So, we're suppsed to be buying used, but my sister (whos quite miserly) says dont buy used here- go new, since these are some of your hardest working machines.
What do you mamas think?
You should definitely be able to buy an almost new energy star combo used that will last you forever.
When we bought ours three years ago I bought used, but at an outlet store (Sears outlet). We call it the "sratch and dent" store . I wanted a warranty as my mom had been through some craziness with her dryer and to repair it cost nearly as much as a new one! I bought a high efficiency front loader washer for $400, and then a nice dryer for $300. Our washer and dryer before I had gotten free from a friend, the dryer broke and we were at the point where the washer wasn't working well either....it wasn't spinning clothes out well and it would take 4 hours for a load of clothes to dry : . I wanted the high efficiency, front loader because I knew that in the long run it would cost less...the clothes are spun out so well that our drying times are very low. Plus, it does probably 2x a normal load. I am VERY glad that I bought it from the outlet store...11 months after we got it the washer stopped turning. It was completely under warranty and it turned out that the computer board was messed up in the washer...if we had to pay for the repair ourselves the guy said it would have cost $460!!! : If the washer had been new, it would have been $800...: !!!:
Perpetually breastfeeding or pregnant ENFP mom to a lot of kids...wife to a midwestern nice guy...living in tropical paradise...pink cats and homebirths rock!
DH inherited a used set from friends a few years ago. He/We have been using these for at least 7 years without a problem.
DS, 10/07. Allergies: peanut, egg, wheat. We've added dairy back in. And taken it back out again. It causes sandpaper skin with itchy patches and thrashing during sleep. Due w/ #2 late April, 2012.
I am not sure if you are interested in a front loader but I walked into Sears the other day looking for a new vaccum cleaner and they had Brand New in the box Front Loaders Closeout priced HE3's for under $700.00. I cannot remember the exact amount but I want to say $650. If I did not have a set already, I would have bought them. And if your timing is right, they sometimes have free delivery.
You can calculate how much electricity an appliance uses by finding the little metal plate on the machine that lists amps and volts (it's usually the same one that lists model number), multiplying amps x volts to get watts, dividing that number by 1000 to get kilowatts, and multiplying by the number of hours the machine runs to get kilowatt-hours (kwh). (At least, I think that's how I remember it being done. You can Google for websites that will walk you through this calculation.) Then, you can compare this to the kwh used by Energy Star machines on the government's Energy Star website.
Of course, you could also get something that breaks next week, so it's really hard to say. I think if I were to buy used, I'd lean more towards the basic, no-frills models without electronic components (think normal dials and push buttons, rather than touch screens). You're more likely to be able to repair stuff like that on your own than the ones with fancy features.
In fact, the washer/dryer ended up being so nice that I bought their stove and another friend of mine bought their fridge. Everything is in like-new condition and so much cheaper than buying new.
Hope that's helpful to someone ....
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