by Rachel Lyon, Editorial Director for The House Designers
The laundry room is one of those places that you want to be as convenient as possible, so you can carry out your chores quickly and painlessly. As far as household appliances go, the washer and dryer have remained fairly unglamorous as fixtures in the kitchen took the spotlight and developed with the latest technology, but now it’s time to upgrade how you see laundry, too! With a host of features and options that offer everything you need and plenty that you want, today’s laundry sets are definitely a major step away from the past.
If you’re ready to make a laundry room update, here is what you need to know about selecting the right appliances. Think about how much you need to wash, the space you have, and even your lifestyle, and you can find a perfect solution in a market that has never been so diverse.
The Basic Types of Washers
Even with all the newfangled technology out there, the fundamentals of washers remain the same. A few key configurations each come with benefits and drawbacks depending on your situation, so it’s important to look for something you can actually use before thinking about the extras. Keep your spatial and physical limitations in mind as you decide which type of washer to shop for.
High-Efficiency Top Load
If you really just want a simple appliance that can do the job, a top load or combination washer/dryer is your best bet. On the other hand, if you’re excited to see just how far laundry technology has come, check out some high-efficiency top load and front load washers. Many offer a huge list of specific wash cycles that will cater to all of your clothes, and some can even be controlled through an app so you can time the laundry around other parts of your life. Imagine—you could fill the washer in the morning and then tell it to run a cycle as you’re leaving work, so it’s ready to go into the dryer when you get home and you don’t have to stay up late to fold!
Selecting the Right Dryer
Washers give you configuration options, but all dryers are front-loading so clothes can tumble dry as the drum rotates. But that doesn’t mean that they don’t have their own options! Dryers can be fairly simple or fully connected to your smart devices—what makes them different is what makes them hot and how they cool off, but they all tend to perform similarly.
If you’re building your own home and have an idea which kind of dryer you would like, be sure to bring it up with your builder so you can be set up for it. Existing houses don’t really give you an option without a renovation.
Make Your Own Arrangements
The laundry room is made to be useful, so do whatever you can to optimize its functionality for you. For example, you can raise your washer and dryer to increase ease of use with laundry pedestals. These are a very simple, low-tech solution, but they can make a world of difference in how it feels to do the laundry. And they can even provide storage space for detergent and whatever else you use, so comfort comes with convenience, too.
Don’t stop once you’ve figured out your appliances! Is your laundry room big enough to provide a place to iron, fold, and hang? Explore your other options to create a complete laundry room that helps you get stuff done. Perhaps a reach-in closet system along a wall will make organization second nature. Maybe placing a folding counter over a front loading washer and dryer will give the space the crisp, clean look that you want. Make your laundry room work for you and it’ll repay you with the clean clothes and linens you want at a fraction of the effort it used to take!