How To Choose A Commercial Washing Machine?

How to Start a Commercial Laundry Business?

There are several different types of businesses whose laundry requirements will exceed the capability of domestic appliances, including residential care homes, hospitals, schools and more. That’s why the professional laundry equipment market offers different options for these needs and it’s important to understand which to choose.

Despite the visual similarity, commercial washing machines and domestic washing machines are very different in terms of functionality. With this in mind, this article will explore the key factors you should consider when choosing a washing machine.

But before you do so, it’s important to understand what your exact requirements are, so you make the most appropriate choice for your business.

Factors to consider when choosing a commercial washer

Size: As you try to determine the ideal-sized machine for your business, the most important thing to keep in mind is the amount/weight of the clothes you’ll be washing at any one time (load per cycle).

An underloaded machine can be a drain on resources, whereas an overloaded machine will compromise the quality of the actual wash.

At its largest, household (domestic) washer drums are 8kg, whereas we supply machines ranging from 10kg to 128kg. Should you decide you need something bigger, we also offer a range of high-quality, industrial barrier washers.

Durability: Commercial washing machines are built for durability and reliability. The bespoke technology implemented inside them is cutting edge and comes equipped with the most advanced water and energy-saving systems.

This means a commercial washer can handle the workload requirements of any sized business. However, it’s still important to select a machine that is suitable for your specific requirements, since the equipment cost is often associated with durability.

For example, it may not be worth investing in a machine that is expected to perform 30000 cycles if you only intend to do one cycle a day (unless you plan on using the machine for the next 82 years!).

How To Choose A Commercial Washing Machine?

Programmes: Commercial and industrial washing machines come equipped with a wider range of features in comparison to domestic machines, including more settings and spin cycles. That’s especially important because some industries, such as small nursing homes, clinics and veterinarians, will require laundry equipment with disinfecting and sanitising capabilities.

Fortunately, all machines stocked at Washstation Trade come with different spin cycles, a high G factor, Touch II microprocessor and remote connectivity for easier remote access management.

Efficiency: As commercial washers are designed to be used intensely, it is essential for them to be as energy-efficient as possible.

The Domus commercial washing machines stocked by Washstation Trade are designed for optimal loading, intelligent consumption and low water consumption 0 Energy efficiency is one of the main factors that separate older machines from newer models.

Operating times: When choosing a commercial washer, it’s important to think about the average time you’ll need per cycle. How long will each load take to process?

While household washing machines can be used with much less consideration. For businesses, time is of the essence. If, for example, you are in the hospitality sector and require a quick turnaround, the speed of your machine is crucial.

Not sure what machine to choose?

Speak to a trained member of our laundry equipment supplier to discuss your specific requirements or book a free consultation today.

Budget: Commercial washing machines have a much higher price tag than their domestic counterparts. In fact, all of the above points will factor into the price, from the drum size to programming options, but what is necessary for your business?

If you are working on a budget, it’s important to decide what’s essential along with ways to adapt. The cost of a machine can vary and there are different finance options available – Visit our pricing and financing page to get a pricing estimate or financing quote.

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We have covered a few key areas and hopefully given you some food for thought, but there is still more to consider.

What’s next?

We recommend compiling a list of essential features you’ll need from your laundry equipment and then starting to research /compare machines. Soon you’ll be ready to pick the perfect commercial washing machine for your business.

However, if you would like more advice or have additional questions, feel free to contact the experts at Washstation Trade.