There are several options of washing machines to select from. Let’s take a look at some things to consider.
What is the Size of Your Laundry Room?
Full-sized washers can be 24-30 inches wide, and depending upon the contour of the front, it may even be wider. So be sure to measure you space, and check the hallways and doorways that lead to it - make sure you can get through OK. Consider limiting factors, such as a washer door that may bang into the wall each time you open it, or maybe a narrow space - a front loader that stacks with the dryer may be a good fit.
Main or Second Floor Laundry?
First thing is to be sure the floor can handle to weight of the machine. You may also want to look at quieter models with features that reduce vibration and noise during the spin cycle.
How Much Do You Wash?
Tub dimensions are most important, and range from about 2.45 cubic feet up to 5.6 cubic feet. The largest capacity on a front or top loader will not have a central agitator. Consider the bells and whistles, such as programmable settings or a pedestal that will save the back-strain from stooping all the time.
Not a Lot to Spend?
Just because you have a small budget, doesn’t necessarily mean you have to sacrifice performance. Trendy colors can add to the cost, and you can save a hundred or so dollars by opting for a standard white model. Traditional no-frill top loaders are the cheapest, but typically will cost more in the long-run as they use more energy. Use the Energy Guide to estimate your energy cost over the typical 10-to-15 year life of your machine.
Conserving Water and Electricity
Front loaders typically use less water than traditional top loaders, as they have to fill up entirely for their wash and rinse cycles. Look for an Energy Star model, which reduces water and electricity use by 20% to 35% over non-rated models. Actual costs will vary, but they can give you a ballpark estimate of what you’ll be in for.
Recent tests have found front loaders tend to provide better cleaning results than top loaders. Some machines feature special stain-remover or presoaking cycles, or a steam feature. A “cool” temperature setting will mix a small amount of hot water with the cold to help powdered detergent dissolve completely for better removal of stain and heavily soiled items.
If you have many delicate items, you’ll want a front-loader or a top-loader without an agitator - they can cause clothing to tangle and is harder on the fabric. Some higher-end models have special cycles designed to clean specific materials, like denim, towels, comforters and even hand-washables. Look for custom features like steam for better stain removal, adjustable spin speed to reduce tangling, and even germ killing high-temperature sanitizing cycles.
So whatever you decide, you’ll certainly want to do your research and consider all the factors involved when choosing the right make and model for the type of unit that will best suit your needs.
Stop by Reno’s Appliance in Paterson, NJ to select the best washing machine for you.