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Old 07-17-2016, 09:25 AM   #41
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After 44 years on the 3rd set of W/D and they did all match. Last time the washer blew out, I had been noticing the dryer seem to be taking longer to dry. My DH found out an element was blown,which he could have replaced.

However the W/D we bought had a rebate attached if you bought both pieces and the net cost for the dryer was almost negligible after subtracting the cost of a new element as we tend to buy from the lower end range. A friend who does appliance repair once told us don't buy the cheapest by one model up from the cheapest model and that's gives you the most bang for your buck.....
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Old 07-17-2016, 10:19 AM   #42
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Mine do not match. Current washer is new Maytag in white and we still have an old cream Kenmore dryer. When the dryer dies, we replace it with the best deal on a new white dryer.
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For the first 14 years we lived in our house, the washer and dryer did not match. In 2006, we remodeled the kitchen and the young wife wanted a new set, so we got a front load LG washer and matching dryer on the pedestals. We gave the old machines to the family of one of the young wife's students, who had been using the laundromat. A win all around.
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At the time we bought, yes, a matching pair (Horrors!), I thought we got a better deal than buying two different pieces separately anyway.
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However the W/D we bought had a rebate attached if you bought both pieces
My experience was the same as those of gerntz and ivinsfan, when I needed to buy both a washer and a dryer for my new "dream house". I got a nice discount if I bought the matched set, over and above the discount that I got due to both being on sale to begin with. Both had great reviews and were just what I wanted, so I went with the matched set.
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When I move into a new house I start with a matching pair but then one breaks and the new one no longer matches the old one .
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When I move into a new house I start with a matching pair but then one breaks and the new one no longer matches the old one .
I haven't had that happen, but if it did then I don't think I'd limit myself to the one that matches. I think I'd buy one that didn't match.

Besides, the matching model would probably be discontinued and hard to find by the time the other one broke.
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Mine do not match and never have. They are out in the garage where it just doesn't matter.
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Surprised by some folks here who have such old washing machines, the energy efficiency really went up with newer ones (<10y).
Some only look at capital, not cash flow effect.
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We never gave it a thought either. When we moved to WV they matched only because we bought them together (new house didn't have any). When the dryer died six months out of warranty and fixing it was going to cost more than half the cost of a new dryer we made sure to buy a different brand - not going to reward them for making a lousy product! I can't imagine why anyone would care if the washer & dryer matched, it's just not on the radar here.
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Some only look at capital, not cash flow effect.
And sometimes, with just a couple of people in the house, the payback for a newer washer, even if it is energy efficient, is very long. Also, keeping an old appliance running prevents the use of a lot of energy to produce a new appliance.
It takes about 7,000 kWH of energy to produce a washing machine. If I wash 3 loads per week, and each load uses .26 KWH, I can wash my clothes for 172 years before I've used enough electricity to produce a new machine. Water costs about 4 cents per load, and if I assume that this represents only the fuel needed to pump and store it ( a generous assumption), then that cuts the energy break-even point to about 80 years (if the modern marvel machine uses zero water--again, a highly generous assumption). Now, if I used hot water (which I do very seldom, modern detergents work well in "cold" water), or if I washed many more loads per week, or if water was scarce in my area, then a modern efficient washer it might make sense from a public good or an economic standpoint, but for most empty nesters in areas with "regular" utility rates, it does not. Keeping old appliances running is a more responsible and a more thrifty course of action.
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Our washer and dryer match - they are both 30+ years old, bought together to replace a small stacked unit.



If one needs to be replaced, the other will stay until it needs to be replaced. Though they are behind bi-fold doors, no aesthetic issues.



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Well thats good to know...I bought the cheapest washer and dryer I could over 15 years ago for around $200 a piece. Figured I would need to replace both soon...Maybe not after your post, they may just be getting broke in good now!


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I'll have a new matching set when I move into my house. I need a stacking set due to limited space so I think matching is the only option. I'm not too crazy about how high they make the stacking sets these days, but I'll have to make do with what I can find.
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Long ago I had a matching set in Almond. By the time one died, it was just about impossible to find that color, so then they didn't match. After moving, I usually need a new set and get matching units, in plain white. Then when I need to replace one or the other, a new white one "matches" the survivor. I never end up with matching brands, but I stick to white so I always have a "matching" look.
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.. Surprised by some folks here who have such old washing machines, the energy efficiency really went up with newer ones (<10y).
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Some only look at capital, not cash flow effect.
So I'm curious if you are still surprised, or feel that some people didn't make a full analysis, after reading samclem's reply (below).

I find there is often a knee-jerk reaction to the efficiency improvement in newer models of things. But as samclem has pointed out, there is more to it.

We are on a well, and the marginal cost per gallon of water is extremely low. We heat the water with natural gas, also low cost. I don't think it makes economic sense for us to replace a working unit with new. Too much broad-brush thinking when it comes to efficiency, IMO.

We also have an ancient freezer and spare fridge. While the newer units are more efficient, it only costs a few bucks a month extra for the old ones. Not even worth the hassle of shopping to me, or setting up delivery, let alone the cost.

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And sometimes, with just a couple of people in the house, the payback for a newer washer, even if it is energy efficient, is very long. Also, keeping an old appliance running prevents the use of a lot of energy to produce a new appliance.
It takes about 7,000 kWH of energy to produce a washing machine. If I wash 3 loads per week, and each load uses .26 KWH, I can wash my clothes for 172 years before I've used enough electricity to produce a new machine. Water costs about 4 cents per load, and if I assume that this represents only the fuel needed to pump and store it ( a generous assumption), then that cuts the energy break-even point to about 80 years (if the modern marvel machine uses zero water--again, a highly generous assumption). Now, if I used hot water (which I do very seldom, modern detergents work well in "cold" water), or if I washed many more loads per week, or if water was scarce in my area, then a modern efficient washer it might make sense from a public good or an economic standpoint, but for most empty nesters in areas with "regular" utility rates, it does not. Keeping old appliances running is a more responsible and a more thrifty course of action.
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Opps--I got the wrong appliance. It's 7,000 kWH to produce a refrigerator, and about 4000 kWH to produce a washing machine. That's the same energy needed to run the machine for about 99 years (at 3 loads/wk), or about 46 years if we also include the energy cost for pumping/storing the water. Same conclusion: Keeping older machines running rather than producing a new one can save energy and money. Doing well by doing good.
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I'm actually diagnosed with OCD, and I could give a flying fig about whether my appliances match.

I have all the same color (white) and would prefer it to be that way, but I am not throwing out a perfectly good working appliance for appearance. This sounds more like people with more money (or debt) than sense.

And the washer and dryer are unmatched, over 20 years old and received after the husband's grandfather passed away. Both work very well and as I wash only about 1-2 loads every two weeks and hang dry our clothes like 90% of the time, they'll probably last quite a bit longer.
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So I'm curious if you are still surprised, or feel that some people didn't make a full analysis, after reading samclem's reply (below).
Never ran the numbers for washing machines, I assumed it was the same as with refrigerators. Also, in my (and my friends) experience unless one buys Miele (or equivalent) washing machines tend to break down within 5 to 10 years.

Turns out the difference is much smaller with washing machines, and non-existent for dryers.

Interesting (and thank you!).
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Mine don't match and it does not bother me a bit.


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Of course mine match. They are both white. Different brands and different ages, but the same color. That's matching, right?
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