Too Much Laundry? Consider Commercial Laundry Equipment!

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Every now and then we’ll get a call from someone (hair salons, animal shelters, schools, and the like) asking us about the differences between home style washers and commercial laundry equipment. There is definitely a difference and fortunately it only takes a few simple questions to determine which one is the smarter buy for your particular need.

Do you have large loads to run?

work-993353_960_720If yes, commercial laundry equipment is the way to go. There are some larger capacity residential washers available (up to 30 pounds or so) but the commercial washers can handle even larger loads.  Plus, they’ll keep running those larger loads for years to come giving you quite a bit of extra productivity.

Do you run your washer all day, every day?

Worm_GearResidential washers are designed to handle the demands of family laundry. Even if the the laundry is done all in one day that usually averages out to a load or two a day per week. Commercial washers are designed for the rigors of washing all day, every day.  They are also are designed to be serviced, which is much more cost effective than replacement.

How often can you afford to replace the washer?

wealth-69525_960_720Commercial washers are designed for continuous use. They are more expensive than home style washers, but you shouldn’t have to replace the washer as frequently plus commercial laundry equipment is designed to be serviced quickly and easily. We had one customer that was purchasing a new home washer every year because it couldn’t stand up the rigors of constant use. They put in a commercial washer and have been happily laundering goods worry free.

Save Drying Time

17727683450_844577ec22_bCommercial dryers have larger drying cylinder sizes, higher airflow, and higher BTU ratings all of which help to reduce drying time and increase the efficiency of the laundry process. A typical home dryer can take an hour to dry a load of terry towels even after a high speed extract. The same load can be dried in half the time in a commercial dryer.


5230369983_7879a2909f_bCommercial laundry equipment is usually equipped with controls that allow customized programs giving greater efficiency and flexibility. I actually have a commercial washer in my home and this came in super handy when our youngest left a crayon in his pocket that didn’t get caught during the pocket checking portion. We set a long wash program, added commercial grade laundry chemicals and viola!

Additional Considerations

Before heading down the commercial laundry road, make sure you check the following potential gotchas:

  1. Do you have an adequate water supply?  Larger commercial washers will need more than a small 3/4″ fill line.  Small water lines makes for longer fill times and longer wash cycles.
  2. Do you have an adequate drain?  Commercial washers do not typically have a pump drain like a home washer, but a gravity drain.  A small drain system will slow down the wash cycles due to extended drain times.
  3. Do you have adequate power?  Most small commercial washers and dryers will operate with single phase power but will typically require 208-230V instead of the standard 120V that a home washer uses.
  4. Do you have natural gas?  A natural gas dryer will dry much more effectively and efficiently than an electrically heated dryer (most home dryers are electric heat).  You’ll also need a larger exhaust for the commercial dryer as well as make up air since a commercial dryer moves quite a bit more air than a home dryer (and dries faster, too!).
  5. Finally, make sure the machines will physically fit into the area that you will place them and that there is adequate room for service. Typically, your dealer will make sure and measure to ensure a proper fit.

There is, of course, a downside. The initial cost of a commercial washer is greater but savings through the life of the machine make it more economical. Don’t forget the costs associated with downtime during replacement as well as the stress! If you plan on continuing to do your own laundry on premise and can afford to make the investment it will pay off in the long run.

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  1. I am looking for a price on an electric dryer


    Adebajo Onajobi
    March 13, 2017 - 11:12 am


    I love the way you broke down the details, simple and straight to the point. Hence, this mail. I have being planning to start a mini laundromat using residential washers and dryers owing to the cost of commercial ones. But from the info you provided, that most likely will be a grave mistake.

    Thanks for the wonderful piece and would appreciate it if you can lend me your expertise by advising me on the way to go about this in Africa, precisely Nigeria. I have looked at population and Universities are my target audience, to start with 4 washers and 2 dryers.

    Presently working, looking to resign sometimes next year once I meet my financial goal (Capital). Considering cost, Electric dryers is my option for use but what is the average time for drying using electric against gas dryers.

    Not to make this mail longer than it is already, What piece of advice to you have for me.

    Thanks and looking forward a positive response.

  3. We are looking to add a large commercial front load washer in our garage for a couple purposes:
    1) It’s the only way I feel a large king-sized comforter will truly get clean.
    2) We go through a lot of laundry and I can’t fit in doing a load or two each day during the week…am tired of spending my entire weekend washing clothes.
    We were hoping you could advise on two issues we’re pondering:
    1) Where is the best place to buy a used, possibly 30-40lb front load washer? &
    2) What are the considerations for installing one?
    My husband is a contractor so we are pretty comfortable we can make the modifications but want to be sure we’re not missing any details before we start down this road.
    Any info would be much appreciated!

    • Hi Denise,

      Thanks for the questions! I’m sending you over an email with more information.

  4. Hello, I’m in need of a commercial washer and dryer, I’ve a 26 bed vacation rental house could you please price these for me abs delivery time?

    • Hi Kate,

      I’m sending you an email with more information. Thanks for the comment!

  5. I own 6 hair salons and I am considering getting commercial grade equipment for all of them. What is the pricing on these?

    • Hi Selina,

      I’m sending you an email with more information.

      Thanks for commenting!

  6. Hello,
    I would like to purchase a commercial washing machine, because of the amount of usage in my home. We are a family of 9 and we wash a lot. Also, I would like to teach the adults some kind of accountability, they are all working, but are back home after college. Right now it’s free and they sometimes just wash a small load and that can be costly for us. I’m trying to have them wash less and with some responsibility and that the reason for the coin slot. Please, I need some advice on which washing machine is best. Thanks

  7. I am looking to install a commercial washer and dryer in my home to do all our restaurant linens. What is the ball park figure for these machines and do you have a place you could recommend we purchase these from in the SF Bay Area?


    Carolyn waterson
    September 9, 2017 - 6:22 pm

    We need a large capacity commercial grade top load washer for our humane society. What would be the best kind, what sort of $ $ are we looking at, and where do we buy one?

  9. Looking for a large capacity washing machine for our family of mess makers! Your recommendations are appreciated.

  10. Al, can you please send me some recommendations and pricing? We are a large family, burning through a residential style washer about once a year. Need something more robust.

    • Hi Clint,

      Thanks for the comment. Man you guys must do some serious laundry! I’ll shoot you an email over with some more details.

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