If you've shopped for a washing machine recently, you may have noticed that some models offer a "steam wash" feature. Is this feature worth considering? It depends on your cleaning needs and your budget.
As you can see, steam is a terrific option if you are likely to have very dirty clothing or if you need very clean clothing. It can also be a good choice if you're concerned about wrinkles (or want to avoid ironing as often as possible). With that said, you might benefit from a steam washer if:
While most steam washers are at the higher end of the price scale, at least one model (Whirlpool) is available for $1,000 or less. Not all steam features are the same though. They vary in intensity and temperature achieved.
When it comes to paying for this feature, it really depends on the efficiency of the steam and how often you might use it, as well as the price difference of the washer compared to one without steam. If you're looking at $100 for the feature, you need to weigh the convenience against this extra cost. If germ control is important to you, this is a small cost to pay for the added protection. On the other hand, an extra $400 may negate the benefit.