Beginner’s Guide to Buying a New Washer and Dryer

Beginner’s Guide to Buying a New Washer and Dryer

According to Consumer Reports, 20 percent of washing machines and 16 percent of dryers stopped working within a decade. Whether you’re replacing an old washer and dryer, or in the market for your first one, there are some things you should consider before shopping.

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Front or Top Load

Front-load washers and dryers load from the front while top-loaders, load from the top. There are some differences between them, aside from how the laundry is loaded, which you should consider if your laundry space is limited. Is there room for the doors to open in the front? If not, you might consider a top-loading machine.

Energy Star reports that front load washers can clean clothes with 45 percent less energy and 50 percent less water.


The way your new washer and dryer is configured will depend on your space and preferences. There are different arrangements to consider.


This is the most popular configuration and works with almost any type of washer and dryer.

Side-by-side with pedestals

These types of setups provide extra storage with a pedestal, if you need more space in your laundry area. They do elevate the machines, so it’s important to gauge whether they’re ideal for the space you have. These are usually on front-loading machines.


Stacked machines have the washing machine and dryer stacked on top of each other. These are ideal for spaces with limited room – such as a closet space – and are front-loaders.


All-in-one machines wash and dry the laundry in a single unit. They often use smart technology, and some models use the power of steam to remove over 95 percent of pet dander and dust mites. Another benefit to these machines is they don’t use traditional hot and cold water washing machine connections, and they most often operate on a standard 110-volt outlet.


Obviously, you want your new washer and dryer to fit in the space you have available. It’s important to measure the height, width, and depth of your laundry space and allow for extra space – at least three to six inches – to accommodate your dryer vent, cords, hoses, and airflow.

When it comes to size, you must also consider inside space: How much capacity do you need in each unit?  Washer capacities range from 2.0 cubic feet for smaller loads and 6.0 cubic feet for extra-large ones. You should also make sure your washer and dryer capacities are the right pairing.

Agitators Vs. Impellers

If you opt for a top-loading machine, you’ll need to decide if you want an agitator or impeller-type washer. Agitators are arms that stand up in the center of the tub and spin around, rubbing the load of laundry together.

Impellers are flat discs at the bottom of the washing machine that spins at the bottom of the machine, gently rubbing items together. Impeller machines generally use less water and are better for washing larger, bulky items.

Washer/Dryer Features

Today’s modern washers and dryers come with dozens of features that make laundry much easier than the past. From smart technology to wrinkle controls, there are a lot to choose from.


When buying a new washer and dryer, take time to shop around and see the many different makes and models available. A qualified appliance professional can work with you to help you get exactly the size, type, and features you want in a new washer and dryer.