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Old 06-16-2017, 02:47 PM   #1
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Washer and dryer

Not an exciting topic, but I need to buy a washer and dryer - been renting too long.

I have side by side W&D now, so space is not an issue. It's pretty much just for my laundry, so don't need huge capacity. Right now, they will be inside a little enclosed laundry room with a door in my apartment. I'll spend up to somewhat above average price, money not really a factor, just don't want to pay for what I don't need. I definitely would like free delivery and installation if possible.

Are Best Buy, Lowes, Home Depot good places to buy?

Given what I have said, what price am I looking at?

I need a simple plan.
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Old 06-16-2017, 02:56 PM   #2
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http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2...yers/index.htm
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Old 06-16-2017, 03:21 PM   #3
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that link looks good - I think I'm best off getting a side by side as I have plenty of space
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Old 06-16-2017, 04:36 PM   #4
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Just make sure you get a steam setting in your dryer. Unless of course you enjoy ironing.
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Old 06-16-2017, 05:52 PM   #5
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Just make sure you get a steam setting in your dryer. Unless of course you enjoy ironing.
I saw that option - so you add steam to the drying process and things come out not wrinkled? I'm in - does it really work that well?
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Old 06-16-2017, 06:54 PM   #6
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I saw that option - so you add steam to the drying process and things come out not wrinkled? I'm in - does it really work that well?
Before they came out with steam dryers I used to put in a small damp towel in with my dry (wrinkled) shirts for 5-10 mins before wearing them as this would get rid of 90% of wrinkles.

Obv they have come a long way since then but the theory has always been sound. I'd buy as many steam cycles as possible. Pretty sure it will save wear on your clothes as well from not over drying.

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One of the most common is a steam refresh cycle. This cycle adds moisture and heat to the clothes left in the dryer too long. At the end of the cycle, the dryer runs at a lower temperature to help release wrinkles.

Wrinkle release cycles are very similar except it will operate at the end of the drying cycle. This cycle adds time at the end of the cycle to add steam and periodically tumble the load after the drying cycle is completed. This cycle allows for flexibility in the timing of removing the clothes out of the dryer, without having to worry about set in wrinkles.

The other steam cycle available is just a steam option added to almost any cycle. This option is different because this will add steam during the actual drying cycle rather than just at the end like wrinkle release or as an independent cycle like steam refresh. Use this cycle to prevent wrinkling on more wrinkle prone clothes like silks.

Dryers with steam will cost more than the dryers without steam within the same brand, but really save the hassle of ironing either a huge load or a favorite shirt before a night out.

Most non-steam dryers have similar cycles, but are not as effective without steam
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Old 06-17-2017, 07:21 AM   #7
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Or you could just not leave your clothes in the dryer.
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Old 06-18-2017, 05:43 AM   #8
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Consider CL? Even if you aren't price sensitive those things must take a bath on the second hand Market. Plus when you decide to sell them you will obviously come much closer to breaking even. Obviously installation would be the biggest hassle.

If you are going the other way and want very high end stuff, check out Houzz. These people focus on spin cycles like we (used to) focus on balancing our turn donk ranges. Absolute fanatical, kind of cool to be honest.

Last I looked speed queen was the best and LG was the absolute worst.
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Old 06-18-2017, 08:56 AM   #9
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Or you could just not leave your clothes in the dryer.
And even if you do you can just restart the dryer to get the wrinkles out.
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Old 06-18-2017, 03:28 PM   #10
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Don't be cheap by quality. You don't wanna have to restart dryer because towels didn't dry.
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Old 06-19-2017, 01:23 AM   #11
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I saw that option - so you add steam to the drying process and things come out not wrinkled? I'm in - does it really work that well?
The steam cycle and towel trick never have worked for me. Stay away from Samsung, they have had recalls because of washers tops blowing off and other crazy ****.
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Old 06-19-2017, 11:05 AM   #12
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I'm leaning towards a highly rated Kenmore combo from Sears atm. It looks like a good value pick from the CR rankings.
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Old 06-19-2017, 11:27 AM   #13
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Old 06-20-2017, 01:24 PM   #14
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I'm leaning towards a highly rated Kenmore combo from Sears atm. It looks like a good value pick from the CR rankings.
Go with the Kenmore. I used to repair washers and dryers back in the day and I would say they are they best value for your dollar.
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Old 06-20-2017, 08:08 PM   #15
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And even if you do you can just restart the dryer to get the wrinkles out.
you sure about this?
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