Energy Efficient Washing Machines
Green home living relies on many different tricks and purchases. A set of eco-friendly cleaning products, like laundry detergent, is a great start. However, it is much better if you can use them in an energy efficient machine. In this guide, we compare models from LG, Samsung, and Kenmore from across the price scale. Each aims to be eco-friendly with great additional features, but is the most expensive option best?
Three High-End Models Of Energy Efficient Cloth Washers That Offer A Little More For Your Money
Let’s start this list at the higher end of the scale with a set of machines many would consider expensive. We have gone for three that go far beyond the $1000 mark at their highest point. Expectations are always high with this sort of machine because they are often smart and more user-friendly. This can mean more sensors, features and safety options. The question is, does an eco-friendly model for the green home living need to be so expensive?
LG Wm9500h: $1,800
This LG model uses 120 kWh/yr and 5437 gallons of a “mega” capacity of 5.8 cu. Ft. appealing technical features include the TurboWash cycle and the use of steam technology. These figures are important. While the kWh/yr is standard, the 5437 gallons per year is high compared to the other models in this guide. These figures are crucial for determining eco-friendly machines. Federal standards state that large-capacity devices shouldn’t use more than 30-40 gallons per wash cycle. The good news is that the water usage in many energy efficient options conforms to this. Many now use 20 gallons per cycle or even less.
Samsung WF56H91: $1,700
This Samsung model is a little more appealing in its technology, with similar basic specs and a slightly lower price tag. It uses 135 kWh/yr and 4429 gallons. Like the other machines, this is a front-loading model with helpful cycles, such as the cold wash option. The standout feature is the use of smartphone compatibility. Here the company has tapped into a growing trend to make the product easier to program.
Kenmore 4107: $1,350
The interesting thing with this Kenmore machine is that it provides similar benefits at a much lower price. At uses, 120 kWh/yr and 4880 gallons, so is arguably better than the LG model. It also has useful aids like the steam treatment, smart motion, and kids wear cycles. At this point, it is also important to point out that front-loading machines like this tend to be much more efficient. They are now the preferred option to top loading models on a vertical axis, although these options are improving.
Mid-Range Models That Show That Energy Efficient Cloth Washers Don’t Have To Break The Bank
With the next set of machines, we stick with the same brands but focus on a lower price tag. The aim here is to show that you aren’t necessarily getting a better deal over the $1000 mark. These three models come in at this price point and still provide great benefits for the green home living.
1- LG WM3570H: $989.99
This LG model is much cheaper with good energy usage of 100 kWh/yr and 4040 gallons. One of the features of interest is the turbo wash. Turbo washes and model with high RPMs will spin clothes faster than other machines. This means that it is better at removing the water from clothes, decreasing drying times. Other benefits here are the different cycles and simple controls. There is less going on here than in the expensive option. However, it is still highly beneficial.
2 – Samsung WF45K62: $985.10
This Samsung model is barely cheaper than the LG counterpart, but its green credentials seem a little better. It uses just 75 kWh/yr and 3850 gallons. Key features here include the smart care system, for better treatment of the clothes, and steam washing. It seems that the loss of smartphone controls lowers the price and we still get a good machine.
3 – Kenmore 4158: $849.99
Again, the Kenmore is notably cheaper than its nearest rivals with some great tech. In fact, the specification is similar to the Samsung model with the smart tech and steam treatment. This machine uses 105 kWh/yr and 4239 gallons. The smart motion and other sensors are great for detecting unbalanced loads, which can affect a machine’s performance. Remember that it is often better to create a fuller load than to do two small half loads.
Three Budget Models That Highlight Low-End Energy Efficient Cloth Washers
The models above all have their perks for consumers with money to spend on a strong green machine. They also have some nice additional features that set them apart as smart, capable machines. The problem is that some consumers simply don’t have that sort of money to spend on a washing machine. The excellent news is that each of these brands has an eco-friendly model at the lower end of the scale. They may not be as smart, but their credentials for green living are impressive.
1 – LG WM3170C: $719.99
Unsurprisingly, it is LG that has one of the most expensive options in this part of the scale. Even so, $700 is cheap compared to the pricey model we started with. The energy and water usage is much better here, at 90kWh/yr and 3662 gallons. Furthermore, it still has some interesting tech and a range of washing options. It offers 6Motion technology for six different wash motions. This means there should be something for most users.
2 – Samsung WF42H50: $719.99
The price tag of this Samsung makes it more interesting to compare with the LG. The stats are comparable, with the energy use of 85 kWh/yr and 3927 gallons. Many appreciate that it is a highly efficient model that works well in both hot and cold cycles. You will have seen that we highlight cold wash cycles across this guide. This is because hot water washes can cost up to 10 times more than a cold one. A good cold wash cycle won’t compromise on quality either.
3- Kenmore 4116: $549.99
This final Kenmore model is clearly the cheapest of the bunch at a very affordable price. What makes it more appealing is that buyers seem to get a lot for their money. The machine uses 90 kWh/yr and 3362 gallons, which is pretty good. It offers a cold, clean express wash and 15-minute speed wash, among other features. Furthermore, it provides the sensors and smart motion seen in more expensive options.