This is called a condensing model, as opposed to a centrifuge where you have to empty a water collection pan after every use. So we're talking steam! A glimpse at the ratings suggests this elicits very strong feelings. Clothes come out slightly damp and linty but very clean. Towels take a very long time. But it handles light loads well and isn't too expensive. Bottom line seems to be it's good option for avoiding most trips to the laundromat!