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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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Whirlpool
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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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Whirlpool
$639.00 $699.00
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$404.10 $449.00
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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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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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Whirlpool
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Koblenz
$176.99
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Magic Chef

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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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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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