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06/20/2012 09:11 am ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

Buying Guide: What To Look For When Buying Home Appliances

Before you go out and buy that expensive washing machine, you'll want to read this buying guide to help save you time, money and heartache!

Top-loaders ($350 and up) are easy to use―they don't require bending over. Front-loaders ($600 and up) use 65 percent less energy and a third less water, since their basins don't completely fill. However, new, pricier top-loaders ($900 and up) rival the energy efficiency of front-loaders.

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