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Buying guide: Washer/dryer pairs

Need help figuring out the best options for your laundry room? We have your solutions.

Once upon a time, laundry duos were the wallflowers of the home appliance world. About a decade ago, however, they stepped from the shadows to become one of the more glam big-ticket purchases in the home. Driven in part by the rise in main-floor laundry rooms (plus, lofts and condos), many washers and dryers are now designed as much for looks as they are performance. Additionally, concerns about the environment have made water- and energy-conserving features must-haves when it comes to these machines.

Are you in the market for a new washer and dryer? Here's what to consider.

Pricing
As with any other major purchase, start with a budget. There's no sense falling in love with a $1,500 washer if that’s all you can afford for both machines.

New washers average between $400 (for a full-capacity standard top-loader) and $2,000 (for a top-of-the-line, super-capacity, front-loading steam-washer). Dryers run between $350 (standard) and $1,600 (super-capacity, steam dryer).

You can often save money through rebates or point-of-sale discounts when you:
• Buy a pair;
• Purchase additional major appliances from the same manufacturer at the same time (ie. when you’re outfitting a new house);
• Shop in September or October as existing inventory goes on sale to make room for the next year's models.

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