How Much Does a Washing Machine Cost?
One of the most basic needs of homeowners in the way of appliances is a washing machine. Most homes will already be equipped with a plumbing and hook-ups for a washing machine, but the machine must usually be purchased separately.
How much is it?
- The cost of a washing machine will vary depending on the efficiency, load capacity, and make and model. A standard top-loading machine with multiple load capacities and cycle options will cost $250-$500. For example, the GE 4.3 cubic feet 24-cycle washer can be found at Amazon for about $300.
- A mid-range washing machine, one that is more efficient on water and energy and possibly quieter with a greater capacity, will cost between $500-$1,200. A washing machine called the LG – 5.2 Cu. Ft. 14-Cycle Ultra Capacity High-Efficiency Washer will cost around $900.
- A high-efficiency front-load washer with a large load capacity that is much quieter than mid-grade washers will cost between $500-$1,500. For example, the Samsung 5.0 Cu. Ft. 13-Cycle Steam Washer will cost around $1,450.
- A compact portable washing machine that can be taken anywhere with a water hook-up can cost anywhere from $55 to $300.
- HomeClick.com, a larger online appliance retailer offers a variety of washing machines that range anywhere from $600 to as much as $1,500.
Factors that influence the price:
- The capacity load: How much can the washing machine hold? The more it can hold, the more it’s going to be.
- The quality: Stainless steel appliances are going to cost more than a standard one.
- Brand: Like any product in life, the brand name is going to play a rather crucial role.
- Features: Washing machines are fairly high tech today. Some features include programming cycles, digital timers and more. The more features a machine has, the more it will cost.
What is going to be included?
- Every washing machine will come with installation instructions. Some stores will also include free delivery and/or free installation.
- Limited warranties can can come with many name brands.
What are the extra costs?
- The higher the efficiency of the washer, the more expensive it will be and the less power and water will be consumed. On the other hand, a washer with a lower efficiency will cost less initially but will cost more per month in water and energy usage. Which way you choose to go is up to you.
- Most washing machines won’t include the start-up accessories such as hoses, clamps or other small parts. Even if the machine comes with hoses, you may want to upgrade to a stainless steel version, rather than a plastic tube.
- While many stores today will install a washing machine for free, some may charge an installation and/or delivery fee.
- All the supplies needed to do laundry, such as detergent, softener, bleach, etc., will cost extra per load.
- If problems happen down the road, additional parts such as hoses, lint traps and more may be required.
- While optional, many prefer to purchase cleaner to help prevent deposit and residue build up. Cleaners can start at $5.
How can I save money?
- Depending on your homeowner’s insurance and the reason for needing a new machine, your cost may be covered.
- Used machines can be purchased through services such as ebay.com for a discounted price. You may have to pay for shipping.
- Some stores have deals for those who purchase a dryer and washer at the same time. Check local current sales ads for opportunities.
- If you don’t have enough money to purchase a new washing machine, companies such as Rent-a-Center allow you to rent appliances for a monthly or yearly fee.
Top brands to consider:
How to compare prices:
- If money is tight, shop based on necessity only. Some washing machines have extras that, while they may be convenient, are not really necessary in order to get the job done.
- If you’re strapped on cash, try local thrift stores or even Craigslist for a second hand washing machine. Many washing machines can be found under $200 that work.