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Choosing a Commercial Washing Machine
Not all washing machines are created equal. While manufacturers strive to put rugged technology into each machine, choosing the right machine for your particular needs is the key to getting trouble free use for years to come.
It’s easy to assume that all commercial usage is similar, but Maytag offers commercial grade machines in three broader categories: Coin operated, Commercial and Industrial.
Coin operated machines are great for places where costs need to be recuperated, or where machines are being operated for profit. Examples might include, do it yourself laundries, apartment complexes, dormitories or caravan parks and hotel/motels. There are a variety of coin operated machines to meet you demand. Careful thought must be put into deciding between a Coin Slide, Coin Drop or Credit Card Operated washing machine, with each having a unique benefit. Coin Slide machines are the cheapest option, Coin Drop Washers provide a more hassle free mechanism that are less likely to be vandalised while Credit Card operated washers are the way of the future.
This style is ideal for business use where the workload is not too heavy. Businesses such as hair salons that require towels, or linens for a caterer. They are built similarly to coin operated models, with the convenience of a standard start, without coins.
Both commercial and coin operated machines come in three basic styles, to suit the application. Consider your space and usage when selecting.
- Traditional top load machines work well for lower capacity usage, such as dormitories or apartments, where they receive similar usage as might be expected in a single family dwelling and wash quality is not the most important factor.
- Front load machines offer larger capacity and don’t require top access. Commercial Front Load washers are the most power- and water-efficient style of washers on the market to ensure running costs are kept to a minimum, saving your cash!
- With Front Load Washers cleaning much better than top load washers and in similar cycle times, these washers are ideal for situations that require a high standard of finish in quick turnaround times such as boutique motels, hairdressers and beauty salons.
- Stackable units are great for Coin Laundry stores, or applications where floor space is at a premium. They allow for a full sized washer and matching dryer in the footprint of one washing machine, perfectly suited to vet premises and remote mine camps.
These are the workhorses, with large capacity and long wearing construction, industrial machines are the heaviest and typically most expensive. Industrial machines are designed to be front loading, for ease of use, and are designed for high volume, repetitive use. These machines are ideal for applications in commercial laundries and dry cleaners, or for institutional use in locations such as hotels, where large amounts of laundry are regularly done.
By determining your needs, and your installation, narrowing down your choices becomes a fairly simple matter. Choose a machine that is capable of handling the load you require for best results.