What Dryer to Choose?
After exhaustive research in to washers I'm 90% decided on a Speed Queen. It's not perfect, but I think it's the purchase my wife would make if she were making the decision.
Now that I'm worn out researching this purchase I have to consider a new dryer. My current dryer broke two weeks ago. Our washer is on its last leg, so I'm going to replace both at the same time.
However, my (very) cursory research suggests new dryers don't have the reliability and other issues new washers have, which opens up the realm of possibilities exponentially. It also complicates matters, as I see plenty of dryers in the 7.0 cu ft capacity and up with more features than the Speed Queen dryers at the same price.
What to do? I could buy a non-matching set and try to sell them together, or sell the washer alone when I'm comfortable that the leap in technology comes with the reliablity and efficacy I expect for the cost. Doing either probably makes selling a little more difficult because I believe buyers would prefer a matching set. On the other hand, it's foreseeable that we keep both until they go kaput. I suppose that's less likely with the washer; with four young kids the time will come (in about 5 years) when all four are playing competitive sports and doing multiple other activities generating enough laundry daily to require an Army Quartermaster Company. I don't think a 3.3 cu ft washer will fit our needs at that point.
I apologize for doing a little bit of thinking out loud, but any advice on matching vs. non-matching dryers, features that are must-haves or highly desirable for a large family with a large variety of garments (everything from knit garments to athletic apparel to military uniforms and sheets) is much appreciated!