I disagree Zippy. They take a certain model of each manufacturers machine and rate them, say in January for cleaning ability, and then the same machines are rated later in the year with more emphasis on water extraction. So the machines that came out ahead on cleaning might have lame water extraction or vice-versa. I have seen it in action for years. So one looses it's place as the Best Rated. WTF?
Well since most households after WWII were still using soaps instead of detergents, AND
they were still using Wringer-Washers, the detergent makers made very oxygenated formulaes that kept a good layer of suds through the many additions of loads----the water was almost always re-used in the Wringer-Washers as rinsing was done in "set-sinks". Some Detergents such as ALL
and DASH catered to the "low-suds" market when the Automatics came out---Bendix had the first PRIOR to WWII! Most of the brands we in the US are familiar with came out with Automatics AFTER WWII. A lot of suds was an advantage in the Wringer-Washers and a disadvantage in the front-loaders. A lot of people on well-water used a "suds-saving" feature available on certain US Automatics for years. The machine would pump the wash water into a holding sink and then procede on into the rest of the cycle. When you were ready to do the next load you set the machine to "return suds" and it would pump the previously used water back into the machine. Gross. But hey, you did what you had to do if water was at a premium.
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Bendix rested on their laurels during the 1940's and the brand was sold and bandied about to different host companies.
Well, they were merged into the Philco Appliance Division of the Ford Motor Co. but not until the very late 50's or early 60's---I don't recall, the exact year and became Philco-Bendix. Bendix produced some of the very best of American Front-Loaders back in the day.
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Some of the 1956 Bendix combo washer dryers (which bar-b-qued) the clothse with hot rinses and killer heat had control back panels that made them look like Wurlitzer Juke Boxes of the period. Some of those features were cool, kitschy and were fun to look at and now make fun of.
The Bendix Washer-Dryer Combinations were great (if somewhat complex) machines. (A surprising number of them still turn-up on the used market every year. I have one down-stairs that works perfectly.) They were very good at cleaning ability for a front-loader and they were very good at water extraction which was an issue for most front-loaders back in the day. Lots of heat was not something 100% Cottons had a problem with and in those days just about all garments were. When the Wash & Wear and man-made fabrics arrived it was a different story.
Back when most fabrics were 100% Cotton, the hottest washes and rinses also did the best job of cleaning and rinsing.And it still does.
(To this day I still use hot water to wash AND
rinse 100% cotton loads such as towels, sheets and underwear.)
Very cold rinse water will not carry off the detergent very well. So I use a cold rinse in the summertime and switch to warm in the winter months.
The early automatic clothes dryers were very different from the ones of today.(The old Hamiltons were vented and they made some rebadged machines for other manufacturers such as GM
/Frigidaire for a while.) Many of the early ones did not even need to be vented because they either had a method of extracting the humidity from the laundry by heat and internal air-flow or they used a method that sent a fine-spray of cold-water to capture the moisture and send it down the drain. Bendix, Maytag, GM
and some others offered different versions of this type of dryer. By the late 1950's most were vented to the outside. That was not always very pretty as many brands did not have a lint filter and sent their lint right out of the vent pipe-----to flock the shrubry or side of the house with. Obviously, Gas Dryers needed outside venting. You have to keep in mind that even as late as the 1960's the vast majority of Americans did not own a clothes dryer and many were still doing their laundry with a Wringer-Washer.
Lighted Consoles were a great feature especially since many of the old homes back in the day were not set-up for Automatic Washers.(A Wringer-Washer had little wheels on it and could be moved around easily.) Many Automatics were delegated to a back corner of a dark basement or utility/tool room. If you had good lighting then the console lights were a good reminder that you had something "going" in the machine so you wouldn't forget it. And yes, some machines looked like Wurlitzers----they seemed to reach their peak in the late 50's and into the mid-60's and then the manufacturers began to cheapen their products. Slowly the lighted consoles disappeared except on the most TOL