Washer Agitators and Impellers

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Washing Machine Agitators and Impellers

In top load models, wash action inside the tub is aided by an agitator or impeller. An agitator is a central post that twists back and forth, rubbing against clothes to help break apart soils. An impeller is a cone or disc that rotates to rub clothes against each other to help get them clean. In front load models, lifters or fins keep clothes tumbling in the drum.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AGITATOR VS. IMPELLER WASHERS

Agitators and impellers are both found in top-loading washing machines, like these top-load washers, but they clean in two different ways. So what’s the main difference between agitators vs. impellers?

Washing machines with agitators use a central post that twists back and forth, rubbing against clothes to help break apart stains. In contrast, washing machines with impellers use a low-profile cone or disc that spins/rotates to rub clothes against each other to get them clean.

HOW AGITATOR AND IMPELLER WASHERS WORK

A washer with an agitator gets its cleaning power from the central post that twists back and forth, while washers with impellers use the low-profile disc to rub the clothes together in order to remove stains. Below we break down their differences.

 

TOP-LOAD WASHERS WITH AGITATORS

Agitators are tall vertical spindles, vaned or finned, in the center of the washer. Washers with agitators are all about the motion in the wash basket; and, despite what you may have heard, advances in agitator technology ensure they’re not hard on clothes.

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agitator washing machine repair in nairobi

How Washing Machines with agitators clean.
They typically move in multiple ways for optimal cleaning, including:

SPRAYING ACTION

Soaks clothes with water recirculated from the wash/rinse cycle.

WASH BASKET ACTION

Rotates for a hard-hitting clean.

AGITATOR ACTION

Rubs against clothes to help break apart stains and loosen soils.

washing machine agitator repair in nairobi
washing machine agitator repair in nairobi

 

TOP-LOAD WASHERS WITH IMPELLERS

Don’t let low water levels fool you: Washers with impellers use a small amount of water in order to optimize the friction of the clothes rubbing against each other. This is what helps deliver gentle, efficient and thorough cleaning.

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washing machine agitator repair in nairobi

How Maytag impeller washers clean.

They also typically clean with multiple wash motions, including:

SPRAYING ACTION

Soaks clothes with water recirculated from the wash/rinse cycle.

WASH BASKET ACTION

Rotates for a hard-hitting clean.

IMPELLER ACTION

Uses low-profile cones, wheels, fins or discs that rotate to gently rub clothes against each other.

washing machine impeller repair in nairobi
washing machine impeller repair in nairobi

AGITATOR OR IMPELLER WASHER: WHICH IS BETTER FOR YOUR NEEDS?
BENEFITS OF A WASHER WITH AN AGITATOR

Agitator rubs against clothes to remove and rinse away loose soils
Familiar functionality

BENEFITS OF A WASHER WITH AN IMPELLER (WASHER WITHOUT AN AGITATOR)

Rubs clothes against each other to deliver a thorough, gentle clean
More room in the basket for bulky articles and easy loading/unloading

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