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Why Do Washing Machines Have Windows? (Let’s Find Out)

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Last updated on August 14th, 2022 at 01:27 pm

Technology keeps making our lives easier! Today, its impact is so far-reaching that we can point to virtually every area of human life and acknowledge the very significant difference and ease brought into existence by technological innovations.

These developments and burden-relieving innovations keep us intrigued about the reasoning behind some of these objects of technology.

One of such mind-boggling characteristics of technical things is our topic of discussion in this article!

Washing machines, particularly front load washers, are designed with windows mainly to help you track the completeness of each washing cycle. The window lets you know whether it is the right time to open the door or instruct the machine to complete the process. A sudden opening of the entries in incomplete cycles can cause an outpour of soapy water.

Why Does a Washing Machine Have a Glass Door?

The modern-day washing machine door consists of glass! The choice of glass on the doors of front-load washers and specific top-load washers is for a dual purpose.

These are visibility and safety.

As manufacturers continued to get user feedback on their experiences while doing laundry, researchers found that many people are almost bored to death while doing their laundry.

There is nothing to keep them alert and intrigued. Thus, manufacturers made a simple yet profound innovation to alter the design of front-load washers to sport a glass opening on the front.

This would enable the user to see how the machine tugs and cleans the clothes imputed. This process is consistently fun and exciting to watch.

Furthermore, glass is a plain material. This plainness guarantees the safety of the clothes you wash and the machine operator.

Clothes being spun at such high revolutions glide over the door’s glass panel without the risk of hanging to any form of metal which might eventually tear it up with time or at an increased revolution.

Again, as earlier mentioned, glass washing machines, front load washers, and top-loading washers have their doors made of glass.

This works to ensure visibility of the washing process and guide the user in making an appropriate decision on whether or not to open the washing machine door.

Secondly, they serve an aesthetic value. Meaning they keep one’s eyes glued on the ever tumbling, cleaning action of the washers.

Making the process lively, engaging, and fun to engage in.

Why Do Washing Machines Have Windows and Dryers Don’t?

Due to the nature of operations carried out by glass washing machines, top-loading washers, and front-loading washers, they need to have a window or peephole through which the machine operator or user can supervise the completeness of the work you’ve done.

For example, the user ensures the cycle is complete, and all clothes are completely strained of water before the door is opened to retrieve the washed items.

If there were no windows to monitor this cleaning and straining process, clothes would be incompletely washed and inadequately strained before the user would open the door.

This sudden opening of the door has indicated to most time cause:

  • Flooding of the laundry space with water and dirty, soapy solutions
  • Boredom and low levels of enthusiasm to do laundry.

While a typical washing machine door has a window, most dryers do not have this feature. This is because the heat has to be in a total closed environment to function effectively.

The presence of a window (which is opened at intervals by the user) causes a periodic drop in the overall temperature of the dryer itself.

Also, leading to a consequent decrease in the adequate overall heat available to dry the clothes in the dryer.

Thus, for heat to be preserved and to ensure persistent effectiveness, dryers do not have windows.

In contrast, the washing machine door on front load washers, glass washing machines, and top-loading washers have windows for periodic monitoring of the ongoing cleaning process.

Why Do Washing Machines Lie About Time?

Yes! This question is quite hilarious. The thing is this. All washing machines come with a pre-programmed ideal time for washing different fabric types.

Therefore, when you introduce your clothes into front load washers and top-loading washers, the washing machine’s system analyses the fabric and gives you an estimated time to complete the washing operation. 

However, in reality, the time it takes to wash these fabrics depends on the material alone and the load and type of detergent used in the cleaning process.

Therefore, the working conditions most front load washers, top-loading washers, and glasswashers experience are quite different or slightly different from the programmed ideal in the system.

This is why, after the system indicates that you would wash a certain batch of fabrics completely in 60 seconds, it stops and reports again that 1 minute is left and so on.

Thus, this difference in time estimation occurs due to a gap between the system-programmed ideal and the reality on the ground (hinged upon various factors).

Why Do Washing Machines Smell?

Front-load washers, top-loading washers, and glass washing machines are all agents programmed to remove dirt from items introduced into them.

The dirt is extracted from the fabric or glassware and deposited in the soapy water, which sits in the machine before it is completely emptied.

Some of the mildew, bacteria, and dust extracted stick to the walls of these machines.

If not properly washed and taken care of, the machine starts giving off a characteristic offensive odor due to these agents.


Windows are found on washing machines to enable the user or machine operator to monitor the laundry situation adequately and initiate adequate actions for proper completion of washing tasks.

It also aims at keeping users entertained throughout the laundry process. Dryers usually do not have windows to keep us entertained but make the drying process as efficient as possible.

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