What do you look for when you want to buy a washer or dryer? With so much choice on the market, it can be difficult to find the right model for your needs. This is where the Appliance Connection team can help. We’ve put together a handy guide to help you make the right choice.
Read on to learn more about the types of units that may be suitable for your purposes, the different features available, and the best performing models. Don’t forget to get in touch if you have any questions or concerns.
Washer and Dryer Types
The most obvious way to distinguish between types of washers and dryers is the way in which the unit is loaded. Most of the more expensive and more modern units are front loaded. With these machines, laundry is placed in the drum via a hatch at the front of the unit. Older style or more affordable units may be top loaded, with a hatch on the top side of the unit.
Most washer and dryer units are designed to be static; just left to do their work in a kitchen or utility room in a home. As a result, they may be difficult to move around. We stock smaller and more compact units for washing clothes on the move.
Some dryer units extract water from clothes as steam, while others remove the moisture in its usual liquid state. Vented dryers extract this steam and deliver it to the outside of your home to be released into the air. Ventless dryers simply sluice the moisture into the waste water system.
Many people prefer vented dryers, but not all homes are suitably set up for them. Vented dryers also need regular cleaning to prevent trapped lint from building up in the vents.
What to Keep in Mind When Shopping for a New Washer and Dryer
Assess Your Space
The layout and configuration of your home are unique to your property. They might not even be the same as your neighbor’s. With this in mind, you’ll want to assess how much space you have to play with before you make a purchase on a new washer, dryer, or both.
For smaller homes, or for homes with smaller utility areas, a front loading machine could provide a better option. Many of these machines can be stacked upon one another to create a smart, space-saving solution. Remember that not all front loading machines can be stacked in this way; it is important to check that this option is possible before purchasing.
It is also worth remembering that there are different sized washers and dryers available so it is important to measure the room and the space in which the appliances will fit before you choose a unit.
Consider Your Load Needs
How much laundry to you need to do on a daily basis? How many loads do you expect to put on each day? Answering these questions will give you an insight into into the sort of interior dimensions you need your washing machine and dryer to be able to handle.
But how do you translate those practical numbers into the right dimensions for your appliances?
Well, let’s say that your household produces roughly 8lbs of laundry per single load – which is roughly the average for a couple living together with no children. This will fit nicely into a standard front loader washing and dryer drum, which are typically sized between 4.2 to 5 cubic feet.
For families, who will generate larger amounts of laundry, you may require a machine at the upper end of this range or a unit which can handle above 5 cubic feet – unless you don’t mind doing several washes throughout the week.
If you live alone, a compact machine may be the best option, saving you both space and money. Smaller units may provide only 2 cubic feet of load capacity but they could be the ideal choice for a single occupant property.
Take Your Budget into account
Washer and dryer units come in a broad range of different configurations and sizes. As you might expect, this means serious variation in price. Our range of washing machines begins at around $200 for portable top loading units to well over $1,000 for deluxe front loading models.
Consider you budget seriously before you begin and find a machine which suits both your needs and your wallet.
A High Performance Washer and Dryer at the Best Price
At first glance, a washer or dryer might seem like fairly simple machines designed for a fairly straightforward set of tasks. However, there is more to consider, particularly when it comes to performance.
When we discuss performance in terms of washer and dryer units, we are talking about two things: effectiveness and energy efficiency.
Firstly, effectiveness for a washer unit refers to how consistently and completely the unit is able to clean clothes, including those with heavy stains. For a dryer, this component of performance refers to how well the unit is able to remove all moisture from garments, even after repeated use. The reviews and specifications sections of our washer and dryer product pages will give you information on performance. Also, you can take a look at some of our top rated units below.
Energy efficiency is something it pays to stay aware of. Washers and dryers can use serious amounts of power, which means selecting an energy efficient device can save you money on your monthly bills. When you add up your energy savings over time, you’ll end up making your investment back eventually.
But it’s not just your bills which can suffer if you neglect to look for energy efficient machines. The future of our planet and of the country we pass onto the next generations depends on the choice we make with our appliances.
Look for the Federal Trade Commission’s EnergyGuide labels. These provide clear information that tells you how energy efficient the machine is. The higher the rating, the better the efficiency, and the higher the savings over time.
Which Features Are the Best for You?
In the modern world of high-tech appliances and smart devices, there are more features than ever for you to choose from in your washer and dryer. As a general rule of thumb, the more features built into a washer and dryer unit, the more expensive the unit will be to purchase, so it is important to decide which features you actually need before you start.
Perhaps a washer with timer release compartments for detergent and fabric softener will prove to be a real labor saver for you, particularly if you have a larger family with more laundry to wash. This is one of the more traditional features of a washer unit.
On more modern models, these features are joined by digital offerings designed to make life that little bit easier. Higher end models may be equipped with internet connectivity – as part of the IoT or Internet of Things revolution – giving you the opportunity to start a wash or check on the progress of your laundry remotely via a mobile app.
Assess which of these features you need and decide how far your budget can stretch.
Top Rated Washers
Approaching the higher end of our range, a wealth of features and a range of versatile wash cycles make this front loader one of our best loved machines.
Proving that top loading machines can still do the business, this 5 cubic foot capacity LG machine is one of our customer favorites.
A high performance and ultra portable little machine.
Top Rated Dryers
A very popular front loading unit, this offering from Summit has wowed customers with its great efficiency and performance and its relatively low price tag.
Perfect for larger families or for any household with a lot of laundry, an impressive 6.2 cubic foot capacity has made this GE model one of our most popular.
A smaller scale entry into the GE range, this unit provides great savings for customers, both initially – thanks to its retail price – and over time, thanks to its efficiency.