Howdy there Marie! I’m Blake from Home Depot’s online community. This washer is a high efficiency unit; it does weigh the load to dispense an appropriate amount of water. In general this machine will use about 75% less water than a washer from 10 years ago. It does however have a fabric softener override which will cause the machine to do a full fill rinse for correct softener dilution. It features an Impeller instead of a full agitator tower to better clean laundry with a lower water level.
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