Every month the editors of Washington Consumers' Checkbook report some of the best prices they have found in surveying more than 400 area retailers.
The retailers have promised to hold these prices -- and offer rain checks if supply runs out -- until Oct. 31. A partial listing of bargain prices:
Washers Whirlpool LA-5668XTW: dual-speed washer with 7 cycles, 4 wash/rinse temperature combinations and a bleach dispenser -- $379 at ABD Appliance in Fairfax (703-273-0612).
General Electric WWA-5600G: 3 cycles and 3 wash/rinse temperature combinations -- $336 at J.R. Enright Co. in Chevy Chase (301-654-1700).
Gibson WA27F4: 3 cycles, 3 wash/rinse temperature combinations and fabric softener dispenser -- $340, all Reliable Home Appliance locations.
Maytag A9300: 3 cycles, 4 wash/rinse temperature combinations and fabric softener dispenser -- $549 at Cleave's Maytag in Fairfax (703-691-4757).
Dryers Whirlpool LG9501XT: automatic gas dryer with 5 temperatures -- $409 at A & A Appliance in D.C. (202-723-3315).
White-Westinghouse DE400K: electric dryer with 3 temperatures and time-dry -- $240 at Alco TV & Appliance in Alexandria (703-780-5180) and Fredericksburg (1-703-373-1797).
General Electric DDE-7500G: automatic electric dryer with 4 temperatures -- $305 at Sterling Appliance in Sterling (703-450-5453).
Speed Queen NG6519: automatic gas dryer with 3 temperatures -- $371 at Metropolitan Appliance in Bladensburg (301-927-2838).
Color Stereo TVs Sony KV27TS30: 27-inch screen, 181 channels, remote control, on-screen display and SuperVHS input -- $675 at Alco TV & Appliance in Alexandria (703-780-5180) and Fredericksburg (703-373-1797).
RCA G26280TN: 26-inch screen, 147 channels, on-screen display and universal remote control -- $529 at Shaffer TV in Vienna (703-938-6577).
Sylvania RPK712A: 27-inch screen, 178 channels, remote control, on-screen display and picture-in-picture -- $497 at Twinbrook TV in Rockville (301-424-8111).
Magnavox RS4960AK: 25-inch screen, 178 channels, remote control, on-screen display and picture-in-picture -- $499 at Graffiti Video in the District (202-244-9643 & 202-296-8412).
Vacuum Cleaners Eureka 3986: Canister with 4.0 horsepower motor and power nozzle -- $220 at all Best Products locations.
Hoover U3335: Upright with 7.2 amp motor and headlight -- $180 at Rodman's Discount in D.C. (202-363-3466), Wheaton (301-946-3100) & Laurel (301-206-3350).
Miele S248i: Canister with 1,100 watts power -- $339 at Sew-Vac Unlimited in Rockville (301-468-1850).
Panasonic MC6230: Upright with 7.0 amp motor and headlight -- $199 at A Quality Sales in D.C. (202-291-3000).
If you feel a retailer has not met its commitments, or if you would like to know more about Checkbook's survey, call (202) 347-7283.