Many of today’s washers are labeled as high-efficiency (HE) and require high efficiency detergent, as opposed to older models that use regular detergent. An HE washing machine works with specially designed detergent and lower water levels to save more water. Read on to learn the differences between an HE washing machine and how it compares to traditional models.
How do you know if you have an HE washer? Simply look for this symbol. It appears on HE detergent bottles as well, so you’ll know that you’re using the right type.
What is an HE Washing Machine?
HE washers use a specific high-efficiency detergent designed to work with lower water levels while still providing a powerful clean. Compared to older models, HE washers save 6,000 gallons of water per year for an average family, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. They’re available as top loading agitator, top loading impeller and front loading models.
If more water gives you extra cleaning confidence, there are washers that let you add more water when you want it. Maytag offers a line of top load washers featuring the Deep Fill option, which uses maximum water levels to help break up tough messes.
How Do HE Washers Clean?
If you want optimal performance from your high-efficiency washer, then you need to use high-efficiency detergent. HE detergent is low-sudsing and quick dispersing, and is formulated specifically to work with the lower water levels of HE washers.
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