Monday, January 14, 2013

How to Shop for Appliances in Denver: part 2 (Washers and Dryers)

First of all everything I mentioned in the previous post about the manufactures and brand names is still true. There are only a few manufactures for all the different brands made. But other than that, there are differences in the different types of washers in particular.

Of Course there are front load washers, and top load washers. With-in the top load washer family there are two basic types of washers. First, there is the standard type washer that has been around for ages. They are built well, but they use allot of water and more energy. The second type of top load washers are (HE) "high efficiency." (HE) top load washers use about as much water as a front load washer. The average top load washer uses about 40 gallons of water per load, where on the other hand, front load washers use about 20-25 gallons of water per load, (both washing a full load). All (HE) washers also spin faster than the standard top loads, and that means less dry time. When there is less dry time, there is less energy used, and less money spent. So (HE) washers are efficient in more than one way. For an average family of four who washes clothes all the time, (HE) washers can save as mush as 5000 gallons or more of water every year. Another way (HE) washers are efficient is that more clothes can be washed per load, so it cuts done on the amount of loads that need to be done. Thus saving not only time, but money.

There are (HE) dryers as well , and today's dryer can do more than just dry clothes. They can also take wrinkles out, and even do a quick job for "dry cleaning" clothes. I can't say personally how well it works for "dry cleaning" clothes, but the manufactures claim it works. They accomplish this by adding water to the dryer. I know that can sound weird to some, but that's what they do. (HE) dryers are also high capacity to accommodate the washer, and they are smarter than the average dryer. All in all, a dryer is a dryer though. They do what they do. Some more efficiently than others, but in the end they dry the clothes. Do however pay attention to the options. Your standard dryer will have a variety of options and depending on what types of clothing you are drying, options matter. The (HE) laundry products have most all options built right into them as a standard model. 

As far as costs, washers can range from $200 - $400 on the cheap end, and $1000 - $2000 on the high end. Dryers can range in cost to about the same as washers. Which one to buy depends on ones need, and of course money is always a factor. Rather you are replacing your washer and dryer separately, or together, makes a difference too.

There are a couple things to think about when trying to decide on which washer and dryer to buy. If it's for personal use, and money is not a driving factor, I would recommend buying an (HE) washer and dryer. I personally like front load (HE) washers over the top load (HE) washers. (Now that's my personal opinion, not everyone agrees with me on the front load favorite). I think that the front load disperses the water more completely through the clothes when they are being washed, and that means cleaner clothes. I have also seen top load (HE) washers having problems with knotting the clothes. I saw this problem allot with the "Maytag TL HE" washer, when I was a "Maytag Repairman". They would knot the clothes up terribly, to the point that most people would iron them before wearing them. And after a hard days work who wants to iron clothes anyway? With a good washer and dryer system, the clothes will come out of the dryer ready to wear!

If money is an issue, and or if your buying the washer and dryer for rentals, I would recommend buying a standard top load washer and dryer system. They use allot of water and energy, but they work well, they clean the clothes, and they get the job done! They are also less expensive than their counterpart (HE) washers and dryers. 

As far as which brand to buy, my personal favorite is Whirlpool, although I do own GE, Maytag, Whirlpool, and Frigidaire appliances. There is good and bad in all brand names. Which brand to buy depends on need and budget. For more of a breakdown on brand names, check out my previous post.

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