Don't Get Soaked When Buying
A good salesperson will match the washer to your needs, not just to your budget. Consider what you wash, how much and how often before you shop.
If you liked your old washer, start with the same brand and size. Then see how similarly sized models compare in features, price and warranty.
You get what you pay for when it comes to features. Entry-level, low-end models wash everything the same way. But instead of jumping to a premium model immediately, check the features on the next model up; the extra $100 or so can make a big difference in features.
It pays to shop around. Large stores display a wide selection of models. Smaller stores show less, though they often have less overhead and lower prices. But you might have to shop from a catalog.
Get the best deal, even if you're short on cash. Suppose your old washer suddenly breaks, and you aren't prepared to buy a new one. Some retailers offer no-interest financing for anywhere from three months to one year.
Hedge your bets. Ask if the retailer will meet a lower price or give you a rebate if the model goes on sale within the first 30 days after you buy.