle options (such as sanitation, to tackle bacteria and dust mites; and timed soak, for stains), plus special features, such as steam-cleaning.

Washing times can be long. With some models, a normal wash cycle can last two hours, says Dirr. (Many machines do offer a half-hour quick cycle for lightly soiled loads.) Also, larger load capacity means a bigger machine—up to three inches taller and six inches deeper than conventional top-loaders—so it can overpower a small laundry room.

Usage tips:
Fill the wash basket loosely and evenly, and avoid placing clothing above the top ring of the tub, because it can get damaged during the spin cycle. HE detergent is a must with any high-efficiency washer. (For amounts, follow the detergent manufacturer’s instructions.) “It produces fewer suds than regular detergents, so it rinses out more easily in the lower water levels of a high-efficiency machine,” says Dirr. To prevent musty odors, leave the lid open between loads to allow the machine to dry out.

High-Efficiency Front-Loaders

A front-loader’s wash basket sits horizontally and uses gravity to pull water through the clothes. The machine opens in front, and a thick gasket seals the door tightly when in use. About 25 percent of new washers sold in the United States are front-loaders.

Water and energy savings are substantial. “An HE front-loader uses roughly a third of the water a conventional top-loader uses because the rotation of the tub moves the clothes through the water. There’s no need for the basket to fill completely,” says Schoenegge. The basket spins almost twice as fast as a conventional top-loader’s, so clothing comes out less damp. Like HE top-loaders, front-loaders have no agitator, so they’re gentler on clothes. Most models offer a range of options and features (like steam cycles for dewrinkling and tub lights for visibility), and often they’re stackable. Many also hold a large volume (four standard loads) of laundry.

They’re pricey. “Electronic controls and higher spin speeds for efficiency drive up the cost,” says Schoenegge. Large machine sizes (akin to HE top-loaders) can crowd a small laundry room. There’s substantial bending and reaching involved in loading and emptying. Many manufacturers, however, offer a pedestal that elevates the machine 12 inches or more for easier access. Also, the holes behind the rubber door gasket need periodic inspection to ensure that little things, like coins, aren’t blocking them. The gasket may get moldy if it isn’t wiped down regularly.

Usage tips:
Always use HE detergent to prevent oversudsing and poor rinsing. After each use, wipe around the gasket and leave the door open so the interior can dry. Every few months, clean out the coin trap (usually a panel in the washer’s lower front side), says Zeisler: “If you don’t, small objects, like paper clips, can block it and keep the machine from draining properly or cause it to stop before the cycle is finished.”

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The pros and cons of air conditioners

The pros and cons of air conditioners

As the summer heats up, air conditioners will be cranking up to full blast in office buildings and homes to keep people cool. They provide welcome relief from sweltering weather and an obvious solution to prevent heat-related illnesses and deaths. But AC systems themselves can lead to health problems if not cleaned and maintained properly.

Here’s what you need to know about the health pros and cons of air conditioners and how to use them safely:

Pro: Reducing heat stroke

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “air-conditioning is the number one protective factor against heat-related illness and death,” a problem that claims hundreds of lives in the U.S. each year. People who are most vulnerable to heat-related illness are children under the age of 4, adults over the age of 65, people who are overweight and those who are sick or on certain medications.

To help reduce the risk, doctors recommended drinking lots of water during the summer and staying in air conditioned areas during the hottest part of the day.

Con: Bacteria, mold and fungus

Air conditioners can be a breeding ground for the growth of bacteria and fungus. Moisture can accumulate in the coils and fan blades from condensation that forms when cold air circulates through the appliance. If left unchecked, things like mold and fungus can build up and get blown out into the air.

These microorganisms can lead to a number of breathing problems including pneumonia and Legionnaire’s disease, a severe inflammation of the lungs caused by bacteria known as legionella.

To keep airborne mold particles to a minimum, keep humidity in the home between 35 and 50 percent (in hot, humid climates, an air conditioner or dehumidifier might be necessary). Fix water leaks. They can promote the growth of mold behind walls and under floors.
Pro: Easing allergies and asthma

For people with allergies or asthma, research shows that air conditioning can help ward off attacks. According to the Mayo Clinic, air conditioning can help filter out airborne pollen from trees, grasses and weeds to keep it from circulating indoors. Air conditioners also lower indoor humidity, which decreases the growth of dust mites and mold.

Con: Sick building syndrome

Air conditioners can contribute to sick building syndrome, a variety of conditions that are brought on by time spent in certain indoor environments. Symptoms may include dizziness, dry throat, itchy eyes and nausea. A study in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that “air conditioned buildings generally have a higher prevalence of symptomatic workers than naturally ventilated buildings.” One small study found that HEPA and carbon air filtration systems may help reduce symptoms and improve productivity.

Clean air advice

To ensure that your air conditioner keeps you cool and healthy this summer, make sure you regularly clean or change your air filter. Check that exhaust fans are working properly. And never store paints, cleaners, or other chemicals near your air conditioning, heating or ventilation system, as it can spread dangerous fumes throughout the house.

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30 Powerful Quotes on Failure

1. “Failure isn’t fatal, but failure to change might be” – John Wooden

2. “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” – Jack Canfield

3. “Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” – Coco Chanel

4. “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

5. “The phoenix must burn to emerge.” – Janet Fitch

6. “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” – Ken Robinson

7. “Giving up is the only sure way to fail.” – Gena Showalter

8. “If you don’t try at anything, you can’t fail… it takes back bone to lead the life you want” – Richard Yates

9. “Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” – Denis Waitley

10. “When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.” – Ellen DeGeneres

11. “It’s failure that gives you the proper perspective on success.” – Ellen DeGeneres

12. “There is no failure except in no longer trying.” – Chris Bradford

13. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison
14. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

15. “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho

16. “Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.” – Lance Armstrong

17. “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

18. “I’d rather be partly great than entirely useless.” – Neal Shusterman

19. “We are all failures – at least the best of us are.” – J.M. Barrie

20. “The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” – Henry Ford

21. “Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.” – C.S. Lewis
22. “Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success.” – Robert T. Kiyosaki

23. “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” – Napoleon Hill

24. “You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.” – Johnny Cash

25. “It’s not how far you fall, but how high you bounce that counts.” – Zig Ziglar

26. “Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. I’ve met people who don’t want to try for fear of failing.” – J.K. Rowling

john green quote27. “No human ever became interesting by not failing. The more you fail and recover and improve, the better you are as a person. Ever meet someone who’s always had everything work out for them with zero struggle? They usually have the depth of a puddle. Or they don’t exist.” – Chris Hardwick

28. “When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel.” – Eloise Ristad

29. “With a hint of good judgment, to fear nothing, not failure or suffering or even death, indicates that you value life the most. You live to the extreme; you push limits; you spend your time building legacies. Those do not die.” – Criss Jami

30. “What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?” – John Green

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Top 10 LG washing machine in India

LG 6 kg Fully-Automatic Front Loading Washing Machine (FH0B8NDL2, Blue and White)

LG 6 kg Fully-Automatic Front Loading Washing Machine (FH0B8NDL25, Luxury Silver)

LG 6 kg Fully-Automatic Front Loading Washing Machine (FH0B8NDL22, Blue White)

LG 7.5 kg Fully-Automatic Front Loading Washing Machine (FH296EDL23, Blue White)

LG 6 kg Fully-Automatic Front Loading Washing Machine (FH8B8NDL22, Blue White)

LG 6.5 kg Fully-Automatic Front Loading Washing Machine (FH096WDL24, Luxury Silver)

LG 7 kg Fully-Automatic Front Loading Washing Machine (FH0B8QDL22, Blue White)

LG 7 kg Fully-Automatic Front Loading Washing Machine (FH0G7QDNL02, White)

LG 6.5 kg Fully-Automatic Front Loading Washing Machine (FH0G6WDNL22, Blue White)

LG 6 kg Fully-Automatic Front Loading Washing Machine (FH0G7NDNL02, Blue White)

LG 8 kg Fully-Automatic Front Loading Washing Machine (FH4G6TDNL42, Luxury Silver)

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Top 10 Hitachi air conditioner India

Hitachi 1 Ton 3 Star Split AC (Neo 3200F RAU312HWDD, White)

Hitachi RAU312HUDD Kampa Split AC (1 Ton, 3 Star Rating, White, Copper)


Hitachi RAU518HUD Ace Cutout Split AC (1.5 Ton, 5 Star Rating, White, Copper)


Hitachi RAU312HUD Kaze Plus Split AC (1 Ton, 3 Star Rating, White, Copper)


Hitachi RAU318KWEA Toushi Split AC (1.5 Ton, 3 Star Rating, White, Copper)

Hitachi RAU314IWD Zunoh Split AC (1.2 Ton, 3 Star Rating, White, Copper)

Hitachi RAU318KWEA Toushi Split AC (1.5 Ton, 3 Star Rating, White, Copper)

Hitachi RAU314IWD Zunoh Split AC (1.2 Ton, 3 Star Rating, White, Copper)

Hitachi 1.5 Ton 3 Star Inverter Split AC (Neo 3200I RSH318EAEA, White)

Hitachi RAU514AWD Zunoh Split AC (1.2 Ton, 5 Star Rating, White, Copper)

Hitachi Kaze Plus RAU318HUD Split AC (1.5 Ton, 3 Star Rating, White, Copper)

Hitachi RAU314AWD Zunoh Split AC (1.2 Ton, 3 Star Rating, White, Copper)

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Top 10 washing machine in India

Haier 5.8 kg Fully-Automatic Top Loading Washing Machine (HWM58-020, White)

Bosch 7 kg Fully-Automatic Front Loading Washing Machine (WAK24268IN, silver/grey)

Samsung 6.2 kg Fully-Automatic Top Loading Washing Machine (WA62H4100HD, Brown/Silver)

IFB 6.5 kg Fully-Automatic Top Loading Washing Machine (TL-RDW 6.5kg Aqua, Ivory White)

Onida 6.5 kg Washer Only (WS65WLPT1LR Liliput, Lava Red)

Bosch 7 kg Fully-Automatic Front Loading Washing Machine (WAK24168IN, Silver)

Whirlpool 6 kg Semi-Automatic Top Loading Washing Machine (Superb Atom 60I, Tulip Pink)

BPL 6.5 kg Fully-Automatic Front Loading Washing Machine (BFAFL65WX1, White)

LG 6.2 kg Fully-Automatic Top Loading Washing Machine (T7208TDDLZ, Blue White and Middle Deep Brown Top)

Bosch 6 kg Fully-Automatic Front Loading Washing Machine (WAB16060IN, White)

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Top 100 Love Quotes


The ability to delude yourself may be an important survival tool.
– Jane Wagner

Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
– Mark Twain, 1835 – 1910
What if everything is an illusion and nothing exists? In that case, I definitely overpaid for my carpet.
– Woody Allen
All the problems of the world could be settled if people were only willing to think. The trouble is that people very often resort to all sorts of devices in order not to think, because thinking is such hard work.
Thomas John Watson, Sr, 1874 – 1956
If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.
Thomas John Watson, Sr, 1874 – 1956

Praising God is one of the highest and purest acts of religion. In prayer we act like men; in praise we act like angels.
Thomas John Watson, Sr, 1874 – 1956

Recently, I was asked if I was going to fire an employee who made a mistake that cost the company $600,000. No, I replied, I just spent $600,000 training him. Why would I want somebody to hire his experience?
Thomas John Watson, Sr, 1874 – 1956

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.
– Albert Einstein, 1879 – 1955
Ninety-nine percent of the people in the world are fools and the rest of us are in great danger of contagion.
– Thornton Niven Wilder, 1897 – 1975
Good sense is of all things in the world the most equally distributed, for everyone thinks himself so abundantly provided with it, that even those most difficult to please in all other matters do not commonly desire more of it than they already possess.
René Descartes, 1595 – 1650
Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it.
– André Gide, 1869 – 1951

Fanatic orthodoxy is never rooted in faith but in doubt. It is when we are not sure that we are doubly sure.
– Reinhold Niebuhr, 1892 – 1971

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
Oscar Wilde
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.
– Robert Louis Stevenson, 1850 – 1894
My wife and I tried to breakfast together, but we had to stop or our marriage would have been wrecked.
– Winston Churchill, 1874 – 1965


The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.
– Albert Einstein, 1879 – 1955

Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.
– John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1917 – 1963

I always have a quotation for everything – it saves original thinking.
– Dorothy L. Sayers

Stronger than an army is a quotation whose time has come.
– W. I. E. Gates
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.
– Winston Churchill, 1874 – 1965

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