What’s the better deal for your pocketbook and the environment: a new major appliance or a refurbished one?
Several consumers who recently replaced washers and dryers told our research team that they bought used because those models might last just as long as new ones and that reusing is a good “green” practice.
One couple said that when their 20-year-old washing machine finally died, they were disappointed when the brand-new replacement lasted only five years. Instead of taking a chance on another new model, they spent $250 on a used model they figure will last at least as long as a new one.
Another consumer bought a refurbished dryer for $200 rather than spend $1,000 on a unit she believed would last no more than the 10 years she expects her used unit to remain reliable.
To these people, and others like them, buying used saves the green in wallets while eliminating the need to use resources to make a new washer or dryer.
Highly rated appliance repair pros tell our team that new appliances tend to have about half the life span of past models. Reasons they cite include the use of cheaper raw materials and a greater reliance on computerized systems.
So if it’s time for you to replace a major appliance, particularly a washer or drier, consider whether a refurbished model might be a good value, and find a local shop that’s gotten good consumer reviews on a trusted online site.
Before you buy new:
After you buy, whether new or used: