Studies by sociologists and historians of science have pointed out that many of the great social upheavals such as women joining the work force were due to the increasing availability of home appliances. Women spent almost 60 hours a week doing chores but that number dropped to less than 18, in 1900 and 1975 respectively.
The earliest mention of a fully automatic washer was in the 1910s. Maytag, the venerable brand, produced a machine in 1911 that had an electric motor. In general, development of the washer required that households be equipped with both electricity and running water.
A component of the washer that exemplified this dependency is the fill valve. It is an unassuming, small piece that plays a rather outsized role in regulating the water temperature. Both electricity and water runs through it for it to exert its effects.
How does the fill valve use electricity? It contains a small solenoid which is like an electromagnet. When a current runs through it, it holds onto a metallic plug thereby lifting the restriction on water flow. But when the current is shut off, the plug falls back into place to stop the water.
In contemporary homes, the trend is toward compact washers. The three kinds of compact washer and dryers reviewed here are the stackable, combo and portable washer dryers. Stackable washer dryers are nearly full sized except for their vertical physical set up, which makes them occupy less area. The combo on the other hand, has both washing and drying functionality merged in one unit. The most compact of the three types is the portable washer dryer.
Unless you scrutinize hard enough, you would mistake the combo washer and dryer as only one machine as opposed to two as a result of its ultra compact dimension of only 27 inches in width. You can perform both washing and drying inside a solo compartment when working with the combination model. And you know what this signifies, that you could carry out your washing and drying without requiring space for two home appliances. Almost all combo units make use of condensation drying that calls for a lesser amount of energy than vented heating models.