Your washing machine and dryer may not be the flashiest major appliances in the house, tucked about in some hidden pantry or dark cellar to which you make your weekly pilgrimage, reluctant and dutiful, weighed down by detergent and baskets of soiled cloth. Perhaps you are fortunate enough to have a partner or spouse who does the deed for you, and it’s a mysterious process you heed only when it takes too long to return a favorite set of trousers, or leaves a shirt still stained and damp. Either way, chances are that your washer and dryer are due for an upgrade, and you don’t even know it yet. Here are our top four reasons why you should replace these humble–but invaluable-appliances:
Save Money, and the Earth: Over the past five years, manufacturers have competed fiercely to provide models that are more efficient. What does this mean for you? Today’s washers and dryers use less water and less electricity than ever before. This in turn means they’re better for your utility bill and more eco friendly.
Fresh Clothes, Fast: The latest Electrolux models wash clothes in fifteen minutes, and dry them in fourteen. For the aforementioned readers unfamiliar with the domestic arts: this is CRAZY fast. Obviously, it varies according to model, but one to two hours is fairly standard for time to wash and dry clothes with older machines. An hour to two hours is obnoxious when, as a laundry-doer, you want to leave the house; crushing when you have multiple loads of laundry to get to on a weekend; and infuriating when you need a particular item cleaned in time to leave the house for a meeting or event. Basically, faster machines mean more time, less frustration, and more freedom.
Kinder to Clothes: Laundry tips like these can help keep your clothes looking better longer. However, even the best detergent and most masterful use of the various machine settings can only do so much if you’re working with an older unit. More modern units get clothes cleaner more gently. This means outfits look new longer.
More Aesthetically Pleasing: As previously described, many laundry units are hidden away, but not all. Either way– newer washers and dryers are considerably easier on the eyes. Newer models come in shades and styles more suited to contemporary tastes. They’re easier on the ears, too, with less of that intense “roaring” possessors of older units may experience, and more charming sound design applied to the alarms.