Washer and Dryer Buying Guide for Black Friday 2009

Introduction

Chances are it has been a while since you last purchased a washing machine or dyer. With technology changing faster than ever, looking for a new washer/dryer can seem like a daunting task. However, the latest features offered by the newest machines can save you time, money, and household energy.

This buying guide will ease you into understanding the basics in the latest technology, with looking into some of the best deals offered this Black Friday. While these deals might not boast every major feature, you can choose the features that are most important to you and your family's laundry. With a range of options for every budget, you'll surely make the smartest purchase for the right machine that will last you for a long time. First, we'll go over dryers then washing machines in this guide.

Dryers
If you're in the market for only a dryer, things are considerably less complicated than washing machines. There are many deals this Black Friday on washer/dryer sets. However, if you just need a replacement for an old dryer that has stopped working, there are two different kinds of dryers you can choose between.

Gas
Gas dryers require a gas hookup, but they are considered more energy efficient and have faster drying times compared to electric dryers. By purchasing a gas dryer, you might have to initially pay more but down the line, you will save money on your bills due to the energy efficiency. However, gas dryers are sometimes unattractive to customers due to the fact that they require a gas hookup.

Electric
On the other hand, electric dryers are initially cheaper and require a 240-volt power hookup instead of gas. While not as fast drying or efficient as their gas counterparts, electric dryers are attractive to buyers because most compact and slim models are exclusively electric. If you're looking for a dryer that will save space, chances are your options will be limited to electric dryers.

Washing Machines
While the market used to be dominated by the familiar top loading washing machine, front loading washers are becoming more and more popular. Let's take a look at the pros and cons of each.

Top Loading
Top loading washing machines refer to where the clothes are added. The familiar picture of the washing machine is top loading, where you lift a lid to insert the clothes. If you're budget-conscience, the tried-and-true top loaders are less expensive and offer faster washing cycles on average. Top loading washing machines are easier to load from a normal standing position, so you have to less effort bending over to put more loads in, especially in mid-cycle. However, the top loaders usually use greater amounts of water and energy consumed per load. Top loading machines also consist of an agitator, a spinning cylinder that moves the clothes around. While this is desirable to some consumers, it does take away from the load capacity amount. A top loading machine is favorable if you don't have a lot of money and don't necessarily use large loads.

Front Loading
The new face of washing machines is front-loading, that have a door on the front where the clothes are inserted. The front loading machines are typically more expensive and offer a better aesthetic when paired with a front loading dryer. If you lack space, many front loading machines can be stacked on top of dryers. Brands like Samsung and LG offer anti-vibration technologies that help stabilize and reduce the amount of noise and shake when in use. Front loading machines typically don't have an agitator, which means they are gentler on clothes and offer a great load capacity. Front loading machines are considered a better investment down the line because they use less water, energy, and detergent than the traditional top loading machine. If you have more freedom in your budget and enjoy more added features, front loading machines are a popular choice.

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November 24, 2009

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