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Domestic vs Commercial: Which Washing Machine is Better?
When launching a business that aims to accommodate people, such as a hotel or an aged care facility, finding the right laundry solution is an essential part you want to get right from the start. After browsing your options, you might be wondering which is better for your needs: a domestic or a commercial washing machine?
Read on to find out which solution is superior both from a financial and a workflow point of view!
Domestic Vs. Commercial
For most of us, doing the laundry is just a chore we don’t usually give a second thought to – except for the brief complaint “Do I really have to do laundry AGAIN?!”.
For many businesses, however, optimising the laundry workflow and choosing a reliable washer is a must. While there are some excellent domestic washing machines out there, they are not made to handle daily loads. Commercial washing machines are designed to wash all day, every day. They can also be easily serviced when they break down, whereas domestic ones are usually just replaced.
Here are a few advantages of commercial washing machines to consider when choosing a laundry solution for your business.
Although domestic washing machines’ menus are getting more and more complex, a commercial washing machine is designed with simplicity and speed in mind. As a business owner, you want to make sure that whoever is handling the linens knows exactly how to use the machine and our simple commercial machines are made foolproof for anybody to handle.
Different materials have different tolerances to washing cycles – with some much “fussier” than others. A commercial washing machine has enough options to ensure a safe and proper wash for a variety of items without too many different bells and whistles to confuse staff.
The last thing you want in a bustling venue is to run out of linens or waste all day long standing in front of the washing machine, and that is why commercial washers and dryers are built with speed in mind.
Unlike some domestic front load washing machines which will take over an hour to get through a wash, our Commercial Front Load washers are designed with super quick cycle times – only 30mins on average so you can get out of the laundry and focusing on things that matter!
Commercial Front Load washers are also designed with the highest possible spin speed to extract as much water as possible in the final spin, to cut the amount of time your loads will require in the dryer.
Capacity & Reliability
Commercial washing machines often have a higher capacity than their domestic counterparts. If you need to wash load after load, a capacity of a 9kg fares much better than one of 6kgs. An industrial machine of 14kg all the way up to 110kgs per load will have you washing even more, even faster. Needless to say, you save on water costs and protect the environment too!
Commercial washing machines are also much more reliable since they’re designed with longevity in mind. They use heavy-duty parts that are “beefed-up” to stand the test of time – such as better motors, gearboxes, pumps and suspensions. When these break down, they can be serviced or replaced under warranty, which brings us to our next point.
Commercial washing machines have solid warranty periods, as you can imagine. It’s true that domestic washing machines come with a warranty as well, but this is usually made void if the machine is used in a commercial setting. This is usually specified in the “Terms and Conditions” section ignored by most of us!
The American Built, Maytag Commercial units are backed by the longest and best warranty in the industry so you know you’re investing in equipment that will last long term on site for you.
Most domestic brands will only warranty there laundry equipment for 6 months if used in a commercial or hospitality situation. Not our American Built, Outback Tested Maytag Commercial machines though, which are all backed with at-least a 5 year Warranty.
Which businesses need a commercial washing machine?
For a very small business, a commercial washing machine might be too costly, but it’s definitely an investment worth making as it expands.
There are quite a few businesses that need a reliable washer for daily use:
- Aged Care Facilities
- Child Care Centres
- Bed & Breakfast
- Day Spas
- Cleaning Companies
- Massage Therapists
- Health Care Professionals
- Serviced Apartments
- Caravan Parks
If you’re in the market for commercial washing machines, make sure you purchase from a trusted brand. Dependable Laundry Solutions are your Australian wide supply partner and a proudly family run company which has been providing excellent service and quality commercial laundry equipment to various industries across Australia for over 40 years!
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