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How To Buy A Washer Dryer

The type of washer and dryer you get will depend largely on the space in your home. For example, laundry might be allocated to a narrow closet, making your only option a stackable washer and dryer set. These units tend to be smaller, meaning you might not be able to fit your large comforters in your machine, though they are convenient for limited spaces. Compact dryers are also ideal for smaller spaces and those who need specific features. Dryers are available as gas or electric, so which you purchase will be a result of what your house supports.

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While tech advances have given us all some impressive washing machine features, the core of the machine remains simple: Water is pumped in a big drum with cloths, the big drum spins around, and water is pumped back out. However, despite the simplicity, there are still things that can go wrong with even the best washers available.

The biggest problem with front load washing machines is their tendency to stink. Lint and moisture tend to get trapped in the door seal and other areas, creating a strong smell that's hard to get rid of. In fact, GE Appliances said in a recent press release that for 46% of its customers, mold and odor are their "biggest complaint" about front-load washers. Even more interesting, one in two front-load washer owners switch back to top load washers because of the problem, according to their research. So, the brand came up with a solution. After two years of research, the new line of UltraFresh Front Load Washers were created to fix the odor problem.

Front load machines load from the front and have controls in the front. These washers clean clothes by tumbling them, which means they generally use less water and provide gentle cleaning. Front load washers also tend to extract water better and generally take a little longer than top load washers.

Top load machines load from the top with controls in the back. These washers use an agitator or impeller to wash clothes and often have an option that lets you fill the wash basket with deeper water levels.

Also consider the size of your laundry loads and how much washer and dryer capacity you may need. Is your current capacity working for you? Washer capacities range from 2.0 cu. ft. for smaller loads and 6.0 cu. ft. for extra large loads. You should pair large capacity dryers with large capacity washers, making sure that the dryer cubic footage is about 1- times larger than the washer capacity.

Ventless dryers can be installed anywhere, making them a good option for unconventional laundry rooms. They recycle air inside the drum rather than venting it out, using either a condenser or a heat pump. Ventless dryers generally use less energy but are more costly due to added complexity.

Most dryer feature upgrades tackle problems like wrinkles and over and underdrying. Dryers with sensor technology stop cycles once clothes have reached the safest dry for fabrics. Wrinkle control options will tumble clothes after the cycle ends to keep wrinkles at bay, and some have steam for even more effective de-wrinkling. Take a look at your washer settings and features and see if you can find a matching dryer with consistent settings, which makes using both machines easier.

Most brands offer some kind of smart-enabled washer and dryer technology that alerts you when loads are done and even lets you start a cycle from your phone. With Maytag, you can manage laundry from anywhere1 with these optional features and more:

If your washer and dryer are suddenly on the fritz, it's easy to fall down the shopping rabbit hole of endless options, price points, and flashy features. The varieties of washers and dryers are pretty extensive: front or top-loading, high-efficiency or standard-efficiency, gas or electric.

Here's a quick note on washer-dryer combos: While these compact models can save space in small apartments, remember that you won't have the option to replace them separately if half of the system breaks down.

The size of your washer and dryer is one of the most important factors in your decision. Review the measurements of the units and measure the space in your home. Consumer Reports recommends including at least 6 inches behind both your washer and dryer for the water and venting hookups.

A washer and dryer's capacity indicates if you can toss that large comforter or a pile of towels in the machine without risking damage or an incomplete cleaning. Washers range from 2.5 all the way up to 6.2 cubic feet of capacity, while dryers go from 3.4 to 9.2. The smaller ends of this range refers to compact washers and dryers, while the higher numbers are best for bigger loads of clothing.

So how much can you expect to spend on a new washer and dryer? A new washer ranges from about $350 to $1,000, but some high-efficiency (HE) models with all the bells and whistles will reach into the $1,000 to $2,000 range. Top-loading agitator washers are the least expensive, partially low-capacity models.

According to HomeAdvisor, the largest benefits of an Energy Star washer and dryer is saving on your utility bills and the smaller impact on the environment. These machines use less water and fossil fuels overall, cutting down on each load's carbon footprint.

Gas dryers earn the award for faster drying power with less energy. The gas heating system heats up quickly and maintains consistent energy throughout, meaning your clothing dries faster. Gas-powered energy also typically costs less than electric on your utility bill.

On the other hand, you'll need a gas hookup in your home, which can cost an average of $20 per linear foot, so keep this in mind if you don't already have one set up. A gas dryer will also cost about $100 more upfront than an electric model.

  • As with any appliance or household item, how you take care of it can affect its lifespan. A few ways you can extend the life of your washing machine include: using the clean cycle to clean it every month or after every 30 washes (as this will help with any soap buildup), keeping out the foreign objects, such as change, from running through the wash cycle, and using only the amount of detergent recommended for the size of the load you're washing. "}},"@type": "Question","name": "Should you leave the washing machine lid or door open after each use?","acceptedAnswer": "@type": "Answer","text": "After washing a load of laundry, it is good to leave the lid or door open on your washer to allow it to dry and get any moisture out.","@type": "Question","name": "Can you leave the house if your washer is still running?","acceptedAnswer": "@type": "Answer","text": "It is not a good idea to leave appliances such as washers, dryers, or dishwashers running if you're not going to be at home. Unexpected incidents can happen, including a washer overflowing or a dryer catching on fire."]}]}] .icon-garden-review-1fill:#b1dede.icon-garden-review-2fill:none;stroke:#01727a;stroke-linecap:round;stroke-linejoin:round > buttonbuttonThe Spruce The Spruce's Instagram The Spruce's TikTok The Spruce's Pinterest The Spruce's Facebook NewslettersClose search formOpen search formSearch DecorRoom Design

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