Home Appliances : Choosing the Right Washer

If you’re about to purchase a new washing machine, the good news is that you have more models and better features to choose from than ever. But picking the right washer can be confusing. Here’s what you need to know before you reach for your wallet.

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Understanding the Basics

Comparison shopping is always a good idea. But you’ve got to be clear on what you’re looking for. Here are the issues you need to think about right away, and then we’ll walk you through the more advanced choices and features.

Size and Capacity

Washers have increased in size, making them more efficient by washing more laundry at once. If you’re replacing an older machine, make sure the new one will fit in the space you have available. Next, consider how much laundry you’ll do on a regular basis. A smaller unit is fine for a single person, but a king-size washer may be better for a family.

Front vs. Top Loading

Top-loading washers are fast and relatively inexpensive. Newer, front-loading washers often cost more but use less water (which offsets some of the additional expense), clean more effectively, are gentler on clothes, and offer more advanced cleaning and time-saving features.

Wash Cycles and Cleaning Options

All laundry is not created equal. Denim work jeans should get different treatment than silk lingerie, and the best washing machines have a multitude of cleaning modes designed for nearly every type of garment and fabric.

Energy Efficiency

Check for the ENERGY STAR logo on your washing machine. Power-saving features can help trim electric bills.

Other Details to Consider

  • Control System – The dial-based control knob remains a standby, but next-generation washers feature touchscreens and even Wi-Fi, letting you control your washing machine and monitor its progress on select mobile devices.
  • Noise Level – Front-loading washers are generally quieter than top-loaders, but check reviews to see how loud your selected washer really is.
  • Special Features – Advanced washers offer a wide range of additional cleaning features that merit consideration. For example, some of the newer Samsung models include a PowerFoam system that creates a gentle foam that penetrates thick or multi-layer fabrics like comforters. Also, look for features like steam washing and Samsung SpeedSpray, which shoots detergent-infused water directly onto clothes, get your laundry cleaner with less preparation by you.
  • Color – You aren’t stuck with just white or lime green any more. Consider whether the machine will fit in with your laundry room’s décor.

Questions to Ask

  • Is a steam setting available to help clean very dirty laundry? Is the washer an “HE” model? High-efficiency washers typically hold more and wash better, but they cost more and require special detergent.
  • Does the washer feature automatic temperature control to correct for especially hot or cold water in the pipes?
  • Can the washer be programmed to start at a later time?
  • Does the washer feature automatic temperature control to correct for especially hot or cold water in the pipes?

Use our handy guide below to help you in choosing the right washer for you and your family.

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