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The tank material of the washing machine: plastic, stainless steel, etc.

Metal tank and drumThe tank is one of the main parts of the machine. Not infrequently, malfunctions of this type of household appliances, one way or another, have a connection with this part. It happens that a foreign object enters the tank and creates unpleasant loud noises when the drum rotates.

It happens that this item jammed the drum. Cracks in the tank sometimes also occur. There are some other breakdowns associated with this part of the washing machine.

The way to fix the tank in cars of different models is similar. In order to create a more or less movable mount, springs and shock absorbers are used. And in order to dampen excessive vibration, counterweights are used. Counterweights are concrete blocks that are not light weight.

Modern buyers can be pretty good at washing machines. But, nevertheless, they still believe it is not clear where the rumors come from.

For example, there is a popular belief that in machines with vertical loading, the fixation of the tank is more reliable than in machines with front loading. Unfortunately or fortunately, this is not the case. In fact, the principle of fastening in these types of household appliances is approximately the same. And when buying a washing machine, you need to proceed from other considerations.


It is quite important to consider what material the tank of the machine is made of. There are different types of material that are used to create this important part. Let's analyze them:

  • Enamelled metal. This type of material involves steel, which is protected by a special type of enamel. It is quite reliable when washing, but is not safe from damage associated with various strokes. If the enamel is accidentally damaged, then after a short time the tank may become unusable. Since without a protective layer it will begin to rust. Its surface can get cracks, which will diverge and grow over time. As a result, it may begin to leak. And you need a replacement. It is good that these types of tanks are no longer found on modern models of washing machines.
  • Plastic. Also to this item we will assign polyplex and other polymeric materials. Many companies that manufacture washing machines have developments of special polymer types of materials. Their names may be different. Manufacturers give different names to their best practices. Therefore, you can not be surprised when the question: “What is the tank of this washing machine from?” The seller in the store will answer you using obscure and unknown words. Most of the polymeric materials help reduce the noise from the rotation of the drum or save on electricity consumption. Such polymeric materials are more or less durable, lightweight and do not allow water to pass through.
  • Stainless steel. This material can be called classic. It has been used to create washing machine tanks for quite some time. Stainless steel - perfectly tolerates contact with water and is very durable. Typically, these tanks are somewhat noisier than those made of plastic. They also have more weight. The reliability of this material is very high. And, most likely, he will outlive the rest of the washing machine for a long time. True, more and more manufacturers prefer the use of polymeric materials. Perhaps that is why machines with a stainless steel tank usually have a small price.

But there are other important points!

Other important qualities of a washing machine tank

Washing machines in the store. Sale. Choice.Before you buy a new washing machine, you also need to find out how much linen that can be washed at a time. It is measured in kilograms. If you have a large family and it will be necessary to wash a lot of things, then it is better to buy a machine that can wash at least 6 kilograms at a time.

Quite often, special coatings are used for the surface of the tank.These coatings are beneficial. For example, they can disinfect water.

The most popular materials for the manufacture of tanks in our time are plastic or various polymeric materials and stainless steel. Both of these materials are acceptable and can be used for quite some time. Their advantages we have already described above. And of the minuses, it is worth noting the following:

  • Stainless steel is more noisy and has more weight than plastic.
  • Most types of plastic are more brittle and cannot withstand such mechanical stresses that stainless steel can tolerate.

Plastic and various types of polymers are gradually replacing stainless steel. And, perhaps, soon we will no longer find on sale cars in which the tank is made of this material. But there is nothing particularly terrible about this. After all, polymeric materials are also developing, and it is possible that such developments from polymers will soon be used that will surpass metal in all respects.


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