I’m Dying Over our New Front Load Washer and Dryer!
It is nearing the end of the One Room Challenge and things are starting to shape up in the world’s smallest laundry room, but a new anti-microbial washer and dryer set are the star of the show! Check out the progress for the week.
What is the ORC?
Thanks to Linda, from the One Room Challenge, for organizing this challenge. The ORC is an exciting interior design event with 20 Featured Designers and hundreds of other Guest Participants (like me). Each of us will have 8 weeks to transform the room of our choice. Also, a huge thank you to Better Homes and Gardens for being the media sponsor
Old Washer and Dryer
New Washer and Dryer
Note: the new washer and dryer are sponsored but the opinions are 100 percent my own.
Washer and Dryer Pros #1: Well Rated
One of my favorite parts about this washer and dryer set are the good reviews (4.7 out of 5 stars) and a Good House Keeping Stamp of Approval. Actually, the Good Housekeeping Institute Home Appliances and Cleaning Products Lab awarded GE Appliances UltraFresh Front Load Washer with OdorBlock their Best Overall Washing Machine award. That is reassurance that I can feel good about.
Washer and Dryer Pros #2: Anti-Microbial
The only other time we had a front load washer was when we lived in a very humid Rhode Island beach rental. Unfortunately, that unit would get moldy and stink up our entire basement. Ever since then, I have been hesitant to go for a front load washer. Here is the thing though, in a small space like this, a countertop for folding would be incredible! So, I was on the search for a front loader that wouldn’t make my house smell like mold. Luckily I found it.
Enter the GE 4.8 cu. ft. Capacity Smart Front Load Energy Star Washer with UltraFresh Vent System/ OdorBlock and Sanitize w/OxiWasher . The washer and dryer have anti-microbial properties, so they will not mold! Microban® is built into the components (such as the dispenser, draining system, and gasket). Also, there is an UltraVent system button that I can push in-between loads to keep the units fresh.
Washer and Dryer Pros #3: Size
The washer and dryer size was an important consideration for us. We have a large family and a small laundry room…not an ideal situation. I needed a set that didn’t stick out too far, yet had a large capacity. At 32 inches deep, the 4 cu ft model fits like a glove. There are also similar, yet larger models for those that have the space.
Washer and Dryer Pros #4: Gets Clothes Cleaner
Our old washer and dryer worked, but I’ve been envious of my mom’s for years. I love that her washer has a sanitizing mode. Now I do too! I’ve learned that there is a cycle that kills 99% of bacteria by using an Oxi boost additive.
Laundry Room Ideas #5: Easily Reversible Doors
Also good news! The front doors can be easily reversed. That is relief because as it is right now, I struggle to get the wash from the dryer. In the next couple of days we will reverse the front loading doors so that they open of like the French doors of a fridge. I’ve scoped it out and it should be a very quick job.
The Laundry Room Plan
Jewel Box Laundry Room Sources
1. GE 4.8 cu. ft. Capacity Smart Front Load Energy Star Washer with UltraFresh Vent System/ OdorBlock and Sanitize w/OxiWasher
2. GE 7.8 cu ft. Capacity Smart Front Load Electric Dryer with Sanitize Cycle
3. Cambria Ruxley Slab installed by Granite and Marble Express in Chantilly, VA
4. Return on Art | Jessica Mortiz | Derick Smith Save 10% with Code JEWEL10 (some restrictions may apply)
5. Graham and Brown | Basuto Teal Wallpaper and coordinating Graham and Brown Mykono Paint
6. Hudson Valley Lighting- Latham Flush mount
7. Emtek Hanover Lever in Matte Black
9. Emtek bath hardware Double hook with Rosette
10. Local countertop installers (Granite and Marble Express in Chantilly, Virginia)
–Marie Kondo Ori Rattan Honey Natural Curved Cube Baskets
– Curver Cream Knit Laundry Basket
12. Minted- She’s Blooming Worth
13. Marble Floors
NOTE: Cabinetry will be installed by Richard Mendez-
Thank you so very much for joining me on the Jeweled Interiors Spring 2021 One Room Challenge. If you like what you see here don’t forget come back and poke around a bit after the link-up. Oh, and following me is fun too. Check back each Thursday as I transform this space into a colorful, soulful, and glamorous abode.
Great room! I’m curious how you feel about the washer and dryer now that you’ve lived with them for a while. I’m hesitant about switching to a front loading set for the same reasons you described.
I like them even better. The “new car smell” wore off and we haven’t had any mold issues whatsoever. Good luck with your decision!