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Agitator VS Impeller

Agitators and impellers are both found in top loading washing machines, but they clean in two different ways. 

So what’s the main difference between agitators vs. impellers?

KNOWING WHICH ONE’S RIGHT FOR YOU

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.

TOP LOAD WASHING
MACHINES WITH AGITATORS

Agitators are tall vertical spindles, veined 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.

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.

BENEFITS

         Agitator rubs against clothes to remove and rinse away loose soils.

Familiar functionality.

           Efficient models are available on both agitator and impeller         washers — just look to see if it’s ENERGY STAR® certified.

TOP LOAD WASHING
MACHINES 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.

 

SPRAYING ACTION

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

WASH BASKET ACTION

Rotates for a hard-hitting clean. 

AGITATOR ACTION

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

BENEFITS

    Rubs clothes against each other to deliver a thorough, gentle clean

     More room in the basket for bulky articles and easy loading/unloading

           Efficient models are available on both agitator and impeller         washers — just look to see if it’s ENERGY STAR® certified.