Disclaimer – This post is sponsored by Maytag®. All opinions are 100% my own.
Have you ever been shopping for a laundry set and feel like throwing in the towel? Yeah. Been there. Done that. Everything starts blending together…. it feels a little bit like you are on a spin cycle. They may start to all look the same, but I can assure you they’re not so don’t feel steamed! I would never leave you guys high and dry. I have loads of tips on what to look for when shopping for a laundry set and how we picked out our new Maytag washer and dryer .
We recently got a new Maytag front loading washer and dryer and gave our laundry room a mini makeover to show them off. These appliances were the star of the makeover and we LOVE them. They have so many great features and were the perfect fit for our family. Below are all the things we personally look for when it comes to buying the best appliances for our family.
Reading reviews is the number one recommendation that I have for buying a washer and dryer. Don’t just look at the rating score. I have found that the number of stars can be deceiving as some folks with legitimate concerns still give it a high rating and some people give it a low rating for reasons that wouldn’t be a deal breaker to me. I have seen a 1 star review because the person didn’t like how their plumber installed their washer. The plumber’s performance has no reflection on the quality of the appliance! So instead of just looking at the scores – read all the reviews you can. When we looked at our new washer and dryer, we noticed how Maytag responded to reviews and how they were very proactive about making sure people were happy with their appliances.
GO FOR HIGH EFFICIENCY
Buying a washer and dryer comes with an initial cost. That is the purchase price. But then there is a long-term cost – the amount you pay over the life of the appliances to run it. We all must think about that additional price. Considering that the average life of a washer and dryer is 10 years, even pennies difference per load will add up. That is why highest efficiency appliances make a huge difference. Here is a great website I use to compare the cost of running loads in different types of washers. Pay attention to the yellow energy guide that is listed on the models to see exactly how efficiently they perform. Speaking about great efficiencies, one of our favorite features on our new set is the Optimal Dose Dispenser. It automatically dispenses the right amount of detergent for every load so that I can be more efficient and not waste any extra product.
SPEND EXTRA FOR EXTRAS
Cycle features are also an import part of buying a washer and dryer. I love the features on our new set. I think I use one of their special features at least once a week! I especially love the PowerWash® Cycle – it allows me to get those little boy messes out with one cycle instead of three! Lastly, consider if the appliances are stackable. A second laundry area could be carved out of a closet if the appliances are stackable. These features make a huge difference in making your life easier and add more value to the washer and dryer. I personally would spend a little more for these key features.
COLOR & FINISH MATTER
After considering the functional part of the washer and dryer, I always want to consider the look of it too! Also make sure to think about how the appliance would look in your space. A white finish would open things up and make a small laundry area feel more spacious. A more metallic color is very upscale – it looks high end and makes a room feel modern and clean. A darker finish would be masculine and refined. A space that looks good also feels good….and everybody needs to be feeling good when they are laundering dirty underwear. Ha!
CONSIDER CUSTOMER SERVICE & WARRANTIES
When choosing a brand for a washer and dryer, it is very important to consider the customer service and warranties available on the appliances. Nothing is more frustrating than spending money on new appliances and not being able to get a simple question answered! Trust me. Been there, done that. It is very important to have a very long warranty on parts and read about customer service. We chose Maytag because their reputation preceded them when it came to hardworking, dependable washers and dryers and when we checked out their reviews, their customer service appeared interactive and helpful.
After narrowing down your top choices, obviously price is the next big decision for finding the best fit washer and dryer. You could do it the other way around… picking the ones that fit in the budget first and then narrowing it down… but honestly, it would mean that you might lose out on something that can make your life better for THE NEXT TEN YEARS. This is a big commitment…a washer and dryer…and so that is why price is the one I mentioned last. It is important…but it’s very expensive to replace an appliance that doesn’t perform!
So whether you are buying new or used, for the first time or the first time in a long time, I hope you find the perfect appliance and I hope these tips help!