Have you ever had a “discussion” with your spouse that never seemed to reach a resolution? The debate goes on for days and right when you think a compromise is going to take place, suddenly, the red flags are waived once again and the battle is back on.
My wife and I recently purchased a house that was in need of a renovation. We basically agreed on everything we did and hardly argued about any of the major projects that we took on. For the most part, we are a great team.
We Finally Saved Up Some Cash
Recently, we have decided that it’s time to get our own washer and dryer. Taking our clothes to my mom and dads house is starting to get a little old, and we always end up letting the laundry pile way to high before we go – which means that we’re over there for 5+ hours at a time. They have no problem with us using their machines (in fact, I’m pretty sure they enjoy our company), but now that we have saved up enough money for a washer and dryer of our own, it’s time that we take the plunge and make the purchase.
Craiglist, My Love
Since I hate paying full price for anything, my first action was to take our search to the wonderful online classifieds known as Craigslist! Unfortunately, most of the washers and dryers listed are 10+ years old and quite inefficient. Not only that, they still cost about 75% of what the new washers and dryers are selling for in the store. While I still do peruse the new ads each day, I don’t expect to find a great deal here.
On to Best Buy
Since there wasn’t much hope for the used washer and dryer, we took our search to Best Buy (where we got a great deal on our kitchen appliances). After talking with the salesman, we decided that we did not want a front-loading washer – there’s just too much maintenance (with the seal) and additional variables that could go wrong. Plus, the new top loaders now have features like high efficiency, extremely quiet operation, and they have a high spin-speed which almost dries the clothes before they even enter the dryer.
So, at this point my wife and I both agree that we’d rather have a top loading washer with a matching dryer – preferably by LG or Samsung. But that still left a couple of options open on the sales floor.
My Choice and My Wife’s Choice
Before I start this comparison, I want to let all of you know that I’m being as non-biased as possible. If I stray from the facts and figures, please feel free to call me out on it.
Based on your experience, please let us know what decision you would make and why. Thanks!
My Washer and Dryer Set
My washer and dryer have a regular price of $749 each, but are on sale this week for $549 each. Model # WR4801CW (washer) and DLE4801W (dryer).
LG – 3.7 Cu. Ft. 8-Cycle Large Capacity High-Efficiency Washer – White
- 4.4 of 5 (33 reviews)
8 wash cycles
5 wash temperatures
3.7 cubit ft. large capacity
10 year warranty
LG – 7.1 Cu. Ft. 8-Cycle Large Capacity Electric Dryer – White
- 3.8 of 5 (8 reviews)
- 7.1 cubit ft capacity
- 8 cycles
- Sensor Dry System
- Aluminum steel alloy interior
My Wife’s Washer and Dryer Set
The washer and dryer that my wife has picked out are originally $999, but are currently on sale for $899 each. Model # WT5991CW (washer) and DLE5001W (dryer).
LG – 4.5 Cu. Ft. 12-Cycle Ultra Capacity High-Efficiency Washer – White
- 4.5 of 5 (101 reviews)
- 12 wash cycles
- 5 wash temperatures
- 4.5 cubic feet
- 10 year warranty
- Energy Star
LG – 7.3 Cu. Ft. 12-Cycle Ultra Capacity Electric Dryer – White
4.9 of 5 (20 reviews)
7.3 cubic ft. capacity
Sensor dry system
Never-rust stainless steel drum
My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.