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Appliance Features That Can Save You Money

June 27, 2012, 9:50 PM by Angela Kennecke

Appliance Features That Can Save You Money

Go shopping for appliances these days and you'll find high-tech machines with more features than you can imagine. But which ones are really worth the extra money? 

Jason and Kayla Hinsch are building their very first home.  They're excited about every step in the process, including picking out brand new appliances.

"All the new stuff is really different. We've got basic stuff in our apartment right now.  It's all different to me," Jason said. 

While the Hinsch's are trying to determine what features they need and how much to spend, Consumer Reports says there are five appliance features worth the money.  

"You pay for features you purchase and the key is getting ones that save you dollars," Karl's representative Tom Johnson said.

When it comes to a washing machine, auto-load sensing automatically determines the load size and the amount of water you need, which should save on your water bill. 

"It certainly makes the load travel through the cycle better," Johnson said.

Most dryers now also have moisture sensors which save energy.

"It identifies down to about five percent humidity in your clothes and it stops when you're done, whereas a time dry it just goes," Johnson said.

"I just want it to get my clothes clean and dry and fast and efficiently as possible," Kayla said.

When it comes to the refrigerator, digital controls will save you on your energy bill. 

"Digital temperature controls keeps consistent temperatures throughout your refrigerator so you don't have that variation, up and down up and down," Johnson said.

And what about the feature everybody wants?

"Ice and water in our refrigerator, that is one thing we are having for sure," Jason said.

That can actually cost you more in the long run because those refrigerators require more repairs than those that don't have the water and ice dispenser.

"It's not will it fail, it's when will it fail and hopefully you'll get a lot of use out dispenser," Johnson said.

When it comes to your range, a high-power gas burner or electric element can be worth it. 

"That means the pot is going to boil a little faster, it saves you time," Johnson said.

The Hinschs are most worried about saving money at this point.

"We get a basic allowance. They give us a certain dollar amount and we have to stay within that, otherwise we pay whatever it is to upgrade to newer stuff we want," Hinsch said.

Consumer Reports says when it comes to cooktops, look for a model that has hot surface warning lights for each element.  To check out the complete report on appliance features click here.


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