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Reader Question: Best Place to Purchase a Washer & Dryer and Water Softener?

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We bought a new house and are looking for a washer and dryer. Where can I find these items for a reasonable price and which model do you recommend (I prefer energy efficient)? Do you think steam option is worth it so I do not have to iron clothes? I am also wanting to buy a water softener/water purifier – which brand is good and where to buy? Thanks!

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  1. Ararat

    “Planning to ***buy***”- meant to say, sorry. I wish we had an EDIT button here. Maybe one day.

  2. Katya

    Got a 1100$ dishwasher for 230 at sears. Overstock , older model ! Love it
    They had driers marked down to 168$ from 700

    • kudosdeals

      Any link for sears?

  3. Emily

    Maytag Bravos XL washer and dryer. It is my favorite thing in our house! Before we bought a house, we had laundromat a and crappy apartment washer and dryers. I knew where I wanted laundry soap dispensers located in the machine, same with dryer lint trap. I wanted large enough for my king comforter and I wanted energy efficient. We have steam options, but I hardly ever use it. Maytag is also made in USA and was rated well on consumer reports when we bought it. Three years later, I’m still in love.

    We bought the floor model units at Home Depot during an end of season sale. They were on sale so we couldn’t use the lowes 10% off code that we had, but we left and bought gift cards at our grocery store to get gas points. Then returned and bought it. Doing that gave us enough money for 30 gallons of free gas.

    I highly recommend buying a consumer reports membership and reading reviews on the sites.

    We also checked our electric company’s website for a rebate program and were able to get $50 back for buying an energy efficient model.

    Other places to check are bent and dent appliance stores and if you have a restore store because they will often get some new things.

  4. Demi

    We have bought our last 2 sets of washers and dryers from Sears. I combine ShopYourWay points with online coupons and always use Ebates or Shopathome to get cash back. We also have the Sears MasterCard, which typically gives an additional discount and increased SYW points. With our last set we also bought discount Sears gift cards from Raise.com to save an additional 8% and we were able to get 1% of the price of the gift card in cash back by purchasing through Shopathome as well as 1.5% cash back from our credit card company on the purchase of the gift cards. We often get $50 in surprise points on a $499 appliance and/or $25 off a $499 appliance coupon from SYW. Which you can sometimes stack with discount codes for Sears.com. As to what brand, we have bought Kennmore and been very satisfied, but we have not bought particularly high end models as we have bought our last 2 homes as flips and only intend to live in them for 1-3 years. But, from experience with my parents’ higher end washers and dryers, I just don’t really see the value in all the bells and whistles, typically, it just seems like more to go wrong and is much more expensive to fix than a simple, mechanical washer/dryer. But, that is just my opinion, others may see it differently.

  5. Megan

    Definitely craigslist! I have bought and sold appliances on craigslist almost daily for the last three years, and I’ve found like new appliances at unbelievable prices. If the seller is moving or upgrading you’re likely to get a fantastic deal. Look for someone who is willing to answer all your questions and isn’t pushy or secretive. I’ve even found appliances still under manufacturer warranty. It does take some patience, but if you’re willing to put in some time looking, you will save a ton.

  6. stephB

    Menards! My husband and I found lg washer was scratch and dent deal(only side damage who can see that anyway) and electric dryer at a steep discount clearing out for the new model and the one we purchased. We also pair that with 11% off sale and use the menards card, which give you and annual rebate of 2 % back! We saved hundreds. Haven’t used the steam option yet. But love the boot during rack that it came with.

    We have a water boss softener it has a lower water consumption per regeneration cycle. Purchased on sale at menards …

    Fridge at Lowe’s free delivery

  7. Amy

    We bought our water softener at Menards. We bought an old farm house to remodel and had a lot of issues with the well water initially. it messed up our new softener twice. They replaced it twice without an issue! (Same with our water pump). I’ve been very happy with them!

  8. sophie

    open box from best buy

  9. Maggie

    Pick the brand, model and features you want in Consumer Reports. Then call up your local, independent appliance dealer by phone, and ask for their rock-bottom price on the one you want — let them know you are price shopping and want to shop local if they’ll give you a competitive price. I’ve had my local guys undercut the big box stores on the exact model I wanted AND give me great service (which you never get from big box stores!). Last time, they had to special order the fridge I wanted, but they did so and sold it to me at just a little above their cost, in order to earn my business.

  10. Bourg

    We found Sears to be our goto for appliances.

  11. Gail

    My tip is to buy a Maytag – my Maytag washer is still going strong at 23 years old, 3 moves, and never has needed a repair!

  12. Cate

    Bought from Sears no problem with kenmore. Never use steam but if you have a king bed think about getting a large capacity so it will fit. Also I HATE my front loader washer. Top load is sooo much better.

  13. Karen

    I prefer whirlpool appliances. But then my local dealer told me that whirlpool, maytag & kitchenaid are all owned by the same parent company. I bought mine local & bought the floor model. Saved several $100 on each. Find someone who has the model you like if possible and ask them questions.

    We have very hard & rusty well water & after going thru 3 water softeners in our new house, we bought a Kinetico. It was expensive but is worth every penny. I love the water! I can now own white clothes & haven’t bought iron out cleaner in 2 years.

  14. Amy

    I just bought several appliances from different sources. Once you know where you’ll buy go to raise.com and get a discounted gift card for that store. It saved me 5-20% on varied location.

  15. staceyque

    Lowe’s! They will price match any store, and they have 10% off with the coupon that comes in the moving packet from the post office. Free delivery and set up.

  16. patricia

    I bought a washing machine from best buy in their mark down/open box section. The washer was originally almost $800 with their sale it went down to $300 I asked them for a further discount they took a further $60 off so my washer ended up being $240 Then I applied for an energy rebate from our power company. I was sent a $100 check several weeks later so it ended up being $140. I always look at the scratch/dent open box section because sometimes they have the best deals and I ALWAYS ask for an extra discount the worst they can do is say no.

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