To be honest I’ve never really looked twice at a washer and dryer. It washes….then it dries. Spectacular. When faced with having to purchase a washer and dryer for our new home, I was hit in the face with all of the options I now had.
The first one was front load vs. top load. Honestly, I still don’t know if I made the right choice. We went with a front load despite the cries from my mother and co-workers about mold. Everything I’ve read says to just keep the washer cracked when not in use. My mother in law, who actually owns the washer and dryer that we ended up getting, does the same with her front loader. We ended up with a front loader because we plan on installing a shelf above the washer/dryer and then adding built in shelving above that. A top loader would severely limit our options. Maybe I’ll hate my decision, but for now that is TBD.
There were a couple of things that I was looking for beyond the front load. I was definitely looking for a feature that would allow me to add clothes after I press start. It is inevitable that the second I get things going with the wash, I turn around and have a stray sock sitting on the floor, taunting me. I was a little worried that a front loader would prohibit this and have me beating my head against a wall, but happily this is not the case with a few models.
I also wanted steam for the sole reason that it sounds like a useful feature. That’s all. We are planning (emphasis on “planning” and by “we” I mean “me”. For now.) to cloth diaper our future children, so this seems like it would come in handy for that.
The model we chose is actually compatible with LG’s Twin Wash system. I don’t think that we will ever use it to be honest. The pedestal washer and dryers are pretty expensive and small. I know they’re meant to be small and everything, but wow they’re tiny. Plus, pedestals of any kind would mess with our plans for the shelf above the set. So there’s that.
Other than that, a washer is still a washer and a dryer is still a dryer. We ended up going with the model that my in-laws have since they’ve been thrilled with it for 5 years with no issues. Fingers crossed we have the same luck!