Shopping for a new washer and dryer is not always easy, as there are a lot of components to consider for each machine, and that you’ll want to get the best machines for your living situation. Your budget, your lifestyle, and the space you have available should be among the factors at the top of your list. Here, we break down the most important items to consider the prospect of buying a new washer & dryer.
You should always measure the area within which you’ll be placing your washer and dryer, making sure that if you get a side loader, the opening of the doors are accounted for as well. Machines that load in the front are easier for you, position-wise, in terms of physically loading laundry, and are also generally more efficient, conserve more water, more costly, have a larger capacity wash/dry tub, and are gentler on clothes. Front-load washers also tend to have more flexibility in handling delicates and have higher spin speeds. Top-load washers, however, have a shorter cycle time, remove more water and consequently also make drying times much shorter. You won’t need that strong of a floor for top-loaders, as they tend to be lighter, making it more ideal for older apartments in that respect.
You should also consider whether or not you’ll even need a high-load capacity washers and dryer. If you have a large family, it might be worth it in terms of saving time, but if it’s just you and a roommate, for example, maybe a smaller unit that you can stack makes more sense. Whichever types you choose, make sure that both your washer and dryer are equal to one another in terms of capacity.
A washer and dryer’s energy saving capacity can really make a difference to your wallet as well as obviously putting less stress on the environment. An Energy Star label on washing machines indicates that it uses 35 to 50 percent less water and 50 percent less energy than standard machines. You can also check their energy-efficiency scores on consumer reporting sites for even more detailed information. With dryers, gas models, though more costly, are more energy efficient. Especially with larger families, more energy efficient machines will save you money in the long run, even if the machines themselves might cost more upon purchase.
Be careful which features are actually adding value to your washer or dryer purchase, or even which essential ones are missing. You don’t want to overpay for a bunch of useless settings you won’t use or, conversely, pay very little and receive very little. Here is a list of cycle options to watch for in both cases: