This is a post on the TriStar Site.

If you haven’t bought a washing machine in a while, you might be surprised at what’s out there. According to Consumer Reports, new machines can hold more laundry than ever (up to 12.7 kg, or 28 pounds). Modern machines offer mid-wash soaking and more aggressive agitation cycles. And they include USB ports so you can upgrade the software later on. (You knew washing machines have computers, right?)

“Features add convenience,” writes the advocacy group in its most recent buying guide. “Electronic controls let you quickly choose cycles and keep an eye on the remaining cycle time and status. Automatic detergent, bleach, and softener dispensers release the powder or liquid at the right time in the cycle. A stainless steel or plastic tub won’t rust if chipped, unlike a porcelain one. ”

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