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Finding the perfect washer and dryer for your home shouldn’t be a guessing game. Here are a few things to consider before you shop.
1. Think about your laundry habits. Do you add items after the wash cycle starts? Do you leave for a few hours clothes after the cycle ends? Today’s machines offer features that cater to your unique needs.
2. Consider your cleaning challenges. Clothing that requires special care calls for a Delicates Cycle; stains and allergens demand steam. It’s important to find a machine that answers the challenges you face over and over again.
3. Go for efficiency. Most washers and dryers on the market today are already ENERGY STAR® qualified, but it pays to check the washer's performance according to the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE). The CEE denotes tiers based on a machine's Modified Energy Factor and Water Factor. The more efficient the unit and the less water it uses, the higher its tier.
4. Sound dampening. A quiet machine is essential if it’s near a living or sleeping area. Check the machine for vibration reduction and look for added insulation an improved suspension for less noise.
5. Consider capacity. If you wash large or bulky items, consider a large-capacity washer. Despite their large size, these units can be as energy-efficient as smaller models and offer the same features and wash cycles as conventional models.
1. Check your dryer hookup. Your washer and dryer hookup dictates what type of dryer you need so check it first. To change your dryer's fuel source, seek the help of a professional contractor.
2. Rate your space. When space is at a premium, consider going vertical by stacking a front-load washer and dryer. If your space is flexible, front-loaders, front-loaders on pedestals or top-loaders are all smart options. Pay close attention to the depth and width of your laundry space. Front-loading machines are generally deeper, and top-loading machines are generally wider.
3. Set criteria for your settings. Dryers certified by the National Sanitary Foundation (NSF) use high heat or steam to provide allergy relief. You can also use steam to refresh outfits by relaxing wrinkles and removing odors. Some dryers have express cycles with increased airflow for faster drying, while others dry wool items without shrinking.
4. Keep track of your energy usage. Some dryers have sensors to measure laundry dampness and dryness. This helps save energy since the dryer doesn't run as long. Dryers with ecomonitors on the console display energy usage and cycle efficiency.
5. Go for a matching set. Your washer and dryer are engineered to work together. If a washer has a higher spin speed, it means less drying time. Your matching dryer has special cycles and sensors to keep clothes from being overdried, making them last longer.
6. Check your delivery options. If the washer and dryer set you want is available at your local Lowe's store, you can have it delivered via Lowe's Home Delivery. Lowe's Home Delivery rates vary depending on distance from the store, not by delivery weight.
1. Steam cycles work to reduce household dust mites and pet dander from laundry items. Steam cleaning also tackles tough stains.
2. Cycles marked Night Wash, Overnight Dry or Fan Fresh lets you wash now and dry later. The machine vents fresh air and tumbles intermittently to prevent odors.
3. Delay wash lets you program your washer to run overnight or when you’re not home.
1. Moisture sensors in the dryer automatically stop the cycle to prevent over-drying and shrinking.
2. Steam refresh relaxes wrinkles and removes odors between washes.
3. Express dry cycles use large blowers for increased airflow so laundry dries faster.