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Cleaner Clothes and Cheaper Bills: A Front Load Washer Buying Guide

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A quality washing machine is one of the most important appliances in your home. The newest high efficiency front load washers can save you money on your utility bills, accommodate larger loads, and even help your clothes last longer!

Why Choose a Front Load Washer? 

Front load washers typically outperform top load washers in energy efficiency. Higher spin speeds mean that your clothes will spend less time in the dryer as well. Most importantly, front load washers use much less water than most top load washers. You can also check the energy guide on each washer to see how they compare. If you’re tight on space and you’d like to stack your washer and dryer, a front load washer is your best option since several models offer stacking kits. They also give your laundry room a much more modern look.

Check Your Dimensions & Measurements

When measuring, always give yourself at least 2 inches of leeway and also consider any extra space you may need for stacked laundry machines or side-by-side configurations. The doors on front load washers typically need 20 inches of room to swing freely. Also remember to leave at least 3 inches of space for the hookups in the back of the washers (pipes/wiring).

How do you find the dimensions of a washer that you’re researching? NFM does our absolute best to acquire all dimension guides, user manuals, and installations instructions for you to download from our website. You can find these guides on each product page.

In the product description of every washer on NFM’s website we list their capacity in cubic feet. The average washing machine is around 4.0 Cu. Ft. This is large enough for a 14 pound load of laundry. If you have a large family or need to frequently wash several large items, it’s a good idea to look at large capacity (4.5 Cu. Ft.) washers.

Pedestals & Storage: What’s the Benefit?

A laundry pedestal is a device that raises your appliance above floor level. These pedestals will typically include extra storage for detergent and other laundry accessories. They’re especially useful since they elevate a front-loading washer to a more comfortable level which makes loading and unloading much easier.

New Features That Might Make Laundry Exciting

Smart washing machines – Smart washers let you monitor your laundry with a mobile app and may even have a large LCD/LED Touch screen for controls.

Steam – Washers that have a Steam Cycle are extremely effective at removing stains, sanitizing clothes, and keeping clothes wrinkle-free while being very gentle on your laundry.

Anti-Vibration Systems – Washers with an anti-vibration system operate more quietly than standard washers. This is especially useful if your laundry room is on the main floor or close to a bedroom.


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