Depending on the size of your family and how often they’re run, your typical washer and dryer has a lifespan of about 10-15 years, which means there’s a good chance you haven’t picked up a new one in a while. Today, we’re going to run through the fundamental features and options you have to choose from when selecting the right washer and dryer for you and your family.
When picking out the right washer for you, think about who does laundry in your home as well as how they do it. Is it pretty common to add clothes half way through the cycle, or to leave them in there for a while after they’re done? Some washers may have features that hinder this, while others have functions specifically designed to accommodate those habits. Is the person doing your laundry a little “vertically challenged”? Often times high capacity washers expand their volume by increasing their height, which leaves shorter people unable to reach the bottom of the load.
While most washers and dryers now are energy star certified, that does not make them all comparably efficient. Comparing a washer’s CEE (Consortium for Energy Efficiency) tier can help you identify the machine with the most “bang for your buck” in terms of energy costs.
Probably the most important thing when it comes to selecting a new dryer, is that it matches your washer. This isn’t just a cosmetic concern; most modern washer and dryers are meant to work together. Higher spin speeds in your washer can be complemented by specialized cycles and sensors in your dryer that ensure your clothes don’t get over dried.
Lastly, if anyone in your family has an especially high susceptibility to allergies, your washer and dryer can be an incredible tool in keeping them at bay. Washers that incorporate steam cycles can go a long way in knocking out allergens and high temperature dryers can finish the job.
With such a tremendous lifespan, the washer and dryer you choose today will probably be with you for over a decade. While ultimately any unit will clean and dry your clothes, taking the time to weigh and consider circumstances unique to your family can ensure you find a machine that really works for you.