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Solution: A rattle-reducing washer
Samsung's 9100 front-loading washer boasts the largest drum capacity in the biz, but it's surprisingly graceful for its size. Fitted with noise-reduction technology and a sensor that minimizes vibration even at high spin speeds, it's designed to be easy on the ears—and your floors. $1,900, samsung.ca.
Problem: Your ductwork is nowhere near the place you want to put your dryer.
Solution: A nonventing dryer
Because it dries clothes at a low temperature, Bosch's Axxis 24-inch condensation dryer doesn't need to vent outdoors. This makes for a uniquely mobile machine that can be installed anywhere in your home. $1,499, bosch-home.ca.
Problem: Storage space for your laundry supplies is at a premium.
Solution: A washer with a detergent reservoir
Empty your detergent bottles directly into GE's XLTL high-efficiency top-loading washer, then drop them into the recycling bin. The washer's built-in reservoir holds up to two months' worth of detergent, and the SmartDispense system automatically releases the right amount of soap per load. $1,649, geappliances.ca.
Problem: You had your last washing-machine repairman on speed-dial.
Solution: An appliance that can diagnose itself
Usually, when something goes wrong with an appliance, it takes two pricey visits from a technician to get the job done: First to suss out the problem, then to return with the proper parts to fix it. LG's Ultra Large Capacity TurboWash Washer and Electric SteamDryer save precious time with NFC Tag On technology that delivers a self-diagnosis directly to your smartphone. Not only does the relevant app suggest a quick fix but it also allows you to monitor the status of both appliances and will even tell you when it's time to clean your machines. Washer, $1,500, and dryer, $1,400, lg.com.
Although the retail price of a new washer and dryer is an important factor in your purchase, you should also consider the 'second' price tag: the operating costs over their lifetime. Consult Natural Resources Canada's interactive energy-cost calculator for new appliances at nrcan.gc.ca.
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|This story was originally part of "Your Ultimate Laundry Guide" in the April 2015 issue.
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