We found our new dryer, and, while we were at it, bought the matching washer. They're units that I had looked at before (knowing that we would evenully need something new. Someday came a little sooner than expected.) Just from a usability standpoint, I like that the control panel has individual buttons to set the program. Most of the units that I saw required the user to press-press-press-press to set the wash and dry cycle. I disapprove of having to do the extra work -- and wearing out the control panel that much faster.
We got them from Home Despot, since they had the best price on the units I Iike. They'll be delivered next Saturday, which is fine since we have enough underwear to last until then. I think we'll be staying home on Saturday to wait for the delivery and to do a little TLC on the house. Maybe I'll even get some sewing done.
We bought one of the LG Tromm series
washers (4 cubic feet of washing capacity - big enough to wash the comfoter and other big fabricky things!) and the matching dryer
(7.3 cu. ft.) in white.
LG is more expensive than most brands, but they're highly rated by Consumer Reports. We didn't get their most expensive models or accessories, but they weren't cheap. They are energy-star rated, which is nice. All front-loading washers are, though, since they're significantly more water and energy efficient. The other brand I liked from the CR ratings was GE. However GE's top-loading washers are better than their front-loaders.
The controls on the dryer that we bought can be moved from the top to the bottom so that the units are stackable and the controls still reachable. We saw a couple of models that were stackable, but the whole thing ended up being 7' tall, with the dryer contols at the top. That didn't work for me. moriven
was especially keen on this feature, because he was worried about the garage door hinge getting in the way of the front-loading door. Also, that frees up some floor space in the garage.
I'm hoping that we can build another heavy-duty shelving unit in the new space to hold all of our camping gear. This will put it all right by the big garage door and give us an opportunity to purge the stuff we don't use. (How many Colemans stoves and propane lanterns do we have? Many.) While we were at Lowe's checking prices on the dryers we saw that they have a really nice portable propane stove. It's 3 burners with a lidded detachable grill that covers two of the burners. I'll pick one up in a bit. I was too tired, sore, and hungry to go back to buy it today.