How Washers and Dryers Have Changed over the Years

Household laundry has changed over the years as technology has improved. Depending on how old you are, you might remember your parents or grandparents washing clothes in large archaic tubs with exposed gears, wringing attachments, and other components, and then hanging the clothes outside on a clothesline to dry. These early washing machines meant spending hours of manual labor to wash and rinse clothes. It required heating water in a big pot on a stove top to fill the machine, draining the washing drum, and refilling it with cold water to rinse the clothes. Fortunately, today, you have it much easier with a wide range of laundry appliance options, including the new combination washer dryer, stand-alone washer dryers, and stackable washer dryers.

Even with the invention of semi-automatic and automatic washing machines, during the late 1940s, people were far from being able to load the washer, select a cycle, and walk away. Many of these early models required user interaction at various cycle stages, such as adding detergent during the wash cycle or remembering to add fabric softener at the right time. Some models even required moving clothes from the washing tub to a rinsing tub. Many of these early models remained fairly unchanged and were on the market until well into the 1970s.

In the 1970s, technology started to change as computer technology was advancing. Washer and dryer manufacturers could now offer fully automated models to allow people to select cycles and walk away, while the machines ran without any user interaction. As personal computers became popular in the 1980s, laundry manufacturers realized the potential microprocessors and computer chips would have if they were incorporated into washer and dryer designs. However, it was not until the 1990s that this technology first started being incorporated into new washers and dryers.

Thanks to the advancements in technology, people today have access to energy-efficient laundry solutions for their home, to make their lives easier and simpler. To learn more about combination washer dryer models, or other modern machines, feel free to contact us at 800-875-1533.