Speed Queen Informative - Things to look for in a washing machine.
Things to look for when buying a washing machine.
Important features for Washing machines
Look for porcelain-coated steel inner tub or a Stainless-steel tub. I would stay away from plastic tubs because they will not hold up to any “real use”. A porcelain-coated steel or stainless-steel tub can withstand higher spin speeds, which extract more water from laundry and speeds drying.
Controls should be legible, easy to push or turn, and logically arranged the fewer the better. High-end models often have touchpad controls and I would stay away from these because they short out very easily. The traditional dials controls last longer and resist shorts do to moisture intrusion.
I don’t recommend Front-loaders because they tend not to last as long and are harder to load and un-load. Some top-loaders can be manually set for four or more levels; three or four are probably as many as you would need.
These are the main features I would look for and of course price. There are many features such as safety features that should be standard. The top lid should have a switch so when you open the lid during the spin cycle the spinning should stop immediately. Check for others and remember two things; you get what you pay for and keep it simple as possible.
Before you ask the store dealer check out Consumer Reports and I would recommend Speed Queen washers and dryers. They have commercial grade appliances and descent warranties to back them up.
Here is an examples if you would like to take a look:
Galvanized Metal Washer Cabinet
3.3 cu. ft. Stainless Steel Wash Tub
Triple Coat Commercial-Grade Cabinet Finish
3 Water Temperature Selections
7 Cycle Selections
Automatic Balancing System
Rear Self-Leveling Legs
Porcelain Coated, Steel Outer Drain Tub
Tuff Guard Protected Top
Fabric Softener Dispenser
Commercial Strength Suspension System
Tub Volume: 3.3 cu. ft.
Average Water Consumption 39.1
Overall Dimensions: 43"H x 25 5/8"W x 28"D
Cabinet Height: 36"
Approximate Shipping Weight: 195 lb
Electrical Requirements: 120V/60HzAC
Motor Horse Power: 1/2
Spin Speeds (RPM): 710
3-year warranty on parts and labor
5-year limited warranty on the motor
5-year limited warranty on the cabinet
10-year limited warranty on transmission
Lifetime warranty on all stainless steel washtubs and out drain tubs
See Warranty Bond for additional details.