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Choosing the Best Washer for Your Needs

Buying a washer and dryer is confusing for many first-time homeowners and renters. Different brands offer different features. How can you tell if the one you in front of you is the best option for you and your family?

Discover the benefits associated with the different types of washers on the market and use these tips to make shopping for your new appliances a breeze.

Finding a Washer to Fit Your Lifestyle

You have two basic styles of washers to choose from top-load washers and front-load washers. But before you decide which style you want, you'll have to find out what washer and dryer requirements your home already has. Here are some things to consider that will narrow your search and help you choose a washer to fit your lifestyle.

Consider Your Space

You have two basic styles of washers to choose from top-load washers and front-load washers. But before you decide which style you want, you'll have to find out what washer and dryer requirements your home already has. Here are some things to consider that will narrow your search and help you choose a washer to fit your lifestyle.

Check Your Hook-Ups

Check your washer and dryer hook-ups to find out if they run on gas or electricity. This will also factor into your final decision. You don't want to have your mind set on a washer, or worse, purchase a washer only to discover it doesn't run on the power sources you have available.

List Your Options

Before you set-out shopping for your new washer and dryer, make a list of features you would like your new appliance to have. One of the first things you should consider is your washer's load capacity. How many people do you have in your household? Will you wash clothes for your entire family or just yourself?

The second thing you should incorporate on your list is efficiency. How efficient you would like your washer to be? A washing machine's efficiency rests on how much water it uses per load. High efficiency washers use less water, but loads take longer to wash. So you will have to ask yourself if you would rather save money on utilities or get laundry done fast.

Lastly, you should consider appliance features based on the layout of your house. How noisy is the machine? If your laundry room sits near a small napping child's room, you might opt for one that runs quietly instead.

Choosing the Best Style for You

Now that you have an idea of what requirements your home has for a washer and dryer, you can get down to the nitty-gritty. Have a look at the benefits and disadvantages of front- and top-loading washers and dryers before you make your decision.

Pros and Cons of Front- and Top-Load Washers

Top-load washers are your basic, standard washing machine. They come equipped with dials that let you choose whether you want to wash your clothes in hot, warm, or cold water. Unlike front-load washers that let you specify exactly what kind of fabric you want to wash, front-load washers operate on generic cycles, such as gentle, heavy, and rinse.

This can work well or poorly depending on your needs. Top-load washers are easy to use. Additionally, top-load washers typically run shorter cycles. If you like the idea of being able to run several quick loads and don't want the hassle of several buttons, a top-load washer might work best for you.

Top-load washers usually cost significantly less than front-loaders. However, they cost more to run. Running a load of laundry in a top-load washer consumes quite a bit of water and electricity compared to front-load washers. Depending on your situation, the energy savings from a front loader might make it worth the high initial cost.

Besides saving water and electricity, one major benefit of using a front-loader is they tend to be gentler on clothes. Clothes aren't cheap this one advantage might make buying a front-load washer worth the additional cost.

Choosing Based on Reviews

Now that you know what kind of washer and dryer you want, you can compare models and brands by using reviews.

Talk to Friends

Ask your family, friends, and neighbours about their experiences. Do they have complaints about their washer? Are there any specific brands they recommend? Your family and friends know you their input will prove specifically valuable for you.

Read Reviews

You should also read reviews online. Reviews are beneficial for getting feedback about certain brands and styles from customers in situations like yours. For example, if you are a mother who works full-time, reading a review from another working mom about how her "washing machine is a lifesaver: might solidify your decision.

Once you have a good idea of what you are looking for, speak to a salesman. They are the experts. Tell them what you need and see what they suggest. Then you can take your new appliances home and have fun taking your washer for its first spin!