Washer Dryer Buying Guide

Choosing the Right Washer & Dryer

Picking out the right washer and dryer can make all the difference on laundry day. Whether you're a first-time buyer or looking to upgrade your current appliances, this guide is here to ensure you find the perfect laundry solution that meets your needs and fits your budget.

Washer and Dryer

Choosing the right size

Consider the capacity of your washer and dryer to ensure that your units can handle your laundry needs efficiently. A suitable capacity allows you to wash and dry larger loads, reducing the number of cycles required and saving both time and energy.

Compact to Medium, Best for 1-3 people Fits about 7 jeans   COMPACT TO MEDIUM 3-4 cu. ft.
  Best for 1-3 people
  Fits about 7 jeans
Compact to Medium, Best for 1-3 people Fits about 7 jeans   LARGE 4-5 cu. ft.
  Best for 4-6 people
  Fits about 11 jeans
Compact to Medium, Best for 1-3 people Fits about 7 jeans   EXTRA LARGE 5+ cu. ft.
  Best for 6+ people
  Fits about 13 jeans
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Measuring your space

Ensure that your desired washer and dryer set fits perfectly into your home with these helpful tips:

  • Check the washer and dryer specs -
    Take note of the Width X Height X Depth dimensions provided in the specifications. This will help you measure your space accurately and ensure compatibility with the set you're considering.

  • Identify the designated space -
    Locate the area in your home where the washer and dryer will be installed. Look for the dryer vent outlet and water supply line, as they indicate the intended storage space for your laundry appliances.

  • Allow for free space -
    Leave a minimum of 1" to 3" of clearance on the sides of the washer and dryer. At the back, provide at least 4" to 6" of space for ventilation and proper airflow. For top load washers, make sure there is a minimum of 20" of door clearance to allow easy loading and unloading.

  • Consider delivery logistics -
    Prior to delivery, assess how the washer and dryer will be brought into your home. Take note of any sharp corners, narrow doorways, or potential obstacles that might hinder the delivery process. This way, you can anticipate any challenges and ensure a smooth installation.

Top Load Washer

Top Load

With convenient loading and straightforward controls, top-load models provide a sense of simplicity and ease of use. They often come at a more affordable price point compared to their front-load counterparts, making them an attractive option for budget-conscious shoppers.


  • Faster washing and drying cycles
  • Easy to load and unload
  • Ability to add items mid-cycle
  • Often a more cost-efficient option

  • CONS

  • Unable to stack
  • Requires more bending and reaching
  • Higher water usage
  • Less energy-efficient

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    Front Load Washer

    Front Load

    Front-load washers and dryers offer a sleek and modern design, adding a touch of sophistication to any laundry room. With their horizontal drum orientation, front-load machines use less water, energy, and detergent compared to their top-load counterparts, making them more environmentally friendly and cost-effective in the long run.


  • Energy and water-efficient
  • Gentle on clothes
  • Larger capacity
  • Often can be stacked to save space

  • CONS

  • Higher initial cost
  • Longer wash and dry cycles
  • Requires bending to load and unload

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    Electric and Gas Dryers

    Identifying the type of connection
    Check your outlet to determine the type of dryer connection you have. A larger gray or black outlet typically indicates an electric dryer connection, while a standard outlet suggests a gas dryer connection.

    Locating the gas supply line
    If you have a gas dryer connection, make a note of the gas supply line's location, which is typically near the floor. This information will be useful during installation and maintenance.

    Considering cost and efficiency
    Electric dryers typically have lower initial costs compared to gas models. However, gas dryers can be more cost-effective in the long run as natural gas is often cheaper than electricity. Additionally, gas dryers tend to dry clothes much faster than electric dryers.

    Additional Features

    ENERGY STAR® Qualified
    ENERGY STAR® qualified washers and dryers help you save on energy bills while minimizing your household's carbon footprint. When you choose an ENERGY STAR® qualified unit, you'll enjoy a positive impact on the environment as well as your wallet.

    Wash and Dry Cycles
    Explore different wash and dry cycle options for handling various fabrics, stains, and delicate items. Consider units with customizable settings and specialty cycles for specific laundry requirements.

    Noise Level
    BrandsMart USA offers washers and dryers with noise and vibration-reduction technologies. This ensures quiet operation, making laundry day less disruptive to your daily routine.

    Connectivity and Smart Features
    Some washer and dryer models offer smart capabilities, enabling remote control, notifications, and integration with smart home systems.