There are different reasons why people make a decision to purchase a new washer and dryer. May be their current appliances have become worn and aren’t performing up to speed. The models that they have may have become outdated and don’t offer the features that they need for a larger family or for different types of clothing. It could also be their first purchase of laundering appliances for their first apartment or home. Whatever the reason, there are some important questions that you should ask yourself before you make a purchase that most of us consider a major one.

One of the greatest advantages of having internet access is that you can find out what others think before you purchase almost anything. There is always someone else who has been in the same position as you and they have made a decision that they are either happy, or unhappy, with. This gives you the advantage of learning from other people’s experiences so that you make the right decision the first time.

1. How important is quality to me? Quality can be determined by looking at appliances with longer warranties and those that are made by brand names. For instance, Frigidaire washing machines and dryers are one of the popular brands today because they come with warranties that you can register for easily online. You can also purchase an extended warranty in most cases and give yourself even more protection for your appliances.

2. Do I need a gas or electric dryer? If you are moving into a new place, you will need to know what the set-up is for. If you have a choice between gas or electric, the gas dryer will cost less in utilities to operate.

3. What features do I really need? Generally, the more features your washer and dryer offers, the more expensive it will be. Consider your lifestyle and that of your entire family. Do you wear lots of delicate sweaters and blouses that require special laundry settings? Does your husband wear dress shirts that could benefit from steam cleaning? The washers and dryers today have a lot of features that make doing the laundry easier and keep your clothes looking fresher. However, if you choose appliances with features that you don’t need, you will be paying more for your appliances than needed and increasing the risk that something could tear up. Learn what types of washers and dryers have the features that you really need and stick with those.

4. How do I choose just one? Once you have your choices narrowed down to a single brand or a few models, look for a second opinion. For example, if you think a Frigidaire washer sounds like the ideal model for you, look for Frigidaire washer reviews that have been posted online by experts or by customers who have actually used them. Sometimes, there are advantages or disadvantages to certain features that you might not have considered.

5. How much room do I have? Until you have shopped for washers and dryers in person, you might not realize how many different sizes they come in. Measure the area that you have available for both a washer and dryer and take them with you when you look. For really tight spaces, you might consider a laundry center that has the dryer over the washer so that it only takes up half the room of two appliances.

6. How much can I afford to spend? Even if you aren’t on a budget, you should determine how much you are going to spend on your appliances before you go shopping. Most major appliance stores are listed online so that you can compare sale prices and get the best deal on the washer and dryer you have decided on. If you don’t set limits on your spending, you might be tempted to purchase something that is everything you don’t need. Always stick with the plan that you start with and remember that it is the salesperson’s job to try and persuade you that more is better!

7. Do I want one of the bigger, front loading washers or the simple top loading washer? It’s true, the big, new frontloading washers and dryers in all kinds of bold new colors look great in the store. However, you need to make your decision based on performance. The front-loading machines use less water and save energy while the top loading models tend to get laundry cleaner.

8. Is it energy efficient? Saving costs on utility bills and reducing your carbon footprint are two reasons to look for Energy Star rated appliances that use less energy to operate.

Finding the right washer and dryer for your needs is as easy as setting your priorities and sticking with your shopping plan.

Author's Bio: 

Gary Carraghan is an industry insider and a writer specialized in washer and dryers reviews. As the former Marketing Manager for a major appliance manufacturer, Gary knows that there's a lot more that goes into these machines than just soap and water. His articles provide consumers with ideas on how to make better choices when they are purchasing appliances.