Washing machines are primarily made of sheet steel. Usually, the spin tub is made of steel with a porcelain coating. Plastic parts also constitute a small part of a washing machine assembly.Know More
The scrub board was the first "washing machine" invented. They have been made of wood, corrugated metal and even plastic. They were even called "a great American invention" by the New York Times and can still be seen around in antiques shops, garage sales or laying around in your grandma's house. Interestingly, scrub boards are also used as a musical instrument. To play it, you must tap on it, and scrub occasionally.
After the scrub board, the first washing machine with a drum was invented. According to About, James King patented the machine in 1851, but it was still hand powered. Finally, in 1908, an electric washing machine was introduced. Invented by Alva J. Fisher, the Thor was a drum type washing machine that resembled the ones we see today, containing a galvanized tub and an electric motor.
The electric dryer machine was born soon after. A Frenchman named Pochon built "the ventilator", a metal drum with holes in it that was turned by hand over fire. Just like with the washboard, the dryer also became electric.Learn more about Washers & Dryers
In general, modern washer machines have a plumbing configuration that allows for separate cold and hot water hook-ups. The hot and cold water lines connect to the washer via a valve on the back of the machine. This valve is controlled by the temperature control on the front of the washer. However, some older washer machine models do contain an internal heater to provide the washer with hot water.Full Answer >
Electronic washing machines work by using an electronic motor to spin an inner steel tub. This motor connects with a gear box, which moves the machine using a variety of speed settings.Full Answer >
Wringer washing machines are vintage washing machines that are manually filled and drained. Wringer washers do not spin, as they require the use of a mangle, with rolling wringers to remove excess water from clothing.Full Answer >
As of 2014, Roper washing machines are manufactured by Whirlpool Corporation. Whirlpool Corporation also manufactures dryers and ranges under the Roper brand name. Roper represents Whirlpool Corporation's value line of basic appliances.Full Answer >