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Washers Buying Guide

Gone are the days when all washing machines looked alike. Today's washers show off sophisticated styles and a wealth of convenient features and special cycles for specific types of clothes. This buying guide will help you find the right model for your unique needs and space requirements.

Types of Washers

Types of Washers

Top-loading washers have long been the most common type of washing machine, but front-loading washers have become popular in recent years. Front-loaders and some top-loaders offer improved energy-efficiency, so look carefully at energy and water use when you are selecting a washer. Space-saving washers are also available; they're ideal for apartments or small homes. Here is a look at the advantages and disadvantages of each type of washer.

Top-Loading Washers

This type of washer opens from the top and uses an agitator to swirl the laundry around the tub. They are usually less expensive than other types of washers, and they're easy to load and unload. Because the tub fills completely with water, this type of washer uses more water than other types of washing machines. They also have limited capacity, and loads can become unbalanced more easily than in other models. Top-loaders tend to be noisier than front-loading washers.

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Koblenz

The Koblenz space saving design of the LCK-50 compact washing machine allows it to be stored almost anywhere in the home. Weighing... only 25.5 pounds, it is easy to move from one place to another. Features a rustproof polypropylene cabinet for longer life and a wide washtub opening for easy loading and unloading. Washer controls are easy to use with a water level indicator and 15 minute automatic timer. Includes a hose for the gravity drain feature. Machine agitates (does not spin) This great space saver can handle up to 6.6 pounds of laundry. read more

Electrolux

"27"" Electric Dryer with 8.0 cu. ft. Capacity, 11 Drying Cycles, IQ-Touch Controls, Perfect Steam Option and Gentle Tumble Dry Sy...stem" read more

Whirlpool
$799.99 $1,199.99
at Sears

Whirlpool 8.8 cu. ft. Top-Load Electric Dryer w/ Custom Settings Custom and Efficient Drying This Whirlpool top load electric drye...r WED8500D is designed to deliver you the right amount of dry with fewer tangles. Only this new Cabrio dryer features a console that allows you to select what s in your load and creates a custom setting for an even dry in one try. You can also customize time settings, heat levels, cycle speeds and more. This top-load dryer also has the space you need to get your laundry done efficiently. With 8.8 cu. ft. of capacity, it dries up to four baskets of clothing in a single load so you can wash fewer loads of laundry and spend more time doing what you enjoy.*Shop Your Way Members will receive points back when purchasing a participating washer and dryer pair. read more

High-Efficiency Top-Loading Washers

These washers also open from the top, but they don't use an agitator. They fill only partly with water, so they use less water than standard top-loaders, and their higher spin speeds help to extract more water (thus saving time in the dryer). Often they can hold more laundry than standard top-loading machines, but their higher spin speeds can tangle and wrinkle clothes. They work best when used with a high-efficiency (HE) detergent.

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Sears Roebuck and Co.
$1,120.93 $1,866.99
at Sears Outlet

This Kenmore Elite 4.5 cu. ft. top-load washer features Smart Motion Technology, which creates a wonderful selection of cycles to ...provide the ultimate in customized care and cleaning. With a phone call and the push of a button, customers can send real-time diagnostic information directly from their appliance over the phone to highly trained service experts who answer questions, suggest solutions, or provide instructions to help keep the appliance running properly. Visit Kenmore.com/connect to see a demonstration. read more

Electrolux

"27"" Electric Dryer with 8.0 cu. ft. Capacity, 11 Drying Cycles, IQ-Touch Controls, Perfect Steam Option and Gentle Tumble Dry Sy...stem" read more

Whirlpool

"27"" Dryer with 7.3 Cu. Ft. Capacity, 7 Dry Cycles, 20K BTU Burner, Moisture Sensor, WrinkleShield Option, Lint Filter Indicator,... Energy Saver Mode and Interior Drum Light" read more

Electrolux

"27"" Gas Front Load Dryer with 8.0 Cu. Ft. Capacity, IQ-Touch Controls featuring Perfect Steam, NSF Certification, Allergen Optio...n, Luxury Quiet Sound System and Signature Soft-Arc Design" read more

Front-Loading Washers

These washing machines have grown more popular in recent years. They open from the front and clean clothes by tumbling them—which is gentler on clothes than the agitator in standard top-loading models. They often come with more special features than standard top-loaders, but they are also more expensive. They may not rinse clothes as well as top-loaders, but their higher spin speeds help remove more water and reduce drying times (saving electricity). The rubber door seals on these models can trap dirt, detergent, and water and lead to mold growth and odor problems. The machines require a special high-efficiency (HE) detergent.

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Electrolux
$1,449.00 $1,449.99
at Sears

With 4.4 cu. ft. capacity, the Wave Touch Electrolux front-load washer EWFLS70JSS is the largest capacity front -load washer*. It ...uses steam for better cleaning and to reduce wrinkling. The silver Electrolux EWFLS70J front-load washer features Extended Fresh to keep clothes fresh up to 12 hours after the cycle completes, if you can't empty the washer right away. read more

Kenmore
$884.99 $1,179.99
at Sears

The Kenmore 81912 is a 24" Wide Electric Condensing Dryer allows for easy installation anywhere. No external wall venting is neede...d, only a 220V power source is needed. read more

LG
$1,525.50 $1,695.00
at AJ Madison

LG 24" Electric Front Load Washer Dryer Combo WM3477HS. 24" Electric Washer/Dryer Combo with 2.3 cu. ft. Capacity Please Note: The... Washer/Dryer Combo takes up to 6 hours to wash and dry your clothing. Washer and Dryer combos will never dry your clothes at 100%. This compact all-in-one washer/dryer combo offers all the modern features you need to clean and dry your clothes with ease. Its innovative 6Motion technology combines up to 6 different wash motions per cycle for a powerful cleaning experience. SensorDry automatically senses the dampness of your clothes, providing just the right amount of heat needed to prevent over-drying and wrinkling. This unit is great for those who want to be able to do laundry at home but do not have an external venting source which conventional dryers require. Perfect for homes, apartments, businesses and vacation homes where space is valuable. About LG Established in 1958, LG Electronics, Inc. (LG) is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, home appliances and mobile communications, employing more than 82,000 people working in over 110 operations including 81 subsidiaries around the world. Comprising four business units - Mobile Communications, Digital Appliance, Digital Display and Digital Media with 2006 global sales of USD 38.5 billion - LG is the world's leading producer of CDMA/GSM handsets, air conditioners, front-loading washing machine, optical storage products, DVD players, flat panel TVs and home theater systems. Available at AJ Madison. read more

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Whirlpool
$764.00 $849.99
at Sears

Help prevent damage caused by over drying and spend less time in the laundry room with the 7.3 cu. ft. Whirlpool Duet long vent fr...ont load electric dryer that vents up to 100 feet. You can start drying faster thanks to Tap Touch controls with Memory, which remember your last cycle and settings on your high efficiency dryer for a quick touch start. You will also be able to cut down on ironing by choosing the Wrinkle Shield Plus option to help keep wrinkles from setting into clean clothes in this front load dryer. And never worry about the cycle time remaining with the Advanced Moisture Sensing System that monitors moisture levels inside the dryer and help the drying cycle end when the items are dry. read more

Compact Washers

If space is an issue, you might want to consider a compact washing machine. They are typically 24 inches wide (instead of the standard 27 inches), and you can usually stack the washer with a dryer to conserve even more floor space. They can be stored in a closet and rolled out to a sink for water if necessary. However, they have a much smaller capacity than many other models.

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LG
$1,699.00 $1,699.99
at Sears

The LG WM3477HS all-in-one washer and dryer combo does it all in just one machine. It s great for those who want to be able to do ...laundry at home but do not have an external venting source which conventional dryers require. The ventless condensing drying system is completely self-contained and perfect for homes, apartments, businesses and vacation homes where space is valuable. read more

LG
Koblenz

The Koblenz space saving design of the LCK-50 compact washing machine allows it to be stored almost anywhere in the home. Weighing... only 25.5 pounds, it is easy to move from one place to another. Features a rustproof polypropylene cabinet for longer life and a wide washtub opening for easy loading and unloading. Washer controls are easy to use with a water level indicator and 15 minute automatic timer. Includes a hose for the gravity drain feature. Machine agitates (does not spin) This great space saver can handle up to 6.6 pounds of laundry. read more

Electrolux

"27"" Gas Front Load Dryer with 8.0 Cu. Ft. Capacity, IQ-Touch Controls featuring Perfect Steam, NSF Certification, Allergen Optio...n, Luxury Quiet Sound System and Signature Soft-Arc Design" read more

Electrolux

"27"" Electric Dryer with 8.0 cu. ft. Capacity, 11 Drying Cycles, IQ-Touch Controls, Perfect Steam Option and Gentle Tumble Dry Sy...stem" read more

Laundry Centers

The washer and dryer in these laundry centers come as a set; they may be stacked in a closet to save on space. You can choose a top-loading washer or a front-loading washer, depending on how much you want to spend.

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Honey-Can-Do
$49.41
at Amazon

Honey-Can-Do SRT-01196 Rolling Laundry Sorter with Ironing Board. Casters makes unit easy to move. Mesh siding provides airflow fo...r your laundry. Easy lift-up board ideal for ironing or folding. Three large lift-out bags hold up to 6 loads of laundry. Reinforced 1-inch steel frame for long lasting durability. read more

Aquatic

They may be the same size as an ordinary utility sink, but our Delicair Laundry Basins are far more functional. Complete with an a...ir bath system, these award-winning sinks clean delicate fabrics with gentle and effervescent bubbles. Available in two... read more

Product Features

Product Features

When you're shopping for a washer, look for features that will enhance convenience and improve washing ability. Many models offer an array of different cycle choices and temperature settings. Some of them are very useful, but others may not be necessary for your household. Consider what items you usually launder, and look for features that match those needs. Models with additional features usually cost more, so think about which features are worth the extra money.

Automatic Dispensers

These dispensers release powder or liquid detergent at the appropriate time in the cycle, so you don't have to pour detergent directly onto clothes. Some models hold many loads' worth of detergent and will dispense it as necessary, so you don't have to refill the compartment every time.

Automatic Temperature Control

This feature allows the washer to adjust the water to the best temperature for the cycle you have selected. Most washers mix set amounts of hot and cold water, but this feature can adjust the proportions to compensate for extra cold water coming into the washer.

Touchpad Controls

Instead of dial controls, a lot of higher-end models feature touchpad controls that give you step-by-step instructions for washing a load or allow you to save customized settings. Models with these controls usually offer more wash and temperature settings, which add convenience, but they can be trickier to use.

Delay Start

This feature lets you program the time the washer will start running, allowing you to run the washer when it's convenient for you or when utility rates are lower.

Steam Setting

Some washers include a steam setting that promises to remove stains better and help prevent wrinkles. Expect to pay more for models with this feature.

Special Cycles

Higher-end washers include a variety of special cycles. Examples include a quick-wash setting that lets you wash a small load in about half the time (handy if you forget to wash a special outfit for work or a sports uniform) and an extra rinse cycle, which is ideal for people who are sensitive to detergents. Some models even allow you to wash and dry a load in the washer.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

As you're shopping, look carefully at construction quality and energy and water use to determine how well the machine will hold up and how much it will cost to operate. Consider where you'll place your washer (and accompanying dryer) to determine the best size for your space, and think about how much capacity you need. Style and finish also differ among models, allowing you to choose a machine that coordinates with the surrounding room.

Construction

Look for a stainless-steel or plastic tub (rather than a porcelain tub) that won't rust if it's chipped. Smooth interior surfaces are also easier on clothes. If you opt for a top-loader, look for a porcelain lid that won't scratch as easily as a painted metal top.

Spin Speeds

As you're shopping, also consider the spin speeds of various models. Washers with higher spin speeds extract more water from the clothes, allowing you to reduce drying times and save electricity.

Size/Capacity

Be sure to measure your space carefully, and take those measurements with you to the store when shopping for your new washer. When measuring, allow for about 36 inches of space in front of your washer (and 42 inches in front of your dryer) to make loading and unloading easy. Also make sure the washer can fit through existing doorways. In addition to overall size, consider how much capacity you will need. Do you usually wash small loads, or are you regularly faced with huge piles of laundry? Front-loaders and high-efficiency top-loaders offer the largest capacity.

Placement

If you'll be placing the washer in a main living area or near a bedroom, look for models with sound-dampening material and vibration reduction to minimize noise. Also look for a model that allows you to turn off the end-of-cycle signal. If you purchase a front-loading washer, consider whether you want to also purchase a storage pedestal, which raises the washer and makes loading and unloading easier.

Finish

Today's washers are available in an array of finishes. You can find white, black, and stainless steel, but also bold and stylish colors such as orange, red, blue, and gray.

Energy/Water Use

Keep in mind that front-loading washers are more efficient than top-loaders—although high-efficiency top loaders offer considerable water and energy savings when compared with traditional top-loading washers. Look for the Energy Star label, and read the EnergyGuide labels when comparing models.

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Kenmore
$909.93 $1,299.99
at Sears Outlet

Kenmore trusted in the homes of more than 100 million Americans Spend less time doing laundry with the Kenmore steam front-load wa...sher 41379 with the Accela-Wash option, which gives you the option of speeding up 7 of this washer's 10 cycles by up to 35%. This Kenmore washer has a built-in heater that produces steam to remove stains by deeply penetrating fabrics it virtually eliminates the need to pre-treat stains. And it has an energy-saving option that you can use with the Normal and Heavy-duty cycles that lowers the wash temperature and increases the wash time, so clothes get clean using up to 30% less energy The red Kenmore 4137 front-loading steam washer takes advantage of technologies such as Kenmore Connect , which can troubleshoot some problems over the phone, and Smart Motion , which uses motions such as rolling, tumbling, stirring and cradling, depending on the cycle you select. Its 1,2000 rpm maximum spin speed extracts water from garments so they need less drying, also saving energy. Sound insulation and an anti-vibration system keep this Kenmore front-loading steam washer quiet, so you can install it near living areas and bedrooms. Read what Consumer Reports says about the Kenmore and another brands. read more

3.7 cu. ft. Steam Front-Load Washing Machine - Red Less than 4 cu. ft.
Kenmore
$589.92 $1,179.99
at Sears Outlet

Spend less time doing laundry with the Kenmore steam front-load washer 41372 with the Accela-Wash option, which gives you the opti...on of speeding up 7 of this washer's 10 cycles by up to 35%. This Kenmore washer has a built-in heater that produces steam to remove stains by deeply penetrating fabricsit virtually eliminates the need to pre-treat stains. And it has an energy-saving option that you can use with the Normal and Heavy-duty cycles that lowers the wash temperature and increases the wash time, so clothes get clean using up to 30% less energy. The white Kenmore 4137 front-loading steam washer takes advantage of technologies such as Kenmore Connect, which can troubleshoot some problems over the phone, and Smart Motion, which uses motions such as rolling, tumbling, stirring and cradling, depending on the cycle you select. Its 1,2000 rpm maximum spin speed extracts water from garments so they need less drying, also saving energy. Sound insulation and an anti-vibration system keep this Kenmore front-loading steam washer quiet, so you can install it near living areas and bedrooms. read more

41372 Steam White Washing Machine (Front Loading, 3.7 Cu Ft, Energy Star)
Kenmore
$635.92 $1,059.99
at Sears Outlet

Kenmore trusted in the homes of more than 100 million Americans.The Kenmore front-load washer 41272 with Smart Motion Technology d...elivers superior cleaning, capacity, efficiency and fabric care. Its 3 unique wash motions make it possible to create new wash cycles that behave just the way they should to care for special fabrics.The white Kenmore 4127 is ENERGY STAR qualified, so it saves money and energy while protecting the environment.Read what Consumer Reports says about the Kenmore and another brands. read more

3.7 cu. ft. Front-Load Washing Machine White Less than 4 cu. ft.
Sears Roebuck and Co.
$1,120.93 $1,866.99
at Sears Outlet

This Kenmore Elite 4.5 cu. ft. top-load washer features Smart Motion Technology, which creates a wonderful selection of cycles to ...provide the ultimate in customized care and cleaning. With a phone call and the push of a button, customers can send real-time diagnostic information directly from their appliance over the phone to highly trained service experts who answer questions, suggest solutions, or provide instructions to help keep the appliance running properly. Visit Kenmore.com/connect to see a demonstration. read more

Elite 4.5 cubic foot Top-Load High-Efficiency Washing Machine
Kenmore
$590.92 $842.99
at Sears Outlet

Kenmore 2.1 cu. ft. Top-Load Washing Machine - Compact, Capable The compact, portable design of the Kenmore top-load washing machi...ne 4472 saves space while providing the full cleaning power of a traditional washer. The stainless steel drum is designed to minimize friction and wear on clothing, while the agitation cycles gently work detergent into fabrics without over-stressing delicate knits or synthetics. Multiple speed combinations and wash cycles allow you to accommodate each load individually. The Hand Wash cycle is perfect for cleaning your delicates, while the bleach dispenser safely mixes bleach with water before adding to the load, keeping your whites whiter without risk of bleach damage. read more

2.1 cu. ft. Compact Portable Top-Load Washing Machine White Less than 4 cu. ft.
Kenmore
$435.93 $649.99
at Sears Outlet

Kenmore is America's # 1 appliance brand, trusted in the homes of more than 100 million Americans.Kenmore 21252 top-load washer fe...atures the Triple-Action agitator, which moves up and down, sideways, and clockwise. The agitator s complex motion enables the washer to clean 28 extra-large T-shirts that s 6 more than other 3.4 cu. ft. washers. It also makes this Kenmore washing machine the best cleaning washer in its class.*This ENERGY STAR qualified white Kenmore 2125 top-loader uses up to 60% less water**, making it one of the most water-efficient top-load washers with an agitator. It has a wide-opening lid, so it s easier to load and unload. And it has wash cycles for bulky loads and for soaking stained or heavily soiled garments as well as 10 other cycles.The water-saving Kenmore 21252 top-load washer requires HE laundry detergent. read more

3.4 cu. ft. Top-Load Washing Machine w/Triple-Action Agitator - White Less than 4 cu. ft.
LG
$1,795.10 $3,189.00
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$1,999.00 $2,800.00
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