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How Much Does It Cost To Install A Washing Machine?

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Unless you like trudging to a laundromat each week with your dirty clothes in tow, you need a washing machine at home. Having your own washing machine is convenient, allowing you to wash clothes whenever you need and to do other tasks while you wait for the laundry to finish. Like other major appliances, washing machines are durable, but they don't last forever with an average lifespan of 10 to 16 years. At some point, you have to replace the washer.

This cost guide details how much you can expect to spend when it's time to install a new machine. If you need assistance, ImproveNet can help you find a local laundry room contractor.

Table of Contents

  1. Washing Machine Installation Cost
  2. New Washing Machine Cost Factors
  3. Signs Washing Machine Is Broken
  4. Top Washing Machine Brands
  5. Washing Machine Reviews
  6. Find A Laundry Room Contractor

Washing Machine Installation Cost

As long as the site is prepared, the installers only have to slide the machine in place and connect it to existing plumbing and electrical hookups. Installing a washing machine costs an average of $100 to $200. Retrofitting the space to accommodate a washing machine adds $350 to $600 to the installation cost, and the price goes as high as $2,000 if an electrician or plumber needs to move lines to the location. This is in addition to the price of the washing machine, which ranges from $250 to more than $2,000. Delivery fees vary depending on the store policy and shipping distance.

New Washing Machine Cost Factors

The cost of a washing machine varies, depending on factors like the brand name and machine features. Generally, front load washing machines cost more than top load models with similar features or those that have popular options like a stainless steel tub, additional wash or rinse cycles, automatic dispensers, alternative technology in place of an agitator and Energy Star qualification. You also pay more for accessories like a pedestal that raises the height of front loading washing machines so they are easier to load and unload. Installation costs also vary, depending on how much work it takes to put the washing machine in its place. Moving electrical or plumbing lines, installing electrical outlets and tearing down walls increases the cost of labor and materials.

New Washing Machine Cost Factors

Signs Washing Machine Is Broken

When your washing machine makes excessive noise, leaks, or doesn't fill with water, you have a problem. In some cases, it's possible to repair the washing machine by rebalancing the load inside the drum or repairing a damaged drum or motor mount. Leaks may signal a loose connection or damaged hose that needs replacement. Sometimes, however, buying a new washing machine makes more sense. For example, if the machine no longer has warranty coverage or the cost to repair the appliance is more than half the cost of a new machine, then consider purchasing a new one instead of repairing the old one. Other indications that it's time to buy a new machine are the age of the appliance, the amount of work you have to do to prepare the site for the new machine and the hidden cost of the new purchase, such as delivery fees.

Top Washing Machine Brands

Brand

Price Range

Electrolux

$700 to $950

Kenmore

$320 to $1600

LG

$400 to $1700

Maytag

$400 to $1700

Samsung

$400 to $1500

Whirlpool

$400 to $1300

LG washing machines consistently receive good reviews because the machines are reliable and quiet. They also include an anti-allergen cycle. Samsung, which was the first brand to offer Vibration Reduction Technology, has a reputation for adding innovative features like dual washers or built-in laundry sinks. Kenmore washing machines are easy to use because of intuitive controls, and the elite series offers popular functions like impeller motion to clean clothes. Maytag brings the same technology it uses in its commercial machines to those designed for home use; its steam technology system removes up to 95% of allergens from fabric. Electrolux, one of Europe's most popular appliance brands, offers eco-friendly cycles that reduce energy and water consumption as well as the fastest wash cycle times available. Whirlpool is a solid brand with a wide selection of models that fit any budget without sacrificing advanced functions.

On the downside, Kenmore and Whirlpool have such an extensive product line that choosing a model seems overwhelming to some shoppers. Whirlpool and Maytag reserve some of the most popular features for the high-end models. Samsung produces machines in a limited number of colors, and LG tends to have higher prices and longer wash cycle times than comparable brands. Even Electrolux, despite its positive reviews from Consumer Reports, has detractors who find the interface cumbersome.

Signs Washing Machine Is Broken

Washing Machine Reviews

Besides prices, you should evaluate all product features before purchasing. See some of the most popular models and their specs below:

Kenmore 22242

  • 6 cu ft. capacity
  • Triple action Agitator
  • Top loader
  • Fabric softener dispenser
  • Deep fill water level

Maytag MVWB765FW

  • 7 cu ft. capacity
  • Stainless steel drum
  • Detergent, fabric softener, bleach dispenser
  • Delay start
  • Feedback status indicators
  • 11 wash cycles, including rapid wash cycle
  • Automatic temperature controls
  • Deep fill option

LG WT5680HVA

  • 0 cu ft. capacity
  • TurboWash and Steam technology
  • Smart diagnosis
  • Energy Star qualified
  • Top loader
  • 14 wash programs
  • 5 wash temperatures
  • Automatically adjusts water level for the load
  • 3 soil levels

LG WT1701CV

  • 9 cu ft. capacity
  • TurboWash and Steam technology
  • Smart diagnosis
  • Energy Star qualified
  • Top loader
  • 13 wash options
  • 4 wash temperatures
  • Automatically adjusts water level for the load
  • 3 soil levels

Washing Machine Reviews

Maytag Maxima MHW8200FW

  • 5 cu ft.
  • Powerwash system
  • Front loader
  • Optimal dose dispenser
  • Fresh hold keeps clothes fresh up to 12 hours after wash
  • Cold wash cycle
  • Highest possible energy rating
  • Quiet series
  • Bleach and fabric softener dispenser
  • Stainless steel drum
  • Delay start up to 12 hours
  • 11 wash cycles
  • 5 wash and rinse temperatures
  • 3 soil sections

Samsung WF56H9110CW

  • 6 cu ft. capacity
  • Super Speed cycle
  • PowerFoam technology
  • VRT Plus technology
  • 15 wash cycles
  • 13 options
  • Energy Star certified
  • 5 temperature settings
  • 5 soil selections

LG WM8500HVA

  • 2 cu ft. capacity
  • Energy Star
  • Optional pedestal
  • Front loader
  • Stackable
  • 14 wash programs
  • 12 options
  • 5 soil selections
  • Automatically adjusts water to size of load

Find A Laundry Room Contractor

Don't wait any longer to replace your washing machine. Install a new one and create a laundry room that makes doing the chore a little more enjoyable. Submit a lead on our website today, and we will put you in touch with local laundry room contractors who can help you start and finish your project.

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Last updated on Jul 13, 2017

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