Laundry Room

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It's surprising how much time you'll actually spend in the laundry room - especially if you have a large family. Why not make it as comfortable and convenient as possible?

Washing Machines

Washing machines come in two types - top-loading and front-loading units. Top-loading washers are most common in homes because they are the most affordable. Top-loaders fill the tub with water, and an agitator rotates to clean the clothes.

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Front-loading washing machines are not as common because of their high price; however, front-loaders perform better and are gentler on fabrics because they use a tumbling method rather than an agitator to clean clothes.

Washing machines are sold in single units, washer / dryer combinations that wash and dry in a single drum, and stacked units that stack the washer and dryer on top of one another. Top-loading washers cost between $200 and $1,300 online, while front-loaders cost between $550 and $2000 online.

Dryers

Most folks can appreciate taking a set of warm pajamas out of the dryer and putting them on before bed on a cold winter's night. Whether winter or summer, it's much more convenient to put your laundry in a dryer than it is to hang clothes to dry.

Clothes dryers are available in both gas and electric models. The heat in a gas dryer comes from a gas burner, whereas heat from an electric dryer comes from electric heated coils. However, even gas dryers require electricity to power the motor which turns the drum and fan.

Electric clothes dryers cost about $300 to $1,200 to purchase, compared to $400 to $1,500 for a gas dryer. However, a gas dryer will consume approximately 50 percent less energy to run than an electric dryer.

Washer / Dryer Combinations

Washer / dryer combinations eliminate the need to transport your clothes from the washer to the dryer, as this combo does both the washing and drying in one single appliance. When the washing cycle is complete, the machine automatically starts drying your clothes.

Washer / dryer combinations are ideal for people who have little space to accommodate two large appliances, as the washer-dryer combination unit takes up half the space. Washer / dryer combinations come in various sizes, styles and colors. They range in price from about $500 to $2,000 online.

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