Buying a scratch and dent washer and dryer set is an affordable way to get a brand name washing machine and tumble dryer that match, without resorting to the hit-or-miss used appliance market. And in most instances, scratch and dent appliances come with the same manufacturer's warranties that all new ones include.

If you're willing to deal with a few minor cosmetic blemishes, you could save hundreds of dollars on a washer and dryer set that are just as functional as the pristine ones that fetch top price.

Most appliance retailers do have scratch and dent washers and dryers for sale, it's just a matter of getting access to them. They are often stored in the back where the average shopper isnt' allowed, mostly because these don't fetch the high dollar amounts that a savvy commission-driven salesman doesn't want to sell because he won't make as much money. Other times they are kept out of public view for "cosmetic" reasons, meaning the managers think blemished items will make the store look unclean or unprofessional.

Just because there isn't a "Scratch and Dent Isle" doesn't mean there isn't a decent selection of blemished washing machines, dryers and other appliances at most home stores, department stores or anywhere else that sells these types of machines. But it does mean that you'll need to take the initiative to get access to them, because the salesmen surely won't - they'd rather sell you that pristine front loading washing machine with the top-dollar price.

Why Buy A Scratch And Dent Washer And Dryer Set?

There are plenty of reasons why it makes sense to look into scratched and dented washing machines and dryers, here are just a few:

Cheaper Prices: Duh, right? This is probably why you're considering these in the first place. But did you know that sometimes the scratch and dent discount can actually make one of these cheaper than buying used?

Warranties: Because these are brand new units that have never been used, the manufacturers will usually still honor the full warranty. That's because the cosmetic flaws shouldn't affect the mechanical parts. You'll be hard pressed to find a used set with a warranty, unless the seller offers and in-house one (and those aren't nearly as good as the manufacture's warranties).

Small Scratches: Most of the damage is pretty small. Some scratched panels, a dinged corner or two, labels that were applied to the wrong knobs and that kind of thing. You won't find any of these smashed beyond belief, because those are the ones that end up getting scrapped, not sold.

New Units At Used Prices: What you're really getting in terms of functionality is a brand new washer and dryer for used prices. Other than cosmetic scratches, scrapes and dings, this is a best of both worlds scenario.

All Types: From traditional top-loading washing machines to the more modern front loading washers, you'll find all of them in the "seconds" isles. In fact, a scratch and dent stackable washer and dryer combo is actually affordable to the average person - we both know how outrageous one of those sets are if you buy one brand new.

Where To Buy A Scratch And Dent Washer And Dryer

You shouldn't have any problems finding scratch and dent washing machines and scratched and dent tumble dryers in any city or metropolitan area. Pretty much any appliance store will either have some on site or can direct you to a consolidation warehouse where many retailers send their stuff.

Sears Outlet stores usually have a large selection, so do other department stores like Home Depot and Lowe's. Electronic stores like Best Buy even have a pretty good selection. You can either go directly to these places and ask, or visit their respective websites; just be prepared to spend some time finding the scratch and dent washers and dryers online, for the same reasons I laid out earlier. For example, be prepared to type "Scratch and Dent" on the Best Buy website, because last time I checked there wasn't a direct link (but they are there!).

You can also  buy these from resellers who purchase these dinged appliances from the stores and then turn around and sell them for a modest profit. Usually these margins are small, so you're not really paying the middle man too much. Craigslist (or as some call it, "Craigs List") usually has some good deals, so does eBay and other auction and classified sites.

Hopefully you've found this article useful. My intentions aren't to hard sell you into a slightly dinged up set of appliances, but rather illustrate that this is a great way to save money on brand new appliances with full factory warranties. You don't have to settle for a used clothes washer and dryer just because you can't afford a show room quality set - or you simply don't want to spend that much money.

What do you think?

If you've purchased a scratch and dent washer and dryer, or have a question that this article didn't address, please leave a comment; together we can help each other.