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Laundry Appliances

Cross the Laundry Off Your To-Do List

Laundry Pile Be Gone! (At Least for Now)

Does your old washing machine and dryer need constant maintenance? It’s time to consider a new washer and dryer set. But if the options for laundry appliances seem overwhelming, here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know.

Washers: Deciding Between Front-Load and Top-Load

Considering going from a top-load washer to a front-load, or vice versa? The type of washer you decide on is essential, so here are the basics:

Top-load washers use central agitators to rotate clothes throughout the cycle, forcing out dirt and grime. The top-load design makes loading your laundry easier on your back; however, these laundry machines use more water than front-loaders and can cause more wear on clothes.

Front-load washers use the combination of an impeller and gravity to tumble clothes through the cycle, which is easier on your fabrics. These use less water, and most are stackable with their compatible dryer.

Regardless of your washer type, your laundry tempature is key to making your clothes last longer. And for washer longevity, watch which items you can and can't put in your machine.

The Lowdown on Dryers

Your dryer choice between gas or electric is pretty straightforward—just check your hookup.

Gas dryers—either with natural gas or liquid propane—need a gas line, an external exhaust vent, and a three-pronged, 110-volt outlet to function. If you’re considering converting over to gas, remember that gas dryers use less energy.

Electric dryers require a three or four-pronged, 240-volt outlet and an external vent to dry your laundry. But if you can’t install a vent, consider ventless dryers like heat pump dryers.

And for delicates and other laundry items that can’t be tumbled dry, consider a drying cabinet.

Washer and Dryer Set Basics

If you’re looking to upgrade both your washer and dryer at the same time, then you need a laundry pair, a stacked laundry center, or a washer-dryer combo.

  • Laundry pairs consist of two machines (a washer and dryer) coordinated in capacity, size, and finish.
  • Stacked laundry units or centers have a compact design with both a washer and dryer in one connected appliance.
  • Washer-dryer combos are just like they sound: these are both a washer and a dryer in one laundry machine.

No matter how you decide to upgrade your laundry room, our large selection of laundry appliances has you covered. Have any questions about washers, dryers, or washer-dryer sets (or just trying to find your motivation to do laundry)? Check out our laundry day dos and don'ts or see our fall laundry tips and summer washing hacks. For other questions or concerns, please gives us a call or stop by our Aberdeen showroom—we’re always happy to hear from you!