Load after load after load—doing the laundry can seem like an endless chore. With a new washer and dryer set, you can get your laundry done more efficiently, so you can spend more time doing what makes you happy.
Before deciding on a new laundry pair, keep in mind these three things: your available space, the amount of laundry you wash, and your budget (including your monthly utility bill). Most laundry units are between 24-29 inches wide, and you’ll need to account for the way the door swings when you measure. (Unless you shop for a dryer with reversible door hinges!) For more compact spaces, consider stacked laundry units or stackable washer and dyers.
Front-Load vs. Top-Load Washers
The decision between a front- and top-load washer can get a little confusing. Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know:
Top-load washers typically feature a central agitator with vanes or fins that rotate clothes throughout each cycle. This usually results in great grime and stain removal, plus faster wash and rinse cycles. However, top-loaders tend to use more water and cause more wear and tear to your clothes.
High-efficiency top-load washers are a nice compromise; they keep the top-load design but use connected disks instead of agitators (and they save water too!). Please note: This mechanism might not remove dirt as efficiently as a regular agitator.
Front-load washers use impellers, which tumble your clothes through a small amount of water as the tub rotates. This process uses up to 30 percent less water than a top-loader and features higher spin speeds, which result in faster drying times. Plus, the design means you have more installation options available to you (side-by-side, stacked, or raised with storage pedestals).
Gas vs. Electric Dryers
Dryers are a little simpler: more often than not, the type of dyer hook-up you have will determine which type of machine you need.
Gas dryers need a natural gas or liquid propane connection (look for LP conversion kits), an external exhaust vent, and a three-prong 110-volt electrical outlet. Gas heats up and dries your clothes faster, and a gas dryer costs much less to operate. For ultimate cost-effectiveness, look for pilotless ignition and automatic shutoff features!
Electric dryers may cost more to operate, but these only need a three- or four- prong, 240-volt outlet and an external vent to operate. If an external vent isn’t compatible with your home, look for a ventless condensation dryer.
Washer & Dryer Features to Consider
Simplify doing the laundry with these key features:
For washers: Look for cycles such as heavy duty, extra rinse, NSF sanitization, quick or delayed wash, load sensors, and automatic dispensing systems.
For dryers: Check out cycles such as quick dry, delicates, mixed load, steam, extended tumble, sanitize, moisture sensors, dryer racks, and wrinkle prevention!
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Go ahead and browse our wide selection of brand-name laundry appliances in the styles and colors you prefer. Have any questions? Check out our appliance buying guide to get started, or contact our dedicated appliance experts. We’re always happy to help.