A little non-computer technology blogging: Home appliances

prod_img_washer.gifWhen we put our house on the market, we included all the appliances in it because (1) we wanted to upgrade everything when we moved and (2) the housing market here has been so flat that we had to do something to sweeten the deal. Now that we’ve sold, it means we will be buying a new washer, dryer, dishwasher, oven/range, refrigerator, and microwave.
The only major appliance that I personally had ever bought up to now was a stand-alone freezer at a scratch-and-dent sale; every other appliance I’ve ever owned came with the apartment or house. Now that I’m doing research into my options for all these things, I’m learning that the technology behind what’s out there is pretty impressive.

For example, meet our new washer and dryer:


These are made by LG. (I’m not sure if I’ve got exactly the right models pictured here, but it’s pretty close.) We went ahead and bought these so that we can use them in the apartment. These are considered nearly-top-of-the-line laundry appliances; I don’t mind dropping a lot of money on these, because with a 2-year old and another kid coming in a year, laundry is a pretty high priority around out place. I learned a lot of things about laundry appliances in general, and the higher-quality models in particular, that I didn’t know:

  • Did you know that the standard top-loading washer uses 42 gallons of water per load (!), while front-loading washers use about 1/3 of that?
  • Top-loading washers use detergent so inefficiently that, in most cases, you could load the clothes you have on right now into a front-loading machine and not have to add detergent at all because of the amount of residual that is left in the clothes. In fact our salesman told us not to use detergent the first time we run clothes through the washer for that very reason.
  • The LG model washer we got has an internal water heater, so that you can wash clothes the same time you’re washing dishes or taking a shower and your hot water isn’t used up any faster. The washer also has a sensor that automatically heats the water up if it senses that it’s not hot enough coming in (for example, if you run out of hot water form the house’s hot water heater).
  • The more efficient use of water, electricity, and detergent means that the LG washer will pay for itself versus using our current washer in about five years. (Which is nice to know, considering the amount we had to pay for it.)
  • The washer and dryer both have heat settings of “sanitize”, which heats the water or air up to a level that acturef_22850_med.jpgally kills microorganisms. When I think about how sick Doodlebug was during her first six months home with stuff brought home from daycare, I think we could have used something like this.

We won’t be purchasing other appliances until we’re ready to move into the new house this fall/winter. But I’m already partial to this LG model refrigerator, pictured at right. The price tag may be too steep, though; on the other hand, it’s not as bad as this one, which features an LCD TV in the front door, Wifi access, and a USB port next to the ice dispenser!

Anybody out there have suggestions/consumer opinions?



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2 responses to “A little non-computer technology blogging: Home appliances

  1. JimMc

    As far as kitchen appliances go, the latest Consumer Reports (August issue I think?) has a special report on kitchen remodeling/upgrades.

    The most interesting thing in their report is that the fancy schmancy boutique brands like Viking have the worst repair histories. Major brands like Whirlpool and Kenmore fare pretty well.

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