If you’re tired of hoofing it to the Laundromat with a heavy bag of clothes, it may be time to purchase a washer and dryer for your apartment, as long as your apartment has washer and dryer hook-ups. For the budget-conscious renter, multiple options are available if you choose to outfit your apartment laundry room or loft with both appliances. Of course, the very cheapest washer is you, washing items in your sink, and the cheapest dryer is a clothesline, but if you’re ready to upgrade to appliances, here are the best washers and dryers for your apartment.
For apartments that have a tiny closet to store a washer and dryer in – or for loft apartments that have no designated storage unit for them – select a unitized washer and dryer, which mostly come in white and not other color options. For around $1,000, you can buy the GE Unitized Spacemaker Washer and Electric Dryer (the gas model is about $100 more) from The Home Depot. The washer features three wash/spin speed combinations, nine wash cycles, five wash/rinse temperatures and auto-load sensing with five water levels. The 4.4-cubic-foot dryer is bare-bones but efficient, with four-way exhaust options that will dry your clothes in no time.
Budget Top-Load Washer
There aren’t many bells and whistles on the wallet-friendly 3.3-cubic-foot Hotpoint Top-Load Washer ($359) in white, but it is quiet (thanks to its auto-balance suspension system), stable and noticeably cleans clothes. Since its instructions are easy to understand and simple to use, this model is perfect for a condo, apartment you sublet, college student as his or her first washing machine or just for anyone who longs for simplicity. Its spin cycle features a 630 RPM spin speed to remove lots of water for faster drying, and its nine wash cycles, including a heavy-duty cycle for deeply soiled clothing, are designed to handle various fabric types.
Budget Front-Load Washer
Sleek and attractive, front-load washers are generally more expensive than other models. Still, if it’s style you’re looking for, the 3.5-cubic-foot Samsung Stackable Front-Load Washer ($799) in white is Energy Star-certified and ultra-quiet with its Vibration Reduction Technology, making it an ideal choice if you live on the second floor of your apartment building.
Budget Electric Dryer
For a traditional electric dryer, consider the 6-cubic-foot Hotpoint Electric Dryer ($270), which monitors air temperature with an automatic thermostat and ends the cycle when clothes are thoroughly dried. Plus, the door opening can be reversed to meet your laundry room needs.
Budget Gas Dryer
By nature, gas dryers are pricier than electric ones, but if you must go with a gas unit, choose the basic 6.5-cubic-foot Roper Gas Dryer ($349), a super capacity dryer that features a wide-opening side-wing door, five automatic cycles and three temperature settings.
Smallest Washer and Dryer
If space is limited, you can’t go wrong with the 1.46-cubic-foot Haier Top-Load Washer ($347), whose general cuteness might remind you of models found in European apartments. It’s also perfect for those who live in a place with no washer hookup, as it attaches to your kitchen sink for easy filling. It holds three pairs of jeans, three shirts and six pairs of socks and washes clothes in 15 minutes on the Quickwash setting. You may want to purchase a flat wheeled cart to put this washer on, as it does not have wheels of its own. The 2.6-cubic foot Haier Electric Dryer ($214) can mount to your wall and is perfect for any apartment that dictates that dryers must operate on a 120-volt outlet. It has four dry cycle settings and dry times of 30 to 150 minutes.
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