Washer Buying Guide: Buying a Washing Machine Tips
If you’ve decided that your washer is no longer economical to repair, it may be time to invest in a new one.
But with all the available options, how do you decide which washer to buy? Take a look at our list washer buying tips. These tips are straight from the technicians who repair washers every day!
What to consider when buying a new washer.
Different people have different needs when it comes to laundry appliances. Do you wash clothes often? Are you concerned about water usage? Make sure to keep these important things in mind when buying a washing machine:
- Your Budget (If the new washer you want is too expensive, consider buying used).
- Average Load Size (Big families should look for Large Capacity washers).
- Frequency of Use
- Washer Efficiency
- Stain Removal Capability
Buying a Washing Machine Tips
Top Load Washers
When buying a washing machine, don’t count out top load washers. Some experts believe they actually clean clothes better than front load washers. If budget is your main concern, this may be the best option for you, as they typically cost less than front load models. Top loaders have been around for so many years, that they have come to be very reliable.
Samsung’s 5.0 cubic foot model is a great top load washer. There are many cycle options to choose from and it can hold a large amount of clothing.
If money is your concern, check out the 3.5 cubic foot top load washer from Amana. It is economically priced, yet still delivers.
Top Load Washer Pros:
Top Load Washer Cons:
- Less expensive
- Add clothes mid-cycle
- Larger capacity
- Agitator can tangle clothes
- Hard to reach inside
- Extract less water
- Create more lint
Front Load Washers
When considering buying a washing machine, you definitely need to research front load washers. There are many HE models that can save you money on water, and even cut down on drying time because they remove more water from the clothing than top load models. Many people feel that front load washing machines remove stains better than top load models.
The Kenmore Elite 41072 front load washing machine is great for large families. It has a capacity of 5.2 cubic feet.
Whirlpool makes a very affordable 4.5 cubic foot front load washer that you can find for under $1000.
Front Load Washer Pros:
Front Load Washer Cons:
- Energy & water efficient
- Optimal stain removal
- Gentle on clothes
- Top storage availability
- More expensive
- Longer cycle time
- Smaller capacity
- Can’t add clothes mid-cycle
Extra Rinse Cycle
If you decide to buy a front load washer, you may want to make sure that it has an option for an extra rinse cycle. Front load washers typically use less water than top load washers, so a little extra rinse can be beneficial. This is especially true if you are sensitive to laundry detergents. Running a second rinse cycle can also help remove more pet hair from your clothes.
The Maytag MHW8100DC is a large capacity front load washer with the option for an extra rinse cycle.
Stainless Steel Tub
Another one of our best tips for buying a washing machine is to look into those with stainless steel tubs. This style of tub can spin much faster, which in turn removes more water from your laundry. This also cuts down the drying time. Washers with stainless steel tubs look pretty sharp too!
Samsung’s WA52J8700AP with stainless steel tub is a very popular top load washer.
This is actually of the best features of newer washing machines. Automatic dispensers release laundry detergent, fabric softener, or bleach at the optimal time for your selected cycle or fabric type. What’s even better is that some models can hold multiple loads worth of detergent, so you don’t have to measure it out every time.
Whirlpool’s 4.2 cubic foot front load washer has a great Load & Go System.
If you need more tips for buying a washing machine, call or visit us at Caesar’s Appliance Service. We’re happy to help you determine the best washer for your specific needs.