Shopping for a Washer

Unbeknownst to many people, there are more things to take into consideration when selecting a new washing machine than most people realize. From the size and type, it is important to realize exactly what you should be looking for. I know that most people are not so caught up in dryer and washer machine choices, but if you have a household like mine that does laundry nearly every day, it really is something to really think about. Clothes pile up, need to get washed and folded, ironed, and put away all the time. And, the process has to be repeated so often and so you need to really consider the most effective washer can get things done.

Of course, along with the things you need to know when purchasing a washer, you also have to come to a decision on a budget as these appliances can be quite expensive. Then there are other questions you also have to ask yourself: should they be stacked on top of one another, front or top load, et cetera. Take a bit of advice from me, follow these guidelines and I assure you that you will have a better understanding of how to find the best washer or dryer for your household.


It’s All in the Design


Where the washer and dryer go in your home depends on the type that you purchase as some are designed for smaller spaces and others require substantial space. Stackable options tend to be smaller and some can also be gas or electric, so you have to buy the type that supports your house best. If you have a room set up for a washer and dryer, you may have the option to place them directly next to one another or if you prefer, they can be top-loaded per your preferences. A compact machine can be about 3 cubic feet and are designed to take even larger moments, even those large comforters. Top-loaders are in general less expensive, while front-loaders are gentler, more efficient, and usually clean better.


Top-loaders come with washing bins that are deeper, but for shorter people, it is harder to reach clothes. If you cannot reach them reliably, then a top-loader may not be the best option for you. Another benefit is that top-loaders can even handle those higher spin speeds easily. Plus, it takes must less time to dry clothes.

Front-load machines are more expensive and thus come with far more features than basic models. Most come with sensors and also have drawers where you can store fabric softener and detergent. These models cast about $250 more as they are not in the base price, and so there’s another $500 to consider if you want it. Occasionally, however, you can find discounts on these washers and dryers, but you really have to look if you want to catch these special deals. At the end of the day, you want to get enough information as possible before investing in equipment that you will need to work reliably several times a week.