One of the major appliances in many modern homes is a clothes washer. It takes up significant space and energy. Cleaning clothes is a major household activity.
Some things to consider when buying a clothes washer:
- size and shape (will it fit in the place you have for laundry?)
- energy efficiency
- cost (but also consider the later electric or gas and water bills -- total cost of ownership)
- repair servicing (including a possible extended warranty)
- top loading versus front loading
- Front loading appliances can be stacked. The dryer goes on top. The washer is much heavier when holding water. Front loading also use much less water and detergent.
Separate clothes by the care they need and by darks (or colors that may "bleed" onto other items), lights and optionally whites (or items that need to be bleached). Consider which items create lint (often sweaters, new towels) and which attract lint.
Read the manual for the correct clothing cycles. High efficiency washers need different and less detergent. Hoses may need replacing after about 5 years.
- Washing Machines Reviews on Consumer Search
- Washers & dryers on Consumer Reports - June 2007
- washing machines on epinions.com (considered by some a bit commercial)
- How to Use a Washing Machine on wikiHow
- How to Wash Your Clothes on wikiHow (Some of the information is situation specific, and may not apply to everyone.)
- For Cleaner Clothes, Break These 7 Bad Habits by Keith Barry on WasherDryerInfo.com