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How to Buy a Front Load Washer (Reviews/ Ratings/Prices)

by Steve Sheinkopf

The most popular washer when I started in 1986 was a one speed Maytag called “FabricMatic." It could wash delicate clothing through a special soak cycle. There wasn’t even a bleach dispenser.

Thirty-one years later, the average machine has twice the capacity along with every cycle imaginable for every kind of fabric. There are even a few models with two washers in one machine!

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Topics: Whirlpool, Washers, Dryers, Electrolux, Maytag, Extended Warranties, Laundry, LG Electronics

Unitized vs. Two Piece Stack Washer & Dryer Laundry (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

by Jonathan Beresford

If you live in a smaller space (condo, townhome, etc) and have the opportunity for in-unit laundry, chances are you were faced with the decision of buying unitized or stackable laundry machines.

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Topics: Washers, Dryers, Laundry

Is a Steam Dryer Worth it? (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

by Francesco Froio

Steam is a feature of many higher end dryers these days.

Dryers with steam seem to be an option in almost every dryer brand for a premium.

The two most common questions are what does the steam do, and is it worth the extra cost?

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Topics: Whirlpool, Frigidaire, Dryers, Electrolux

Best New Appliances for 2015 - 2016 (Reviews/Ratings)

by Steve Sheinkopf

Twice a year, appliance manufacturers have new product shows for independent dealers. Yes, of course, they want me to buy as well, but I like the newest, innovative products as long as they make sense to you. Gadgets without reason are not appealing to either of us.

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Topics: Jenn-Air, Friedrich, New Products, Dryers, Samsung, LG Electronics, Air Conditioners

Yale Service Tip: Why Your Dryer Takes Too Long To Dry

by Steve Sheinkopf

We will perform well over 30,000 service calls this year. One of the more common yet avoidable complaints is dryers taking too long to dry.

Let's look at an example of a service call.

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Topics: Dryers, Appliance Service, Appliance Repair

What Are The Benefits Of Gas vs Electric Dryers (Reviews)

by Brett Lucero

So you need a new dryer and you have the option to do either gas or electric. Is there a benefit to going one way versus the other? This isn’t a common problem. If you’re building a house or just happen to have both hookups in your house, which way do you go?

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Topics: Dryers

How To Prevent a Clothes Dryer Fire

by Steve Sheinkopf

Over 15,000 homes will have a dryer fire this year. As shocking as this seems, incidents are down almost 50% from the 1970s. Recently, Farmers Insurance ran a comical spot with a blow torch and a giant ball of lint to show how fires are started.

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Topics: Dryers, Laundry

The Best April Front Load Laundry

by Steve Sheinkopf

We have been blogging about front load washers since 2007. Front loaders are a different technology than top loaders. Top loaders use 40 gallons of water and an agitator to cycle the clothes. Front loaders do not have an agitator and the clothes spin back and forth, so the clothes wash themselves by rubbing (need a better word) against each other.

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Topics: Whirlpool, Frigidaire, Washers, Dryers, Electrolux

Whirlpool Duet vs Maytag Maxima Front Load Laundry(Ratings/Reviews)

by Steve Sheinkopf

Maytag and Whirlpool are two marquee names in the laundry business, have a look:

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Topics: Whirlpool, Front Load Washers, Washers, Dryers, Maytag

The Best Washers for the MA Tax Holiday

by Steve Sheinkopf

Following are the most heavily rebated washers and laundry pairs for the tax holiday. Also, take a look at our article about the 2011 MA Tax Holiday.

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Topics: Bosch, Whirlpool, Frigidaire, Washers, Dryers, Electrolux

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