This new house thing is like the book You Give a Mouse a Cookie. We got a house, but who knew you needed all of this other stuff. Rakes, shovels, lawn mowers, hedge trimmers… no one told me we had to buy all that junk! Another thing we had to have was a washer and dryer. No more sharing a washer and dryer with 2 whole floors of our building, like we did in Florida! So, Andy and I took a little trip to Home Depot to look at washers and dryers and quickly discovered that not all washers and dryers are made the same. Uh oh. What to do now? How about post on C.R.A.F.T. Facebook to see what everyone has to say about the big dilemma oh and of course, ask my mama! Top loader, front loader, steam options, heck on our first trip to look at washers and dryers we didn’t even know if we had gas or electric hook ups in our house.
If you’re in the market for a new washer and dryer, this post is for you!
Pros and cons of a front loader:
- Smell and mold issues from the door seal (newer models offer 2 closing devices, one for when the machine is in use and one for when it is not in use)
- Steam options can eliminate dry cleaning costs
- Typically requires less water to wash clothes since the drum does not have to filled and re filled. Lots of resources claim front loaders use a third less water per cycle.
- Typically larger drums
- Has the ability to be stacked with dryer (I like this!)
- Must use HE detergent
- You can’t do a last minute lid open to throw in the kitchen dish towels (Boo!)
- Doesn’t get out of balance, like a top loader occasionally does
- Have to bend over to put clothes inside
- Typically have longer wash cycles between 60- 90 minutes (not a fan of this!)
- No agitator, use gravity to was clothes
- Removes more water in the final spin cycle, requiring less drying time and saving bacon!
Pros and cons of a top loader:
- No need to clean seals (I mean who wants to wash your washer!)
- Proven to be rougher on clothes (assuming there is an agitator)
- Typically a little cheaper than front loaders
- If you have knee or back problems, top loader is better. But, you’re still going to have to bend over for the dryer!
- Can not stack (unless you buy the small, space saver stacking machines).
- You can soak things in a top loader
- Typically have shorter cycles between 30-50 minutes
- Use more water and energy
- Typically, you do not have to use HE detergent
As far as dryers go, we just went with a good deal, ha! The two things we did consider were electric vs. gas and a sensor drying option. We had the option to use either gas or electric with our current set up. After we started looking, we found out that Austin is giving a $225 mail in rebate on gas dryers. Sold! We choose a gas dryer. And gas is more efficient than electric, saving money. Another thing we wanted was sensor drying.
So, there you have it… all of our considerations when trying to decide between the top loader or front loader washing machine dilemma and our 2 simple considerations for dryer buying! What do you prefer: Top loader or front loader? Do you always buy matching machines? I’ll tell you what we ended up with and what we think of it real soon! Oh and if you want more info, here are 30+ opinions of washer/ dryer brands and preferences!