What Types of Washing Machines to Buy?

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Before, doing the laundry used to be time-consuming; it would take a whole day and drain the person’s energy doing the chore. But today, the process isn’t as complicated as it used to be; we have many washers with advanced features to choose from.

There are two types of washing machines, fully automatic and semi-automatic washing machines. Both can make a good option depending on your needs.

In this article we will explain how each one works and compare the two in different ways, to help you determine what washer to buy.  

How Do They Work? 

The concept of fully automatic washing machines is simple. You load your laundry in the washing machine, add detergent, choose the program that suits the clothes that you want to wash, push the start button, and you are good to go. You can do other chores while waiting for the washer to finish.

But when you choose a semi-automatic washing machine, you have to take some extra steps. The traditional type of semi-automatic washers consists of two tubs, one of them is used for washing, and the other is used for drying. You can also find single tub semi-automatic washers.

With semi-automatic washers, part of the work is done manually. For a start, you need to fill the semi-automatic with water using a hose or a bucket. You place your clothes in the washing tub, add detergent, and after they are done, you need to move them to the drying tub.

Fully Automatic VS. Semi-automatic 

Other than the way they function, there are some critical differences between the two. These include:

Occupied Space

Since it consists of two tubs, semi-automatic washers are more significant, which means they need more space than fully automatic washers. So, if you own a small place, a fully automatic washer or a single top washer would be a more convenient option.

Water Consumption

There is no doubt that laundry consumes a lot of water. To operate, a fully automatic washing machine requires continuous water flow, which means it uses more water. But with semi-automatic washing machines, you can control the amount of water you use since you are the one to fill it with water.

If you live where the water flow isn’t consistent, a semi-automatic washer would be worth considering.

Energy Consumption  

Semi-automatic washing machines take less to finish the washing process, which results in less energy consumption.

Washing Programs

Fully automatic washing machines have a variety of washing programs that can be adjusted in terms of water temperature and rounds. This way, you ensure that each fabric is washed in the right way without being damaged.


There are two types of fully automatic washing machines, top load and front load. They differ in the way you load your clothes into the washer but almost offer the same features. You can also buy a washer and dryer combo to make life easier.

As we mentioned before, the traditional semi-automatic washers can consist of two tubs, but there is a single tub type.

Final Thoughts

There is no doubt that fully automatic washing machines offer a higher level of convenience, but semi-automatic washers have their perks too. If you are looking for a cheaper option consuming less water, a semi-automatic washer will serve you well.

Jessica J. Underwood
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