Maytag Washer Goes Cold For Energy Savings

Washing your clothes could get cheaper. That’s what Maytag hopes to accomplish with the introduction of its new top load Bravos XL, a clothes washer that includes a cold wash feature that company officials say will clean clothes just as well as hot water washes, while saving energy and money.

So how does the cold wash cycle work? Maytag wants you to use a special concentrated cold wash detergent. The basket spins faster than typical washers to help pull detergent through clothing fibers, while using a reduced amount of water. The washer also includes an active soak phase that Maytag says allows the detergent to break down stains. The wash is completed with a high spin speed to get out tough stains.

Via Maytag

Overall, the washer is said to use 76 percent less water and 78 percent less energy than typical washers made before 2004. The Bravos series  also meets the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) Tier III energy specifications.  The consortium is a nonprofit organization that  tests and promotes energy efficient products.

On the drying front, Maytag says its Bravos XL dryer can further reduce energy use and expense. The dryer, with a capacity of 7.3 cubic feet, includes sensors that help to prevent over-drying and shrinking. The dryer also has a steam cycle option that can smooth out wrinkles. Maybe that means you can get rid of your iron too!

Kristy Hessman is a writer and native Oregonian who currently resides in California. Before starting her own company, she worked as a reporter covering business and politics for daily newspapers and The Associated Press.