Laundry. Ugh. It might as well be a four-letter word, right? While doing the laundry tops our list of most tedious chores, we’re certainly thankful that it’s not an all-day job like it was just a few decades ago. Fortunately, technology has come a long way to help make laundry day easier on us all. Even better, appliance manufacturers have used that technology to meet consumer desire for eco-friendly products.
According to Energy Star, the average American family washes about 300 loads of laundry every year. While older, standard washing machines can use up to 30 to 35 gallons of water per load, their more environmentally friendly counterparts use about 40% less water and 25% less energy. We know our readers are interested in products that are a little gentler on the environment and help us consume less, so we put together a roundup of the best eco-friendly washers and dryers out there. Check it out and let us know if yours made the list!
-This pair was rated Energy Star Most Efficient with up to 161% more energy-efficient and use 66% less water.
-Both units feature steam cycles and a number of other specialty cycles for virtually any load of laundry, from stuffed animals to workout gear.
-The largest capacity dryer allows you to dry the most in one load while also offering the fastest dry time at 14 minutes.
-Cleans large loads while cutting wash time by 30 minutes with LG’s enhanced TurboWash® technology.
-With the largest capacity in its class, you can fit a comforter and full set of king size bedding in a single load.
-ColdWash™ technology provides warm-water cleaning performance with cold-water energy savings.
–Samsung’s SuperSpeed saves 40% more time on 5 cycles without sacrificing cleaning performance, meaning you can quickly wash a full load in 36 minutes.
-PowerFoam™ technology uses an innovative mixture of water, air and detergent to penetrate deep into the heart of fabric.
-Features 13 wash cycles, 13 options, and 5 temperature settings.
–Six unique wash motions let you create specific wash cycles for all fabrics.
-Steam Treat eliminates need to pretreat stains as ColdClean cleans while saving energy.
-With the Accela Wash® feature on the default Normal cycle, this Kenmore washer gets clothes clean in 29 minutes.
-Slated to be available at retail outlets in April, this dryer is touted as a closet-depth model that can still handle large loads.
-Perfect for families with space limitations and no standard output vent since air is processed, dried, and recycled inside the drum.
-7.4 cu. ft. drum capacity complete with steam cycle and sanitization cycle.
– Advanced Moisture Sensing uses sensor strips to measure moisture levels and temperatures, delivering even results every time, even with large loads.
– An extra interior fin creates a random tumbling pattern to keep clothes moving in the dryer.
-Steam Refresh cycle relaxes wrinkles and reduces odors. Steam is also introduced at the end of the drying cycle to help reduce static.