Y'all are a bunch of wankers!

Top-loading tumble washers

This is the type of machine many people in Hong Kong have:


First, notice the size (850 x 400 x 600 mm): it's a bit over a foot wide, a couple feet deep, and about 3 feet high.  It's tiny, and because it's top-loading, you don't need a bunch of space in front of it.

The apartment we stayed in in Hong Kong a few years ago had one that was built in to a corner of the kitchen.  You had to reach over a couple feet of counter to reach it, but all you needed to fill it was an opening of about 2x2 feet.

It's a tumble washer, just like a front-loading machine, so it's very efficient in terms of water use.  As with front-loaders, you can get them with a range of spin speeds, different cycles, etc.

The only pictures I've found that give you a sense of how
the drum opens for loading and unloading is in the user manual, which you can look at if you want.

Except for uncertainty about running one here (HK is 220/50Hz), we would've bought one and brought it back.  I couldn't get enough information on transformers in time, and I'm still not sure if the electronics will be ok on 50Hz.  If it would work here, it would take 1/2 the space of our current machine.
Permalink ward 
December 12th, 2007 4:34pm
> HK is 220 V

S'funny. I believe you, but with all the British influence there I would have guessed it to be 240 V.

As far as running one in the US is concerned, the 50/60 Hz thing could be an issue. However, if it has a fully electronic controller and a universal motor you might get away with it. I think transformers would mostly work OK and induction motors (e.g. the pump motor) would run a bit faster, but probably not enough to worry about. Where you would have trouble is if an electro-mechanical timer is tuned to the mains frequency.

If your home is like a US home, you might not need a transformer either, as you will have a 240 V supply already. Though that gives you the question of whether an appliance designed for 220 V will be OK on 240 V without something overheating.

It's a big risk to import one and not be sure about all this though.
Permalink Send private email bon vivant 
December 12th, 2007 10:29pm
Top loading washers are standard in most parts of the world. Other makes are LG and Samsung.
Permalink Send private email Stephen Jones 
December 12th, 2007 11:38pm
Loads in the States. General Electric make them as well

Permalink Send private email Stephen Jones 
December 12th, 2007 11:40pm
This thread isn't about top loading washers. It is about compact "front loading" washers that have the door at the top rather than the front. In other words, horizontal tumbling drum rather than upright spinning tub.
Permalink Send private email bon vivant 
December 13th, 2007 1:47am
Are these top loading machines with side tumblers like the front loading machines? or just regular top loaders?
Permalink Send private email wishy washy 
December 13th, 2007 1:47am
Yeah, sorry Stephen, I'm talking about top loading machines, but ones that have the axis of rotation parallel to the floor, just like front loaders.
Permalink Send private email Ward 
December 13th, 2007 3:20am
"hough that gives you the question of whether an appliance designed for 220 V will be OK on 240 V without something overheating."

In the absolute majority of cases, yes it will. Also note that most devices have built-in transformers that allow them to run on anything between 110V and 240V. This should be marked on the plug, or on the power brick if you have one.

Anyway, I've got a machine like that. Italian, called a Candy. Electrolux makes a bunch of really nice ones.
Permalink Send private email Flasher T 
December 13th, 2007 3:35am

This topic is archived. No further replies will be accepted.

Other topics: December, 2007 Other topics: December, 2007 Recent topics Recent topics