Vote It Up When Buying a Washer and Dryer

Buying a new washer and dryer is an experience that’s often filled with questions. There are many new and technologically advanced models available, with a variety of new and exciting functions. Owning a washer and dryer may be a necessity, but the type chosen is based on many factors ranging from different design types and featured functions to capacity and energy-efficiency. Here are some of the most frequent questions that come up during the process of choosing the perfect washer and dryer for your needs:

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  1. VoteItUp on March 15, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    What is the best washer and dryer choice for the space I have?

    The best advice is to take some measurements of the space you have available for your washer and dryer before you go shopping. This way you’re prepared during the shopping process and are aware of the sizes that would fit and work best in your laundry area space. You’ll have choices ranging from side-by-side washers and dryers to stacked washer and dryer sets, to newer compact models. Stacked units are a wonderful option for tight spaces, but you also have to be aware that the controls may be harder to reach because of their height.

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  2. VoteItUp on March 15, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Should I replace the washer, dryer or both appliances?

    Generally, it’s smart to replace both appliances at the same time. The reasons for this are not purely cosmetic or only so the appliances match. If you were to replace only the washer, you may find yourself with a bigger laundry load due to the new washer capacity, and not enough room in your old dryer to hold the larger load. If you only replace the dryer, you might find that you are trying to dry loads that are too small, leaving a lot of empty space in the dryer, which can become a waste of energy.

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  3. VoteItUp on March 15, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    What type of washer is the best choice?

    Washers are available in front load, high-efficiency and traditional top load styles. A top load washer costs less to operate over time and features faster wash and rinse cycles, and it’s easy to add forgotten items to the load once it’s running. Front load and high-efficiency washers are great for washing larger items like comforters. They also use less water, so cycles will take longer. There is a larger up front cost with front load and high-efficiency washers, but the cost to operate them is less.

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  4. VoteItUp on March 15, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    What kind of dryer should I choose?

    Dryers available today come in either electric or gas models. Electric dryers simply plug in to operate and the operating costs may be a bit higher depending on local electricity rates. Some models of electric dryers may not require a vent. Gas dryers cost less to use over time and heat up faster. You need to remember that gas dryers require an external vent for exhaust, and that you’ll also need a gas line that must be installed by a professional for safety reasons.

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  5. VoteItUp on March 15, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    What are Energy Star appliances and are they a good choice?

    When you’re shopping for your washer and dryer you might notice a blue Energy Star label. This means that the energy efficiency of the washer and dryer exceeds the minimums required by the government, and that you’ll experience energy savings when you use them. This saves you money and helps protect the environment. You’ll find that features and styles are equal to those found on other less efficient appliances. To get this Energy Star label, appliances must meet specific and strict guidelines set up by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency. For saving money, Energy Star appliances are a good choice.

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