Consumer Reports finds that prices of washers down by as much as 33 percent

Consumer Reports latest tests on washers reveal price drops of as much as 33 percent compared with a year ago. And along with the federally funded rebates of up to $250 for qualifying models, consumers are seeing more energy- and water-efficient models that save money in the long run. The full report, which includes dryer ratings, appears in the February issue of Consumer Reports and online at