If you've just moved into a new house you found among Wichita homes for sale, you may be in need of a new washer and dryer. When browsing potential appliances, it's essential to look for options that fit your preferences to ensure they're a good fit for your household. Here are some tips from our agents on selecting a washer and dryer right for you.
- Measure the Space Where the Appliances Will Go
Before you start shopping, you need to know how much space you have for your washer and dryer. There are different-sized options for your appliances, but you have to make sure you have space for your preferred capacity.
When measuring your space, measure the height, width, and depth. You'll want to leave two to three inches between the appliances if they're situated beside one another. Behind your appliances, you'll need an extra six inches to make sure you have space for your washer and dryer hookups and the dryer vent.
- Decide What Features Your Family Needs
Take a moment to think about your household's lifestyle to determine if there are any features that your family strongly prefers to have. For example, you might prefer a delay start option, so your appliances run when it's convenient for your schedule.
Or, you may want a dryer with a steam dry mode that gets most of the wrinkles out of your clothing. If you have a large family or like to wash your bedding at home, you'll likely want appliances with larger capacities to accommodate these needs.
- Determine If You Want a Front or Top-Loading Washer
There's a heated debate as to whether a front or top-loading washer is the best option. Proponents of front-loading washers like that they're water and energy-efficient. They also claim that they clean better. Critics of front-loading washers often feel like the seal on many front-loaders is prone to developing mold and mildew, making it difficult to get your clothes clean.
Fans of top-loading washers think they're ideal for pre-soaking or pre-treating items before starting the wash cycle. They're also usually cheaper than front-loading washers. However, top-loaders aren't as energy-efficient, and if they have an agitator, this can be rough on your clothing.
- Pick Between Electric and Gas-Powered Dryers
If you have the option to choose an electric or gas-powered dryer, it's important to understand the benefits of each alternative. Electric dryers are usually cheaper but require more energy than gas-powered dryers.
Gas dryers are more expensive initially but use less energy to dry a load of clothing. They also tend to dry clothing faster. You'll also need to make sure there's a gas connection in your laundry area.
- Set Your Budget
Decide how much you want to spend on your new washer and dryer. Washers usually cost between $300 and $1,000 (though some fancy models can cost up to $2,000), while dryers run between $400 and $1,000. Expensive doesn't always mean better, but you want to budget enough to get units that work for your household.
Usually, you can save money by purchasing a washer and dryer as a set.
Knowing what you value in a washer and dryer will assist you with selecting the best appliances for your specific needs. Want a home with more space to do laundry or house your clothing? Contact us today to start your search!