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Washing Machine Deals

Washing machine deals aren't as readily available as for other product categories, but a few minutes of searching yields a handful of deals worth a second look. Top-loading washers are the cheapest type of washer and more deeply discounted at appliance outlets, retail stores, and deal sites.

A piece of advice before we get started: Don't wait until your old washing machine dies before searching for washer deals -- start looking before the washer takes a nose dive.

The best time of year to get a washing machine deal is in the fall, between September and November when new models are being released to replace the older models. Yes, you may get last year's model, but you'll take one home at a reduced price.

Frugal consumers can begin by checking for washer deals at places such as AJ Madison under the "Washer/Dryer" category, where you can peruse washer deals by capacity, width, portable, stackable, top or front load, or Energy Star. US Appliance is another good place to look; search under the "Laundry" category and then choose to search the "Washer or Dryer" sub-category that's organized by brand. The "Washers and Dryers" page on Appliance Connection lets you search by price, brand, and color, and we saw several washing machines priced between $400 and $500. At Abt.com we searched the "Specials" category and then the "Just Reduced" sub-category and found a handful of washing machine deals, including a top-loading, white GE model priced at just $349; on this site you can narrow your search by price and brand. Percy's is much the same, except you can also search by load type, color, and features in addition to price and brand. No search would be complete without checking Amazon, and sure enough, under the "Appliances" department there's a category dedicated to "Washing Machines" that you can scope out by price, brand, and load type. Plus, you can read user reviews if you find one of interest.

Deal and coupon sites are also sources for large discounts on washers. On these sites, search under the "Appliances," "Home Appliances," "Laundry," or "Washing Machine" categories/sub-categories, or search the site using the term "Washing Machines." Check out the following links we've identified for you: DealTime, DealNews, DealCatcher and Deals.com -- all showcasing big savings. A search under the "Large Appliances" category didn't yield any specific washing machine deals at MyCoupons, but it did reveal coupons for up to 25 percent off at Home Depot, for example, and 10 percent off all appliances or up to 20 percent off Kenmore appliances at Sears. Couponcabin.com is another site worth checking, but once you find a deal you're interested in you must enter your zip code so the site can identify locations near you or help you calculate shipping and sales tax.

Retail stores shouldn't be overlooked because they often run washer deals. At both Sears.com, for example, a search under the "Appliances" category and the "Washers & Dryers" sub-category reveals numerous choices below $450. At Home Depot under "Appliances" and "Top Load Washers" there are many options in the Cheapism price range, and in the "Outlet Center" at Best Buy you can search under "Home & Appliances" for occasional washing machine deals. At Walmart.com you can run a "Washing Machine" search, which revealed to us a few portable washing machines priced between $199 and $298. Finally, SearsOutlet has a specific "Washer & Dryer" category with clearance washing machines that may have a scratch or dent somewhere (often small and not noticeable), are last year's model, or have been used as floor models.

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