How Long Do Washing Machines Last? – Motley Fool

Your washing machine is one of those appliances you really can’t live without, and if you have children, it’s an appliance that likely gets a lot of use. If your washing machine has been acting up, you may be wondering whether it pays to replace it with a newer model. But if your machine is not that old, repairs could make sense.

How long do washing machines last?

The average lifespan of a washing machine is 11 years, according to HowStuffWorks. But the amount of time yours stays functional will depend on a number of factors, including:

  • The quality of the model.
  • The amount of ongoing usage your washer is subject to.

How much does it cost to replace a washing machine?

The amount you’ll spend on a washing machine will depend largely on the model and the size. If you have a larger family, a larger washing machine could cut your housekeeping time in half (at least on the laundry front).

You have two choices when it comes to getting a new washing machine:

  • Top-loading machines usually have a smaller capacity than front-loading machines, but they tend to be less expensive. They typically start around $350, reports Angie’s List.
  • Front-loading machines tend to offer higher capacity, but their wash cycles are often longer, and they’re also more subject to mold (an issue that’s somewhat easily mitigated, if you’re willing to clean out your washer every month or so). Front-loading washers usually range from $700 to $1,000, per Angie’s List.

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