When buying a new washer, there are many more things at play than how well it cleans. First, you must think about whether you want a conventional top-loader, a top loader without an agitator, or a front loader. Also, budget is another concern. Don’t forget about the features that might be helpful to you. Below are some ways to approach the washing machine aisle armed with vital information:
If You Only have a Laundry Corner
A full-sized washing machine can be 24-30 plus inches wide, so do some measurement. Jot down the space’s dimensions and ensure the machine will fit through the hallways and doorways on the way into the laundry area. Remember to think about other factors like a washer door that may hit the wall whenever you open it.
If your Laundry Room is Not in the Basement
Ensure the floor of the laundry room is properly reinforced for the washer’s weight. Consider investing in a quieter model with features that minimise noise and vibration during the spin cycles to prevent disruptions in your daily life. If your washer is visible to people choose the right colour. Consider a laveuse par whirlpool.
If You Tend to Do Lots of Washes
Prioritise the tub dimensions which can range from 2.45 cubic feet to 5.6 cubic feet. A front loader or a top loader without the central agitator has the biggest capacity. Also, take into account bells and whistles such as programmable settings.
If you Have a Tight Budget
Even if you have a huge budget, you don’t have to sacrifice performance, although you may get fewer fancy features. You can save money if you choose a white model instead of trendy colours. Conventional no-frill top loaders are the most affordable; however, they tend to use more energy to run. Always use the Energy Guide estimates to factor in your energy costs over the life of the washer.
If You Want to Save Money on Electricity and Water
A front-loading washer uses less water than a traditional top-loading machine which tends to fill up entirely for the wash and rinse cycles. Choose an Energy Start model that decreases electricity and water use by 20% and 35% respectively. Compare models by checking out the Energy Guide labels. But, keep in mind that your actual costs will vary, based on your usage and your area’s utility costs.
If You Constantly Deal with Stains
Front-loading washing machines offer better cleaning results than their top-loading counterparts. Find a machine that has a special stain-remover or presoaking cycles, or a steam feature.