5 Important Things to Consider When Choosing a Washer and Dryer
What purpose does a washer and dryer really serve us? They wash and dry our clothes, sure, that’s
pretty self-evident. But there’s much more to it than that. Like all our modern day appliances, many
washers and dryers have modern day features to consider, and some of these features are designed to
save you money in the long run.
The first step is to identify your personal needs. Is space an
option? Are you willing to spend a little more now to save
money in the long run with a more efficient model? Maybe
your general contractor put the laundry room right next door
to your kids’ bedroom.
The options for choosing a washer and dryer can seem
daunting, but all the differing features allow you to customize
your laundry in a way no one has been able to before.
Front loading washers are more energy
Washers are cleaning your clothes better than ever these days,
and their doing it using much less electricity. Front loading
washers are generally more efficient than top loaders, and a
big reason is they use only a third of the water as top loaders.
They clean faster as well, and can carry up to 24 pounds of clothes.
Front loading washers spin faster, chugging along at up to 1400 RPM vs. 645 for the top loaders. That
will drain much more of the water, which shortens the drying time as well.
Think about noise
The loud clanking and shaking washers from the past are gone; now they can operate with a whisper.
Consumer Reports rates new washers and dryers on noise and vibration. If your laundry room is near
the bedroom you might want to get the quietest model you can find, or if it’s upstairs you’ll need one
that doesn’t shake so much.
Touch screen controls make your life easier
Some top-of-the line washers and dryers are practically computers themselves, with touch screens that
let you customize things like time delay, automatic lock and your favorite spin settings. They’ll show you
in detail the progress of the cycle, and helps you control things like steam settings and automatic
Stackable Washers and Dryers save you space
If you’re laundry room is tiny, or even if it’s a closet, you can save
space by purchasing a stackable washer and dryer. This also
makes it easier to transfer your wet clothes to the dryer.
Look for the Energy Star label
The US department of Energy has made it easy to detect the
most efficient models. They slap a sticker right on it.
With these five outlines for choosing an appropriate washer and
dryer to fit your needs, you’ll be much more equipped to go to
the appliance store than any generation before. Whether you live
in a sprawling ranch in Saskatchewan, Canada, or a tiny
apartment in Brooklyn, you’ll discover models that are tailored exactly to your situation.
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