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New Washer and Dryer Features Make Life Easier

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From washboard to washing machine, the way we clean our clothes has changed dramatically over the years. Thankfully, the upgrades available today mean you can wash and dry clothes faster and easier than ever.

New Washer Features

Washers & Dryers

1. Scare away allergies.
Some washers remove almost all household dust mites and pet dander from laundry items.

Features to look for: heater or steam

2. Reduce the noise.
While most new washers boast quiet operation, many also have advanced sound-dampening material to reduce noise.

Features to look for: vibration reduction

3. Wash now, dry later. This recent innovation vents fresh air into the washer, while tumbling clothes intermittently to prevent damp odors, even if they sit in the washer for hours.

Features to look for: night wash, overnight dry, fan fresh

4. Clean clothes fast. Many washer brands offer cycles that let you wash and dry a small load in about a half hour.

Features to look for: quick wash

5. Go full-steam ahead. Advanced steam-cleaning technology is a recent innovation that eliminates the need to pretreat stains. Some washers even release oxygen-based cleaners to brighten clothes without bleach.

Features to look for: steam

6. Wash when you please. Do laundry on your own time with a delayed wash cycle. Wash a load while you’re sleeping or even when you’re away.

Features to look for: delay wash

New Dryer Features

1. Keep the shape. Some dryers automatically turn off to prevent clothes from overdrying and shrinking, extending fabric life.

Features to look for: moisture sensor

2. Wear it again and again. Use steam to refresh an outfit you've worn already, relaxing wrinkles and removing odors so you don't have to rewash it.

Features to look for: steam

3. Make your clothes look newer. Steam features can relax wrinkles from a load left sitting in the dryer overnight.

Features to look for: steam

4. Dry in no time. Some dryers have express cycles that use large blowers for increased airflow so laundry dries faster.

Features to look for: quick dry

5. Analyze your eco-level. Dryers with an eco-monitor on the console display the energy use and efficiency of different dry cycles.

Features to look for: eco-cycle