An important consideration when buying a washer and dryer is whether to choose a front-loading or top-loading model. Energy efficiency is another consideration, not only for the good of the environment, but for economic purposes as well. The types of items you wash, the amount of clothes you wash and issues such as noise level and space are other necessary aspects to considerations.
It is a good idea to consider the laundering needs of your particular household before buying a washer and dryer. Some newer models have features such as extra insulation and sturdier frames that help reduce noise. If you are short on space, consider buying a combination that is stacked vertically, usually with the drier on top of the washer. Some brands also have front-loading washers that can wash up to 16 pairs of jeans in one load. If your laundry needs require many different settings, consider buying a washer and dryer that has multiple different cycles.
If you are concerned about the environment as well as your energy costs, you should consider buying a washer and dryer that is energy efficient and has an Energy Star sticker. An Energy Star-qualified washer is shown by the United States Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency to use between 35 - 50% less water as well as 50% less energy than a non-Energy Star approved washing machine. Some washer models can do several baskets of laundry in just one load and also have stain penetration systems. Look for a dryer with fast drying times, since less drying time cuts energy costs.
Front-loading washers are more expensive, but offer a larger load capacity and can be stacked. They often spin clothes faster and remove more water, saving time, money and energy. However, the detergent for front-loading washers may be more difficult to find and may also be more expensive. Front-loading dryers may cost up to 40% more than top-loading models, but use less energy. It may take a few years to see the savings in utility bills, but many people today are buying a washer and dryer that will help them save on energy costs.
Top-loading washers often offer more variety in color choice, style and features. The detergent is easy to find and often less expensive than detergent for front-loading models. They are usually less energy efficient than front-loading machines and are not stackable, but these models usually cost less. Whatever choice you make, it is best to make both the washer and drier either front-loading or top-loading ones. Not only will they look neater, they may have similar operating times.