science
This Washing Machine Cleans Clothes With Plastic Beads Instead of Water

While today's high efficiency washing machines use far less water than their predecessors, they still consume between 37 and 90 litres of water per load—and as much as 34,000 litres per US household per year. That's a lot of water just for cleaning clothes, especially with the growing drought conditions throughout the American West. But Xeros' revolutionary washing machines could reduce our laundry water usage to a trickle, using... plastic beads? Read More >>

appliances
A Woof-Activated Washing Machine Lets Support Dogs Run a Load

Ending the dogs vs. cats superiority debate once and for all, UK-based appliance maker JTM Service has developed a washing machine that can actually be operated by support dogs trained to assist those living with disabilities. The machines are even bark-activated, since dogs are notoriously bad at pushing buttons. Read More >>

design
There's a Beautiful Chair Hiding in Your Washing Machine

You can sit on a washing machine, but that doesn't make it a chair. A transformation like the one industrial designer Antonina pulled off does make it a chair, though. And there are even DIY instructions so you can try too, if you're into that sort of thing. Read More >>

safety
Indesit and Hotpoint Recall (Potentially) Exploding Washing Machines

Do you ever imagine how much it would hurt if your washing machine drum came out while it's whizzing your pants and jeans around at maximum spin? If you're an Indesit or Hotpoint owner there's a small chance you may find out, thanks to concerns that "a very small percentage" of machines made between 2007 and 2009 could fall apart and explode. Read More >>

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Bravo Samsung, Your Ad Actually Makes Me Want To Buy a Washing Machine

For some reason washing machine ads are still stuck in the 1950s. They mainly feature scenarios targeting the suburban housewife who's struggling to juggle the responsibilities of a busy household: an approach that's as non-inclusive as it is insulting. So Samsung, we applaud you for thinking outside the box with this brilliant ad for your EcoBubble machines. If we're ever in the market for a major appliance, we'll definitely possibly think about maybe considering your offerings. [YouTube via Cabbie Richards] Read More >>

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This Beautiful Design Finally Fulfills the Washer's Round-Machine Destiny

Could sharp, pointy corners and box-like form factors join faux-wood finishes in the industrial design graveyard? Bauknecht, Whirlpool's European brand, has collaborated with German designer Arman Emami to create this stunning round washing machine which looks like it belongs front and centre in your living room—not your basement. Read More >>

design
Human-Powered Washing Machine Makes Dyson Awards Global Shortlist

The fantastic UK-designed baby fish-saving SafetyNet is one of the many entrants in this year's James Dyson Award, with the judges of the global innovation hunt now deliberating on their favourite 50 new inventions. This bonkers sit-on washing machine is but one of the awesome new ideas on show. Read More >>

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Watching a Washing Machine Self Destruct Never Gets Old

Washing machines committing suicide (or being injected with a lethal brick depending on your perspective) are home appliances' gift to the internet. It's like the machines are realising their full comedic potential! This one, in particular, is awesome because of how meticulously it breaks down. Little by little, piece by piece, you can't look away. [G4TV] Read More >>

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