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East Coast Appliance's Guide to Buying Laundry Appliances Online

by Waverly Wilde

If you’ve ever been in a situation where your washer or dryer was on the fritz, then you understand how frustrating it is to not have a working laundry machine at your fingertips. And now due to COVID-19, going out and shopping for appliances in-store is a little more complicated than how it was pre-pandemic. Fortunately, shopping for appliances online is the safest way to purchase items, and we’ve provided just the guide to make your washer and dryer shopping journey is just as easy as can be. 

So, whether you're looking for a new washer and dryer for the first time, your laundry pair is currently not in great health, or you’re just ready for the ultimate laundry room upgrade, this guide will provide some solid tips to consider before you buying laundry appliances.

Figure Out a Budget

Have you ever fallen so head-over-heels in love with an item while shopping only to find out that it was too expensive for you? It's really heartbreaking and we never want you to go through that again. So, before you get too deep shopping for a washer and dryer, it’s important to set a budget and only look for those laundry appliances within your price range.

Just to give you an idea, our washers range from $469 to $2400 and our dryers range from $469 to $2100. If you were wanting to buy a washer and dryer laundry pair, they are more affordable when purchased together as a set instead of individually. Those can be found ranging anywhere from $1,105 to $4,000 when bought at our store.

Quick Tip: When shopping through our online catalog, be sure to use the “Price” filter on the left-hand side to adjust your minimum and maximum price range. The page will only show the products that match!

Choose a Type of Dryer

Unlike washing machines—which use electricity to function—not all dryers use the same energy source. Dryers can be either electric or gas, but what’s the difference? Well, electric dryers tend to use a heating element while gas dryers use a gas burner. If you’re still not sure which dryer to go with, here are a few things to think about:

  • Electric dryers don’t cost as much up front.
  • Gas dryers are usually more energy efficient.
  • Gas dryers require a specific hookup.

Decide Between Front Load or Top Load

Some people are extremely passionate about their choice of washer style. The truth is, there is no right or wrong way to go when it comes to front load or top load washing machines, it all just comes down to your preference.

One of the biggest differences between a front load and a top load has to do with the way the water is circulated throughout during a cycle. The front load washer uses the drum and momentum of the water to spin the clothes around while the top load washer usually uses an agitator or an impeller to scrub your garments. If you’re still struggling to choose a style, here are a few thoughts that may help your decision-making:

  • Top load washers usually perform shorter wash cycles.
  • Front load washers have more space for larger loads.
  • Front load washers tend to use less water, but top load washers have energy-efficient models that ensure less water waste as well.

Measuring Tips

When shopping for appliances online, you’ll need to know the accurate dimensions so you can purchase a washer and dryer that will actually fit in your home. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that all laundry appliances are made the same size—because they aren’t! Just grab your measuring tape, get ready to measure the area where your appliances will go, and be sure to follow this measuring guide:

  1. To get the height, measure from the ground to the under part of any shelves or cabinets. It’s important to keep in mind that if you choose a top load washer, you’ll need at least 20 inches above the lid so that it will fully open.
  2. To get the width, measure from side to side but be sure to leave an inch of space on each side so that your laundry appliances have better air circulation.
  3. To get the depth, measure from the back to the front but being sure to keep at least 6-inches in the back for the hookups.
  4. Measure at least twice!

We get that shopping for appliances online may seem intimidating at first, but we’re here to help you out along the way. So, when you’re ready to spruce up your laundry room with a new washer and dryer, our team at East Coast Appliance will be ready to help find just what you've been looking for. From special features to accessories, our experts will be available to find the tools to make your laundry days a chore no more! If you have any questions, give us a call or stop in to get all your laundry appliance questions answered by one of our experts.