5 Benefits of Front-Load Washers and Dryers

They're Better for your Clothes
Some claim the agitators in top-loading machines prematurely wear out clothes.
Some claim the agitators in top-loading machines prematurely wear out clothes.

While there's no proven statistics to back up this claim, many people maintain that their clothes hold up better when washed regularly in front-loading machines. This makes sense, as the horizontal axis of a front-load washer means it spins like a dryer, so there's no agitator to move clothes around inside the drum. Because they're not being twisted, pushed and pulled by an agitator, the overall trauma to your garments is reduced. So until someone proves otherwise, consider front-load washers to be the best option for keeping your clothes looking as new as possible!

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