Archive for the ‘Washer’ Category

Black Friday washers, dryers and other appliance deals

November 25, 2010

Note: this post refers to the 2010 sale prices. see my posts tagged Black Friday for current postings about Black Friday deals.

The Big Event, Warners’ Stellian Appliance’s 2010 Black Friday, starts tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. and runs through Monday.

As always, we offer free delivery and appliance recycling in the Twin Cities metro on purchases $499 and up. But we also now ship for free nationwide on orders $1999 and up. Plus, pay no interest if you pay in full within 12 months.

Here’s a preview:

LG 4.5 cu. ft front-load steam washer, only $499 (save $1000, usually $1499)

Frigidaire stainless steel gas range $399

GE 18 cu. ft. stainless steel refrigerator $499 (normally $899)

KitchenAid dishwasher $499 (on sale from $799)

LG 20 cu. ft. French-door refrigerator $899 white/black, $1099 stainless (usually $1199 & $1449)

LG steam washer and dryer pair, $1199 (reg. price $1999)

5 Energy Star washers that almost pay for themselves

September 24, 2010

Appliances aren’t cheap. And Energy Star appliances cost even more than standard, new appliances.

But that’s just the sticker price. I’ve blogged before about how the long-term savings of Energy Star washers will not only end up costing less than regular washers in the end, they’ll pay for a dryer.

An Energy Star washer costs an average of $258 more at purchase time, but saves about $481 in energy and water costs over its lifetime.

Now, unless you get it at heavy discount or as part of a government stimulus/utility rebate program, $481 won’t pay for an Energy Star washer. But it comes close.

Here’s a roundup of the least-expensive Energy Star washing machines to prove that energy efficient appliances can be accessible to all.

GE 4.1 Cu. Ft. Energy Star Washer (EWA5600KWW)

Frigidaire Front-Load Washer (FTF530FS)

Maytag 4.0 cu. ft. Energy Star Washer (MVWC6ESWW)

Whirlpool 4.3 Cu. Ft Energy Star Washer (WTW5500XW)

MY PICK: Fisher & Paykel EcoSmart 4.2 cu.ft washer (WA42T26GW1)

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

September 8, 2010

I’ve written about our pink trucks benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure® MN Affiliate, but have you seen our teal trucks? (I caught one parked in my neighborhood this weekend, and it pretty much made my life.)

All year long, Warners’ Stellian partners with Electrolux to make a donation to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund for each delivery made by our two teal-colored delivery trucks. (“Every delivery closer to a cure.”)

In honor of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Warners’ Stellian-Rochester will host a “Ladies Night” event tomorrow (Thursday, Sept. 9) from 5-7 p.m. to benefit the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance.

Obviously free food will be aplenty — as will fun women — but attendees also have the chance to win an Electrolux Turquoise Sky Perfect Steam washer/dryer pair (which loyal blog readers know is my appliance fantasy), a Dacor cookware set and a Holland Grill Companion Gas Grill (perfect for tailgating!). There will be also be silent auction.

Can’t make it Rochester? This whole month, Electrolux will donate $200 to OCRF for every new Turquoise Sky Perfect Steam washer/dryer pair purchased.

Not in the market for a new washer/dryer? Visit Electrolux’s Kelly Confidential online and press the Perfect Steam button “to take your garments from rumpled to runway-ready” (their words, I swear) and  Electrolux will donate $1 to OCRF. Plus you’ll be entered for a chance to win a shopping spree between $50 and $250 and a washer and dryer from Electrolux.

>>See full details

Got Connexus or Dakota Electric?

September 1, 2010

I’m still amazed on how hot and bothered Minnesotans got about getting a rebate check for buying an appliance last spring. Not that it wasn’t a good deal, but there are tons of good deals if you’re paying attention.

Like this:

Starting today, you could get up to $200 of instant appliance savings from your electricity company if you use:

  • Connexus Energy
  • Dakota Electric
  • Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric
  • Goodhue County Cooperative Electric Association
  • Itasca-Mantrap Cooperative Electrical Association
  • Lake Region Electric Cooperative

With the Warners’ Stellian coupon provided by these electric companies (distributed in bills, bill envelopes or newsletters), you’ll get $125 off an ENERGY STAR refrigerator and $75 off an ENERGY STAR clothes washer.

Plus, you’ll get free delivery if your purchase is $499 and above (this applies more to those living outside the Twin Cities metro, where we always offer free appliance delivery!).

Things I Want: Washers

August 24, 2010

Behold, the laundry room.

This post is the second in a new series, “Things I Want” for my new house. Be impressed with my previous post about refrigerators.

While taking turns bashing our antique dishwasher last week, my roommate mentioned how much water it wastes.

And it does.

We can hear the 12-gallon tsunami rage against the Cuisinart and CorningWare.

But, I told her, the washing machine is muuuuuch worse.

Her jaw nearly dropped at the news that while our dishwasher probably wastes about 8 gallons of water per cycle due to its age, our washing machine wastes about 30 gallons.

And for what? A puny capacity and agitator-worn blouses.

Desirable: Electrolux Perfect Steam Washer

(I also aspire to a design aesthetic that accommodates the whimsy of children's doodles.)

Oh, how I long for the days when I had an Electrolux steam washer and dryer. The steam dryer quickly unwrinkled dresses without me unloading the ironing board. And with the 18-minute wash/18-minute dry feature (the next generation laundry shortens the wash-dry time to 30 minutes total!), my running clothes were ready before I was on Saturday mornings.

Everything came out of the washer super clean– even when I stuffed it full and ran the cold cycle — and nearly dry. Plus, I got to do the Kelly Ripa-hipcheck-to-open-the-door move. Sweet.

However, at nearly $2,600, I wouldn’t have any clothes left to wash.

Acquirable: Frigidaire Affinity Ready Steam Washer

Gotta love promo shots: "Gee, this laundry pair saves me so much time, I've started dabbling in abstract expressionism!"

Frigidaire is made by Electrolux, so the washing machines bear many similarities. The Affinity washer‘s capacity of 4.4 cubic feet is only 0.3 cubic feet less than the Electrolux.

What’s that? A pair of shorts?

The quick cycle time bumps up a smidgen to a 25-minute wash/25-minute dry (time is money, people).

You’ll also lose a bit in the engineering, but a steam washer and steam dryer for $1,800 is a steal.

Plus, you can get a $100 Visa gift card through Sept. 26.

Watch for up to $200 in instant rebates from your electricity company

August 18, 2010

Look for this coupon inside your electricity bill or on your bill envelope.

From September 1 – October 31, 2010, you can get instant appliance rebates for replacing your inefficient appliance with a new Energy Star qualified refrigerator or clothes washer.

Plus, Energy Star appliances use much less energy and water than your old appliances, possibly saving you up to $150 per year on your energy bills.

Warners’ Stellian customers of participating electricity providers can use the coupon (many sent out in bill statements) to get:

So that’s a potential $200 instant savings, plus Warners’ Stellian will deliver and recycle your replaced appliances for free (on purchases $499 and up).

We are always willing to deliver for a fee outside of the metro Twin Cities area, but with your coupon, you can waive that fee.

Electricity providers providing instant rebates to Warners’ Stellian customers include:

And if they shop from Sept. 1-7, customers of those electricity co-ops will pay no interest if paid in full within 18 months on purchases of $499 or more (restrictions apply, of course). Also, select qualifying Energy Star appliances will be offered at discounts of 25% or more.

>>See more details and a complete list of participating electricity cooperatives here.

Not a customer of any of these? Check the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency for a full list of energy efficiency rebates offered in Minnesota.

Top-load washing machines replacing front load washing machines?

July 28, 2010

The buzz in laundry appliance circles (trust me, they exist) these days for washers is all front load, front load, front load.

Or is it?

Whirlpool Cabrio front-load washer and dryer in black

The Whirlpool appliance crew came in last week to show our sales staff its new line and argued that many of today’s customers want top load laundry again. But these customers aren’t replacing a top-loading washer with a top-loading washer; They’re replacing front-loading washers with top-loading washers.

True, some of the earliest front-loading washing machines came fraught with mold issues and vibration and noise problems. Those early kinks have pretty much, ahem, come out in the wash. But apparently, not everyone’s convinced.

Without an agitator, Whirlpool's new top-load washer has tons of capacity -- up to 5.2 cu. ft.

Plus, Whirlpool’s high-efficiency top-load washer offers many of the same features front-loaders became popular for:

  • extra-large capacity
  • high spin speeds
  • less water and detergent used

Also available are features such as steam cleaning and drying, allergen-eliminating cycles and precision detergent/bleach/fabric softener dispense.

All Whirlpool’s new washers are rated are at the peak of energy efficiency ratings — Tier 3 — by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (see “Energy Star not sole guide for energy-efficiency”). The Cabrios sense the size of the load and only use as little as 14 gallons per wash, as much as 31 gallons fewer than a traditional top-load washing machine.

I’m a huge front loader snob, but I have to admit that the features are pretty darn similar and who wouldn’t rather reach down than bend down. I think they’re definitely a good machine for the customer who wants quality but not another front loading washing machine.

Washer vibration leaving your laundry room all shook up?

April 21, 2010

Asko, whose latest designer series is pictured, designed its front-load laundry for main-floor applications from the start. Other manufacturers took a while, but most problems have been worked out.

Front-loading washers have been available long enough now that we’re replacing more and more first generation units of the now ubiquitous style of washing machines.

Front-loader washers clean better, use less water and (my favorite feature) spin more water out of the clothes with spin speeds around 1200 RPMs. But all those rotations made some customers’ experience with the earliest models a bit, well, shaky.

The washer would vibrate. It would move. Customers would call and say, “My washer is walking across the floor!” Things would fall off the walls. I heard of an extreme case in which a customer’s sheetrock shook loose.

Of course, it wasn’t solely the washers’ fault. People pulled washers and dryers out of the basements they were designed for, reinforced with their sturdy concrete block, and put them where they were never supposed to go: upstairs. Empty nesters converted their children’s former closets on the second floor and ended up chasing runaway machines. Families tucked laundry units into main floor kitchens without reinforcing the floors.

The problems were real for some. Fortunately, those problems came out in the wash (rimshot, please?) as most manufacturers since beefed up the suspensions of front-load washers.

So your friends’ warnings about front-load washers likely are moot dangers. You should still reinforce the floors if you’re converting a space for laundry, and if so, pedestals might not be the best bet*, but several manufacturers now guarantee that you’ll be happy putting their front-loader on your main floor.

If your existing washer is on the move, pick up a vibration isolation pad, like ShakeAway, at your local appliance parts dealer. I like Dey Appliance Parts, because I’ve had the number to its Snelling Avenue outfit memorized for about eight years now: (651)647-0171.

*Miele’s pedestals attach to the laundry units with bolts, making it the safest bet for elevated laundry on uncertain surfaces


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