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Looking for the best washer and dryer?

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When you finally decide it's time to purchase a new washer or dryer, you'll undoubtedly want to do some research since large appliances are a pretty sizable investment (and you might be buying a pair!). There are a lot of types of laundry machines, styles, and manufacturers to choose from - it’s important to know what you’re getting so you don’t find yourself with issues down the road, especially issues you expected to be covered under a warranty. The fanciest or priciest machines doesn't always equate to the most reliable washer and dryer.

How long should washers and dryers last?

The average lifespan of the best washers and dryers on the market is supposed to be ten years. Of course, this might differ from owner to owner. Some machines might work quite well beyond the ten-year mark if they are maintained and cared for properly. The lifespan can also be cut short if you don't take care of them. 

Before you go out and make any investment in new appliances, it's a good idea to select your top choices and asses the pros and cons each washer and dryer might present so you can choose the model that will provide you with the best value for your money. Washers and dryers are one of the large appliances for which you may want to consider an extended warranty. Not only can malfunctions and issues be very costly if you have to handle them on your own, they almost always happen once your manufacturer warranty expires. Install the Mulberry extension and check out the warranty options available - you'll find the lowest-priced extended protection, guaranteed, and you'll never have to pay any deductibles should you need to file a claim.

Before you choose your extended warranty plan, you'll need to narrow down your search. So what are the best washer and dryer brands? Below you’ll find some of the more well-respected brands with the most reliable washer and dryer combinations available.

LG

LG Electronics is a leading manufacturer of a huge array of appliances and electronics. They have a great reputation when it comes to laundry machines and offer a variety of options that consider different levels of technology, energy efficiency, cost and other valuable features.

LG washer and dryer warranties

  • Your limited LG washer and dryer warranty covers all parts for one year
  • After that year warranty period is up, the drum is covered for up to three years and only the direct drive motor is covered for up to 10 years

If you anticipate your laundry machines are going to last beyond the year mark, an extended warranty like MulberryCare can prevent you from costly repairs down the road (or worse, an expensive early replacement you weren't prepared for). Keep in mind that the limited one-year warranty only covers mechanical issues; it will not cover damage due to accidents, faulty or leaky pipes, interrupted or inadequate electricity, etc.

Whirlpool

Another trusted brand many customers love is Whirlpool, and with good reason. Year after year this brand tops the lists of many in-depth product reviews and appliance tests for the most reliable washer and dryer. This recent analysis was conducted by 16 repair professionals—to ensure that every aspect that needs to be considered is addressed in the evaluation.

Whirlpool washer and dryer warranties

  • Parts are covered for one year under the limited whirlpool washer and dryer warranty
  • Limited warranty for top, lid, and gear assembly is covered for up to 5 years
  • The only element covered for 10 years under their limited Whirlpool washer warranty is the tub

Keep in mind that the limited one-year warranty only covers mechanical issues; it will not cover damage due to accidents, faulty or leaky pipes, interrupted or inadequate electricity, etc. If you’re looking for longer-term, more comprehensive coverage for more than just the tub, you'll still want to consider an extended warranty for your Whirlpool washer and dryer.

Samsung

If you’re looking for a reliable, budget-friendly option, Samsungs makes some of the most efficient machines on the market, at a price that won’t break the bank. With prices ranging from $600-$900, you’ll find plenty of high-tech options available that are equally reliable.

A bonus: Samsung offers water and energy-efficient models in a variety of colors and finishes. Their integrated app and excellent customer reviews make them a great contender for both the cost-conscious and tech-savvy.

Samsung washer and dryer warranties

One downside with Samsung could be the limited basic warranty coverage.

  • Parts and labor are covered for one year under the Samsung limited washer and dryer warranty
  • The stainless-steel tub is covered for three years
  •  The Samsung 10-year warranty for the washer will only cover the direct drive motor

Of course, normal wear and tear are not included in what’s covered. But at the cost-efficient price point, an extended warranty for your washer and dryer is even easier to fit into the budget. 

Are extended warranties worth it for your washer and dryer?

Yes. If you want to make sure you’re always the most out of your washer and dryer and hope to keep them beyond the ten-year life expectancy, look into a Mulberry extended warranty through our browser extension. The extension is free to install and it will give you alerts when the washer and dryer you're looking at qualify for MulberryCare. Don't settle for a one-year limited warranty on parts and labor. The best washer and dryer deserve the best long-term protection you can get.

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Kim Miller

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Kim Miller is the Head of Consumer Marketing at Mulberry. She is passionate about building products and brands that make consumers happy, save them money and make their lives easier. Have an innovative idea for Mulberry you'd like to share? Give her a shout! She'd love to chat about anything from fintech and UX to gardening and antiquing.

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