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Washing machines have become as much about energy and water savings as they are about washing clothes.
In addition to the traditional top loader, there are more economical front loading washers as well as the somewhat temperamental hybrid washer (or cross between the two of a top load with no agitator).
For May, you will receive a $100 allowance when you trade in your old washer for a high efficiency Electrolux, Whirlpool or Maytag washer.
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Pricing updated for May, 2016
The Frigidaire is a good base model with all the basic features, like 7 wash cycles, and user friendly controls at a decent price of $669.
Maytag has a few interesting features such as Pre-soak, Steam and Adaptive Cold Wash Technology, combined with HE Detergent, Maytag cleans the best in cold water. It is large at 4.3 cu. ft. capacity and has a 12-hour tumble cycle, so your clothes won't wrinkle.
Samsung is the largest at 4.5 cubic feet. Steam is great for loosening tough stains as well as wrinkles. Steam by itself can also refresh clothes without a washing cycle. We also wrote a post about steam washers, and Samsung has good technology and controls. (pedestal not included)
Electrolux EFLW417SIW - $599 - $699
Electrolux is our best selling washer and is also the only machine with a second floor guarantee for quietness and less vibration. This series is brand new.
Electrolux EFLW517TT - $899 - $799
The new 517 series is the upgrade with two pumps for a fresh water rinse. This unit also adds steam to loosen dirt and other stains. Electrolux is also the only machine with a second floor guarantee for quietness and less vibration.
Top Front Load Washer & Dryer Laundry Pairs
Most people concentrate on the washer as part of a laundry purchase, yet the dryer is very important.
Most of the front load dryers now have sensor dry, which automatically shut down the heat by sensing moisture in clothes. This will save you money and prevent shrinkage of clothes.
Maytag Top Load Laundry - Electric $769 | Gas $879
Electrolux Front Load Laundry Pair - Electric $1,199 | Gas $1,299
This new Electrolux pair can wash a small load in 40 minutes along with every other major cycle. You can place this on a second floor, because it runs quiet and has second floor guarantee.
Electrolux Front Load Laundry with Steam - Electric $1,399 | Gas $1,499
Electrolux adds the second pump for a fresh water rinse in the washer, so your clothes are naturally cleaner. This pair adds steam in both washer and dryer. Steam in the washer loosens the tough stains in the wash and can be used to de-wrinkle and remove odors in the dryer.
Samsung Front Load Laundry - Electric $1,849 | Gas $1,949
Maytag Front Load Laundry - Electric $1,599 | Gas 1,649
Confused? Don’t be. All the machines have an abundant number of cycles and features. Every unit has 5 speeds and different temperature selections for every fabric type. Back when I started, it was 1 speed and three temperatures.
Samsung is the largest and fastest. Maytag is the best in cold water. I like the Electrolux for second floor installations and their fresh water rinse leaves less detergent in the clothes as well.
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