The most expensive washing machines are priced that way for a reason, for the most part.  Certain types of washers and dryers are more expensive than other ones and some are just plain cheap.  If you are looking for the best possible units for laundry, there are going to be a few on this list which will make the grade and fit the bill.  Some are only expensive when you purchase them, but make up for the increased price when you use them for various reasons.  In this article, I’d like to share the types which are generally the most expensive, the reasons they are more money to purchase, and some general information about them and pricing. 

What Drives Washing Machine Prices?

There are certain things which contribute greatly to the price of the washer and dryer you select for purchase.  The list below represents the accessories and features which dictate pricing, whether you’re looking for one from Amana, Whirlpool, Frigidaire, Sears Kenmore, GE, or any other major brand of appliance for sale on the market today.  These are some of the contributing factors involved with the cost.

Type of Washers:  There are two basic types of washing machines – front loading and top loading.  Both have their benefits and drawbacks, but for the most part, front loaders will cost a lot more money.  According to some, front loading washing machines are more efficient by using less water and do a better job of cleaning the laundry.  This is one of the ways pricing is dictated by the stores and manufacturers.  There is a very substantial price difference, in general, between the front loading and top loading washing machines. 

Push Button Controls:  Cheap washers and dryers have basic knobs, which do the job, but the more costly models will have push buttons and lights.  Things like push button controls are costly to manufacture, compared to dials, which contributes to the selling price of the units.  Most major appliances which have push buttons, digital displays, and other things like that will be much more costly than the cheap models with simple dials and knobs for controls.

Water and Energy Efficiency:  While the energy efficiency rating helps to drive the initial purchase price, it helps to reduce the cost of operation and total cost of ownership.  This means the cheap washing machines are actually more expensive when used and will cost more overall to own during their lifetime.  The upfront cost just doesn’t tell the entire story of price.  You’ll pay more today, but you will save more while you use it, so this aspect of pricing is a little misleading to consumers. 

Capacity:  The load capacity will be much larger on the most expensive washing machines.  This helps contribute to the efficiency of the units as well.  While most top loaders can handle 16 pounds of clothes or less, front loading washing machines are able to handle up to 20 pounds of laundry, which works out to 25% more clothes per load.  This means you have to run a lot fewer loads through the machine, which reduces wear and tear and potentially makes them last a lot longer and stay in working order.  So, while they might be more expensive to purchase, they will generally last a lot longer, bringing the lifetime cost of ownership down quite a bit.

Dispensers:  If you want automatic dispensers, you will have to pay for them.  This is convenience and it costs money.  If you want the bleach or fabric softener to be added to the load automatically, you will have to pay a little more money for that feature.  Many people find the added cost to be well worth it, since it is so convenient.  This is personal preference more than anything for consumer, so choose according to your personal needs and desires. 

Stainless Steel/Designer Colors:  Plain white or almond isn’t very expensive.  As you look at designer colors and stainless steel washer and dryer units, you’ll find they are priced much higher.  Stainless steel is gaining popularity for the clean, modern look.  If you want a specific color other than silver or white, you will probably find it available, but you are going to have to pay a lot more money to get it.  If the purchasing price doesn’t matter very much to you, it’s a great way to make your laundry room look great and color coordinated.

Spin Cycle Speed:  As a part of true energy efficiency, you will find some units spin at much higher rates of speed.  This will reduce the amount of water which remains in the clothes after washing, and reduces the time they need in the dryer to complete their cycle.  This type of feature will drive the price and dictate how much the manufacturer will be able to charge for it.  The more costly models will generally be capable of spinning at much higher rates of speeds.  Decide if this type of benefit is right for you or not before you make your purchase. 

Commercial Washer and Dryers

One of the most expensive combos you’ll find will be made for commercial use.  They are heavy duty, can handle very large loads, and cost a lot of money.   Some will cost many thousands of dollars and will not be anywhere near cheap, especially when compared to the pricing of the homeowner grade models for sale.

While they are a lot more expensive to purchase, they do have a lot of benefits.  First, you can generally find them with huge drums, which allow you to wash more laundry each time.  In addition, the components are heavy duty, since commercial models are made to work hard, so they are likely to last for a lot longer time.  While this adds greatly to the price, it also adds to the convenience level.  You can expect to pay around $10,000 or a lot more for industrial washing machines, so they definitely belong on the list of expensive washers and dryers.