If it has been more than five years since you purchased your last washer and dryer set, there are few things you should know before shopping for a new one. There have been changes in technologies over the past five years that have been incorporated into laundry appliances. These new features make doing laundry easier and help save energy.
Improved Energy Efficiency: New washers are more efficient than machines that are five or ten years old. They use less water, detergent, bleach, and fabric softener. The machines have been improved, with a wide array of wash cycles to get clothes cleaner. In addition, they are better are extracting water during the spin cycles, too, so drying times are reduced, cutting your electricity costs. The only noticeable drawback is increased wash times.
Ventless Dryers: While there are not HE (High Efficiency) dryers available right now, they are currently in development, with some manufacturers expected to release models later this year. A viable alternative to waiting for HE dryer models is to look at ventless dryers. Ventless dryers eliminate the need for a dryer vent and use water condensation removal technologies to dry clothes. Ventless dryers are more energy efficient than conventional vented dryers. Even though drying cycles are longer, they still use less electricity than vented dryers.
Bigger Washers: Some washer models have gotten bigger and have increased capacities. The main benefit is doing fewer loads of laundry. Keep in mind, you still need to match the washer’s capacity to the dryer’s. It makes no sense to purchase an extra-large capacity washer if the dryer is not at least that same capacity. Otherwise, you will not be able to dry the entire load, and you will need to run multiple dry cycles.
Combination Washers and Dryers: If space is a problem in your home, some manufacturers, like LG, offer combination washer and dryer models. These machines allow you to wash and dry a load of clothes in the same machine. Instead of needing space for two standalone appliances, you only require room for one. However, since both washing and drying cycles are completed in the same machine, doing a single load of laundry can take several hours.
Stackable and Compact Washers and Dryers: In the past, stacked washers and dryers meant space savings, but required purchasing an all-in-one appliance. That is no longer the case, and there are standalone compact washers and dryers with options for stacking them. There are even compact ventless dryers to choose from, in cases where access to a dryer vent is not possible.
With all the recent changes in washers and dryers, you have a wide range of options, models, and styles to shop among. One suggestion is to check out reviews of those models you like the best, such as stackable washer dryer reviews, if you are considering standalone stacked appliances. For further assistance selecting a new washer and dryer for your home, contact LG Washer Dryer FJS Distributors today at 800-875-1533.