First of all, are choose and chose hard words for anyone else? I actually just had to google to figure out which one was the past tense. Anyhow, when we moved in to our new house, we had to buy a washer and dryer right away. I wrote this pros and cons post while trying to decide on a front loader or top loader washer a few months ago. And well, I just realized I never spilled the beans about what we decided to do about that whole debacle. So, without further ado, we got a front loader! There were 2 main reasons we chose a front loader: 1) We found an awesome open box deal at Best Buy 2) We want to stack ’em up. You can’t stack a top loader for obvious reasons. Here’s the open box deal we scored:
If you notice, the washer and dryer are different brands, but they happen to be very similar dark grey graphite color. So, the washer is an LG and the dryer is a Samsung. Some people would probably hate that, but I’ll take an awesome deal over matchy matchy any day! And reason #2 for buying a front loader is that we want to stack ’em up. Our washer/ dryer connections are in our garage, and there is a perfect place for stacking. See how nice it would be to have them right on top of each other in this little nook:
Currently, the dryer is about 3 steps away on the other side of that open door in the pic above. Kind of annoying to drag and drop clean wash on the crusty garage floor when switching from washer to dryer, but that is how it is for now. Stacking is proving to be a little trickier than we first thought since it involves moving the air vent and gas connections to the other side of the door. (We have a gas dryer.) And we have a stone house, so that means you have to cut through stone. Yikesy mama. Back to the front loader, after 4 + months, I really like it! If I had any complaints it would be that the regular cycle takes too long. But, I guess it does it get my clothes super clean, so I can’t really complain.
I also love the hand wash/wool cycle on the washer. So far, it’s allowed me to skip a trip to the dry cleaner. Although, that makes me have to iron more and I’m not a fan of ironing.
As for the dryer, probably my favorite feature is that it does not have a set amount of time to dry, the dryer determines dry time based on load size and weight. Oh and it also sings a little tune to you when it’s done. I like that. To be honest, I have not tried all of the fancy setting like sanitize or wool. I’m in Texas after all, no wool for me right now.
Our open box deal cost $1,439 for both the washer and the dryer. That’s a savings of $1,530 of f of the original sticker prices! Pretty fancy, huh? See:
There you have it, our oh so exciting washer and dryer debacle is solves! Oh one last thing, we had issues with the install of our washer so this is just a word to the wise. If your washer is installed and then you go to use it and it jumps around and turns in circles that means they installation dudes left your transit bolts on your machine. That’s bad. Call and have them come remove the bolts ASAP and your washer will be fine. Or remove them yourself, Andy removed our bolts. Don’t use your washer until they are removed, it will mess up your floor! Transit bolts or shipping bolts are installed to keep the tub from moving around during shipping, but they need to be removed before use. Here’s the washer position after a cycle of jumping and spinning:
Anyone else just bought a washer and dryer? Are you a front loader or a top loader kinda gal? Here’s the pros and cons of top loaders and front loaders, in case you’re in the market. Did you have installation issues? Are you washer and dryer stacked? Have you ever had to cut a new dryer vent hole? Through stone? I’d love to hear… really! Any suggestions or blog posts would be much appreciated!