In The Market For A New Washer & Dryer (Greatest Model? Prime Loader? Entrance Loader?)

The time has lastly come, and I’m now out there for a brand new washer and dryer. I’ve been researching and trying to find days (and possibly missed some nice Memorial Day gross sales), however I nonetheless don’t know what I should purchase. I’ve learn numerous buyer evaluations on quite a few washer and dryer units, however they didn’t appear to make clear something. What’s the greatest model of washer and dryer? And do I need a high loader or a entrance loader? My head is spinning.

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For the final ten years, I’ve been residing with a really fundamental Kenmore 70 Sequence washer and dryer. They seem like this…

I’ve really used these for for much longer than 10 years. (Not this precise set that I’ve now, however the Kenmore 70 Sequence on the whole.) I did a little bit googling, and the Kenmore 70 Sequence dates again to the 70s. It’s really what I bought after I had my very own residence in my 20s. I bought these after I moved to Turkey, however after I got here again to the States, I remembered loving these a lot that I looked for and purchased one other Kenmore set for my residence. And people adopted me to our new home in Oregon after Matt and I obtained married.

Then after we moved into this home, I figured that I’d ultimately get a model new washer and dryer, however I made a decision that whereas I waited till I had a pleasant laundry room or laundry space, I’d buy one other Kenmore set simply to carry me over within the meantime. I’m fairly certain I obtained the set for someplace round $300 or $350.

Properly, that’s been nearly 10 years in the past now. And that’s exactly why I’ve stored shopping for these easy Kenmore washers and dryers for the final 20+ years. These items are absolute beasts. They’re sturdy and dependable, and since nothing on them is computerized, they’re low-cost to repair if one thing goes improper.

However the time has come. Just a few months in the past, I seen that the underside of the washer was rusting and leaking a little bit little bit of water each time I’d do a load of laundry. I by no means actually anxious about it as a result of my washer and dryer are within the sunroom (a time period I take advantage of very loosely). Do you bear in mind what the sunroom appears to be like like? That is what it seemed like after we moved in…

And nothing has modified immediately besides that the room is full of stuff. I principally use it as a storage room, and it’s the place I’ve my large device chest, cabinets holding paint, polyurethane, and stains, leftover provides from initiatives, additional lumber, massive instruments, and so forth. And after we lastly do get to construct our addition, this room should be torn down first.

The room is floor degree (the remainder of the home is on a pier and beam basis about 18 inches from the bottom), and whoever constructed this room created the ground by placing two layers of heavy plastic straight on the concrete (which I’m assuming was the unique outside patio) adopted by a layer of particle board, topped with two layers of skinny commercial-style carpet. Each time it rains exhausting, water is available in underneath the again sliding door. So evidently, a little bit little bit of water leaking out from the rusted nook of the washer with every load of laundry actually can’t make this room a lot worse than it already is.

However a number of days in the past, the agitator within the washer stopped working reliably. (I may get it began if I turned it manually for a minute or two). However a few days later, the agitator stopped working utterly, and the water wouldn’t drain out. All of that, together with the rusted and main backside nook, signifies that it’s actually not value placing cash in it to repair it. And generally, the dryer decides that it doesn’t wish to warmth up, so it simply blows chilly air. It’s solely carried out that twice within the final 12 months, nevertheless it’s nonetheless inconvenient.

So right here I’m, for the primary time in my total life, prepared to purchase a model new washer and dryer. I’ve determined that in spite of everything this time, I don’t wish to purchase extra used home equipment. I need them to be new. I simply don’t know what sort to purchase.

What I like about top-load washers

  1. I’m used to them. I’ve by no means had the rest. And it’s human nature to be drawn to what we’re acquainted with.
  2. In my thoughts, it simply looks like they work higher to get garments clear. I do know that’s in all probability not true, however having a bath that fills with water and has an agitator in it simply is sensible to me. 😀
  3. I all the time marvel in regards to the random eventualities. What if I wish to dye some cloth? Certain, I’ve solely carried out that about 3 times within the final 10 years 😀 , however can that even be carried out in a front-load washer? I don’t see how.

What I like about front-load washers

  1. You may have a countertop over the washer/dryer set, which I believe appears to be like good and clear. And after I’m envisioning what our future laundry room could seem like, I all the time image a countertop over the washer and dryer. That wouldn’t work with a top-loader.
  2. I’m solely 5 toes tall, so getting issues out of the underside of a top-load washer is all the time a problem. A front-loader could be a lot extra handy for me.

So simply evaluating these lists, a front-load washer looks like a greater match for me. However then I’m all the time listening to about the entire additional cleansing that front-loaders require as a way to maintain them from smelling musty. Except that downside with entrance loaders has been fastened over the previous few years, the concept of that doesn’t thrill me within the least.

However I don’t wish to really click on that Purchase Now button till I hear what y’all should say. I really like having the ability to hear your experiences, so let me know what you suppose so far as manufacturers go, but in addition relating to the highest loader vs. entrance loader concern. And what in regards to the musty odor downside that entrance load washers have? Is {that a} factor of the previous? Do they nonetheless require additional cleansing and a spotlight to maintain that odor away?