Maryland Blogger: Shopping for a Washer and Dryer

Shopping for a Washer and Dryer

Shopping for a Washer and Dryer


Chef Dolores asked to go shopping with her. She is looking for a new front loading washer and a gas dryer to replace our current equipment. This is definitely not my favorite kind of shopping. However, I did enjoy checking some early displays of spring flower bulbs.

Dolores is trying to make up her mind. The brands currently at the top of her list are LG and Samsung. Have you recently been through this process? What did you select?


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Roy Kelley, Associate Broker

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Gaithersburg, MD 20879

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Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 1 year ago

Hi Roy,
The only time I ever seem to buyer a new washer/dryer set is whenever I move and that hasn't happened in over 14 years.  Let us know what you and chef (and laundress) Delores select.

Posted by Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager (Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.) about 1 year ago


We select the model just below the one that has the zillion settings and gadgets.  We usually do a bit of research ahead of time...However, our appliances our humming along right now, so I have no idea.  All the best.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) about 1 year ago

Appliance shopping is not a fun endeavor with all the choices out there. We purchased a Bosch washer & dryer, both running well ten years later. Very satisfied with their performance.

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) about 1 year ago

Appliance shopping isn't fun.  I had to replace several a couple years ago, when a power surge took out my old ones.  One thing that an appliance repairman told me was to not purchase LG or Samsung because they have more electronics in them, and aren't as easy to repair.  I did buy an LG dishwasher because I like the way it looked.  However, the old Kenmore that I did have lasted 27 years.  It had a substantial looking metal spring for the door.  This new LG had a thin nylon cord, which I doubt will make it more than 3 years.  It simply isn't put together as well as that ole Kenmore was.  I have a Samsung TV, and I like it.  However, it replaces a Samsung TV that only lasted 4 years before blowing up.  

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 1 year ago

Take heed of what Myrl Jeffcoat says.  Today's appliances are made with too many electronics and they are designed to fail within 5 years or less.  It's all about selling you the extended warranty.  You'd be wise to have a repairman fix your old faithful washer and dryer!  We have had some bad experiences with the new ones and I have little faith in them.  Good luck!

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 1 year ago

Hi Roy - just last spring I had to replace ours.  We chose the LG.  Ours is top loading.  Love it.  It uses less water and has no agitator.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) about 1 year ago

Lots of choices and different chains of stores have different features from manufacturers one has to be careful you are comparing apples and apples.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 1 year ago

Hi Roy.  It's been a few years, but we bought the LG brand washer and dryer.  They have been working very well.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 1 year ago

Hello Roy - I agree that major appliance shopping may rank slightly higher than a visit to the dentist. Not a favorite but a necessity. Hmm. . . does Best Buy offer complimentary lolli-pops?  Ah,Barbara Todaro's head may be spinning. Of course, no sugar and they won't be called complimentary but FREE!

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 about 1 year ago

We had a poor experience with a Samsung Refrigerator, and now have an LG refrigerator, dishwasher and will be buying a wall oven that is also LG. We are fans.  

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) about 1 year ago

Hello Roy,  Sharon, my wife always has me go along for appliances and then she still has to research everthing.

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) about 1 year ago

I was telling Ray about your post yesterday - he said we've had ours now 12 years! Bosch front-loaders and they've been faithful, for sure! 

One of my friends recently purchased a Samsung and the front glass exploded! Thankfully no one was in the room. We also have a neighbor who purchased Samsung as well and they have had nothing but, problems and Samsung won't replace them.  

I have heard great things about the LG though.

Good luck with whatever you select!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) about 1 year ago

Your feedback and your continued support are very much appreciated.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 1 year ago

Got a Samsung washer and dryer. Had a Fisher Paykel before that and a good ole Kenmore washer and dryer that is still probably running today, with the house we left it.

Posted by faye schubert, Living the Branson Lake Life 11 months ago

Chef Dolores selected a Samsung washer and gas dryer. She is now in the learning process with the new machines.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 11 months ago

Dear Roy,

Both brands and pairs rate well on Consumber Reports, so you should be ok. Back to the whitest whites and most brilliant colors.

Posted by Dörte Engel, ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland (RE/MAX Leading Edge) 11 months ago

Most buildings in Manhattan don't permit W/D's within the apartment as the drain stack is not sufficient to accommodate the pressure that washing machines put out when draining. The building needs a minimum 3" drain stack before they can consider it. Replacing a drain stack in a building is a massive, difficult, time consuming, and expensive project. For 50-100 year old buildings- this is a huge undertaking.

For the fortunate few- then you have to find out whether the dryer can be vented or not (vented to the roof), and non-vented dryers don't dry as well. 

These are conversations I have with buyers often. 

Posted by Adam Feinberg, NYC Condo, Co-op, and Townhouse specialist (ANCHOR ASSOCIATES) 11 months ago

Thanks so much for stopping by. It is always good to hear from you.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 11 months ago

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 11 months ago

I am on my second LG pair. the first I left with a home I sold.   No problems with either set.   When shopping for a W/D the choices are overwhelming.   I prefer less gadgetry on mine.    The first one was a front loader, now I have a top loader, gotta say I liked them both.


Posted by Linda Metallo DiBenardo (RE/MAX Impact, Lockport, Illinois) 11 months ago

Linda Metallo DiBenardo 

Thank you very much for sharing your experience. It is difficult to make purchase decisions.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 11 months ago