What’s the difference between a high-efficiency top-load washer and a traditional washer? What happens if you use regular detergent in an HE washer?
More and more washing machines are designated high-efficiency. But what does that really mean? How are high-efficiency top-load washers different than what you might have used in the past? For one thing, they take their own type of laundry detergent (marked “HE” on the bottle). Make sure you use this, because high-efficiency washing machines don’t use nearly as much water as their more traditional counterparts. And our Sears experts say that one of the worst things you can do to your machine is use too much detergent — it can create too many suds, which could cause problems with your washer and won’t get your clothes clean.
Learn how to properly use your high-efficiency top-load washer with these helpful tips.
HE Top-Load Washing Machine Tips
- Don’t pack the drum too tightly. Keep clothes below the top of the basket.
- Don’t wash only one item: An unbalanced cycle might not finish and could damage your machine.
- Make sure to use HE laundry detergent! This reduces suds and more thoroughly cleans and rinses clothing.
- Some washers have a power button to activate the control panel.
- Adjust the cycle settings according to load type or fabric. Then hold down start.
- HE top-load washers only use 2 to 6 gallons of water per load, whereas standard washers can use up to 22 gallons!