Most of us think of washing machines as modern-day inventions. But the first washing machine entered the world over 300 years ago.
Yes, over three centuries. The patent dates back to the late 1700s.
The actual design, sad to say, is forever gone. A fire broke out in the Patent Office decades after the machine’s invention.
However, it’s safe to assume the washer and dryers of today have improved tremendously. Not only have these necessary appliances advanced, multiple choices exist.
Choosing which laundry machines are right for you can get downright confusing. They come in many shapes, sizes, colors, and features.
Should you go for a top-loader? Will a particular model handle your weekly laundry load?
We put together 8 useful tips to make choosing easy. Read on to discover how to select the best washer and dryer for your household.
1. Know Your Space
The first thing to determine is space. Where will you put the washer and dryer?
You need to know if the laundry machines will fit this designated laundry room. But that’s not all. You must determine if the appliances will fit through the doorways and halls.
Most full-sized washers have a width of 60 to 75 cm. Certain machines have extra bulky front designs. This will add more to the total width.
Take a tape measure. Write down the space dimensions.
Think about other factors while you’re at it.
The door of the washer might hit the wall every time you open the appliance. You’ll need room for other laundry items, such as baskets and large detergent packaging.
Will you be dealing with a very narrow area? No worries. The ideal choice would be a front loader stacked with a dryer on top.
2. Your Specific Laundry Habits
Take your personal laundry habits into serious consideration. The same goes for your household. Getting the right laundry machine combo is crucial when considering your habits.
Do you expect to leave for a few hours while the laundry machines operate? Will older children use the machines? How often will you do your laundry?
The answers to these questions will narrow down your choices.
For example, a delay wash feature allows users to program the washer. You get to choose what time the wash cycle begins. This is perfect for people who won’t be around during the wash.
Do you expect teens to use the machines? Choose a washer and dryer with programmable presets.
The more specific needs you have, the more features you’ll require. Remember, however, how more features will mean extra costs.
3. What Challenges Await
Each household faces different washing challenges.
For instance, does your wardrobe consist of delicates? Get laundry machines with features to accommodate these.
A home with young children will need a machine able to handle dirty clothes.
If this is relatable to you, get a machine with an added stain-remover feature. One with presoaking cycles or a steam feature will also do.
Does anyone battle allergies in the family? Appliances with a steam feature might be a medical necessity.
Think about the laundry challenges you face. Your laundry machines must cope with these problems. New appliances, like the ones released for 2018, often come equipped with new features to tackle these demands.
4. Load Capacity Required
Our load capacity needs vary from person to person, family to family.
It varies so much, Consumer Reports no longer includes load capacity as a determining factor in scoring a washer and dryer. Consumers prefer to determine the capacity themselves.
How many items will you need to wash? How often?
Not everyone requires a machine able to accommodate over a dozen thick towels.
If your capacity requirements are low, compact appliances will do. Most compact washers have a capacity of 2.3 cubic feet or 65,000 cubic cm. This is about six thick towels.
On the other hand, depending on your needs, you might be better off with high-capacity machines.
For example, does your household wash thick comforters regularly? You’ll save more energy loading the machines once. A smaller capacity washer used more often will consume more energy.
5. Water Use
If conserving water is important to you, go with a front loader.
Front loaders use less water than the standard top loader. This is because top loaders need to fill up to the brim.
This is even more ideal if you have a narrow space. The front loader will conserve water and a stacked dryer on top will fit a slim laundry area.
6. Sound Tolerance
Noise sensitivity is another important factor to consider.
Homes with babies will benefit from a quiet washer and dryer model. The same is true if you work from home. The last thing you need is an annoying noisy appliance disrupting work.
Look for models equipped with features reducing noise and vibration.
If noise isn’t an issue, then you can save money by purchasing machines without this bonus feature.
7. Energy Efficiency
Most laundry machine models last 10 years or more.
The energy they consume will add up. If energy is a concern, go for models with an Energy Star. This limit both electricity and water use by up to 35%.
Read the Energy Guide labels to help you compare between different models.
8. Budget Talk
We can’t talk washer and dryer models without talking about money.
What’s your budget?
The great news is a small budget doesn’t mean you’ll have to sacrifice quality. You will, of course, get fewer features with a cheaper washer and dryer set.
To save money, skip machines with fancy colors. A white model can shave off $100 to $200 from the total bill.
Top loaders with no extra frills are the cheapest. The catch? These will consume more energy in the long haul.
Washer and Dryer 101
Choosing the machine to suit your personal needs, taste, and budget is easy. These tips will help you select the models to serve you best.
If you want to know about specific models, we have you covered. Visit us today and go the extra mile in making your choice.
Do you have any other appliance questions? Shopping for an appliance doesn’t have to be daunting. Contact us and we’ll be happy to help you!