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Buying Guides: Washers and Dryers

It’s not too often one is in the market for a new washer or dryer, so making sure you are in-the -know and up to date with the current features and options is necessary to ensuring you pick the ideal one for your needs and preferences.

 

Washers:

There are three main types of clothing washers. You have a choice of three types: the traditional top-loaders, high-efficiency top-loaders or high-efficiency front-loaders. As described, each type of washer has its benefits and disadvantages.

 

The Traditional Top-Load Washer:

This type of conventional top-loader washer features a top mounted door that provides access to a center-post agitator. The tub fills to a selected water level while the central agitator spins laundry in a back and forth motion throughout the washing cycle.

Samsung – 5.7 cu.ft Top-Load Washer

Pros:

  • Least expensive
  • Easy to add or remove items during the cycle
  • Easy load and unload position allows you to stand upright

Cons:

  • Higher water and energy consumption
  • Smaller cubic foot capacity
  • Typically more noisy

 

The High-Efficiency Top-Load Washer:

Although these may resemble the traditional top-load washer, their significant different features allow for a more gentle yet effective wash in comparison. The high-efficiency top-load washer does not feature an agitator post, thus optimizing its efficiency in reference to an increased capacity and space.

To boost its efficiency, this high-efficiency washer uses a specialized soap detergent that cleans laundry in less water than then the conventional top-loader washers.

Whirlpool 4.4 Cu. Ft. High-Efficiency Top Load Washer

Pros:

  • Less expensive than a high-efficiency front-load washer
  • More gentle agitation and optimal washing performance
  • Ability for high-speed spin cycles allows for soiled clothes to release increased moisture, thus resulting in reduced drying time.

Cons:

  • More expensive than the traditional top-load  washer
  • For optimal results, special high-efficiency soap detergent is recommended

 

High-Efficiency Front-Load Washers:

As the most energy and water conserving washer on the market, the high-efficiency front-load washer is a popular, high-end choice for shoppers. With a hinged door on the front of washer, laundry is placed horizontally in the tub.

Due to its high-efficiency features, this washer does not include an agitator, rather the tub uses a rotating spinning motion that gently picks up the contents and drops them in low water level.

As a high-efficiency washer, this type of washer also uses a specialized high-efficiency soap detergent formulated for use in lower water levels.

LG High-Efficiency Front-Load Washer

Pros:

  • Best overall performance
  • Most energy and water efficient
  • Largest capacity
  • Ability for high-speed spin cycles allows for soiled clothes to release increased moisture, thus resulting in reduced drying time.

Cons:

  • Most expensive
  • For optimal results, special high-efficiency soap detergent is recommended

 

Dryers:

In contrast to a washer machine, dryers offer a more basic configuration with similar features. All dryers use electric motors to tumble laundry and fan heated air.

However, the primary difference between clothing dryers is the source of heat generation; with the option of going with electric or natural gas dryer.

The main determinant of your purchase decision depends on whether there is a gas line hook up to connect your dryer. In regards to options and features, there are two primary types of dryers.

 

Full Size Dryers:

The typical full-sized dryer width ranges from approximately 27-32 inches in width.  There is no standard definition of what constitutes capacity with regards to model size, thus it is important to remember that manufacturers often describe the capacity size with superlatives such as extra large and super-plus as descriptors.

However, most full-sized dryers can wash a load ranging from approximately 6 to 9 cubic feet. Full-sized dryers are available in front loading and top loading designs.

LG 7.3 Cu. Ft. Ultra-Large Capacity Electric Dryer

Compact and Laundry Centres:

Compact laundry dryers and centers are excellent alternatives if you’re tight on space. The compact dryers usually range in width of approximately 20-24inches in width.

For a narrow space, a laundry center will combine a stacked design of a washer and dryer unit. These dryer choices are a practical choice for apartment dwellers and singles.

LG 4.2 Cu. Ft. Compact Electric Condenser Dryer

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