Washer & Dryer Details And Reviews

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What follows are the notes from my reviews of various washers and dryers

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Random Notes About Today’s Washers & Dryers

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3.5 cu ft is the smallest capacity for washers these days; 4.0 cu ft is the largest available.

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7.3 cu ft is the largest capacity for dryers; most are 7.0 cu ft.

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Front-loaders in general only use 15-20 gallons of water, compared to 40 gallons in top loaders.

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Front-load washing machines have an internal heater to heat the water up, rather than utilizing your home’s hot water heater.

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If you wish, you can purchase separate “platforms” to raise your front-loading washer & dryer 12 inches off the ground. The platforms cost about $200 per appliance.

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Adora the brand is made by GE for Home Depot. It’s similar to the GE Profile line.

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LG washers & dryers need to be perfectly level to work effectively and stay in balance — no exceptions. That’s why they’re not a wise purchase for 2nd floor laundry rooms. LG washers and dryers are made in Korea; they’re most popular in Europe.

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Maytag and GE/Adora are of similar quality. Both have a great suspension system that keeps them level, so they’re okay to use on the 2nd floor.

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Maytag washers are made in Germany. Maytag dryers are made in Michigan. Whirlpool recently bought Maytag.

The Washers & Dryers I Looked At:

Bosch Nexxt Premium 3.81 cu ft Washer & 6.7 cu ft Dryer
36.9″H x 31.6″ D x 27″W
$1,166 $846 (Lowe’s)

GE 3.8 cu ft Washer & 7.0 cu ft Dryer
41-1/2″H x 31-1/4″D x 27″W
$998 $848 (Lowe’s)
$999 $899 (Home Depot’s Adora brand)

GE 3.7 cu ft Washer & 7.0 cu ft Dryer
41-1/2″H x 31-1/8″D x 27″W
$798 $748 (Lowe’s)

LG 4.0 cu ft XL Washer & 7.3 cu ft XL Dryer
39″H x 29-15/16″D x 27″W
$999 $949 (Home Depot)

LG 4.0 cu ft XL Steamwasher & 7.3 cu ft XL Steamdryer
38-11/17″H x 29-3/4″D x 27″W
$1,499 $1,099 (Home Depot)

LG 3.83 cu ft XL Washer & 7.3 cu ft XL Dryer
39″H x 29-3/4″D x 27″W

$899 $849 (Home Depot)

LG 3.5 cu ft Washer & 7.0 cu ft Dryer
39″H x 30-1/2″D x 27″W
$759 $649 (Home Depot)

Maytag Epic 4.0 cu ft Washer & 7.0 cu ft Dryer
38″H x 31-1/2″D x 27″W
$799 $799 (Home Depot)
$998 $898 (Lowe’s)

Samsung 3.8 cu ft Washer & 7.3 cu ft Dryer
38″H x 31″D x 27″W
$1,398 $1,048 gas (Lowe’s)
$1,398 $998 electric (Lowe’s)

Whirlpool Duet 4.0 cu ft Washer & 7.0 cu ft Dryer
38″H x 31-1/2″D x 27″W
$998 898 (Lowe’s)

Some Of My Notes:

  • Maytag’s 4.0 washer & 7.0 dryer are my first choice (also the manager at Home Depot’s first choice — over Bosche and GE/Adora).
  • GE’s front-loading washers & dryers have a lip on top (in the front) that takes up 1-2 inches of space, which would prevent you from putting a countertop directly over the appliances.
  • GE had the most solid closing doors, of all the brands I looked at.
  • Bosch’s controls are also on the top, but they’re flat (digital) controls. Their washer & dryer felt more like plastic than others.
  • Of all the LG products I reviewed (refrigerators, stovetops, microwave ovens, washers and dryers), their washers & dryers seemed the highest quality. I would seriously consider buying their washers and dryers, but I just like the Maytag better overall.
  • Whirlpool had very solid closing doors (a good thing), and the sturdiest container for adding detergent.

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