where do i begin? first and foremost this our first washer and dryer so we have nothing to compare it to except for washers and dryers we have grown up with in the past. i've spent a considerable amount of time researching washers and dryers for the past 3 weeks or more. at first i had thought the most expensive models would be the best models. using this reasoning i would gauge how other models would stack up against such name brands as asko or bosch. after a few late night research sessions a pattern started to emerge. the european models would boast about particular features that were either overkill or not necessary. lets not forget about the price -OUCH! $1600 for just the washer. i am not sure about you, but $1600 for a washer just isn't right in my book. it maybe for some who use $100 bills as toilet paper, but that's another story :) even those who could afford the stiff price found themselves wishing they had not made such a horrible investment.
realizing going with something that expensive would be a waste. the next line of washers and dryers that seem to get everyone's attention from various reviewers was the kenmore he3 models. i still wish i could have got my wife's blessing to purchase that line of washer and dryer set, but she couldn't see past the $2000 price tag for both the washer and dryer.
in comes the next best thing since sliced bread. the kenmore model in discussion is just truly remarkable. i have and am still amazed at how quiet this washer and dryer set operate. at first i had thought the washer was broken, because the only noise it would emit is the sound of the clothes tumbling atop one another. i've sat there for 10 minutes watching the washer do its thing. the dryer being quieter than our furnace is also a bonus. i could go on and on about how awesome the set are, but i think you know where i am going with this. stainless steele interiors mean no odors and long life span. the only thing missing is some mechanical robot to fold the clothes.
the $1500 price tag comes from purchasing the washer for $650 the dryer for $450 a 5 year service warranty from sears on the washer for $199 and then the pedestals $99/appliance of course don't forget about uncle sam. if at all possible the best situation would be to have the washer and dryer atop the pedestals. if not the washer and dryer if side by side is stationed to low. stacking the unit still does not resolve the fact that one of the units will be very low to the ground. so low in fact that i would have completely disregarded this set altogether. the constant bending would be enough to make me age faster than i look (and i'm only 26).