4 things to “cycle” through when considering washing machines

Washing machines have come a long way from the old washboard by the river days. Before you get too overwhelmed with what is out there, here are 4 things to consider when shopping for your next washing machine:

Size matters – today’s washing machines have gotten bigger, which means that you wash more than ever to help you reduce the number of loads you have to wash. Make sure you know the size of your current machine and what you hope to replace it with so there are no fit issues. Another tip? Put your arms in! Not too wash but to see if you can reach the back or bottom…without falling in! Seriously!

Tips for buying washing machines

Efficiency saves money, but not necessarily time – many of today’s washing machines boast better water performance but often times that translates into more extensive wash cycle times, ranging anywhere from 1 to almost 2 hours! A “quick” cycle is found on many machines but…you guessed it, it is a more costly and energy-using option. Make sure you understand the wash cycles available on any machine you are considering.

Evaluate all the features – front load or top load, agitator or agitator-less, stainless or plastic tub, automatic time remaining, and more. And like all kitchen appliances the more features you want, the more you will end up paying.

You don’t have to buy a new dryer just because you are buying a new washing machine – as long as your dryer still performs, don’t just rush to replace. A chance to go a little greener often outweighs a mismatched pair of appliances, besides who ever goes in your laundry room anyway? Drying technology has not evolved in the same way as washing technology has, so there is a good chance the dryer you are currently using is still up for getting the job done.

Today’s washing machines offer more than ever before. Cycle through all of the options to determine what matters most to you before deciding on the right washing machine for you.

By Jim Grace

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