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What is polynox in the washing machine

polynox in the washing machineOften, sellers of washing machines in the story of the equipment sold mention the strange term “Polynox”. Without much thought, it is clear that this is some kind of new material. But what parts of the washing machine are made of this material and how does this then affect its performance?

Negativity immediately comes to mind, because everyone knows that modern automatic machines work much less than washers released 10-15 years ago. Maybe the whole thing is this Polynox, let's understand.

What kind of material?

Polynox is nothing more than the commercial name of polypropylene, the characteristics of which are slightly changed due to special chemical additives. In the washing machine, this material is used to make tanks, and recently, tanks from Polynox have become very common. What is the reason?

  • he is cheap;
  • easy to process;
  • the parts made from it have good characteristics.

Polynox is not the only plastic from which tanks of modern automatic washing machines are made. In particular, in the Electrolux washing machines, the tanks are made of Karboran - this is a little more durable and plastic material, but it also costs almost 1.5 times more. In almost all Kandy washing machines, you will find a tank made from Silitek. This is also plastic, which in its properties is almost indistinguishable from Polinox, so that in terms of performance both Polinox and Silitek are about the same.

Note! It is simpler and cheaper to make parts of a washing machine from plastic, which means that the manufacturer will be able to sell washing machines at a much lower price.

Plastic tanks

polynox tankThe motivation of the manufacturer, seeking to reduce the cost of washing machines, is understandable. The lower the cost, the lower the final cost of the product, which means that the product becomes more attractive to the consumer and is often bought. But what kind of car will it be, in which such an important part as a tank is made of plastic? Will it be reliable and durable? To answer these questions, consider the pros and cons of plastic tanks and traditionally start with the pros.

  1. Plastic vibrates less, which means the washing machine also makes less noise during operation.
  2. A plastic tank has less heat dissipation, which means that the water heated in it for washing remains hot longer.
  3. Plastic is a lightweight material, which means a machine with plastic parts will be lighter.
  4. Polynox does not rust and does not rot from moisture, in this sense its durability is beyond doubt.
  5. Polynox is much cheaper than metal, so if you buy a washing machine with a plastic tank, you immediately save up to 8% of its cost.

Plastic tanks have not only advantages, but also disadvantages. The main disadvantage is the relatively lower resistance to mechanical damage. Specialists in the repair of washing machines often record that plastic tanks are cracking from bumps. They are often damaged by users when they repair the washing machine themselves (they pierce with a screwdriver or drop a concrete counterweight onto the tank). Washing machine tank repair can subsequently be quite expensive.

washing machine tank

Fortunately, manufacturers are constantly working on the formulas of plastics that they use in the manufacture of washing machines, so in the most modern washing machine there is already a much more durable tank.

3-5 years will pass and machines with plastic parts, in durability, will not be inferior to a washing machine with a stainless steel tank.

Metal tanks

damaged tankHigh-quality stainless steel is a traditional material for the washing machine tank that has long been proven to be the best. Just look at the old Soviet-made semi-automatic washers that are now lying in almost every garage or barn.The machine has not been working for a long time, but its stainless steel tank continues to live, and moreover, it looks like new. Durability is not the only plus of a stainless steel tank.

  • Steel tanks are extremely durable and resistant to mechanical damage.
  • Such tanks are not afraid of almost no aggressive chemistry and high temperatures.
  • From dampness, mold and fungus do not form on them, and microbes also multiply less on them.

The disadvantages of metal tanks are also many. The main minus is the high cost and the better the steel, the more expensive the tank. Metal tanks have significantly higher heat dissipation, which means that the water in them will cool faster and require more energy to heat it. Also the scourge of metal tanks is vibration. With a quick rotation of the drum, the tank will also cling slightly, so you can not dream of a quiet car with a steel tank.

Note! A bone from a bra that accidentally gets into the plastic tank of a washing machine may well pierce it; this will not happen with a stainless steel tank.

What is the conclusion? And the conclusion is that you do not need to be afraid of modern technology. A plastic tank is far from the worst option, it has much more advantages than cons and the more time passes, the better the plastic parts become. In the end, the stainless steel tank also has many drawbacks!


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