Given the range of models, styles and sizes of washers, there are many things to consider when shopping for a washer to ensure this appliance will fulfill your family’s needs. Costs and installation requirements are also of prime importance with this buying decision. The following tips will help you to buy the washer that’s right for your home.

Washer Styles

Although installation is a prime factor for any washer, the first decision you need to make is what style of washer you want.

A traditional top-load washer although less energy-efficient, costs much less than a front-load or high-efficiency top-load.

When space is limited, you might consider a unitized or stacked, one piece washer and dryer unit

Front load styles may also be stacked giving you another option. For apartments, cabins and condos an all in one washer/dryer may be a good choice. These units take up very little space but can only handle small loads and do require more time.

Washer Capacity & Physical Size

Washer capacity is measured by interior tub cubic feet. For a large family, a full-size or oversize top or front-load model. Compact front-loaders have small or medium capacities and vary in size from 24″ to 26″, with many having stacking options.

Most washers are generally 27″ to 30″, so measure the space before shopping.

A small washer is ideal for a couple, but you may not be able to wash a large comforter in it. High-efficiency washers may have optional pedestals or side storage units which need extra room.

Newer front-load models generally do not have reversible doors and you should allow ample room for door swing. Stacking units will require more head room, as will washers that have pedestals. Check physical measurements before buying.

Top-Load vs Front-Load Washers – Things to Consider

The traditional top-loader is more comfortable to load and less expensive. While high efficiency washer in top-load and front-load machines, cost much more but are water and energy savers, with front-load models having the best energy ratings.

Front-load machines also have a better spin cycle leaving less water in the load which means less drying time. High-efficiency models require low-sudsing HE detergent due to low water levels and they require a little more care. They also have more cycles and convenience features than traditional top-loaders. Warranty periods generally are a year regardless of washer style.

Water capacity and physical size.

Washer capacity is measured as the cubic foot volume of the interior tub. For a large family, a full size or oversize top or front load model will be able to accommodate multiple pairs of jeans, towels and bedding.

Compact front load machines have small or medium capacities and vary in size from 24: to 26: with many having stacking options.

A small washer is ideal for a couple, but you may not be able to wash a larger comforter in it. High efficiency washer may have optional pedestals which need extra installation considerations.

Most washer are generally 27: to 30”, so measure your space before shopping and take the necessary plumbing requirement into consideration when making a decision.

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