March 06, 2006

So. Washer-Dryers.

I've been doing my mother's laundry since October. (I pick it up, then drop it off the next time I see her.)

Now that she has the second mortgage in place, she thinks it's time to get a washer and dryer. Oddly enough, I'm being really supportive of this idea.

It looks like this will be a splurge: she'd really like to get a state-of-the-art European-style front-loader, and I think it's justified since it'll be a big energy saver. Besides, she lives simply in most ways.

So: thoughts on those water-wise washers? It needs to be big enough to handle queen-size comforters. Other than that, we just want a good deal, and something sooper-dooper energy efficient.

(Yes, I'll drop by the Consumer Reports website before I head out to take her shopping.)

Posted by Attila Girl at March 6, 2006 11:13 PM | TrackBack

My parents have the the Maytag Neptune. The sis of ex-Best Buy fame says good things about it.

Posted by: Sean Hackbarth at March 7, 2006 01:01 AM

This company makes some of the best.

Posted by: jon-hudson spencer at March 7, 2006 07:24 AM

Make sure you check for local rebates from the utilities, including your water provider. That Staber deserves a look--innovative design and annual savings of $340 compared to the average. That goes a long way toward payback. The top-loader design(no agitator, horizontal-axis configuration) will be easier for your mom to use(no stooping) and avoids the gasket issues of a front-loader.

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If you decide against it, don't forget to check Sears outlet stores. There are several Kenmore Smart Wash-qualifying models.

Posted by: Darrell at March 7, 2006 09:55 AM

Some people have an easier time with front-loaders, though...Another reason to "Meet The Fockers" before you make that big decision.

Posted by: Darrell at March 7, 2006 11:38 AM

They're nice, just be careful about laundry softener. Use it sparingly here. The water/detergent mix sprays right onto the laundry with some washers, so if you use softener such as Downy it might put those awful pinkish stains on your darks. I switched to dryer sheets instead and now I'm happy.

Posted by: Joe at March 7, 2006 02:18 PM

Oh, I don't use fabric softener. Just a little oxygen bleach for light colors, and chlorine bleach for whites. And the mom doesn't even do that. Quite the purist, mom.

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