Kelowna Appliances: Which Washing Machine Configuration Is Best?

Kelowna Appliances: Which Washing Machine Configuration Is Best?
Before you upgrade your Kelowna appliances in the laundry room, it’s a good idea to learn the differences between the various washer configurations. Visit our Vernon appliance showroom to see the models we have available.

It used to be that when you shopped for your Kelowna appliances, you’d find washing machines in one primary configuration: top loading. Slowly, more front loaders crept onto the market before high-efficiency (HE) top-loading models shifted the balance yet again.

Now, technology has reached a point where both front-loaders and top-loaders are delivering exceptional combination of performance and energy efficiency. So, before you venture down to one of the Kelowna appliance stores in your area, it would be a good idea to learn a bit about the different washer configurations are capable of.

Here’s a quick guide to get you up to speed.


Traditional Top-Loading

The least expensive option of the three, traditional top-loading washers (also known as agitator models) offer a no-fuss option for people who want value for money. While they might not be as flashy or feature-laden as their newer counterparts, models such as the Maytag Large Capacity Washer still get the job done. Some of their main benefits include:

  • Short wash cycles
  • Minimal vibration
  • Simple control panels
  • Shallower drums (less reaching)


H.E. Top-loading

Because they don’t have a central agitator, HE top-load washers typically have larger capacities than traditional units with the same dimensions. That means they can accommodate bulkier items such as comforter.

More importantly, they’re better at cleaning, gentler on fabrics and use less water, making them an overall better performer. Plus, they spin faster, which removes more water from clothing, and cuts down on required drying time.

Models such as this Whirlpool Cabrio feature a steam-washing feature to help break down stains for increased cleaning power.


H.E. Front-loading

Similar to HE top-loaders, HE front-loading washing machines have large capacities that allow them to wash bulky items without sacrificing cleaning performance. In fact, of the three configurations, they provide the best overall cleaning performance.

Better yet, HE front-loaders use the least amount of water and are the most energy efficient of the bunch. They also spin clothing at high rates, removing more water and cutting back on required drying times.

For instance, this Scandanavian-built Asko Pro Series washer has a large 2.83 cubic-foot capacity, yet it still maintains an Energy Star rating for both power and water consumption.

And for those whose laundry rooms are tight on space, the Asko washer—like many other HE front-loaders—can be stacked with their drying counterparts.

One downside to some front-load models is they can develop odours if they’re not properly cared for. To learn how to combat this, read our post: Does Your Front Load Washer Smell Musty? A Vernon Appliance Store’s Solution.

So, while they’re the most expensive option, and the wash cycles tend to be longer than other configurations, HE front-loading models deliver the best all-around performance.

Given their long-term energy savings and cleaning capabilities, either of the HE versions would be worthy of consideration if you ever decided to upgrade your Kelowna appliances.


Are you looking to upgrade your Kelowna appliances in the laundry room? Come and visit the friendly experts at Genier’s. We’re just up the road in Vernon and we carry the widest selection of top name brand appliances in the Interior.


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