Washers & Dryers
Washers and DryersThough not the most glamorous appliances, washers & dryers are arguably the most essential. Try hand washing your clothes or dragging bags to the laundromat every week and you’ll see! But don't make a major purchase without first researching your options and then speaking to a qualified professional. When you’re in the market for a new washer and dryer, it’s important to select the ones that meet your specific needs and space requirements.
MeasuringRemember, remember, you must always measure! Measure the entire area where your washer and dryer will be placed, including the height of the room. By having these measurements beforehand, you can determine rather quickly which sets will (or single units) will fit and which will not. You’ll know if you can fit a stacked set or pedestals. You’ll know if front loaders, with their open doors, will leave enough clearance.
Some units come “pre-stacked” or you can purchase typical side-by-sides with a stack conversion kit. Stacking units is a great way to save space, but it can be difficult to reach the controls on the top unit.
Most washer and dryer sets in homes today are side-by-side. They can be placed on pedestals to create additional storage. This extra height can also eliminate or reduce the pain that comes from bending over to get the laundry in front-loaders without pedestals.
NeedsToday’s washers and dryers come with an abundance of cycles, speeds, and other special features. Below are some common extras to consider for your set:
Many dryers determine the moisture level in the load of laundry and automatically turn off when the clothes are dry. What does this mean for you? A more precise dry and a lower utility bill.
This feature automatically measures the amount of water required for the load size, taking out the guesswork.
Washers and dryers both have steam features. In washers, steam can penetrate difficult-to-remove stains and can help with allergies. In a typical washer, water heats to 130 degrees Fahrenheit. With steam, water heats to 212 degrees Fahrenheit, killing dust mites and other common allergens.
In a dryer, steam acts as a wrinkle-reducer. This feature is a must-have for people who hate ironing!
Other great features
An extra rinse cycle (good for sensitive skin) Custom programming Automatic detergent dispensers
Another need to consider is capacity. If you have a large family and are constantly doing laundry, consider a larger washer and dryer set. Remember, the larger the capacity, the less loads you’ll have to do. This can mean energy savings!
Keidel offers washers and dryers from the following manufacturers:
- General Electric