I am so torn about my washer/dryer. Â I am putting the washer/dryer in the master closet. Â It is on the 2nd floor so I’d like it to be fairly stable and not vibrate too much. Â I’m not too worried about noise. Â It will be on the other end of the house from the Den and the Master Bedroom so I think it’ll be ok if it’s a little noisy.
Water is very expensive in the Boston area so High Efficiency Washers make sense. Â I’m not the hugest fan of front-loading. Â I find it to be much less ergonomic to get into the washer with it being so low to the ground. Â Then again, the ability to stack is very nice. Â That would give me room for a folding surface next to the washer/dryer stack. Â Then again, The top of the dryer is already a great folding surface.
The laundry area in the closet is in a corner to the left of a window. Â There is just enough room to put a washer/dryer set side-by side. Â I also then have the option to put cabinets above the washer dryer. If I get front loaders, I can put a surface above both of them though. Great folding surface and such a chic built-in look.
The top-loader can look chic and practical as well:
I’ve narrowed it down to a couple options.
The first is the low-end, cheapest washer/dryer set I cam buy. Â Amana from Home Depot. Â The Set with a gas dryer is $878. Â Still pricey.
One would think I’d be able to get them on Craigslist but no luck. Â They are just as expensive or more than 10 years old and I don’t want to carry them up the stairs just to have to replace them in a couple years.
The Next step up is the lowest-end energy efficient top loader, the Maytag Centennial series which can be used with GIGA Turbines. At $1096 for the pair, they are just $218 more expensive than the lowest end and they will be quieter, more efficient, and higher-end looking.
The next step up is the Front-loader set. This set from GE is $1498 which is quite pricey. $620 more than a standard washer/dryer.
I’m leaning toward the high-efficiency top-load. I could go down a notch with the dryer since those are all equally inefficient. There is no rule that says the washer-dryer have to match and if I’m not planning on stacking them, I don’t need to get a matching set.