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The Change is in ‘the Wash’: Old Washing Machines vs. Newer Models

There was a time, as hard as it is to imagine, where people washed their clothes by hand. That’s right. There were no washing machines, no dryers, and no fresh lavender scents that leave your clothes smelling of wildflowers for ages. The washing machine was invented in the late 19th century and it has come a long way since then, changing our lives for the better, making the chore of washing our clothes far more convenient, fast, and efficient. Let’s take a look at the invention and how it has changed over the years to the form it is today.

Before the invention, clothes were washed by scrubbing it against abrasive sand or pounding it with a rock. Sometimes people would boil their clothes to remove dirt and stains. The earliest version of a “machine” was operated manually by turning a handle that was connected to two ribbed surfaces. One of the first innovations added to the concept of a washing machine included the rotating drum. In the early 20th century, the Hurley Machine Company marketed a machine called Thor—the first electric power washing machine.

The Maytag Corporation began in the late 19th century with a wooden tub washing machine. The famous Whirlpool Corporation began in 1911 as Upton Machine Co. which started producing electric motor-driven wringer washers. In 1937, the first automatic machines were introduced. And nothing was ever the same again! While this version operated under a similar concept of today’s machine it did not have drum suspension.

The Modern Top Loader or Front Loader

The name says a lot. With a top loader, the machine opens up top and the cylinder is vertical so the clothes are loaded from the top. The agitator is at the top to provide the motion required. The front loader has a cylinder that is placed horizontally and opens at the front.

High-Efficiency Washers

High-Efficiency Washers (HE) uses a different washing system than a traditional parent appliance. The cycle uses a far more gentle rotating and tumbling action. In order to be designated with the HE label, the machine has to follow strict guidelines about its use of water, detergent, and electricity. It must use less of everything than the traditional washer and it tries to be more efficient. A traditional washing machine might usually have smaller load capacity, costs less, and can use any detergent. HE machines have to use a certain kind of detergent, use a lot less water, and have higher speed spin.

Choose Your Best Option With Gorman

Depending on your needs and desires, there are plenty of options for you to work with. Gorman Distributing has a variety of trusted brand names in washing machines. Whether you need a washing machine for your home or place of business, you want to choose the best and the most reliable.

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