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We are going to be in the market for a new washer and dryer in the next month. Any recent recommendations on best play to buy? (We will need delivered and installed also.)
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I've been buying all of my appliances at Fry's or HomeDepot. Fry's will have some great deals day after Thanksgiving. Bought an energy saver Samsung front loader for around $450 As for brands I would go with LG over Samsung. Be sure to check with PG&E as they offer rebates. This last summer I received a $200 rebate from PG&E for buying an energy saving appliance.
Costco's service and their warranties on appliances are better and more comprehensive than anyplace else I investigated (Sears, Home Depot, Best Buy, Lowe's, Pacific Sales, online companies, local appliance stores, etc.).
Many of the outlets and bargain-hunting places have gone out of business. The best way to shop for these big ticket appliances is to join Consumer Reports online, review their general tips on appliance purchase, and then review the ratings according to the features that you want. The Consumer Reports website links to retailers, local and online, with the appliances that you choose. You can also check at Galvin's Appliances on San Pablo in El Cerrito once you have made your list. At least Galvin's (unlike Best Buy) is a local, well-respected business that services what it sells. (I bought appliances at Best Buy about ten years ago, and NEVER got the promised rebate). Do your homework and good luck.
Hard to say what the "best" place to buy is since you haven't given us your definition of "best".
For a higher end, maybe Pacific or Airport Appliance. Or Home Depot has basic through high.
Sears outlet also a good option if you don't mind some cosmetic damage
After extensive research I chose a Speed Queen washer & dryer because they do not have a motherboard---which is what breaks down constantly in the LG, Samsung etc brands. Speed Queen makes the professional machines used in laundromats, and their machines are sturdy, well made, reliable and reasonably priced, and they don't have the dangerous silver micro liner. Of course, if you want to be able to start your washer remotely from your smart phone, or are looking to program your machines, this is not the brand for you. Personally, I appreciate smart devises, but my washer just needs to be able to get my clothes clean, and I don't need a fancy computer console for that. Best of Luck!
-Plain & Simple Clean
I highly recommend Galvin Appliance. They were very nice and personable, had a good selection with competitive prices, and delivered the very next day. I felt good supporting a local business.
Hands down, Galvin Appliance. BEST place to buy any appliance.
Do NOT buy or even walk into Airport Appliance. The WORST customer service EVER!
Galvin Appliance on San Pablo in Albany. Good selection, quality merchandise, decent prices and honest salespeople. They will not sell you something you do not need and they will install it for you. I have bought many appliances there over the years and see Mark or Steve. They know their stuff.
Hi, I don't have a recommendation for where to buy but we just bought a washer and dryer from Home Depot (had the best price) and it was an awful experience. I would not recommend buying from them. There was a series of mistakes on their part and it took 3 weeks to get resolved. Their customer service gave us incorrect information and we were told that missing parts were orders when they weren't and nobody would take responsibility. If I were to do this again I would go with Airport Appliance or Best Buy and would make the purchase at the store rather than online so that if there are issues there is a point person. Hope that is helpful.
We just bit the bullet too, and ended up buying from Lowe's. We checked with Galvin's in Albany and Airport Appliance Berkeley and decided that Lowe's had the best deal (there was a sale, not sure if it's still going on). We ordered the set online, on a Friday night, and their folks delivered and set up the machines on Sunday, and disconnected our old ones so we could give them away. I was very pleased with the transaction.
Over the past few years, I have replaced all of my kitchen appliances and washer and dryer through Sears via their website. Great selection, prices and warranties. I could have purchase higher end products but I've always had better experiences with American products (i.e. May tag) although they are likely,anufactired elsewhere. The European brands are always breaking and they are expensive. I haven't had a reason to have any of them services yet but for my older appliances (over 12 years old), I called Sears for repair and they were great. Easily scheduled and inexpensive. I will always buy from Sears and use them for my repairs.