On sale, you can find three types of washing machines – automatic machines, semiautomatic devices, and devices that work using ultrasound. Since the most popular are automatic models, we will tell you about them in more detail. Naturally, we will give an idea of the other two types.
Automatic washing machines
Automatic machines are controlled by software and can do a lot. The simplest models are washed according to the algorithm specified by them, and the more “advanced” ones can measure the required amount of water, adjust the temperature at the spin speed, and fill in the required dose of powder.
Their working mechanism is mainly of the drum type – it is somewhat more complicated than the activator (which we will talk about a little later) and less resistant to damage. But the machine with a drum is very careful with the laundry, and also saves powder and water.
Semi-automatic machines have no additional controls besides the timer. Their mechanism is of an activator type. Simply put, there is a certain container equipped with a motor, on the shaft of which a special disk or blades are mounted. They twist the laundry in the car, stirring it.
At the same time, very little foam is formed, so it is possible to pour powder for handwashing into the device. Activator cars were in almost every Soviet apartment – after all, automatic models were available to few at that time. Today, in some places there are similar units, and sometimes they are even sold through advertisements for a penny.
However, even now manufacturers produce devices of the activator type. There are also UNIT, Saturn, Wellton brands. Such machines are good because they are lightweight. Wanted – picked it up and moved to the right place (for example, “Baby” is simply fixed on the edge of the bathroom during washing). They do not require a constant connection to water supply and sewerage systems, so they are bought by those who often change their place of residence.
Linen can be loaded into different models of semiautomatic devices from 1.5 to 7 kg. They do not have a choice of washing programs, the operating speed is rather low, you cannot wash it with cold water (the machine will not heat it). It is also not very convenient to pour out the wastewater – you need to direct the drain hose into the toilet or bath. So this option is better suited for a summer residence, and not for an apartment.
Ultrasonic washing – is it possible?
Manufacturers initially positioned these small devices as massagers. And then they changed a little and began to be called ultrasonic washing machines. Do not flatter yourself – using such a device is tantamount to the usual soaking of laundry, and nothing more. Take a good powder, put it in water, and keep dirty things for a couple of hours – the effect will be the same. But after all, we need a full-fledged wash, so we will continue to talk about automatic machines.
Choosing a model by loading type and design
According to these parameters, the devices are divided into top-loading machines (laundry is placed in the tank from above) and front-loading machines (laundry is loaded through a hatch on the front panel).
Front-loading – admiring the washing process
Such cars are quite comfortable and not very “capricious”. They are both cheaper to buy and LG washing machine repair Dubai than vertical models since they are simpler in design. A hatch with a transparent window allows you to watch how the washed laundry is spinning. There were cases when it was very helpful for absent-minded citizens who put a driver’s license, a passport, or a “stash” hidden from their spouse with their trousers or jacket. Seeing in the hatch window that something extraneous is being erased there, you can turn off the device and save your valuables.
The hatch is surrounded by a special sealing ring (cuff) for tightness. Opponents of this type of machine sometimes argue that the cuff quickly fails as an argument. But with careful handling, this does not happen. And if the seal breaks often, then this rather indicates the carelessness of the owners. Now about the design of the drum, which is mounted on one axis (and not on two, as in vertical machines). This does not make the front-facing devices any less durable and reliable. Also, they are easier to maintain and repair when needed.
Such a machine is good for those for whom it is important to use every centimeter in the apartment. After all, its upper part may well be used as a bedside table in the bathroom or the corridor, and in the kitchen, it can become part of the work surface. This will not work with a vertical “washing machine” – it is not suitable for the role of a bedside table. According to the instructions, its top cover needs to be slightly opened for airing, otherwise, a fungus may settle inside the drum.