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How to choose the best washer and dryer


If you’re thinking about upgrading to a new washer and dryer, then you know that there are a lot of different styles and options on the market. Depending on your family size, the type of clothing you wear, and your washing habits, some models may be better suited to your needs than others. If you consider these factors before you start shopping, you can be better prepared to make a good purchase. When choosing a washer, the big question is whether to go with a top-load or front-load model. Each has their pros and cons. Top-load washers usually cost less than front-load, but use more water, energy, and detergent. Sometimes mold and odor can be an issue with front-load machines, Top-load washers let you add clothes during the middle of a cycle, and a front-loading machine does not. In addition, a top-load machine may be easer to use if you have trouble bending or reaching down.

Whether you opt for a front or top-loading washer, it’s also a good idea to consider the special features that different machines offer. If you frequently treat stains, then you may want a washer with a steam clean option. If you have a lot of delicate clothes, then you’ll look for a washer with a handwash option and a dryer with a delicate cycle.

Capacity is another important factor in your decision. If you wash a lot of large items (like comforters) or tend to save up your laundry and wash a lot of clothing at a time, then you probably want a washer and dryer that are larger capacity.

Efficiency is worth thinking about as well. An ENERGY STAR certified washer may cost you more upfront, but it will probably end up saving you money on energy bills over time. It will also use less water and detergent. When choosing a dryer, consider one with a sensor that will automatically shut off when it detects the clothes are dry, so as not to use energy unnecessarily.

Last but not least, the location where you plan to put the washer and dryer can have a big impact on your decision. If the machines are going on the second floor or near your bedroom, look for models that have vibration reduction for quieter operation. Make sure you measure the space carefully too. Front-load machines tend to be deeper and top-load machines tend to be wider. If you’re working with limited space, consider a stackable washer and dryer.



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