The Top Questions To Ask Before Buying A Washing Machine

Are you in the market for a new washing machine? Whether this is your first washer or you need to replace your existing appliance, take a look at the questions to ask before you buy.

What Size Do You Need?

The larger the washer's capacity, the more (or heavier) clothes it can hold. Reasons to choose a large-capacity washer include the following:

  1. Multiple family members. Do you have two or more children or parents/grandparents who live with you? The more family members you have, the more laundry you'll do—and the larger machine you'll need.
  2. Heavy clothing. If you regularly wear heavy denim or another similar material, you may need a larger-capacity washer to handle the weight.
  3. Lots of loads. Are you constantly washing clothes? If you wash load after load, a larger-capacity appliance allows you to combine your clothes. This saves time, water, and energy.

Along with the drum capacity of the washer, you also need to consider the outer size—especially if you have a small or awkwardly shaped space for the appliance.

Do You Want a Top- or Front-Load Machine?

If you're not sure whether you want or need a top- or front-loading machine, consider the following:

  1. Aesthetic preference. Some homeowners prefer the clean look of the plain-front top-loading machine, while others like the style of a front-loading appliance.
  2. Ease of use. A top-loading machine is easier to load. You won't have to bend or squat down to put your dirty clothes inside.
  3. Ability to watch the wash. Do you want to watch your clothes as you wash them? A front-loading washer with a window door provides easy viewing.

Now that you've made a size decision and know whether you want a top loader or front loader, it's time to move on to efficiency and energy ratings. Read on for more information on high-efficiency washers.

Do You Want a High-Efficiency Washing Machine?

What's a high-efficiency washer and why should you consider this appliance option? Reasons to choose a high-efficiency machine include the following:

  1. Less water use. Along with energy, you'll also save water every time you wash your clothes.
  2. Shorter dry times. The high-efficiency washer's higher spin cycle equals less post-wash dry time.

From size and door placement to the appliance's efficiency, you have plenty of choices. If you're still not sure which option is right for you, explore the alternatives until you find the just-right washer for your needs.

To learn more, contact a company like Albert Lee Appliance.