Set Your Budget
The least-expensive front-loading washers cost more than the lowest priced conventional top-loading machines. But as you move to large capacity front-loading machines and add more features, the prices skyrocket. So plan on spending between around $700 for a front-loading 4.3-cubic/ft. washer and up to $1,800 for the larger 5.8-cubic/ft models with more features. Add another $225 for a pedestal. High efficiency top-loading machines cost between $500 for 4.3-cubic/ft. models and $1,200 for larger 6.2-cubic/ft. models with all the features. High-efficiency washers use more water than most front loading machines, but significantly less than conventional top loaders. They don't require maintenance, but cost more to repair than conventional top-loading machines.
All dryers (with just a few exceptions) are front loading, with either a drop down or side swing door. They're available in three versions: natural gas, propane and electric. Electric dryers cost about $100 less than gas models, but you'll spend the difference in just a few years because of longer dry times and higher electric rates in some areas. Electric dryers make the most sense for homes without access to natural gas or in areas where electric rates are low.
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