\"I am happy with the stackable washer and dryer except for one small problem. When I have to take the laundered clothing out of the washer I have to almost get down on my knees to reach in to take out clothes\"
As more and more families look to maximize space in their homes, front load laundry pairs are becoming increasingly popular. Whether it's in a condo, townhouse, or even conventional single-family home, front load washer and dryer pairs can offer stackability and this can be the difference between an entire room devoted to laundry or a mere closet. There are other advantages to front load pairs, so let's examine some common questions about these large appliances and see if they're right for you.
Front load washer dryers are unique compared to their top-load brethren because of their windowed access door at the front of the unit, rather than the top. Not only does this give you a view of your clothing tumbling and twisting as they clean, but it allows for the combo to be stacked, thus saving you space. Front load washer dryers also tend to offer larger capacities, which mean bigger loads and less energy consumption. Not only will this save you time, but it can save you money on those monthly power bills.
The most important information you need to ascertain before buying a front load washer dryer is the space configuration where you plan to put it in your home. Major appliances like these should always have dimensions -- width, height, and depth -- clearly labelled, so you can confirm you have enough space to fit them. Also, it's critical you know whether you are buying an electric or gas dryer and whether you have the proper compatibility in your home if it is gas.
As mentioned earlier, a stackable washer and dryer pair can be placed in a closet or other areas that aren't necessarily very far removed from your bedroom or living room. In this instance, better to find a pair that features noise reduction technology to avoid waking a sleeping child or disturbing you while digging into your favourite TV shows. And you'll always want to keep an eye out for the ENERGY STAR certification. This designation means the laundry pair uses reduced energy and less water, often between 35% and 50%.
New washer and dryer models are usually released in January, so the best time to shop for this type of appliance is between September and November or during a holiday sale. In the fall, brands are pushing their soon-to-be dated models and typically run them at a discounted price. Black Friday is also an excellent time to buy. If you need to purchase a washer and dryer in the winter or spring, don't add the most recent model to your cart if you're looking to save money. If you can, wait for President's Day or Memorial Day sales to drop, too.
The major difference between front-loading and top-loading washing machines is capacity, with top-loading washing machines typically having more space available for your loads of laundry. Beyond that, you may want to consider who is using the washing machine. Top-loaders are typically easier on the back and require less bending than front-loading models, but are more difficult for children to access. (Whether you also require your washing machine to entertain kids or pets may be worth thinking about, in which case: front-loader.) Also, you may need to consider whether or not you need to stack a dryer on top of your washer. There are stackable options with both top- and front-loading washing machines, but you have more options with a front-loading model.
On average, washing machines run between $600 and $900. But there are units on either side of that average if you're looking for either a very basic model to get the job done or a tricked-out washer with every available feature. (Remember that the self-loading washing machine does not as of yet exist.) I evaluated several models at various price points, sizes and features, to bring you the best washing machines for 2023.
While many people do buy matching washer/dryer sets, it's almost never a requirement to do so. However, if your available laundry space is narrow and requires a stackable washer/dryer, (because why resort to air drying if you don't have to) this LG washer/dryer tower has extremely favorable reviews, offers 4.5 cubic feet of space in the washer and 7.4 cubic feet in the dryer, and only requires 27 inches of width to accommodate it. Among its 10 wash cycles is Allergiene, which uses steam to help remove excess pet dander and dust.
With full-size washing machines averaging about 27 inches wide, this 24-inch model from GE offers a reliable solution for smaller spaces (or smaller door frames). Offering 2.8 cubic feet of space, this petite unit still offers eight wash cycles, including Speed Wash. Users often remarked in reviews about being the best available for a condominium setting, and how the drum still felt like plenty of space to do even large loads of laundry. A folding lid keeps the vertical space requirement on the low side as well or allows for the possibility of a stacked, compatible dryer.
Washing machines typically come as top-loading or front-loading models. Top-loading models tend to have larger capacities and utilize an agitator -- a central column that moves your clothes around -- in order to scrub your laundry. Front-loading models may have slightly less capacity and generally work with an impeller, which helps rotate your clothing around the basin so that the clothes rub up against each other for stain removal. One Whirlpool model has a removable agitator for versatility and the potential of even extra capacity. Top-loading models can be a little easier on the back, as they require less bending to load and unload, but are not as readily available as stackable options with a dryer if you don't have space to accommodate a washer and dryer side-by-side. Most washing machines come in white, black, or stainless steel finishes, with white generally being the least expensive option. 59ce067264