Home economics students age 12 to 18 rated clothes washers as the first major appliance they would buy when establishing a household, according to a survey developed by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers and Forecast, a home economist magazine.

Students were asked to assume that their home would already have a refrigerator and range-oven. No. 2 choice for a major appliance was a clothes dryer for girls and a microwave oven for boys.Both male and female teens rated toasters as the first portable appliance they would purchase. The second-place favorite in that category for girls was a hair dryer and for boys, a blender. Both agreed that an iron was third.