I put off doing laundry as long as possible. I mean, sometimes my son will outgrow a t-shirt before I get around to washing it (sorry sweetie!). But I don’t let #MomGuilt get to me because I’m lucky enough to have a big washing machine and when I do schedule in laundry day I can wash everything at once. Sometimes it’s a good thing (like when I get to binge watch my shows while folding a mountain of clean clothes)…but, sometimes running a giant load is kind of a pain. Like, when I just want to wash a handful of delicates, or when there’s a suspicious brown stain on my son’s jeans and I do not want those jeans in with everything else.
The good news is, there’s a seriously perfect solution — a machine that can wash smaller loads of laundry that just can’t wait, or a laundry system that allows you to wash two loads at once, combining six different wash motions in each cycle for the ultimate clean. The dream team I’m talking about is the LG TWINWash™ System, which includes a front load washing machine with the mini-load SideKick™ pedestal washer. Know what that means? You can do a big load and a small load at the same time. Love. Since a mediocre washer just won’t cut it, here are some great tips that will help you figure out how to buy a new washing machine system that can handle it all.
1. Prioritize what you really want in a new washing machine. The LG TWINWash™ with SideKick™, for example, can handle a big load and a small load, has a high Energy Star rating, a fast cycle time that doesn’t skimp on performance, and an allergen-reducing cycle. If those features are a priority, keep an eye out for words like TurboWash™ and 6Motion Technology.
2. Map out a budget — and stick to it. A new washing machine is going to cost you anywhere from $300 to $2,000. That’s a lot to swallow, but think about how freaking important it is to have clean clothes. Once you’ve narrowed it down, check out your prospective machine’s energy rating. You want a machine with a good rating, because even if it costs more to buy, an energy-efficient machine will save you money in the long run.
3. Know the difference between a top load washing machine and a front load one. Although top loaders often offer a quicker cycle time and may be less expensive, your clothes may not get as clean as they would with an LG TWINWash™ System and Direct Drive™ Motor. The front load washer includes TurboWash™ technology which offers the fast cycle times through high-pressure twin nozzles to give outstanding cleaning performance without any shortcuts. It’s like pressing fast forward on your laundry. The TWINWash™ System is also great at accommodating bulky items and it has a separate compartment for smaller loads.
4. Measure your space before you hit the store. It would be a bummer to buy your dream machine, only to realize it won’t fit in your laundry room. Most washing machines are roughly the same width (27 to 29 inches) and depth (30 to 35 inches), but the machine’s height can vary. Some front-loading machines can be stacked (always stack the dryer on top!), which will add to the height, too. Don’t forget to consider the size of the drum, which is where you’ll be shoving your dirties.
5. Look for a washing machine with cool special features. You want to get the most bang for your buck. One of my favorites is the “Tag On” function that comes with the LG TWINWash™ System; it allows you to download The SmartThinQ® app on to your smartphone so you can add custom cycles and start your load remotely. The washer also has an Allergiene Cycle which can eliminate over 95 percent of common household allergens per cycle.
6. Go to a retailer you trust. The right customer service, coupled with excellent delivery options, makes all the difference. If you haven’t purchased a major appliance before, seek recommendations from friends. Looking for a deal? Hit up the outlets.
7. Get the warranty. But first, make sure you’re choosing a reliable brand so that you’ll be less likely to need to use the warranty. Then, see if your credit card doubles the manufacturer’s warranty, which won’t cost you a thing.
Buying a washing machine is a serious endeavor but, come on, watching your LG TWINWash™ System combat a large load while the SideKick™ simultaneously knocks out a smaller load? Now that’s a beautiful thing.