Laundry rooms play an essential part in a household. While the living room is for relaxing and the kitchen is for cooking, the laundry area keeps our clothing fresh and wearable for the following week. It’s where cleanliness happens. Washers and dryers come in designs to help us out in the most efficient way possible, and one of the ways in which they do so is through stackable models. If this is an option you’re considering, check out the pros and cons of stackable washers and dryers.
Perhaps the most obvious benefit of having a stackable washer and dryer is the ability to save space. With the extra square footage, you have that much more space for storage, ironing, etc. Stackable units make use of the empty space above the traditional kind and are an excellent option for people living in cozier homes.
Another advantage stackable laundry machines have is that one doesn’t have to bend as often. While you might still have to squat down to unload the washer or dryer, you can stand up straight for the other half of the routine. If you have a sore back, this is an excellent option.
The best aspect of stackable machines, however, is in the design of a front-load washing machine. The evidence for the efficiency of front-loaders over top-loaders is overwhelming, although around half of the country at least still owns the latter. Front-loading washers use less water and less energy, and the tumbling process is gentler on clothes.
While saving space may look appealing to homeowners with minimal space, the downside is that stackable washers and dryers typically have a smaller capacity. It may be more efficient to wash one large load less often rather than many small loads.
Also, reducing the frequency of back-bending may be enlightening for some, but this poses a challenge for vertically-challenged people. Depending on your height, you may need to consider whether you’ll need a stool or not to pull out that one lone sock.
With their stackable feature comes a higher price. Research the pricing for the best models compared to traditional ones. Along with the upfront cost, front-loading washers tend to need more maintenance than top-loading ones, in that they can develop mold more easily. Be sure to keep the machine clean and well-ventilated to avoid this issue.
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