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A collection of articles and resources useful to anyone thinking of buying a new appliance covering many different concerns.
I haven’t written about renting washing machines before because I’d come to think of it as something from the past and no longer relevant. You can buy new ones so cheaply, but these days washing machines and other appliances often aren’t lasting very long, and they are less repairable than ever before. If you can’t afford to buy a really high quality appliance they can be more of a repair liability than ever, so buying cheap can work out very expensive in the long run. Renting may make sense again for some.
Reconditioned washing machines were popular in the 70s, 80s and even 90s, but are they still a viable buying option now new budget washing machines are so cheap? Reconditioning is a good idea in these throwaway times, but economics have affected the viability of reconditioning appliances for most engineers. As new ones continue to get cheaper and much less repairable it’s become more expensive to properly recondition them to a high standard, and much less attractive for customers to buy.
Many people want to know if it is better to buy a separate washing machine and tumble dryer or a combined washer dryer. Separate appliances are definitely best. A combined washer and dryer will always be a compromise as explained in this article, but they wouldn’t exist if they didn’t have good reason to exist.
As with most things you can buy very cheap white goods appliances online, often from people who have no physical shops at all. All the well known retailers have online stores but there are also many companies selling appliances online who you might not have heard of, and who don’t have any physical shops.