The Best Places to Buy a Washer and Dryer for Your Laundry Room

Our top picks are retailers like Home Depot and Lowe's

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The 9 Best Places to Buy a Washer and Dryer in 2022

The Spruce / Chloe Jeong

When shopping for a washer and dryer, the first thing you may consider is the cycle options, front or top-loading design, or finish. However, you should also consider where you're shopping for your new appliance—and whether they offer sales and bundling options, professional installation and delivery services, and in-store locations where you can see the appliances in real life. We evaluated retailers on their overall customer experience, frequency of sales, selection and availability of inventory, and delivery, installment, and return fees and policies.

Our top picks include in-store and online options like Home Depot, which has a wide selection and frequent sales, and Lowe's, which offers free local delivery and has an easy-to-navigate website.

Here, the best places to buy a washer and dryer that fits your home, budget, and lifestyle's needs.

Home Depot

Home Depot Washers and Dryers

Home Depot

What We Like
  • Wide range of products

  • Detailed product listings

  • Offers free delivery and basic hook-up

What We Don't Like
  • Strict return policy

  • Uses third-party companies

Home Depot has been a go-to for homeowners for good reason. In addition to tools, the big-box retailer has an extensive selection of appliances, including washer and dryers. You’ll find all of the top brands here, including Whirlpool, LG, Samsung, Maytag, GE, and Electrolux. You'll also find both front-load and top-load washing machines, as well as electric and gas dryers, a host of portable picks, and complete laundry centers. For large families, the LG SIGNATURE WM9500HKA Mega Capacity Front Load Washer and DLEX9500K Mega Capacity Electric Dryer are great high-capacity options. The dryer’s motor is backed by a 10-year warranty so you can feel confident investing in this set.

Now, the Home Depot website. It offers very in-depth product listings and specification charts, so you can do your research online and then head to the store to check out your final pick in person. Frequent sales make the retailer a prime place to achieve competitive pricing, too, especially around Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Black Friday. You might not have to worry too much about delivery and installation, either, since the store also offers free delivery and basic hook-up on appliance purchases over $396. Do note: there's an old appliance removal fee, and a window of just 48 hours after drop-off to return a washer or dryer, which is pretty strict.

In addition, all service appointments are completed through third parties. This includes delivery and installation, as well as service appointments for a machine that’s still under warranty. This can present scheduling difficulties, but overall, the service is convenient and this retailer won't leave too much to be desired.

Return Policy: Only if damaged or defected | Delivery Options: Free deliveries on appliances over $396 | Return Window: 48 hours from delivery | Restocking Fee: Not applicable | Payment Options: Credit or debit, special financing on orders of $299 or more with Home Depot credit card | Haul-Away Fee: Not listed, but applicable

Lowe's

Lowe's Washers and Dryers

Lowe's

What We Like
  • Wide range of products

  • Online chat service with an expert

  • Will take old appliance at the time of delivery

What We Don't Like
  • Must purchase new connections from Lowe's

  • Extra fee for hooking up a gas dryer

Lowe’s gives you the luxury of shopping online with an easy-to-navigate website that includes a live chat option with a Lowe’s expert. If you prefer a physical shopping experience, there are plenty of brick-and-mortar locations where you can see your top picks in person, as well. The big-box retailer carries a wide selection of name-brand and lesser-known washing machines and dryers, so you can find the right ones for your laundry room.

The LG WM4000HWA Front-Load Washer, which you can pair with the DLEX4000W Electric Dryer, is a total game changer, according to our at-home tester. Together, this set checks all of the boxes: efficient cleaning and drying, numerous cycle options, and high capacities to handle any size load. It even has smart features that allow you to monitor your loads when the set is connected to Wi-Fi.

At Lowe's, once you hone in on a machine, you’ll get free local delivery, which includes installing your washer and dryer, inspecting and testing it for any defects or damage, and a brief tutorial of the appliance. You can also choose to have your old machine carted away for an extra fee—this fee is waived for Lowe’s Pro customers. As for the "catches," Lowe’s charges an extra installation fee for customers who select gas dryers. No matter what type of machine you choose, you also have to purchase new connections from Lowe's. We love the protection of generous three and five-year protection plans with a 30 percent refund if you don’t use them, though, and that this retailer price matches so you can get the best rate on your new appliance.

Return Policy: Must have proof of original purchase to make returns or exchanges, must be in original factory packaging | Delivery Options: Free local deliveries | Return Window: 30 days for appliances returned like new in original factory packaging, 48 hours for appliances delivered by or picked up at Lowe’s | Restocking Fee: Special order items are subject to a 20 percent restocking fee | Payment Options: Credit or debit, lease-to-own, fixed pay financing, 18-month special financing | Haul-Away Fee: Free for Lowe’s Pro customers

Expert Buying Tip

"I go in person to see it, open it, look at it. That way, I can purchase online confident. I would not purchase a large appliance without trying to go and see it in person first."Tiffany Aliche, The Budgetnista and author of "Get Good with Money"

Best Buy

Samsung WF45A6400AW 4.5 cu. ft. Smart Front Load Washer
What We Like
  • Geek Squad offers excellent customer service

  • Free consultations with experts

  • Delivery includes unboxing

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't have a large in-store selection

  • Extra fee for hooking up a gas dryer

Best Buy has a vast range of home appliances, including washer and dryers. We love this big-box retailer for its convenience and customer support, including in-home, virtual, and phone consultations with experts. The online Geek Squad service is so extensive, you don’t ever have to step foot in a store to make a confident purchasing decision.

If you are looking for an in-store experience, Best Buy has a limited selection of models on most store floors. (Some of the smaller locations don’t have any home appliances in-store.) With that in mind, if you’re planning to shop in a store, it’s best to do your research at home first, so you know exactly what you want. The Samsung WF45A6400AW 4.5 cu. ft. Smart Front Load Washer is an intuitive and stackable pick. It features a Super Speed Wash setting that can complete a cycle up to 8 pounds in just 28 minutes. It also features 24 wash cycles in total, and a stainless steel drum.

At Best Buy, delivery is free with a purchase of more than $399. You can have your washer or dryer placed in a room of your choice and unboxed, or you can have Best Buy's team hook it up. (Gas dryer installation may require a separate appointment.) You can even have the delivery team haul away your old appliance for an extra fee. Installation purchases and fees include a new fill hose for a washing machine, and a 220V cord and vent kit for a dryer. If you want to stack your washer and dryer, you’ll need to purchase the compatible stacking kit as well. If something goes awry during or after installation, Best Buy offers a 90-day workmanship warranty on all appliance services.

Return Policy: Call about defects, damages, or other issues | Delivery Options: Free shipping for appliances over $399 | Return Window: 15 days | Restocking Fee: Not applicable | Payment Options: Credit or debit, 24-month financing on appliances $699 and up, lease-to-own | Haul-Away Fee: $199.99 without purchase of new appliance, $29.99 for one appliance with purchase of a new one

Wayfair

Wayfair Washer and Dryer

Wayfair

What We Like
  • Carries modern and portable appliances

  • Frequently has good sales

  • Flexible return window

What We Don't Like
  • Shopping is online-only

  • Won't haul away your old appliances

If you prefer the convenience of online shopping, you can count on Wayfair as a quality destination for household appliances like washer and dryers. They carry everything you’ll find at other big-box retailers like Home Depot or Lowe’s, plus they have an impressive selection of portable options suited for small or rental spaces. If you have a gas hook-up in your home and are hoping to save space, the GE GUD27GESNWW Gas Stacked Laundry Center at Wayfair is a great option. The dryer has a stainless steel tub that won’t chip over time and the controls on this center are easy to reach. While the dryer only has a capacity of 5.9 cubic feet, it has advanced cycle options like air fluffing to eliminate wrinkles.

Wayfair’s website is easy to navigate, and complete with search functionality that allows you to filter by many different categories to find just the right picks for your needs. Frequent email campaigns alert members to sales. First-time customers can take advantage of a 10 percent off coupon as well.

Just be aware: While you may be saving on the appliance itself, you should factor in delivery and installation. Wayfair does have a partnership with Handy for professional installation, but you’ll pay a relatively hefty fee for this. (The fee varies by appliance.) What’s more, this professional won't haul away all old appliances, so you’ll have to remove it yourself or hire someone completely separate if the model you currently have isn't able to be removed by Wayfair's team. You have 30 days to return a defective or damaged purchase.

Return Policy: Appliances must be in original packaging and not yet installed | Delivery Options: Curbside, basic outside front door drop-off, inside home entrance drop-off, backyard delivery, room of choice delivery, all-inclusive delivery | Return Window: 30 days of delivery | Restocking Fee: Not listed | Payment Options: Credit or debit, Wayfair credit card, Affirm | Haul-Away Fee: Varies and not applicable for some brands

Expert Buying Tip

"When you shop online, make sure to review and compare multiple page listings. Retailers sometimes pay for ad space on websites, meaning you will see their listings at the top, and might miss out on other deals if you don’t scroll through."Brittney Castro, Mint CFP

Walmart

Walmart Washer Dryer Combo

Walmart

What We Like
  • Effective search filters

  • Budget-friendly products in stock

  • Offers big sales

What We Don't Like
  • No delivery or installation services

  • No haul-away services

Walmart is one of the best places to find everyday deals on just about everything, including home appliances. When they have one of their big sales, you’ll score even more. If you’re hoping to really maximize your space, check out the LG WM39998HBA Ultra Large Capacity Electric All-in-One Washer Dryer Combo at this big-box retailer. While this option is definitely a higher-end splurge, its high-capacity drum and cold water setting make it a top contender among combined machines.

Walmart's website has a variety of search filters like price, fuel type, and width. You can also sort customer reviews by stars to get a really good idea of what others are saying about your chosen appliances. Note that Walmart’s website includes third-party marketplace listings that aren’t held to the same standards as products sold directly by Walmart, so avoid those when making such a big purchase.

In addition, call ahead before visiting a physical store, especially if you have a specific model in mind. Many stores don’t carry the full selection of offerings, even from notable brands including GE, Whirlpool, and LG. Warranties include three or four-year plans for well under $100. Though, a major downside to shopping Walmart is that the store doesn't offer installation of washers and dryers.

Return Policy: Must have receipt | Delivery Options: Expedited shipping available on some items | Return Window: 90 days | Restocking Fee: Not listed | Payment Options: Credit or debit, Affirm | Haul-Away Fee: Not applicable

Sears

Sears All-in-One Washer Dryer

Sears

What We Like
  • Good delivery timing

  • Large selection of top brands

  • Frequently has good sales

What We Don't Like
  • Complex haul-away policy

  • Restocking fee

A heritage brand when it comes to home appliances, Sears has a vast online presence. On their website, you’ll find all of the top-name brands including GE, LG, Whirlpool, and more. You'll also find washer and dryers in all forms, including front and top-loading, as well as portable models. For anyone living in an RV, the Equator Advanced Appliances EZ 4400 1.57 cu. ft. White Ventless All-in-One Washer Dryer has features that are highly compatible with RVs that you won’t always find in other units. This combo unit has a winterize mode, which makes it tolerant of elements and cold temperatures, and the two-minute cycle uses anti-freeze to keep your laundry routine efficient.

Sears is known for its great prices and financing options, making it ideal for comparison shopping. Delivery is confirmed within a two-hour window, and installation requires a fee plus the cost of necessities like new hoses, cords, and hook-ups. If you opt for this service, the installation team will level and test your appliance. The team will haul away your old machines for a fee, if they are prepped for removal. If you have any problems with your machines, you can schedule a pick-up and return, though you may need to pay a 15 percent restocking fee.

Return Policy: Must be in new condition with original packaging, must notify within three days of delivery or installation if there are damages | Delivery Options: Additional delivery fees apply, in-home delivery and installation available | Return Window: 30 days | Restocking Fee: 15 percent of original purchase will be charged for built-in appliances, pick-up fee also charged | Payment Options: Credit or debit, Shop Your Way or Sears credit card | Haul-Away Fee: Varies based on appliance, one-for-one policy

AJ Madison

AJ Madison Washers and Dryers

AJ Madison

What We Like
  • Massive selection online

  • Free nationwide delivery

  • Partnered with Affirm for financing options

What We Don't Like
  • Installation services are only available for certain zip codes

  • Website is a bit confusing

AJ Madison is an online retailer making waves in the industry for its vast selection and competitive prices. Their selection is so vast, in fact, that you’re sure to find just about anything you could think of from more than 150 brands, including Whirlpool, Amana, Electrolux, and more. If you’re looking for an upgraded laundry center, check out the LG WKEX200HWA WashTower Laundry Center at AJ Madison. This option is great for apartments and smaller laundry rooms, and it still has an impressive capacity for a slim design. This laundry center also doesn’t vibrate too much, so you won’t have to worry about it being too loud in a small space. The dryer lacks an Air Only setting, but this set is still a great option with an easy-to-reach control panel and advanced Wi-Fi compatibility.

AJ Madison is a great place to score a deal, too. The retailer is almost always offering some sort of promotion you can take advantage of. AJ Madison is partnered with Affirm, so you can pay for your appliance over time with approved credit. AJ Madison also offers free nationwide delivery, as long as your space is easily accessible. (You might have to pay more if your washer or dryer is getting delivered by ferry, is going to a remote location, or requires moving up or down stairs.) Delivery doesn’t, however, include installation, but you don’t have to hire an outside service. If you want your new appliance installed, you can pay an additional fee.

Return Policy: Can't be installed or attempted to be installed, must be in original packaging, contact AJ Madison within 24 hours of receipt, must report damaged or incorrect items within 15 days after delivery | Delivery Options: Standard, white glove, or in-home | Return Window: 15 days | Restocking Fee: 35 percent of refund, plus shipping and handling of return | Payment Options: Credit or debit, Affirm | Haul-Away Fee: Not applicable

P.C. Richard & Son

P.C. Richard & Son Washer and Dryer

P.C. Richard & Son

What We Like
  • Easy-to-navigate website

  • Reasonable service packages

  • Great financing options

What We Don't Like
  • Select in-store locations

  • Strict return policy

For those in the greater New York area (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or Connecticut), P.C. Richard & Son is a go-to place to shop in-store or online for a washer or dryer. While it’s not nationwide, it’s known in this region for being extremely customer-friendly in terms of selection and price. (If you live outside of this area, you can still shop the store, but note that delivery is not free and haul-away services are not offered.)

The retailer has an easy-to-navigate website, complete with in-depth specs and articles on choosing appliances, measuring for installation, and maintaining your machines. P.C. Richard & Son has very competitive prices all around, plus offers frequent sales and promotions, particularly around large holidays like Memorial Day and Black Friday. They have attractive financing programs through their store credit card.

The Whirlpool WTW7120HW Top Load Washing Machine and WED7120HW Electric Dryer with Steam, available at P.C. Richard & Son, are a great set for any lifestyle. The washer has a built-in faucet for treating stains and the dryer has a steam function to prevent wrinkles. Keep in mind that this washer can easily become unbalanced with especially bulky loads.

When it comes to delivery and installation services, P.C. Richard & Son has a range of choices for those within their standard delivery area of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. You can opt for a free delivery service that includes bringing the washer into your home, placing it in its spot (if it's freestanding), mounting a purchased pedestal (if applicable), connecting the washer, and removing packing materials. Or, for an additional cost, you can have the installation team complete more heavy-duty installations, like installing a stackable set. If there’s any downside to shopping at this retailer, it’s their strict return policy. If opened or used, home appliances cannot be returned, though the return window is 30 days.

Return Policy: Must be unopened in new condition with original packaging | Delivery Options: Free delivery for local orders | Return Window: 30 days | Restocking Fee: Not listed | Payment Options: Credit or debit, 12-month financing on orders of $499 or more with P.C. Richard & Son credit card | Haul-Away Fee: Not listed, but applicable and not an option for non-local deliveries

Amazon

Amazon Washers and Dryers

Amazon

What We Like
  • Large selection of portable and compact units

  • Great for laundry accessories

  • Flexible return policy

What We Don't Like
  • Home services are fairly new

  • Not many details included with product listings

Amazon is many people’s go-to retailer for everyday purchases, but it can also be a great option for larger items like a new washer or dryer. The mega-marketplace carries most of the top name brands, as well as many lesser-known ones. The GE GFQ14ESSNWW 2.4 cu. ft. High-Efficiency Ventless Electric All-in-One Washer Dryer Combo is one of these models, and is compatible with detergent packs and has a steam function. While the spin cycle can be rather loud on this combo machine, it has all the bells and whistles of separate sets and has an average capacity drum.

While there are great deals to be had (especially for Prime members) the biggest hurdle is navigating all of the product listings. Since Amazon has so many third-party sellers, product information isn’t always accurate and can occasionally be difficult to read. In general, Amazon is a good place to go to make the final purchase at a desirable price, but you may be better off conducting thorough research through other reliable platforms. Once you’re ready to add your chosen appliance to your cart, know that you can probably score free shipping.

Installation costs vary depending on the model you purchase. A basic hook-up package includes unboxing, connecting the hoses or vents, and installing an anti-tip device, while a hook-up and haul-away package ensures the removal of your existing washer or dryer, on top of installation.

Return Policy: Major appliances returnable for any reason | Delivery Options: Free delivery depends on item, adult must be present to provide signature, multiple delivery and installation options available for hooking up and hauling away a washer and dryer | Return Window: 30 days | Restocking Fee: Varies based on item | Payment Options: Credit or debit, Amazon store card | Haul-Away Fee: Not listed, but applicable with some available packages

Costco

Costco Washers and Dryers

Costco

What We Like
  • Great savings

  • Short delivery window

  • Free shipping for most items

What We Don't Like
  • Membership required to shop

Do you rely on Costco for great savings on groceries? If so, you’re probably aware that you can get some other truly great deals at Costco—like on televisions and even camping equipment. The retailer also offers an impressive selection of appliances, including washers and dryers. The Maytag 5.2 cu. ft. Washer and 7.4 cu. ft. Gas Dryer with Extra Power Button, available online at Costco, are great options for homeowners who have a gas hook-up in their laundry room. The washer features an extra power button for bulkier and extra dirty loads, and auto-sensing ensures that the water level is adjusted for an efficient clean.

While anyone can explore the retailer’s offerings on their website, you won’t be able to see specific and current pricing, or installation and delivery details, unless you are a member of the store. Non-members won’t be able to check out any available machines in person, either. A basic Costco membership, which entitles you to shop online or in stores, costs $60 per year. All in all, the membership is a great value, considering the savings you’ll score on an appliance purchase, plus any additional items.

Once you settle on a washer or dryer, you can schedule delivery, installation, or a combination through Costco. The day before your scheduled delivery, you’ll receive your delivery within a two-hour window. If you’ve opted for installation as well, you’ll also get a call 30 minutes prior to the tech’s arrival. A two-year warranty and up to 4 percent in cash-back rewards on appliance purchases is added incentive to shop from this retailer.

Return Policy: Can return to a local location or request a pick-up online | Delivery Options: Free shipping for most items | Return Window: 90 days | Restocking Fee: Not applicable | Payment Options: Credit or debit | Haul-Away Fee: Free

Appliances Connection

Appliances Connection Washers and Dryers

Appliances Connection

What We Like
  • Free shipping

  • Option to schedule or delay delivery

  • 30-day return window

What We Don't Like
  • Shipping fees for returns

Appliances Connection has a large selection of appliance brands including household staples like Whirlpool, GE, LG, Samsung, and Maytag. Enjoy free shipping on most products and take advantage of their “Buy Now, Ship Later” option, if you’re not quite ready to receive your new washer and dryer set. Appliances Connection also offers savings options like bundling on certain appliances. You have 30 days after receiving your new appliance to change your mind and return it, as long as it’s still in new condition with its original packaging. 

Save big on the Amana NTW4516FW Washer and NED4655EW Dryer, which includes a dual-action agitator for thorough cleans and a deep fill setting, at Appliances Connection. While this set is simple in design and lacks any innovative features, it offers excellent cleaning and drying performance for average household needs.

Return Policy: Must be in new condition and never installed with original packaging, cannot return special order or final sale items | Delivery Options: Free delivery on all orders over $99 (some exemptions apply), expedited shipping is available, white glove delivery | Return Window: 30 days | Restocking Fee: Must pay shipping and handling of return, additional fee varies based on return method | Payment Options: Credit or debit, Appliances Connection credit card | Haul-Away Fee: Varies based on desired help, must be requested through an additional purchase online

ABT

ABT Washers and Dryers

ABT

What We Like
  • 30-day return window

  • Competitive pricing

  • Excellent selection

What We Don't Like
  • Additional purchase necessary for hook-up and installation

ABT started as a brick-and-mortar store in the Chicagoland area and has now expanded to the online retail space. They have a large selection of washer and dryer brands ranging from Samsung to Maytag. ABT offers a 30-day return window on appliances and free shipping on some models and brands. Other listings will have a $99 shipping charge. If you decide that you aren’t fully satisfied with a purchase from ABT, you will be responsible for covering return shipping charges.

If your current washing machine is past its prime, consider a reliable budget replacement like the Amana NTW4516FW 3.5 cu. ft. White Top Load Washing Machine. It has an auto-cleansing cycle and load-sensing technology to ensure your wash is completely saturated and cleaned as efficiently as possible. While the tub is not stainless steel, the porcelain-enamel finish should provide years of reliable service as long as it remains chip free.

Return Policy: Can return items directly to store if you live in the Chicago area, exchanges and full refunds offered | Delivery Options: Free local delivery within 100 miles of ABT warehouse, white glove delivery | Return Window: 30 days | Restocking Fee: Must pay shipping and handling of some returns | Payment Options: Credit or debit, financing through Synchrony Bank, Affirm | Haul-Away Fee: $34

What to Look for in a Washer and Dryer Retailer

Locations

Some retailers are online-only, have limited brick-and-mortar stores in select areas of the country, or only put a small fraction of their offerings on their showroom floor. While these retailers generally have very user-friendly websites that make shopping a breeze, the lack of in-store options can limit your ability to see the appliances you’re considering in person. Many consider this problematic when making such a large purchase. If you want to see an appliance before purchasing it, you may want to opt for a retailer with plenty of showrooms, or a local appliance shop that's highly-rated in your area and has lots of expertise.

Return Policies

In general, return policies for large appliances like washers and dryers are relatively strict. Most well-known retailers won’t accept returns after the new machine has been delivered and installed, unless there's a defect or damage. Even still, you generally only have a small window of time to address the issue—as little as 48 hours in some cases. Make sure to read all the fine print when purchasing your washer and dryer, and look into restocking fees and warranty packages that typically come into play when you are trying to return a product or come across defects.

Bundling Options

Bundling is a term for buying multiple appliances at once, and can be a great way to get a deal on so many typically expensive purchases. It’s particularly useful if you’re remodeling or moving into a new home without appliances. Not all retailers offer this service, so it’s worth finding one who does if you have a suite of appliances to buy at once. Most bundling options include appliances that are all from the same brand, like LG, GE, or Samsung.

Installation and Delivery Services

Many retailers offer delivery and installation for free, but it’s worth reading the fine print, since there are often caveats. For example, delivery doesn't always mean your new washer and dryer will be put in your laundry room, or you may need to have a clear path to the spot where the appliances will go. Any obstacles, like stairs, may present an additional charge. There are also often hidden charges for things like new hook-ups and hoses, and some retailers might require you to purchase them brand-new and from their website or store.

What’s more, some retailers have limits on installing specialty washers and dryers like a gas dryer or a stackable set. Installing these laundry machines generally comes at an additional price, or it's also possible that the retailer may not have a service option at all for them. Additionally, it's worth noting that some retailers offer delivery, but not installation. In this case, you’ll have to do it yourself or pay a professional to do so.

Samsung 5.4 Cu. Ft. Top Load Washer with Active Water Jet
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FAQ
  • Should you buy a washer and dryer together?

    Whether you should buy a washer and dryer together depends on your individual needs. If you have a functioning washer or dryer right now, you might only want to purchase the one that absolutely needs to be upgraded to save money. However, if you're renovating your entire laundry room, buying a full set might be more suitable for you. In addition, if you want machines that have smart features or a stackable design, you should buy a washer and dryer together to ensure the right fit and make use of amenities like dryer syncing.

  • Is it cheaper to buy a washer and dryer together?

    Most retailers will offer deals on washer and dryer sets, so it can be cheaper to buy a washer and dryer together. Before shopping, you'll want to look into any sales a retailer is running at the time, as well as what bundles are offered. These bundles might only be for specific brands or new models, but can include add-ons like free delivery and installation and a protection plan. To save the most money on a washer and dryer, bundle your set with other appliances like a refrigerator or dishwasher—but only if you absolutely need these appliances, too.

  • When is the best time to buy a washer and dryer?

    New washer and dryer models are usually released in January, so the best time to shop for this type of appliance is between September and November or during a holiday sale. In the fall, brands are pushing their soon-to-be dated models and typically run them at a discounted price. Black Friday is also an excellent time to buy. If you need to purchase a washer and dryer in the winter or spring, don't add the most recent model to your cart if you're looking to save money. If you can, wait for President's Day or Memorial Day sales to drop, too.

  • Should I buy a new or used washer and dryer?

    When you’re thinking about replacing your washer and dryer, there are many factors to consider. New appliances come with a manufacturer’s warranty and are more energy-efficient than their older counterparts. However, the cost of a used washer or dryer will often be much less than a new model. What’s more, the complexity of newer machines makes them more prone to breakdowns and shorter life cycles, so used machines can sometimes be more durable and long-lasting. However, depending on how used they are, you may run into very similar durability and lifespan issues.

  • How often should you buy a new washer and dryer?

    Washers and dryers have an average lifespan of 10 to 14 years, and dryers last longer than washers. If your current appliances are approaching that age, it may be time to start looking for the best place to buy a washer and dryer. If your warranty has expired, and you’re noticing that your washer or dryer is not performing at its peak, you might want to start doing your research to find a replacement.

LG Ultra Large Capacity Electric Dryer

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Why Trust The Spruce?

Brigitt Earley is a freelance writer for The Spruce, who has spent nearly 15 years writing about consumer products like home appliances. Brigitt has a large family of six, including four children under the age of four, so she’s no stranger to laundry day. Having a quality yet budget-friendly washer and dryer was an absolute necessity when she renovated her home two years ago. After extensive research, she financed a front-loading set by LG from P.C. Richard & Son. The set is now fully paid off and still going strong, completing no less than six to eight loads of laundry per week.

Marisa Casciano is the senior commerce editor for appliances, cleaning, and organization for The Spruce. For this piece, she researched dozens of packages and plans, and read through hundreds of customer reviews on washer and dryer product listings from a variety of retailers. She considered both big-box and online retailers, and evaluated each retailer's delivery and installation packages, return policy, and shopping experience. She also vetted for reliable warranty plans and helpful customer service teams.

Additional insight was provided by Brittney Castro, certified financial planner for Mint, and Tiffany Aliche, The Budgetnista and author of The New York Times best-selling book, Get Good with Money. This roundup was also updated later by Emma Phelps, an updates writer for The Spruce who works across every commerce beat. Emma ensures the most up-to-date is present and has covered lifestyle, beauty, home, and politics for multiple digital outlets, including Southern Living.

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