Would You Rather?

What would make you happier: A dishwasher or a washer and dryer?

By Lambeth Hochwald  | May 1, 2017 - 1:59PM

While these things shouldn’t be a luxury, there are two appliances that pretty much every New Yorker covets: A dishwasher and—luxe of luxe—an in-unit washer and dryer. Ask some New Yorkers and they’ll tell you that if granted a dishwasher, they’d never complain again about dish-pan hands again; and if a washer/dryer magically arrived in their home tomorrow, they would only run eco-friendly-sized loads and never want for anything again. We asked five New Yorkers for the appliance they’d appreciate most and, like many things, the opinions are mixed!

Laundry can be sent out I’m all about having a dishwasher especially since a dishwasher can be an extra storage place for plates and glasses. —Scott, Midtown East

Kitchen clean-up’s a breeze I have a dishwasher in my apartment and the day it came in during the renovation, I gave it a big hug! I love to cook and hate to clean. You can send clothes out but not dishes! —Andrew, Harlem

DIY laundry and I’ll save money Dishes can be washed by hand but doing laundry outside the apartment costs a lot of money. All the more reason I’d love a washer and dryer to call my own. —James, Upper West Side

Washing dishes is NBD What I wouldn’t give for a washer and dryer. I almost never use my dishwasher—it’s easier to wash my dishes by hand every day. —Alison, Upper East Side (pictured)


24/7 clean clothes? I’m think hands down a washer and dryer would be the best. We move at such a rapid pace in this city that the reality is we aren’t cooking big meals every night that require is to rattle the pots and pans. But being able to do laundry whenever we want? Now that feels like a luxury. —Mark, Masbeth, Queens

Verdict: It was a tight race but, in the end, most of these New Yorkers would prefer a washer and dryer. Pass the Tide!



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