In the past 20 years, we have seen a revolution in home appliances.
More and more front-loading clothes washers are on the market; almost every appliance, from refrigerators to ovens to dishwashers and more, has a high-tech circuit board; many more refrigerators have freezers on the bottom of the unit instead of the top.
In general, new appliances are much more efficient, using less electricity, than the old models. They often wash clothes or dishes with less water. They can be purchased in wild colors or stainless steel instead of the conventional white or black for a decorator statement in kitchens and utility rooms.