Q:

What are washing machines made of?

A:

Quick Answer

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
What are washing machines made of?
Credit: Andrew Olney Photodisc Getty Images

Full Answer

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

Related Questions

  • Q:

    Who makes Roper washing machines?

    A:

    Roper washing machines are manufactured and produced by Whirlpool. The Whirlpool Corporation has a number of brand names under which it produces products.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do washing machines heat their water?

    A:

    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 >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What types of washing machines are there?

    A:

    Types of washing machines include traditional top-loading washers, high-efficiency top-loading washers, front-loading washers and compact washers. As its names indicates, top-loading washers require users to load from the top of the unit. Clothes are loaded from the front of front-loading washers.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How much is it to repair Bosch washing machines?

    A:

    If a Bosch washing machine needs repair during the first year of ownership, the cost should be covered by warranty. During the second year, the warranty covers non-electronic parts and the microprocessor, as well as the components making up the motor, so those repairs should still be free.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore