What is a High Efficiency Washer?

High efficiency (HE) washers were first introduced to North America in 1998, and are expected to be in 50% of US homes by the end of 2015 and representing 90% of new washer sales by 2017. These washers feature technology that helps reduce the amount of water and energy that is needed to do a load of laundry. In fact, high efficiency washers use up to 80% less water than traditional top load washing machine.

How Do High Efficiency (HE) Washers Differ from Traditional Washers

High-efficiency washers are much larger than regular washers, holding up to 40% more clothes

One reason they can hold more clothes is the absence of an agitator in the drum, which also means the wash process is gentler on your clothes. However, being able to hold up to 40% more clothes also means that there is 45% more soil to remove. For this reason, HE washers require more detergent to achieve a thorough clean, especially when it comes to large and extra-large HE loads. However, it’s not only the amount of detergent that’s important for getting great results, but also the quality of the detergent. HE washers can deliver the fast results they promise when used correctly. It is critical to use a specially-formulated, low-sudsing HE detergent like Tide HE Turbo Clean to achieve time and water savings.

For more detailed information about high-efficiency washers and how they work, take a look at our HE FAQ.

Why Does High-Efficiency Detergent Matter?

Because high-efficiency washers are smarter, larger and more efficient, the role of the detergent has significantly increased. Now, using any old detergent is no longer enough. To get the most out of your HE washer, you need an HE detergent like Tide HE Turbo Clean Laundry Detergent. Tide’s quick-dissolving Smart Suds™ technology helps to save time, water and energy by preventing HE machines from running additional rinse cycles.

How Do High Efficiency (HE) Washers Differ from Traditional Washers

Because high-efficiency washers use less water, it’s important you use a high-efficiency detergent that is designed to operate in such low-water conditions. When an HE machine detects excess suds after completing the first rinse cycle, it will add more rinse cycles. Some detergents produce too many suds, and e if you don’t use a low-sudsing detergent designed specifically for high-efficiency washers, your washer can take up to 25 minutes longer to get your laundry done.

Your washer will then use more energy and water, costing you both time and money. The Smart Suds™ technology in HE Turbo Clean detergents reduces suds, meaning an HE washer won’t need to go into additional rinse cycles, making your wash more efficient.