A step-by-step guide to choosing the right appliances for your new laundry.

These four simple steps make planning a functional laundry easy!

1. Choose layout

Three appliances layout options

2. Select your washer type

Front load washer

Front load washers are generally more water and energy efficient than top load washers, are good for small spaces because they can be used under a bench or in a stacked configuration with a dryer. If you are going to stack a washing machine under a dryer, you’ll need a stacking kit.

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Top load washer

If you choose a top load washer for your new laundry, there are more limitations around placement within your layout. Top load washers can’t sit under a benchtop or be stacked closely with a dryer as space needs to be allowed for the lid to open.

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Washer/dryer combo

A great alternative for smaller spaces, a washer/dryer combo combines a washing machine and dryer into one unit. While convenient for households with less laundry, the combo may not suit families that need to wash and dry different loads at the same time.

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3. Choose your dryer type

Condenser Dryer

Condenser dryers don’t require venting and collect the moisture from inside the dryer into a water tank that needs to be emptied after each cycle, or have a hose installed to channel the water directly into the drain or a sink.

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Heat Pump Dryer

While they are generally the most expensive to purchase, heat pump dryers are the most energy efficient of all dryer types and typically use less than half the energy per load of a traditional dryer – saving you on your energy bills in the long run! Like the condenser dryer, they don’t require venting.

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Sensor Dryer

Sensor dryers use sensor technology to detect when clothes are dryer and adjust the cycle to save energy and prevent over-drying. Sensor dryers have front or rear venting and allow you to choose the humidity for each load.

Vented Dryer

Vented dryers are generally the most affordable to purchase but require a venting duct to release the hot air to the outside of your house. The ducting kit either comes with the model you purchase or needs to be purchased separately, depending on the model you choose

4. Start shopping!

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